Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 road wheelset review£1,399.98

Mid-depth tubulars

BikeRadar score2/5

Bontrager's mid-depth tubular wheels are certainly eye-catching and easy to ride, but high weight is obvious under acceleration. With big graphics, glossy cosmetic weave fairing section and bladed white spokes, these wheels stand out.

The HED-designed broad rim and rounded profile provide one of the most wind-stable 50mm wheelsets around. There’s less gusting in crosswinds or reluctance to turn at higher speeds.

The smoothness from longer spokes and flexible rim fairing give it a confident, comfortable feel. However, they are heavier than the lightest comparable-cost wheels.

This cuts into bike agility and drags on climbs, making these best-suited to long, flat-courses, where cruising is key. Bags, cork brakes blocks, titanium skewers and our favourite valve extenders are included, but price is still high.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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