Bicycle Mechanics - Tell me what the difference is
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I had a mishap with a curb last weekend and bent my front wheel beyond repair. It was a stock Bontrager Race, which came on a 2009 Trek 2.3. An acquaintance if mine at work has a set of takeoff wheels from his wife's Lexa (also the race model) that he has for sale very reasonably. My question is about the differences between the Bontrager Race wheels that come on the Lexa vs other Trek models. For instance, this set has different decals and a 24 spoke front, whereas the models that come on Trek's non-WSD bikes have 20. This set would be used until next season when I plan to buy a set of Vitesses from Boyd (funds don't allow it right now), and I would be taking the decals off so the yellow doesn't clash with my red bike. Would these be a suitable replacement until then or are there differences that would be noticeable compared to my original wheels? I thought about buying a new Race front only, but my existing (2009) wheels are paired spoke (new models are not) and it would look goofy.
I know everybody hates Bontrager wheels but the price is good for 0 mileage wheels and they would get me through to next spring. Thanks in advance for any replies.
05-20-12, 08:24 AM
As long as the rims are the correct size (700c), yes the replacement wheel will be fine. The spoke count has no effect on fit and the decals are only fluff. There might be a slight weight penalty but unless you are competing seriously, you will never notice it.
As Hillrider said, they'll be fine. If the rim width is similar to what you plan to buy later on, there's an added bonus to buying these bargains now. When you have your new wheels, these can be kept for training, or rough service applications, sparing the better ones for racing or smooth toad riding.
05-20-12, 02:48 PM
I thought about buying a new Race front only, but my existing (2009) wheels are paired spoke (new models are not) and it would look goofy.
Yeah, Trek bailed on the paired-spoke approach. I suspect they got tired of paying royalties to Rolf Prima. The official party line was rather amusing: the new BB90-equipped Madones were so stiff at the bottom bracket that the rear wheels were no longer stiff enough. Uh huh, right.
Anyway, the stock wheels from the Lexa haven't shown any pattern of problems from my work with them. They're a safe budget buy if they'll serve your purposes, go for it.
Sorry I didn't get back here; thanks for the responses, guys. I did go ahead and buy them from him. I paid $160.00 for the 2 wheels, R1 tires (probably going into the trainer rotation), skewers, and a 12-30 Tiagra cassette. I don't have a dedictated trainer wheel so I will probably throw one of the Bontrager tires on my existing paired spoke rear along with the 12-30. I didn't think it was too bad of a deal to hold me over until I grab the Vitesses next season.
Also, I did try the 11-30 and it works with a 6600 RD. I thought it might not clear but it does.
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