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Old 05-01-05, 12:06 AM   #1
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Bontrager Select Rims for "Clydesdales"

Just bought a Trek 1500 and I'm warming up to it (for those following the "Buyer's Remorse" thread ). My only real concern going into the purchase, however, were the rims. Everything on the bike that's Bontrager is "Race", except the rims and I've read mixed reviews on true and general durability for heavier riders. Anyone out there with these rims (standard on the '05 Trek 1500) with over 1k on them? How do they hold up? I'm 6'4", 235 (will be down to 220 about mid-summer) and am a little unsure about 'em. Not gonna return the bike because of it, but if I know they might pose a problem down the road, I'll know to keep a closer eye on them to try to head any issues off at the pass... I ride in TX, so not much serious climbing, but a quick trip down to Austin could throw some serious hills my way, so input about performance while climbing is appreciated as well...

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Old 05-01-05, 12:22 AM   #2
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he!!, i'm just glad to hear you like your bike

i'm about 155 pounds and never ridden a bontrager component, so can't help ya there.
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The wheels are not great. I have the Race Lites and break on the avg a spoke a month. I weigh 180lbs. Then again I do a fair amount of riding on them avg 200 miles a week. I would not recommend them plus when you break a spoke the wheels go horribly out of true and even with the brakes wide open can be iffy on getting back. My LBS swears by them on they are bulletproof but everytime I come in they are always in shock I broke a spoke.
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I'm 6'4 220 and read too many negative reviews about the Selects in regards to their strength. It seemed most people from about 190 and up were seeing front wheel flex in fast corners and broken spokes on the rear at regular intervals. I decided to upgrade to Velomax Circuits. They consistently get high marks for excellent stiffness and durability. They are also considered pretty fast for the relatively low cost.

I'd lose the Selects and get any aero rims with higher spoke counts.

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My Trek 2200 came with these rims when I bought it 2 years ago. I'm about your weight and have had absolutely no problems with the rims in the 3000 miles since then. However the tires were absolute garbage and had to be replaced within the first week.
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I thought i wouldnt like those rims and tire combo on my Lemond, also
but now i have over 2000 k on them not one flat or issues with rims staying true.
I ride alot of rough roads . leave them on a awhile ,put some miles on them and buy
a set later on after you research want you need . It is nice to have two sets .i
weighed 235 when i bought this bike i currently weigh 198 Good luck with your
new bike
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i test rode an '04 1500 with these rims and steered clear of the bike becuase of them. at 220 lbs then the front wheel was flexing enough to rub the brakes when i stood up and pedaled. unhooked the front brake and it still hapened! that bike was out of the question.
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Alright I'll throw the flag. I have the same bike for about a month, And will admit to having the rear wheel in to be trued the other day. But, I out weigh all previous posters by 30 lbs (6' 6" and 250 lbs) and i Have never had any problem with wheel flex. I either have an unusually strong wheel or you had an unusually weak one? by the way I have about 650 miles on my bike so far.
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Originally Posted by CarlJStoneham
Just bought a Trek 1500 and I'm warming up to it (for those following the "Buyer's Remorse" thread ). My only real concern going into the purchase, however, were the rims. Everything on the bike that's Bontrager is "Race", except the rims and I've read mixed reviews on true and general durability for heavier riders. Anyone out there with these rims (standard on the '05 Trek 1500) with over 1k on them? How do they hold up? I'm 6'4", 235 (will be down to 220 about mid-summer) and am a little unsure about 'em. Not gonna return the bike because of it, but if I know they might pose a problem down the road, I'll know to keep a closer eye on them to try to head any issues off at the pass... I ride in TX, so not much serious climbing, but a quick trip down to Austin could throw some serious hills my way, so input about performance while climbing is appreciated as well...

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I've put about 2500 miles on mine with no problem, but I only weighed 175 when I started out. I routinely ride them over buckled pavement though. Wheels are still well trued.
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I weight about 230 and have over 1,000 miles on my Selects and I have had to have them trued once. I don't notice a lot of wheel flex but maybe I am just not paying attention. I don't race or anything just recreational riding. I would love to upgrade them but they have been fine for me so far.
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Old 05-01-05, 07:23 PM   #11
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I had a set of Bontrager Race wheels, which look to be similar to the Selects, but with bladed spokes. I weigh between 250 and 270, and when I got rid of these wheels, after about 2000 miles, the rear rim was cracked at just about every nipple. The guys at the bike shop were surprised at this; they recommend this wheel for me after a Ritchey rear rim cracked.
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