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    Bontrager Race Lite Tandem wheels

    Hello,

    I have a touring bike (single) with 145mm rear spacing. Nowadays, I hardly tour and my 40 spoke wheels (Phil Wood hubs, Velocity Dyad rims) seem to be far more than necessary for unloaded riding.

    I have an acquaintance who offered to sell me his lightly used Bontrager Race Lite Tandem wheelset for $200. Are these only meant for racing? Would they be suitable for my recreational use (50-75 miles at a time on decent roads, 190 pound rider weight)?

    Thanks!

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    More than adequate, but be forewarded they aren't exactly lightweight at 2,245 grams (without cassette, skewer, tires or rim tape), perhaps on par with your 40h Phil Wood / Dyad wheelset.

    So, if you're looking to cut down on the weight of your wheels you'd want to compare with your current wheels in a similar configuration.

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    Yes, you're probably right on the weight not being much different. However, does the lower spoke count substantially reduce wind resistance? I do have a 36h Phil Wood hubset that I could build up with lighter rims (maybe Velocity Aerohead), but I'm just too lazy to build up another set of wheels...

    Is $200 a fair price for the Race Lite Tandems? Wheels are true, rims look like they have practically no wear.

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    Substantially reduce aerodrag? Not really. However, there's a small reduction and a pretty good placebo effect on most all semi-aero wheels with bladed spokes and, well, they look fast.

    The price is great. Just be sure to service the rear hub if you by them, e.g., clean and relube the cassette carrier. I believe you can find a link to the instructions in the BF archives or by doing a Google Search. Google seems to do a better job of bring up BF posts than the search engine nowadays... go figure.

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    Thanks! I'll be pulling the trigger on those Bontragers. I'll keep my 40 spoke wheelset as a "faster" set for my tandem, which currently runs a 48 spoke Phil Wood/Dyad wheels.

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    That is a great price on the wheels! We have only put 2000 + miles on a set we got last year and so far so good on the durability side. We are a 305 pound team that rides those wheels on medium to good roads and keep our 48 spoke Phil/Mavic's for the rougher ones or the more remote longer rides.

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    I have been riding my Bontragers for over 2 years, we are around 300 pounds. They are great wheels!!
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