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Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Front Wheel (Clincher)

Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Front Wheel (Clincher)

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Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Front Wheel (Clincher)

Until now, riders had to choose between aerodynamics for speed and low weight for climbing. Enter Bontrager's Aeolus 5 D3 wheels. Named after the Greek god of the winds, these 50mm deep full-carbon beauties are handmade in Wisconsin from OCLV carbon and boast a Tour-proven shape for perfectly optimized aerodynamics at any yaw angle. They're faster on flats, faster on descents, faster in cross winds, you get the idea. And when the road turns up, these slick aero hoops climb with the greatest of ease. No compromises, no holding back, no more questions, the choice is clear.

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  • Carbon-compatible brake pads included
 
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    Specification Description
    Size(s) 700c
    Model Clincher
    Rim Material OCLV Carbon, 50mm deep
    Hub(s) Bontrager Swiss-made
    Spokes (Front/Rear) DT Swiss Aerolite 14/17/14-gauge
    Holes (Front/Rear) 18
    Nipples Alpina aluminum, locking
    Weight (Front/Rear) 700 grams
    Lacing (Front/Rear) Radial
    Extras Skewer, wheel bag, Carbon Stop pads, valve extender

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    00601479137855 427080
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    Pros

    • Good breaking surface  (2)
    • Lightweight  (2)
    • Stays true  (2)
    • Well built  (2)
    • AERODYNAMIC 

    Cons

    • None I could find or feel 

    Best Uses

    • Road biking  (3)
    • All around training 
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    • Racing 

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    5.0

    Try 'em, then buy 'em.

    By The Flying Sausage

    from Greenville, SC and Charleston, SC

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Well Built
    • Fast
    • Stays True
    • Good Breaking Surface
    • Lightweight
    • Compliant
    • Stable

    Cons

    • None I Could Find Or Feel

    Best Uses

    • Long Daysclimbdescend
    • Road Biking
    • All Around Training

    Comments:

    I was able to have my 6 series Domane, Project One, bike delivered but due to cost effectiveness had to for-go the carbon rims. My first Madone 5.2 had xxx light carbon rims that were a dream to ride and I sold with no problems after 4 years of use. My Domane came with RXL TLR rims and they are fantastic, wide and comfortable. Only one flat in over a year and that was because a road strip ripped the sidewall. I rented these Aeolus 5's and after the first ride...I immediately will purchase either the 5 or 3 TLR. Bontrager has really outdone themselves on these rims. They remain compliant for just straight riding, don't get caught from the side winds due to superior aerodynamics, descend stably and very fast (3 mph faster on the same route compared to my RXL's. The most noticable aspect is the stability. The RXL's are a little chattery on fast descents and corners but these D3 5's have no chatter and make cornering a dream. When climbing, you will immediately notice no lateral flex or loss of energy. I was able to maintain a higher speed without standing on a few ascents and when I did stand, they take off at will. Because I don't race, I will most likely opt for the more all around 3 series with 25 mm tubeless tires but if you need an all around wheel and race or ride with a fast group (22+ mph) the 5's are the wheel that do it all. Try them first through the rental program then talk to your local retailer about how to purchase. you won't be disappointed!

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    5.0

    Holy fast and light.

    By Trekracer

    from Salt Lake City, Utah

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

    • super fast
    • AERODYNAMIC
    • Light

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    Very fast and light. They slice through the wind like nothing. Can get kind of tricky in high crosswinds but that's with any aero wheelset. Super happy with them. I only weigh 145 lbs so easy to get blown around on them. Overall well worth the price for performance. They also look cool!

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    5.0

    Fast, Light, and Stiff

    By Joel

    from Winter Haven, FL

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

    • Stays True
    • Lightweight
    • Well Built
    • Stiff
    • Good Breaking Surface

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Racing

      Comments:

      These clincher wheels are the best I've ever ridden. They are light, fast, and crazy stiff. I've broken spokes on other wheel sets, but these wouldn't even budge.

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