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Bontrager wheels: good, bad or ugly?(5 posts)

Bontrager wheels: good, bad or ugly?Jammin
Aug 14, 2001 2:57 AM
The 02 Treks (at least the 2300) and the some of the Lemond bikes are coming with Bontrager speedlite rims for 02. Basically the two manufacturers are bailing on the sometimes trouble-prone Rolfs, but I know nothing about the Bombtragers.

Does anyone have good or bad feedback on these wheels, or is it just too early to tell?
political responseDuane Gran
Aug 14, 2001 5:07 AM
Personally I like Rolf wheels and have had nary a problem with over 6,000 miles on my Vector Comps. My understanding is that Trek has done some clever adjustment in order to avoid patent infringement from Rolf on these wheels. It seems tacky to me. I own a Trek and I love the bike, but these bontrager wheels leave a bad taste in my mouth already. It is to early to tell anything about the wheels, but if I were buying I would try to swap them out for something else.
My question is:Spoke Wrench
Aug 14, 2001 5:39 AM
When you hit a sewer grate or some such with your Rolf wheel, where are you going to get a replacement rim next year? From Trek? I'm getting real tired of not being able to get replacement parts for three year old bikes.
Rolf didn't go out of business...Lone Gunman
Aug 14, 2001 7:21 AM
But I haven't tried to buy replacement parts yet either. Try http://www.freewheel.com/rolf/. Rolf Wheelsets abound on the classifieds. Rolf had a 5 year agreement with Trek, he moved on. I could be completely wrong on this,(disclaimer) I suspect Rolf owned the patented technology on his wheels, Trek owned the equipment to manufacture and ability to distribute and both parties benefited from the relationship. Trek still owns the equipment, tweeked the design and avoided patent laws or paid Rolf a chunk o' change to rebadge his wheel design. The same concept happens every time Shimano or Campy changes things up every few years. Stuff becomes obsolete and is redesigned and fuels new sales when it is not compatable with old stuff.
re: Bontrager wheels: good, bad or ugly?eschelon
Aug 14, 2001 4:39 PM
I say stay away from anything made by that company. I have bought a couple of things from that company as after-market stuff and they are all pieces of shiPs. I have never used their wheels, but you gotta figure, if they made the simplest of things crappy, you can only be skeptical of the rest of the things they make.