Bontrager XXX Lite tubular road wheelset review£1,299.98

Well-priced all-rounders

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Bontrager's XXX Lites might not be the lightest wheels around, but as well-priced all-rounders with an acceleration and altitude gain edge, we’re impressed.

At 1,230g (513g front, 717g rear) they’re actually heavier than several deep-section wheels we've tested recently, but they’ll still give a serious boost to your acceleration out of corners, up climbs or whenever the pace picks up. They also change direction very smartly and they’re much less gusty and wind-worried than a deep wheel.

The combination of carbon Swiss hubs and tight-laced bladed spokes makes these reassuringly tight. We’ve been pushing and sliding these wheels hard through corners and bouncing them in potholes for a couple of months without any problems.

Their drop-dead gorgeous looks, plus titanium skewers and wheel bags included in the price, make them something of a bargain. The cork pads cook quickly on big hills, though, so we’d go Swiss Stop or Ashima instead.

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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