Bontrager Race X Lite (RXL) road wheelset£648.99

Usefully tough all-rounders

BikeRadar score3/5

Bontrager make an extensive range of road wheels, with the light and lively Race X Lites sitting at the top of the alloy all-rounder section. The white painted bladed spokes make them eye-catching and they stay interesting on the scales too at just over 1,600g.

Thanks to a scandium alloy rim they’re light where it matters so acceleration is keen and immediate. The alloy freehub picks up drive faster than most to amplify responsiveness.

Eyelets and off-centre ‘OSB’ spoking on the rear mean they’re not waif-like in strength and small recessed rim dots keep tabs on wear. The freehub can be pulled apart without tools for servicing, but apart from some scuffing of the white painted spokes our long-term sets have had zero issues.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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