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Bontraeger race X lites for Clydesdale(13 posts)

Bontraeger race X lites for Clydesdaleinsmanblue
Jan 6, 2003 7:51 PM
I'm thinking about buying the 03 race X lites. I weigh about 210 lbs and I'm looking for something that is light and durable at the same time (like everyone). Has any big riders out there (190 lbs or more)used the 03 or 02 X lites? Do these wheels flex at all while climbing? Are there any durability issues or any other issues that are a concern? Any imput will help. Thanks
re: Bontraeger race X lites for ClydesdaleWoozy
Jan 6, 2003 8:46 PM
I'm about 185 lbs. and rode a pair of X-lites for about 1000 miles. Not a bad wheel, but felt they flexed too much for my liking. I never felt confident cornering hard on them. I didn't notice the flex when climbing, but I typically climb seated, if that makes any difference. No durability issues, though-- they stayed true while I had them. They're now happily being used by a considerably lighter friend (135 lbs. and admittedly less finicky) who also isn't having any problems with durability.
Mavic maybe better bet.ekdave
Jan 7, 2003 5:46 AM
First off - Im no Mavic Ksyrium fan. I actually ride rolf Sestriere's - similar to X-lites, but even lighter. BUT, I weight 145 and they are great for me.

However....If I were 180lbs or up, I would be riding Mavic Ksyriums. They are not the lightest wheels in the world, but are light enough. When you weigh over 180lbs, you cant be using the lightest stuff. Its just an accident waiting to happen.

The reason I reccomend the Ksyriums is I actually watched my buddy and his girlfriend ride ther tandem with the newest version of Ksyriums (the SL ones with shaved rims) and had no problems at all. No broken spokes, no flex could be seen (near brake pads, etc) no problems at all. I was quite impressed. Their tandem was an older 5 speed (dropout space) model so it could use the Ksyriums with its 130mm space without much dropot squeezing.

When they showed up on the tandem with these wheels I just laughed. He says they have been riding them for 1000+ miles now no problem. He probably weighs about 190, and she is maybe 140. Bike might weigh 60lbs (?) Again, very impressed.

my 2 cents for a larger, stronger rider.
re: Bontraeger race X lites for Clydesdaleafrican
Jan 7, 2003 6:20 AM
I am about 165lbs and I ride on the 03 race x lites. I have no problems climbing (ha I live in Florida). I have about 400 miles on them and I used the front x lite with a disc at Ironman Florida. I have had no issues with this wheelset, they handle corners and cross winds. I think you should be ok on these wheels but I am no expert as to your weight and these wheels.
re: Bontraeger race X lites for ClydesdaleSingleThreaded
Jan 7, 2003 6:52 AM
At 235 lbs I wouldn't recommend the '02 Race Lites for an everyday training wheel, perhaps just for events. I've replaced 2 spokes and 3 nipples in a little over 2K. Just a data point, your miles may differ.
re: Bontraeger race X lites for Clydesdalebugleboy
Jan 7, 2003 7:57 AM
Here's my question. When a person asks how something performs with a heavier rider, why do people that weigh 165lbs or less chime in. The tandem refernece was a good one, but if it had been a personal account from a 130lb rider I wouldn't have even read any farther after that fact was given. Being a 200+ lbs rider myself I won't even consider your point valid.
boggie boyafrican
Jan 7, 2003 9:00 AM
Read the first post again, at the end it says "any input". Maybe the poster might like to hear from a 165lbs rider that uses those exact wheels for training and raced an Ironman with the front wheel. Just maybe or maybe not.
I got these wheels from a friend who got them replaced by Trek as the old ones broke under warrenty, he in turn sold them to me. He is well over 200 and if he did not have so many wheels sets he would have been using these wheels comfortably. cheers thanks and bye.
"aphrodite"bugleboy
Jan 7, 2003 10:16 AM
Let me guess... your one of those 165 weenies that felt the need to chime in. In the beginning of the origianl post it asked advice from 190+ lb riders specically, or did you miss that part. I'm glad your friend can ride a pair of wheels that a previous pair broke underneath him and feel comfortable. Not many people can, including myself. I owned a Trek 5900 that came with those wheels. I felt that they flexed under intense efforts out of the saddle. In the saddle climbing they excelled. I have had the best luck with Ksyriums. The only time anything happened was in St. Louis when I was the last person in a domino crash and the previous guy fell into the rear of my bike and my wheel. I was fortunate that I stayed up, but one spoke did brake, but not until a few days later. This is coming from a guy that wieghs 205lbs.
"aphrodite"african
Jan 7, 2003 11:10 AM
You know I was going to get into this with you. But I just read the last post and I think that says it all for me, well almost.

Just to clarify: My friend did not break the wheels riding them, it was a flaw in the construction and they were Ksyriums (I think, can't remember), the Trek dealer exchanged the broken set for 03 x lites, and I bought them new unused from my friend.

Glad you stayed up and did not wipe.

I really like the x lites mentioned in this post and they work great for me. I was involved in a domino crash like you and I also stayed up, very luckily as some people were really hurt. I rode over a bike and got some air time and there was no damage to my wheels or bike, I had some minor scratches. Cheers, you can have the last word...
One more thing.....african
Jan 7, 2003 11:15 AM
sorry I can't help it.

See the original post broken down below.

Question one: Has any big riders out there (190 lbs or more)used the 03 or 02 X lites?

Ouestion two: Do these wheels flex at all while climbing?

Ouestion three: Are there any durability issues or any other issues that are a concern?

And number 4: Any imput will help. Thanks

Buggleboy, just to clarify, I replied to number 4.

Cheers mate, yours truly the 165 lbs weenie African.
One more thing.....bugleboy
Jan 7, 2003 11:01 PM
It's all good. The only thing is that I don't think that trek would exchange anything except for a product that they sold. He probably had a bad pair of the bonty's. Also usually one would generally tie question one to question 4. They are a part of same post... yeah he only wrote one
Your friend... ME;-)
re: Bontraeger race X lites for Clydesdaleinsmanblue
Jan 7, 2003 9:48 AM
Thank you all for your imput. The X lites are a relativly new wheelset I value all of the information that you provided. Thanks again.
Mine are bombproof..never had a problem!BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 7, 2003 1:55 PM
I had a set of 02 xlites and I never had a problem with them. I raced them for over a season and never had them come out of round...and that is saying alot when your 6`4`` 240 pounds and hit potholes 4 inches deep at speeds well over 30 mph. I never had a problem with them not being stiff enough, regardless if I was sprinting or climbing in or out of the saddle. I would be weary of the posts that say they arent stiff enough...those posts are probably refering to the race lites and not the race Xlites. I have had both sets and the Race Xlites are way much stiffer than the Race lites.
Good luck