Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 road wheelset review

Mid-depth tubulars

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
GBP £1,399.98 RRP | USD $2,249.00

Our review

Comfortable and confidence-inspiring but heavy weight for cost is obvious on hills
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Aeolus 5.0 Wheelset (10)
Brand Bontrager

Description * Team RadioShack's mainstay racing wheel! * 50mm cross section and aero profile provide the optimal height to width ratio for aerodynamic performance on everyday rides (with 22mm tire) * New lacing pattern mated to our revised layup OCLV carbon rim creates the best combination of aerodynamics and weight in the Aeolus line * Aerodynamic rim profile designed in collaboration with aero-guru Steve Hed
Weight (g) 1505
Tyre Type tubular
Front Wheel Weight 666
Rear Wheel Weight 839