Stability runs deep with new Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheelsets

Carbon wheels have always been known for being aerodynamic, light and fast. They’ve had their drawbacks, though. Braking could be dicey, and you could be blown all over the road upon encountering a strong crosswind. Not anymore, thanks to Bontrager.

 

Aeolus XXX: raising the bar for carbon wheels


After plotting over 10 000 aerodynamic shapes and three years of development, Bontrager has proudly released an all-new line-up of carbon road wheels that are ideal for dedicated road racing, cyclocross racing, riding and gravel adventuring. Building on Aeolus’ renowned performance, Aeolus XXX offers everything riders expect from carbon wheels, and more.

 

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The shape of wheels to come


Aeolus XXX wheels are built on a wider, 21 mm internal rim with a redesigned shape that makes it both faster and more stable. On the open road, crosswinds can hit you when you least expect them, from any direction. Aeolus XXX offers superior performance and greater stability; particularly in crosswinds, giving riders the confidence to push forward, faster. Superior aerodynamics in wind conditions of all types leaves competitors out in the cold.

 

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Better braking performance pulls out all the stops


Knowing full well that one of the biggest shortcomings of carbon wheels is unreliable braking, Bontrager benchmarked alloy rim braking performance in the development of Aeolus XXX. Thanks to a unique, laser-etched texture on the braking surface called Laser Control Track, these wheels not only offer braking performance on par with alloy rims; they also offer better modulation and an increased sense of control, even in wet conditions.

 

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Additional features include smooth-rolling DT-Swiss hub internals with 36-point star ratchets, laced with DT-Swiss Aerolite spokes for lightning-fast engagement. Laser-etched graphics provide a clean finish without additional weight.

 

Two rim profiles from which to choose


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Two unique Aeolus XXX rim profiles are being launched in South Africa: Aeolus XXX 2 has a 28 mm depth; a lightweight climber strong enough for cyclocross and gravel riding. It retails at R37,398.00 a set.

 

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Aeolus XXX 4 has a 47 mm depth. Dubbed the ‘do-it-all workhorse’, this carbon road wheel offers riders fast and stable performance for everyday aero performance in all conditions. Both wheels are available in tubular and clincher versions. This profile retails at R37,398.00 a set.

 

Best of all, Bontrager’s Carbon Care Loyalty Programme affords riders a peace-of-mind purchase, enabling easy replacement of wheels damaged outside of warranty. Aeolus XXX is available at all Trek retailers across South Africa.

 

 

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4 Comments

Schnavel, Jun 19 2018 01:19

I still struggle to understand how wheel manufacturers can charge those prices - it's a set of wheels?!

 

All of them are made in China anyway...

Skinnyone, Jun 20 2018 08:14

I still struggle to understand how wheel manufacturers can charge those prices - it's a set of wheels?!

 

All of them are made in China anyway...

If you watch the video they say these wheels are made in the USA, same as Enve and Zipp....perhaps the lower spec models are made in Taiwan - not China...

Schnavel, Jun 20 2018 09:09

If you watch the video they say these wheels are made in the USA, same as Enve and Zipp....perhaps the lower spec models are made in Taiwan - not China...

 

Regardless of where they are made, the pricing is still crazy. At the end of the day, you are paying for the name that is on the wheels, Zipp, Enve etc. and not necessarily a "better" wheel.

Pure Savage, Jun 20 2018 03:09

Regardless of where they are made, the pricing is still crazy. At the end of the day, you are paying for the name that is on the wheels, Zipp, Enve etc. and not necessarily a "better" wheel.

 

Dont go to an Audi dealer then :P