Bontrager Rhythm Elite TLR 29 Wheelset

3.57/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $270.00

Product Description

  • Rim Material: Aluminum
  • Spokes (Front/Rear): 14/15-gauge stainless-steel
  • Holes (Front/Rear): 28
  • Nipples: Aluminum, locking
  • Extras: Tubeless rim strips

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ken a Cross Country Rider from Pgh, pa

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2011

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    I weight 175 and average 60 to 100 miles a week. Last fall I noticed several cracks on the rim around the spoke eyelet. One of the cracks has recently grown to about 1 1/4 inch rendering the wheel in operable. My dealer said that they have seen this happen on several other occasions and will not replace. I am very disappointed in the performance of Bontrager wheel set.

Bottom Line:   
I will buy another set of Bontrager

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Maverick Cross Max

Bike Setup:   Fisher Hi Fi Pro 29er

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by stever2 a Cross Country Rider from Harrison,Ohio,USA

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2011

Strengths:    Wide footprint. Front wheel held up very well and is still in use.

Weaknesses:    Small fractures at each nipple on the Rear wheel. Also a fracture at the weld. Had to replace. LBS said it was due to heavy amount of braking and some tough single track.

Bottom Line:   
I'm an intermediate level rider who put a fair amount of miles on this set of wheels...a little over 2,000 miles... 95% of that was single track in some fairly demanding places ridden: DuPont,Pisgah,Tsali,Pinhoti at Mulberry Gap,etc, my local Ohio and Indiana rides....
The front wheel is doing GREAT ! It has never had to be trued.
Front wheel rating = 5 chilis Rear wheel = 3 chilis

Btw....after my Chattahoochie NF, Blankets Creek and Chicopee Woods in Georgia 2009 Ferrous frame cracked at the chainstay...chainring side where the 'dimple' is.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm riding at that time !

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS as part of a 200

Similar Products Used:   None at that time. They were on my first and only MTB at the time...a 2009 GF Ferrous

Bike Setup:   2009 GF Ferrous(Tru Temper OX Platinum steel frame) with stock equipment.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by neste a Cross Country Rider from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff and stay true. Tubeless rim strips rock. Much better than Stans. Wide rim gives tires lot of volume.

Weaknesses:    Cracks under eyelets and through weld seam.

Bottom Line:   
Wheels have been flawless until last weekend. They're not the lightest, but I'm 200lbs. so strength is important. Broke a spoke on a climb. Figured a stick must have caused it because it was broke in the middle. When pulling the broken spoke out, I noticed small cracks around many of the spoke holes and a large crack through the welded seam. Dealer is contacting the rep for replacement. I've heard rumors of eyelets pulling out.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   First set of 29er wheels. Always used Mavic ceramic rims on Shimano hubs on my 26" bikes.

Bike Setup:   Titus RacerX 29er, Reba SL, XT cranks, SRAM XO, Bontrager XXX stem and carbon riser bar and Bontrager Rhythm Elite wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rvercoe a Cross Country Rider from Laramie, WY

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2010

Strengths:    Excellent DT Swiss sealed bearing hubs, Asymetrical rim and tubeless kit. Bomb-proof trueness withstands 2 years of XC racing and and hard freeriding

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
I upgraded to these wheels after two seasons on WTB LaserDisc wheels. I had to true the WTBs after every ride and I had broken spokes and failed freehubs on the free-wheel.
Now I have riden the Bontragers for 2 years of bomber care-free wheels that have a great tubeless kit that comes with the wheels. I race XC collegiate races and otherwise hit technical trails hard for a 170lb rider. I have only trued them once between seasons just for the hell of it. I even rode the rear wheel completely flat for the last 2 miles of a race and they were true as arrows still. The hubs are no-resistance quality DT Swiss made for Bontrager. I am sold on these and would replace with the same if I were ever to blow these ones out some how.

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Favorite Trail:   Mo' Rock'n, Curt Gowdy

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   University Bikes, Bo

Similar Products Used:   WTB LaserDisc wheels

Bike Setup:   Niner JET9, RockShox 100m Reba fork, 2x9 SRAM drivetrain, Avid cable disc brakes and Bontrager wheels w/ tubeless set-up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GTR-33 a Cross Country Rider from Milwaukee, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff and durable. Bonty Rim strips make tubeless a breeze

Weaknesses:    Nil.

Bottom Line:   
I have not been easy on these rims and they have always stayed true. I've checked several times if they need truing and they were always fine. Tubeless conversion was so easy and trouble free. Tire went on and held air no problem. No burping whatsoever.

If you do true these wheels often MAKE SURE YOU DON'T over tension the spokes. Pulling them out of round to make sure they are true will kill them.

I know some people will ignore these rims because of the lack of trail cred because they say BONTRAGER on the side, but they really are good rims.

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Favorite Trail:   Kettles

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   Stan's Flow, Bontrager RXL, Bontrager RXXXL, DT X470, WTB Laserdisc Trail, Velocity Blunt, Shimano XT. (29ers)

Bike Setup:   various different bikes

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Shred303 a Racer from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2009

Strengths:    Light Weight

Weaknesses:    Don't stay true

Bottom Line:   
After riding 3 Months on these wheels they were so out of shape I couldn't get them true again. After 2 hours of trying I said straight enough and called it done.

Comparatively, I previously road on a pair of Bontrager Superstock's and road entire race season and didn't need to true them once but the weakness of the Superstocks is the Shimano rear hub.

I hear the Bontrager Rhythm Comps are heaveir but more durable. I have a set of these with mud tires on them. We'll see how they hold up.

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Favorite Trail:   Moraine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Superstokcs, Bontrager Rhythm Comps

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by reeser a Downhiller from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2009

Strengths:    Wider footprint than most 29er rims allows for alot of banging around.
Damn light. 1,950-gram
Bontrager warranty

Weaknesses:    expensive for a college student

Bottom Line:   
Haven't had them very long yet, but they have never needed truing and I ride hard. The Rims are wide, really wide. With the 28-mm rim profile you can drop off sh*t on your 29er like it's a 26 and still rollover everything in your path. They are as stiff as you can hope for with a 29er set. headed to Moab to give them a real test. If they don't hold up i'll update, but I expect they will.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch and all the rest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   the trek store

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 29er wheelset

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rock hopper 29 comp. hardtail. Tubeless setup.

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