Bontrager Aura 5 wheelset – in brief review

Road wheels with aluminium rims and carbon fairings

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0
GBP £949.98 RRP | USD $1,199.98
Bontrager Aura 5 wheelset

Our review

The Aura 5 cleverly combines speed, comfort, stability and grip
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The Bontrager Aura 5 wheel has a light aluminium rim and a carbon fairing that’s purely aerodynamic – it’s non-structural and under no load, as the spokes continue through to the rim (making them tricky to adjust or replace). 


They feel lighter and more agile than most 50mm rims – on rough roads they have the suppleness of shallow rims, which is essentially what they are. With great acceleration, surprisingly good climbing and fantastic comfort, plus stability and grip from the wide rims, they’re very impressive. 

Note that the supplied Velox cotton rim tape will add a few grams (think 30g or so per wheel) to our stated weights (782g front, 945g rear). The quick-release skewers are also additional.


This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Aura 5 road wheels (13)
Brand Bontrager

Weight (g) 1727
Front Spoke Count 18
Front Wheel Weight 782
Rear Spoke Count 24
Rear Wheel Weight 945
Rim Description 51mm depth
Rim Size/Diameter 23