Bontrager Rhythm Elite wheels review

Great trail wheels for smoother riders

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £299.99 RRP | USD $499.99
Bontrager Rhythm Elite Wheelset

Our review

Slightly flexy, but resilient, responsive and usefully broad trail wheels at a good price
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Bontrager’s Rhythm Elites were among the first light-but-broad wheels around and they’re still great trail wheels for smoother riders. At the price asked they’re very svelte, particularly considering you get a proper tyre-fattening 28mm rim round the outside.


It’s got an optional tubeless-ready rim strip and valve included, which is a bonus for low pressure fans.

Twenty-eight spokes take up the strain and while there’s a bit of flex when you’re braking or cornering hard, we’ve yet to put them out of shape permanently, even on tough stuff.

DT Swiss hubs provide durable, smooth-spinning centres to the Rhythms. The bearings and freehub are lasting well on our long-term set despite drownings and take up is positive for quick acceleration.

The front hub will run quick releases or 20mm spacers.


They even come in a 29er version should you desire,and there’s a heavier ‘Comp’ version.

Product Specifications


Name Rhythm Elite TLR Disc (08)
Brand Bontrager

Weight (g) 1862
Year 2008