Bontrager XXX Lite tubular road wheelset review

Well-priced all-rounders

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,299.98 RRP | USD $2,499.98
Bontrager XXX Lite Tubular Wheels

Our review

Not that XXX Lite, but impressively tough and lively, with great looks at a good price
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Bontrager’s XXX Lites might not be the lightest wheels around, but as well-priced all-rounders with an acceleration and altitude gain edge, we’re impressed.

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At 1,230g (513g front, 717g rear) they’re actually heavier than several deep-section wheels we’ve tested recently, but they’ll still give a serious boost to your acceleration out of corners, up climbs or whenever the pace picks up. They also change direction very smartly and they’re much less gusty and wind-worried than a deep wheel.

The combination of carbon Swiss hubs and tight-laced bladed spokes makes these reassuringly tight. We’ve been pushing and sliding these wheels hard through corners and bouncing them in potholes for a couple of months without any problems.

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Their drop-dead gorgeous looks, plus titanium skewers and wheel bags included in the price, make them something of a bargain. The cork pads cook quickly on big hills, though, so we’d go Swiss Stop or Ashima instead.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XXX Lite Tubular Wheels (10)
Brand Bontrager

Description * The choice of Team RadioShack when the road heads up! * New lacing pattern mated to a revised layup OCLV carbon tubular rim for the lightest wheelset we've offered * Flangeless carbon hub shells featuring DT's star ratchet drive mechanism reducing overall wheelset weight * Straight pull DT Aerolite spokes are super lightweight and provide excellent aerodynamics * Alloy locking nipples ensure proper spoke tension * Includes titanium skewers, (required) Bontrager Carbon Stop Brake Pads and Bontrager Wheel Bags
Weight (g) 1230
Tyre Type tubular
Front Wheel Weight 513
Rear Wheel Weight 717