Bontrager Aura 5 wheelset - in brief review£949.98

Road wheels with aluminium rims and carbon fairings

BikeRadar score5/5

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.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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