Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

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Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:30 pm

Does anyone have any experience with these wheels? Any issues (broken spokes??) Wt 1,440g Compared to Bontrager Race TLR Wt 1,700g?

Compared to Shimano C35?? (yeah I know a different construction - and $300 more expensive, and similar weight to the Std Bonty Race Wheellset which I have now)
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby trekbikes3242 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:58 pm

I have never heard of RXLs cracking, buckling or busting spokes. I have a mate who treats his roadie like a cx bike and his RXLs have never needed repairing.

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:49 am

trekbikes3242 wrote:I have never heard of RXLs cracking, buckling or busting spokes. I have a mate who treats his roadie like a cx bike and his RXLs have never needed repairing.


Thanks. Have gone with the RXL and so far very happy.
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby Dirty32 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:56 am

C'mon Gord... Get some pictures up for the rest of us!

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby AndyRevill » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:18 pm

flashpixx wrote:Thanks. Have gone with the RXL and so far very happy.


Are you running them tubeless or with tubes?
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:38 am

Have gone tubeless Bontrager Road R3. Not cheap at $80 each. The rear didn't want to hold pressure so back to the shop yesterday.

The difference from the old Race wheelset and tubed Road R3 is stark. Ride is ultra smooth even at 100 psi. Hold speed better and climbing is easier. Garmin reckons over a 50km+ ride increase in avge speed is 10%.

Pix coming when I get the bike back. I'm pretty slack for a photog :?
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby AndyRevill » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:13 pm

flashpixx wrote:Have gone tubeless Bontrager Road R3. Not cheap at $80 each. The rear didn't want to hold pressure so back to the shop yesterday.

The difference from the old Race wheelset and tubed Road R3 is stark. Ride is ultra smooth even at 100 psi. Hold speed better and climbing is easier. Garmin reckons over a 50km+ ride increase in avge speed is 10%.

Pix coming when I get the bike back. I'm pretty slack for a photog :?


The more I hear experiences like yours the more tempted by tubeless I get, but then I see lots of people with the opposite experience and I go cold again :roll:

Maybe the key is to match rims and tyres. The race wheels that came with my 4.5 are TLR so I might get the conversion kit and give a set of R3s a go while I'm waiting to wear the wheels out :D

Look forward to seeing the pics

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:59 pm

AndyRevill wrote: Maybe the key is to match rims and tyres. The race wheels that came with my 4.5 are TLR so I might get the conversion kit and give a set of R3s a go while I'm waiting to wear the wheels out :D

cheers, Andy


I am curious about what impact tubeless tyres on the Race wheelset may have made. I can't compare as I went straight from Race/tubed R3 to RXL wheelset/tubeless R3.

Following some research It seems that smoothness is the largest noticable initial benefit of tubeless, the wheelset may be influencing the speed improvement?? Has to be some weight benefit of no tube I guess, but better bearings, lighter rims help too... I guess :)
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Postby flashpixx » Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:11 pm

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby bianchi928 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:52 am

Looks great Flash. I love my RXL's on my Domane. Awesome wheels.
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:50 pm

cheers. They are awesome to ride on. :D

Bike is back at the shop today to remedy (I hope) a slowly deflating rear tyre. :(
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Postby AndyRevill » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:47 pm

flashpixx wrote:cheers. They are awesome to ride on. :D

Bike is back at the shop today to remedy (I hope) a slowly deflating rear tyre. :(


Hope it's easily sorted, let us know how you get on.

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Postby flashpixx » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:21 pm

AndyRevill wrote:

Hope it's easily sorted, let us know how you get on.

Cheers,

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All sorted so far. Picked it up yesterday, held pressure overnight, did 100km on the bike today and is still holding :D
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby AndyRevill » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:37 am

flashpixx wrote:
AndyRevill wrote:

Hope it's easily sorted, let us know how you get on.

Cheers,

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All sorted so far. Picked it up yesterday, held pressure overnight, did 100km on the bike today and is still holding :D


Sounds good, fingers crossed it stays that way :D
what did they do?

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:28 pm

AndyRevill wrote:
Sounds good, fingers crossed it stays that way :D
what did they do?

Cheers,

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took the tyre off the rim, re-seated it and put in a bit more sealant.
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:54 pm

Further Update

Now over 3 weeks and 500 km since the tubeless tyres have been sorted. This includes the Ride to Conquer Cancer weekend of 220 km.

Put simply - the RXL Wheelset + tubeless combination is brilliant. Even if there were a slow deflation problem I would still persevere with tubeless. Right now the tyres are holding (AT) 100 PSI. :D

Rolling resistance is minimal, impact of side wind is minimal, pedalling is like pushing a warm knife through butter - smooth! The bike handles beautifully at slow speed and at high speed, wonderfully predicatable and stable. :D
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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby AndyRevill » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:49 pm

flashpixx wrote:Further Update

Now over 3 weeks and 500 km since the tubeless tyres have been sorted. This includes the Ride to Conquer Cancer weekend of 220 km.

Put simply - the RXL Wheelset + tubeless combination is brilliant. Even if there were a slow deflation problem I would still persevere with tubeless. Right now the tyres are holding (AT) 100 PSI. :D

Rolling resistance is minimal, impact of side wind is minimal, pedalling is like pushing a warm knife through butter - smooth! The bike handles beautifully at slow speed and at high speed, wonderfully predicatable and stable. :D


You must have been reading my mind, I'd been thinking about asking for an update :D

Glad to hear they're going well as I've been pondering the fact that my R2s are likely to need replacing at some point through the summer so I think you may have sealed it (bad pun) and I might well get myself the R3 conversion kit and try them on the Race wheels - I can dream of the RXL upgrade.

Did you (or the LBS) use the Bontrager tape/valve/sealant? I'm thinking keeping everything Bontrager probably makes the experience easier even if it ends up costing a little more.

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:41 pm

AndyRevill wrote: Did you (or the LBS) use the Bontrager tape/valve/sealant? I'm thinking keeping everything Bontrager probably makes the experience easier even if it ends up costing a little more.

cheers, Andy


They use all Bontrager stuff - ensures any warranty claims are upheld by Trek/Bontrager if needed. :D

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Re: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR wheelset

Postby flashpixx » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:08 pm

2,600 KM on these and still awesome. Tyres hold pressure for about a week. Love the wheelset, Has transformed the Domane. Happy Flash :D :D :D :D :D
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