Bontrager Line Elite Wheelset - Review

May 20, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Bontrager Line Elite 275 Review


Bontrager Line Elite Wheelset

The wide rim resurgence doesn't show any signs of losing momentum, and Bontrager's Line Elite wheelset is one of the newer additions to the field of contenders. Designed to meet the demands of all-mountain riders, the wheelset uses aluminum rims that measure 28mm internally and 33mm externally. Those rims are laced up with 28 straight pull spokes and come tubeless ready thanks to Bontrager's plastic TLR rim strips. Weight: 1750 grams, 1850g w/ TLR strips. MSRP: front, $461.99; rear, $537.99 USD.

Details
• Rims: 6061 aluminum
• Intended use: trail / all-mountain / enduro
• Width: 33mm outer, 28mm inner
• Diameter: 27.5''
• Tubeless ready
• Spoke count: 28 DT Swiss 14/15 gauge
• Weight: 1750 grams, 1850g w/ TLR strips
• 15x100 front, 135/142x12 rear
• MSRP: front, $461.99; rear, $537.99 USD, XD driver sold separately
www.bontrager.com


Bontrager Line Elite wheels review
Bontrager Line Elite wheels review
The hubs are laced with straight pull spokes, and use Bontrager's Stacked Lacing on the drive side, where the spokes are aligned more vertically than horizontally to improve the angle between the hub flange and the rim.

Construction

The 6061 aluminum rims found on the Line Elite wheels are drilled asymmetrically, with the spoke holes closer to the non-drive side, a feature the Bontrager calls OSB (Offset Spoke Bed). This allows for the tension and spoke length on both sides to be equal, as opposed to a traditionally drilled rim that requires the drive side spokes to be shorter and under a higher amount of tension. The 28 straight pull spokes are laced to a set of impressive looking hubs, which use Bontrager's Stacked Lacing on the drive side. Stacked Lacing means that that the spoke holes in the hub are oriented one atop of the other, another step that's meant to improve the bracing angle and increase wheel stiffness by keeping the spokes situated as far out on the hub as possible.

Inside the rear hub are 54 teeth that work in conjunction with a three pawl drive body for a quick 6.6 degrees of rotation between engagement points. To help keep the pawls from slipping under heavy loads, each one has three teeth to maximize the amount of contact with the drive ring.


Bontrager Line Elite wheels review
Bontrager Line Elite wheels review
Three pawls on the driver body mesh with the 54 tooth ring, resulting in 6.6 degrees of rotation between engagement points.

Bontrager Line Elite 27.5 Review
Bontrager Line Elite wheels review
The wide rims make it easy to run a tubeless setup, and the asymmetric drills allows for the same size spoke to be used on each side.


Installation

The Line Elite wheelset comes with Bontrager's TLR rims strips pre-installed, and a standard floor pump and some sealant was all it took to quickly get tires installed and ready to roll - there was never any need to resort to an air compressor to get them seated. The plastic rim strips are part of the reason this process is so easy, although the gram counters out there could knock 100 grams or so off the total weight by replacing them with a wrap or two of tubeless rim tape.


On the Trail

Wider rims do bring a slight weight penalty compared to narrower options, but at 1750 grams the Line Elites are still reasonably light, especially given their all-mountain designation. Even shod with meaty tires they felt quick to accelerate, and there wasn't any popping or skipping from the freehub body when mashing on the pedals to get through a technical climb, or sprinting out of the exit of a corner. Wheel stiffness can be difficult to quantify when 160mm of travel and big tires are added to the equation, but that being said, there wasn't any noticeable flex when snapping through tight bermed turns or touching down after a jump or drop.

At 28mm, the Line Elite's inner rim width allows for most 2.3” tires to be run without drastically altering the tire profile, and even though the overall tread profile does become a little more squared off the handling characteristics are still preserved, with the added benefit of a slightly wider footprint and the ability to run lower pressures. We ran a number of tires during the review period, including Maxxis' Minion DHF and Highroller II, along with Bontrager's XR4, and were able to run pressures between 22-25psi without any trouble - no tires rolled off the rim, or emitted even the slightest burp of sealant at any time. There are still some naysayers who aren't convinced that there's a noticeable difference between a 28mm or wider rim and one that's 23mm or less, but I'm firmly convinced that going wide brings with it appreciable benefits for any rider. It's not a night and day difference, but the extra traction and diminished feedback from small obstacles on the trail make it worth choosing a wider rim if given the choice.


Durability

This wheelset was subjected to a fair share of nasty winter riding, including driving rain, thick mud, and deep puddles, conditions that are tough on even the best sealed hubs out there. In this case, it was the large drive side bearing that sits just outside the drive ring that suffered, becoming gritty and corroded enough to need replacement after only a couple of months. Better sealing behind the XD driver body would help fix this, and after talking to Bontrager it sounds like plans are in the works for a design update in the near future.

The other issue we ran into was the rims' tendency to dent rather easily. Admittedly, the wheels did get ridden in extremely technical terrain, but they still seem fairly soft and prone to developing flat spots, and riders that are typically hard on wheels may not find the Line Elites to be dent-resistant enough to meet their needs.




Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe Line Elite wheelset may not be the flashiest offering out there - there's no purple anodized spokes, or odd lacing patterns to be found - but they're chock full of features that riders in search of a new set of wheels will appreciate. The wide, asymmetrically drilled rims, slip-free and quick engaging rear hub, and easy tubeless setup are all appealing, although the dent prone rims are a chink in the Line Elite's armor. For riders who typically aren't hard on rims this likely won't be an issue, but it is something to keep in mind for anyone with dreams of enduro race glory - extra-hard chargers may end up needing to replace a rim before the season is over. - Mike Kazimer




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114 Comments

  • 63 1
 "Strong. Light. Cheap. Pick Two." -Keith Bontrager
  • 35 5
 I ride with no wheels, so none of those options apply. I like to feel like one with the earth, where there is no aluminum & rubber seperating natural ground with by bike, as my bike is but an extension of my body, so therefore I am one with the earth.
  • 10 14
flag aoneal (May 21, 2015 at 6:13) (Below Threshold)
 With that price tag, we should be able to have all three.
  • 3 1
 Or just buy some stand
  • 21 0
 A grand for heavy aluminum wheels that are weak, with unremarkable hubs? GTFOH.
  • 4 1
 yeah, too expensive for a built wheelset at that weight when you can build a custom wheelset around that weight for less money and may just be stronger/stiffer and the best trait of them all, sexier.
  • 1 0
 They look nice, but why pay so much for a built wheel set when I could probably pick exactly what I want in a wheel set for less.
  • 48 3
 A THOUSAND BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????!?!?!?!?!?
Hmmmm....
Usually when you're late to the party, your product is either stronger, lighter, more efficient, or at least cheaper.
In this case, Specialized fired the first salvo with their Roval Fatties, which are STRONGER(I'm 245lbs, ride predominantly over rocks thanks to the drought here in Socal, yet haven't so much as had to true a rim yet), LIGHTER(I weighed mine right out of the box~1682gr's w/rim strips), and CHEAPER(MSRP~$600).
Trek saw Specialized unveil the Fatties LAST SUMMER, yet inexplicably did JACK SQUAT(to quote the Late Great Chris Farley) with the extra time they afforded themselves by effectively waiting 'til the next model-year to bring theirs to market.
Instead, they obviously blew their wad on the Boost 148-wheels we don't need, and didn't ask for.
Still, one would think that even as an afterthought, it wouldn't have been too difficult to even half-ass a set of wide wheels that were at least in the same ball-park price-wise. Who the heck is gonna pay a grand for a set of wheels that are clearly inferior, not to mention almost TWICE AS MUCH as their competition?
After having Fatties on my Enduro 27.5", I didn't even bother looking to see what Trek/B-trager had to offer when I purchased my 2015 Trek Slash. I just ordered up another set of Fatties. After reading this article, I see that I made the right choice.
  • 18 0
 A bit of a rant, but I actually can't argue with anything you said. :-)
  • 7 5
 The $600 version of the Roval Fattie has DT hub internals, but not the nicer star ratchet. It is DT's cheaper and less reliable 3 pawl system with only 18 points of engagement, whereas the Bontrager set reviewed here has a decently impressive 54 points of engagement system. That is where the price difference probably lies. Now, the Roval Fattie SL wheelset comes with DT 350 internals but with the 54t star ratchet upgrade installed. However, they retail for $1500, or $500 more than the Bontrager Line set.

Also, the Bontrager tubeless system uses bomb proof rim strips vs tubeless tape. This TLR system is by far the best tubeless system on the market. The tape systems work fine, but I just love Bontrager's system.
  • 2 0
 mtnbiker315-
Thanks for the informative reply, but a I gotta disagree with one or two items.
Firstly, IMO the TLR strip is needlessly heavy, and in my experience, at least NO more reliable than tape, or at least the tape that comes stock on the Fatties.
The TLR strip on my almost-new B-trager Duster rear is pulled/dented up on the side, and the thing has MAYBE 15mi on it.
I'n gauging this based on the rest of the strip and the front.
Conversely, this is my second set of Fatties, and the third set of ['aftermarket', i.e. bought separately] Rovals I've owned. The first three survived 250lbs+ beating the crap outta them over SoCal rocks for I have no idea how many hours/miles, and never had any of the tape pull up.
Next, I wasnt aware that my first Rovals(Carbon) came with the Star Ratchet hub so I checked into buying the Star Ratchet mechanism before my LBS bothered to tell me I already had it, and the cost was cheap(I wanna say like $30).. I also gives you more engagement points.
Lastly, regardless of all this, you're still left with rims that are apparently too weak for what the wheels are marketed for, and you're still paying almost DOUBLE what the Rovals cost.
I get that you're a fan of Trek/B-trager, so that's where you wanna spend your money.
In my old age I've learned to be pragmatic, so apart from staying away from Chi-com manufactured goods as much as possible(trying to do my part to bring back American manufacturing)-which isn't altogether easy I admit, I'll buy whatever I think is gonna work best for me(and I can afford).
IMO, at least as far as these B-tragers and Fatties are concerned, IMO the Fatties are the best buy by a sizeable margin
  • 20 2
 This is Trek and they are asking 1000$+ for a pair of alu wheelset, go away, there are better and cheaper options out there.
By the way I have a set of real Bontrager - Valliant rims as from 1998!!!! and they are still going strong.
  • 2 0
 Was happy to see an aluminum wheelset getting reviewed here but only to know that it cost that much LOL wit ha weight like that?
  • 9 0
 Πές τα ρε μάγκα! Αυτή η Trek νομίζει ότι πουλάει Rolex.
Translation: Tell those re magka. Trek thinks that it sells Rolex.
  • 2 0
 @jozhua130 - 1,750g is what my latest carbon wheel build weighs.

Carbon hoops, Chris King hubs, CX Ray spokes, brass nipples... pretty easy to get above 1,700 even with carbon. I'm sure my wheels are stronger/stiffer, but still. There's more to the story than the scale says.
  • 5 0
 You could build a wheel-set with Chris king hubs and ZTR rims for way less than that. Probably would be stronger too.
  • 1 6
flag Alias530 (May 21, 2015 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 @enduro94 - what makes you say it would be stronger? In what world is carbon weaker than aluminum at the same weight? Lol
  • 2 0
 @Alias530 I think he's referring to the bontrager wheels and not your carbon hoops.

I'm sure its a good wheelset, no doubt about it but I think the issue lies on the price of this bontrager set. you can build a relatively on the same weight, and maybe stiffer/stronger aluminum wheelset for less money.

but that's just me.

also I dig carbon stuff. though sadly I wasn't able to snag a $500 carbon reynolds wheelset on 26 when a supplier offered it to me. too bad.
  • 1 0
 I was just talking about the price. These are built with aluminum hoops so I was comparing to aluminium hoops as well.
  • 3 0
 E13 for AM IMO
  • 1 1
 What is being missed is that when I buy my 2016 or '17 Remedy (still can't decide 27.5 or 29) these wheels will be available and I won't be paying $1000 for them.

Once again, thank you Trek.
  • 2 1
 @deadtime - Why aren't you getting a new bike now if your next one isn't until 2017? Don't most people get a new bike every 1-2 years?
  • 1 1
 @Alias530, The '16 models will be released in, 3 or 4 months and I'm not sure about the new axle spec. Will the '16 Remedy 27.5 have Boost? Is Boost here to stay? Does Boost work better for a 29er than a 27.5? These are tough questions and this might be my last bike. The only reason I've bought so many bikes is because I'm new to the sport and my 2 sons are growing like weeds. My next bike might be my last for awhile cuz' the boys will start college in 4 yr's and it's time to put ALL my money away.
  • 15 4
 Bontrager was best when Keith was in charge
  • 9 7
 I know it's a big name in MTB history, but I just can't get excited about anything with "Bontrager" on it these days. Maybe because it's on so many accessories? Hard to take something like a wheelset seriously when the name is also on cheap water bottle cages, etc.
  • 4 0
 kabanosipyvo - but even "Shimano" is on everything from water bottles to wheels to drive trains, and so is almost every other major component manufacturer in the world so I don't think it's that. Perhaps more that it is so closely associated with Trek and not a "neutral" component brand.
  • 2 0
 @kabanosipyvo I think what they are doing is actually smart. They have a broad market for product. That way they aren't only selling high end stuff but also some low end stuff like cages. They make more money that way. I had a Trek remedy with a whole bunch of Bontrager parts and they were good.
  • 1 0
 Ka-brap, I think you're right. The two brands are very tightly coupled.

True, enduro94, it is definitely smart from a business perspective. I've had Trek/Bontrager bikes myself in the past, and though the parts certainly all work fine, they are just meh, because Bontrager parts have to hang off soccer mom hybrid bikes as well as DH sleds. What I meant to say was that Bontrager does not equal Passion for me these days, as there is nothing cutting edge, high design, innovative, or bling about their products.

In the end it's mostly marketing (i.e. brainwashing), getting us to pay more for a higher-end seatpost, stem, etc. than what comes stock with the bike.
  • 1 0
 @kabanosipyvo - what are you talking about? Almost every brand on the planet has entry level stuff and high end stuff.

Do you think the Remedy 9.9 sucks because Trek also sells the 8.2 DS?
  • 1 0
 "Do you think the Remedy 9.9 sucks because Trek also sells the 8.2 DS?" --not sure how you made such a jump from what I wrote.

I will try again: Bontrager brands a lot of low-to-mid range stuff for Trek. This article is about a $1,000 wheelset. Why would I want to buy such a wheelset from a company NOT known for high-end products, if my new wheelset is supposed to be an UPgrade from the mid-range one that came on my bike?
  • 1 1
 @kabanosipyvo - let me try again... Bontrager has a shit load of high end products--$3k wheels, $600 handlebars, etc.

You don't think the majority of what Trek sells is also low to mid range stuff? Same with almost every other brand on the planet. Low to mid range cars make up most of their sales. Just for another example--Chevy Cruze vs. Chevy Corvette Z06. Chevy sells WAY more Cruze's, but that doesn't mean the Corvette isn't a beast. I have no idea what gets sold in the Ukraine so it's harder to make relevant examples...
  • 1 1
 You made my point exactly. BECAUSE Chevy sells econoboxes and minivans, if I had the scratch to get some real high-end bling on wheels, the last brand I would consider is Chevrolet.

Notice my use of the pronoun "I," not "you" throughout the conversation. While a Corvette is indeed fantastic, it would not by MY choice.

I still have a choice, don't I?
  • 1 1
 Alter the examples so that you can comprehend Smile maybe the reason you don't have the "scratch" to buy high end bling wheels stems from the same reason you can't comprehend my example.

Again--Just about every bike manufacturer sells low end stuff and high end stuff... specialized, trek, race face, fox, rockshox, and so on... The only manufacturer I can think of who ONLY makes high end stuff is ENVE.
  • 11 0
 Lol.
  • 1 4
 wtf?
  • 5 0
 I've been running these wheels on my Bronson for a couple of months with no issue. Swapping tires on these rims with the TLR system has been the easiest process out of any wheel I've run before.

There's a lot of dislike for the Bontrager stuff out there, but their R&D has improved over recent years and the warranty is about as hassle free and forgiving as it can get.
  • 1 0
 You'd hope they're r&d has improved with prices like that...
  • 1 0
 I was thrown a price that I wasn't going to turn down. I was originally going to buy Spank wheels. I've had them before and like there products, but I was willing to give Bonty a chance.
  • 4 0
 Offset drilling in the rim will NOT be enough to have even tension on both drive and non drive side. Especially with straight pull spokes, which need a wider "flange" on the hub. So once again, you can have better, for cheaper. Pro2 hubs, Sapim CXRay spokes, Ryde Trace Enduro rims, proper wheel build and you'll have an AM/Enduro wheelset, stronger providing the wheelbuilder knows how to properly build a wheel, for the exact same weight, and $300 cheaper.
  • 2 0
 trace enduro rims are soft, wouldn't ever choose them
  • 2 0
 I wouldn't go as far as saying they're too "soft", but I wouldn't use them myself considering how many rims I go through every year ... Velocity Blunt35 and Spank Spike35 just this year alone ... Frown

Anyway it's an example and it would be just fine for "AM" use.
  • 1 0
 I rode Hope evo Pro2 hubs, Sapim CX-Rays and Ryde Trace En for about 1,5 years 70% trail/20% freeride/10% Bikepark on my 180mm Rotwild. I think if you are a real aggressive ripper who likes to go at warp speed in rocky terrain they´re a no go. didn´t have any issues with the wheelsset except that lots of guys told me due to the very low rimhook of the Ryde Trace En burlier tires like Maxxis 2-plys and even Schwalbes SG pop of when ridden hard. So it is more like a wheelset for XC/Trail. But - for the price of one bontrager wheelset you can buy another one with e.g. spanks subrose rims.
  • 1 0
 @Ploutre I wouldn't count the Blunt35: they're well known at this point to be too delicate for anybody who charges.
  • 3 0
 I have some rhythm elite that came on my Trek Remedy - very solid wheels! Been riding them for 2 years and they need a bit of truing, but the hubs spin flawlessly. Nevertheless, for this kind of price I would build my own wheels (Hope with some WTB Kom or ZTR) or buy Easton or CrankBrothers - look visually more appealing and are lighter.
  • 1 0
 I have a set of Rhythm Elites, a set of the Rhythm Pro Scandiums, and an older set of Rhythm Comps and all three are rock solid.
My experience: 1:Bontrager Tubless Set-up is good 2:Stans Tubless rim/valve strips also work great in these wheels 3:Wheels need trued about once a season.
PSI between 20-25# with 2.3 inch tires ridden hard on rocky terrain would be the reason for denting ANY rim in my experience.
$600 Price Point would make these wheels much more appealing ($1k is just to much unless its Carbon)
  • 4 1
 I bought a remedy 9 new and folded the junk wheels it came with in two weeks. After that I "upgraded" to the elites, which after two months and the cranksgiving race the bearings needed replacing. Over the winter I destroyed the rear wheel. They replaced the wheel and a week after that same wheel received a huge dent. This review is very accurate. I didn't pay full price but the price I did pay was even too much. My advice should be clear, this is one of those situations that you don't get what you pay for.
  • 2 0
 My experience with the Rhythm Elites has been the exact opposite. After a full year, only 2 small dents in the rear, and will just do my first truing on them today. I ride reasonably fast, but with very heavy feet smashing over stuff with lowish psi. The hubs on those wheels are a piece of beautiful machine work.
  • 1 0
 I have the Line Elites and we clearly have opposite riding styles. I run 28psi in the rear with the Xr4 tire and still destroy these wheels. I also only weigh 150 pounds with gear. I've gone through two rims in six months.
  • 8 2
 Roval fattie seems like a better deal at $600 for the set, I love mine.
  • 6 0
 hope hubs on mavic rims... loads cheaper
  • 1 0
 and no tubeless bead hook unless you limit yourself to 819/823s
  • 5 3
 These are really great looking wheels! Good that we have more and more wide rim options, I hope all new rims will be coming in such size. Just please stop talking on lowering air pressure thanks to larger volume and increased tyre stability, it's a lab rat BS and many people on forums report the same. With current 28mm inner, I set my sweet spot only at 2PSI less than with previous rims with 21mm inner, that means virtually no change, at least as long as I am not Eric Carter or Nico Vouilloz and not aperson who checks their TP using accurate "measuring device" before every ride. If I go lower I puncture my lovely, lightyfilmsy Schwalbe EVO sidewalls.
  • 1 0
 Waki: are you saying the wide rims don't provide extra traction as claimed?
I'm in the process of looking for new wide rims to replace my Crossmax Enduros.
I love everything about the Crossmax but all the talk of wide inners has been tempting me away in hope of even better traction.
  • 1 0
 I was running 28PSI on Crossmax ST and XT AM. Now I run 26PSI on 28mm inner. According to the hype I could go down as low as 23 and when I did, I started flatting one after another (I run Rock Razor SS Evo as tubeless). The biggest benefit for me is tyre stability in corners and in rock gardens, general feel of balance on the bike, that makes it worth it. I don't have too good memories with CrossMAX STs apart from the fact that they were very strong for the weight. I destroyed two tyres - NNic and Purgatory on Mavics, bead stretched as tyre folded under me when landing sideways.
  • 2 0
 Wider rims can give you more grip, but it's not as simple as just changing rim and using the same tyre set up you always have. If your using light and flimsy side walls as Waki says you won't be able to drop the pressures much.
With the right tyres (set up tubeless) you should be able to get down to 20psi
  • 1 0
 Too bad the tire comps went for 275+ vs. revising tires to work w/wide rims.
For ex..Maxxis dhf needs a 2.4 option as the sides of 2.3 buldge on wide rims, and r too narrow on reg width rim anyways. Tires choice is limited for wide-ish rims, esp. Ibis/derbys
  • 1 0
 Just got a new set of these , And there awesome . I'm way anti trek and oem wheels, but I got a set of these new from a sponsered rider that could not use them. o was goinf to use tbem temp wheels . Very quite, Very Stiff , And as good or better then any High end aluminium wheel I've used Trs+ , E1700, Charger pro SL ,I9s. I haven't road any carbon rims but these were stiff of enough for me to notice, which is a first . Pretty blown away with XR4 tires also , at least in my conditions. long story short these wheels were going to be temporary wheels and now i see no reason for that .
  • 4 0
 Aaah the wheels of change...
  • 4 0
 Pricy, but decent p.o.e. and those hubs look pretty damn sex.
  • 6 0
 yes, very much sex indeed. sex
  • 5 4
 Much wheel. Very sex. Wow.
  • 5 1
 Waiting for mavic crossmax 26 come down in price
  • 2 0
 Given the tech lag in this industry, we'll probably have to wait until 2019 before wheel sets are commonly spec'd with different front and rear widths.
  • 3 0
 Way to rip off the American Classic All Mountain rim... from 4 years ago...
  • 1 0
 roval fatties aluminum are 600 which i just bought a few months ago. im 220pds. they are light stiff, fast and 1 mill wider (inner with). cant imagine spending the coin on these bontragers.
  • 5 2
 This wide rim business is getting way out of Line
  • 7 2
 They just want to round out your options
  • 15 2
 True...
  • 6 2
 I feel the tension already.
  • 4 1
 Time rolls on but Pinkbike complains about the same thing over and over
  • 9 2
 I think you spoke too soon!
  • 1 0
 this is wheely not funny anymore guys.
  • 5 2
 What? No boost 148. Oh we
  • 8 1
 your get a time out. go ride your bicycle
  • 5 14
flag deeeight Plus (May 21, 2015 at 0:33) (Below Threshold)
 Boost is primarily for 29ers... not sure if people need to be beaten with clubs to start to understand that or not...
  • 3 2
 Missed that part that these are 27.5. I don't care about wheel size, I just like to have fun and upgrade my bike with the raddest shizz
  • 2 8
flag deeeight Plus (May 21, 2015 at 8:06) (Below Threshold)
 Ah I see... just another troll...
  • 2 1
 Troll my ass. You're the one selling garbage on pinkbike. Go back to craigslist.
  • 2 1
 That might have been a little over kill. Let's learn from this, keep your negative feedback and false information to yourself.
  • 1 2
 Says the troll spewing negativity and crap info.
  • 1 1
 Wow you're just an angry old pinkbiker.
  • 1 0
 Puh deeeight going Full retard as always.you rock
  • 3 0
 American classics wide lightning @1550ish grams are nice Al option.
  • 1 1
 Had these in my shop but it went down to price and had DTswiss ex1501 instead. Faultless light strong , and cheap from direct from Germany
  • 1 0
 Interesting. They didn't go with the DT internals like their Rapid Drive line.
  • 1 0
 Rapid Drive is not DT internals. These are Rapid Drive, just like the current Rhythm Pro and Elite. And it's 54 engagement teeth, not 52 like this report states.
  • 1 0
 Rapid drive uses a ratchet system, which the hub above does not.
  • 1 0
 The Line Elite is Rapid Drive due to 54 engagement teeth, and has the same hub design as the current Rhythm Pro and Elite. The XXX and Race X Lite are the only wheels in the current Bontrager mountain line up that use DT internals. The XXX comes with 54t Star Ratchets while the Race X Lite comes with 18t. Or Bontrager and I are both wrong and you're correct.
  • 1 0
 Odd, it appears Bonty calls both the ratch and pawl designs with high engagement as "Rapid Drive".
  • 1 0
 I thought those designers at Bontrager didn't smoke dope. Looks like ring drive copy with one bearing
  • 1 0
 I have heard rumors of in-house parts etched with Bongtrager as the logo, so you may be onto something.
  • 3 1
 Trek wheels with no Boost? Did they forget?
  • 2 2
 Nice hub engagement, nice rim width, reasonable price. These are basically the wheels I hoped someone would make for my Iron Horse in 2008.
  • 2 0
 (but in 26 inches)
  • 1 0
 hope pro 2 evo hubs, spank spike 28 or stans flow ex hoops. that is all!
  • 1 0
 ra ono sing versi murahe po piye iki?...
  • 1 0
 this rims are not bead lock on rim channel?
  • 1 0
 bug
  • 1 2
 Had a pair once of bontragers once...
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