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Anybody own Bontrager race lights?(9 posts)

Anybody own Bontrager race lights?conway
May 23, 2002 1:28 PM
I was thinking about buying a pair but no one knows much about them.
re: Anybody own Bontrager race lights?Caper
May 23, 2002 2:25 PM
They came with my new Trek 2300 and at first I was very skeptical about how good they were going to be (paired spoke design thingy), to the point that I ordered a set of Open Pros. However, I tried them and so far they're great. I weigh 195lbs. and ride on some pretty rough roads here in Canada, eh, and they are true as the day I bought them. They're also quite light and roll really well. I'm going to keep them, as I've been pretty impressed so far. I'm still going to hang onto my Open Pros for a few months until I see how durable they are in the long run.

Shaun
re: Anybody own Bontrager race lights?SingleThreaded
May 24, 2002 7:11 AM
I got my Bontrager race lights when I bought my 2002 Lemond Zurich and was also sceptical due to its limited history. I weigh in at 240 and have put about 1500 miles on the wheels since October '01. I treated them pretty delicately though 800 miles and they remained pretty true though the early part of the winter. But as I got into better racing shape and the traffic on the road picked up, I've been a little tougher on the wheels and its beginning to show.

I've got no history with other wheels at this riding weight so you be the judge. I typically jump potholes, speed bumps and road cracks and have occasionally jumped a sidewalk or two to avoid collisions. This has KOed my MTB wheel, I don't know why I should expect any more from a road wheel.

These wheels do provide a nice all around package and I don't plan on replacing them soon, but will have them trued. If I suspected any weakness, it may be the bearing resistance, but that's difficult to qualify. Strengths would be the aero design in a workhorse wheel. Once you get this these wheels spinning above 24 mph they like to stay going that speed.

My only lingering problem is that my Cateye Astrale drops readings when I get out of the seat and hammer even slightly. I'm about to post to see if this is common with all computers, otherwise it's the twisting of the wheels or the back triangle.
Long MTB historylaffeaux
May 24, 2002 11:37 AM
Bontrager has been involved in designing MTB rims since the 80's, and building wheelsets with rebranded hubs (King, and DT Swiss) for several years. Although they are new to road bikes, they are not new to light high-quality wheelsets. I'd not worry about the lack of history, especailly since for all intents and purposes, Bontrager is Trek.

I've not ridden their road wheels, but I've used Bontrager rims and wheelsets for 10 years off-road and have had very good results.
Or is it ...SingleThreaded
May 25, 2002 7:04 AM
... Bontrager was Rolf is Trek (at least for the Race Lite wheels)? Is the Bontrager road wheel of Rolf lineage or Bontrager? The Bontrager wheel design pretty similarly matches the old Rolfs. What contribution to the Race Lite design did Bontrager add?

I like the wheel, I just didn't know how much influence Bontrager had on the wheel after being provided the design.
re: Anybody own Bontrager race lights?BikeViking at home
May 25, 2002 2:48 PM
I got a pair of them with my new 5200 and I love them!. I am 6'3"/200lb and I have put about 640 miles on them so far. I have biffed them a couple of times and they are as true as the day I got them. From my perspective, they are a great wheelset. It's not a GREAT gamble becaue Bontrager has made quality MTB stuff for years. I can only imagine the knowledge they have is transferable to road bikes to a certain extent.
could ya post an update after a few k miles?weiwentg
May 25, 2002 3:52 PM
I'd be interested to know how true they stay. not that I'm buying them - probably get a set of Ks. but I'm curious as I never put any stress on my equipment.
Will do...nmBikeViking at home
May 26, 2002 1:40 PM
You know when a bladed spoke breaks ...SingleThreaded
May 31, 2002 10:30 AM
As a follow up to my previous post, I shoulda had them trued earlier. Didn't make it to 1600 miles before one of the bladed spokes snapped inside the rim. Of course it happens on a Friday lunch time ride and these spokes are not just sitting on the shelf; LBS has to order. I was fortunate that on a 20 mile ride, I was only 1/4 mile from the LBS when it snapped. Wheel was immediately unusable.

Incidently, it happened as I was accelerating from one of those damned stop signs.