Bontrager Race Lite wheels review$450.00

Durable cross-country wheels

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Bontrager are currently overhauling their entire wheel line, but these versatile old favourites still have understandably loyal fans.

They are relatively heavy but the sturdy rims are supplied with a snap-in tubeless strip that’s a bonus for the cost.

They’ll take a thrashing before they buckle, but the alloy nipples do make any tuning work nerve wracking.

Bontrager branded DT Swiss hubs are slightly slow to engage but they run and run through the worst conditions.

The broad lever Bontrager quick releases are easy to use and double up as emergency tyre levers if the tighter tubeless rims put up a fight.

They’re one of the few stock wheels available in 29er or Maverick fork 24mm through-axle versions.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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