Bontrager Race Series 29er Wheelset

2.8/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

For the 29" Race Series of wheels.

Many different options. Specify wheel type in review.



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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brianb a Cross Country Rider from Redding

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2009

Strengths:    durability

Weaknesses:    ?

Bottom Line:   
When choosing components for the build, I opted for these as a relatively light weight and economical wheelset on the advice of Jeff from Mrazek. I did this with much scepticism on my part, as I'm 215 lbs and not easy on wheels. But, after 3 years, a couple trips to Downieville and lots of local riding (XC), the bearings are still smooth and the rims straight and true. I haven't touched a spoke. I'm surprised, as I thought I'd be upgrading w/in a year or two. So, 5 chili's all around for now. That said, I do think that Mrazek's mechanic in OR gave them the once over before they came to me... maybe that's the difference between this review and others here.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Ordered with frame

Similar Products Used:   various 26" wheels from LBS & factories.

Bike Setup:   Mrazek hard tail 29er (aluminum)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dewthedru a Cross Country Rider from Kalamazoo, MI

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2008

Strengths:    I suppose they're light

Weaknesses:    I had a fairly simple fall about 6 weeks ago and got up and noticed the front wheel was all jacked up. Thought I must have landed on it harder than I thought. A few rides later, on a new rim and spokes, I did the same thing. Hit a root and felt the rim just buckle. Completely cracked at the seam after a fairly innocuous fall. I had the pleasure carrying my bike for 2+ miles through mosquito valley. Yay me.

I can't imagine that my crashes were bad enough to destroy the wheels. I rode for years and years on a set of Dave's Speed Dream without anything like this happening. Can it be that I just got unlucky or that 29'r wheels are more fragile?


Bottom Line:   
I'm not very happy with going through two front wheels in 3-4 rides. If I could afford to do so, I'd swap them out for some American Classics or Speed Dreams.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Dave's Speed Dream Wheels

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Superfly - XTR, X.0, etc.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from South Mountain Emmaus

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2008

Strengths:    These came on my 2006 GF 293 29er. They are not light and the spokes were loose when I got the bike, machine built I imagine. I am only 160lbs, but ride hard on technically demanding terrain (lots of rocks, log hops, and stumps etc). I beat the snot out of these and have not pulled a spoke out yet.

Weaknesses:    They are flexy even though I'm a lightweight. I am an amateur wheel truer so that may be part of the reason they don't stay true for long.

Bottom Line:   
If you are light and are looking for something cheap to beat on I recommend these, but I wouldn't spend much on them. Buy new skewers, the bonti's suck.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   only 26ers

Bike Setup:   These were on my sugar 293, now on my kula 29er set up ss. I am looking for another set of rims and will keep these and prob. set them up with skinny tires for some road riding.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Red Snail Racing a Cross Country Rider from Chicago, IL

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2008

Strengths:    The hubs seem to hold up fine.

Weaknesses:    The spokes can't pull out of the rim fast enough

Bottom Line:   
To set the scene, I'm a 210#, 47 yr old, endurance rider and racer. These wheels have never seen more than an 18 inch drop, ever. They have seen many roots, rocks and log obstacles. Last fall I noticed that a spoke was pulling out of the rear rim, taking with it a 3/8 inch strip if metal the width of the eye. After taking it to the LBS, they told me Trek would not warranty the rim, as it was a breakage through use problem. So be it, how ever after using it once in the snow this winter, nothing cleans a rim and tire like snow, I fond another tear of similar size pulling down the side of the rim at another location. Then upon further inspection, I found cracks around 6 other eyelets. It been many miles since I’ve broken a spoke, much less tore 8 of them out of a rim. Trek/Bontrager should be embarrassed to sell a product as lame as this rim

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Favorite Trail:   Southern Unit, Kettle Moraine

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Salsa

Bike Setup:   Fisher X-Caliber, Reba 80mm, XT Drive Train, Avid BB7 Brakes

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Raoul Castaneda a Cross Country Rider from Babylon, NY USA

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2007

Strengths:    Light, strong rim

Weaknesses:    Hub flange

Bottom Line:   
Bike came with the race lites, I rode XC one month no races. The front hub flange must have cracked because I found pieces on the garage floor one morning- it was in a bike stand and 4 spokes tried to escape. That was weird because I have race lites on my road bike and ran 10,000+ with no trouble, not even worn bearings. I replaced the hub (rare 24 hole) with a blue Richey and no problems since. The rims run true and hold up to up to 4 ft drops. I'm 190lbs on a hard tail, so they take a beating. Buy them for cross country if you want a light midrange wheel. Why spend 800 or more?

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Point

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   XTR, Mavic cross max, Richey Rolf's, Campy

Bike Setup:   Orbea aluminum frame 29er rim brakes, full XTR upgrade except wheelset, Bomber Marathon fork

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