Bontrager Race Extra Lite mountain bike wheelset review£549.99

Stiff and pimp but costly

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The 28 butted white spokes front and rear may grab your attention, but it’s the new stiffer, lighter scandium alloy rims that tighten this wheelset up compared to previous versions.

It still isn’t guaranteed to go exactly where you point it, but it’s precise enough for a race weight wheel.

The wheels are supplied with tubeless sealing strips and valves, though their hooked profile makes them a sod to set up even normal tyres on without overpressuring.

The Bontrager designed hubs are a bit sticky new, but fast on the uptake, quiet and reliable. The broad lever skewers are great too.

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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