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1st test of the loaner Bonty Race Lite up front

Old 10-23-06, 11:18 AM
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1st test of the loaner Bonty Race Lite up front

I had no intention of riding outside on an ugly, cold Monday morning. Yet a couple of things seemed to push me out the door at the last minute, rather than jumping on the trainer for a half hour as planned.

First of all, I was dying to try a ride on this loaner Bontrager Race Lite front wheel that RJ loaned me while they bring my Campy Vento G3 up to speed by tighening all the nipples that have suddenly decided to come loose one by one.

Secondly, I saw this feature story on the Today Show today about a surgeon showing examples of how hard it is to operate on fat people, cutting through all that greasy, globular gunk. Gross.

Thirdly, I sat around all day yesterday watching football. Can you say guilt?

So I layered up and went out.

Despite it being only 38 degrees under a sky that looked like it was going to let loose with the first snow of the season at any minute, I felt good. It is amazing what layers of high-quality, wicking, wind-blocking riding gear can do for you.

Now about that wheel....

Wow. I was flying with hardly any effort. Those bladed aero spokes must have been cutting right through the air. It was almost as if there was some sort of small motor in the hub pull me forward. This was indcredible. Why hadn't someone told me about these wheels before?!

Then I realized what really happened.

Tailwind.

Simple as that. At the halfway mark I turned into the wind and reality set in. I must say that I certainly didn't feel any difference in the wheels. It was kind of tough to compare while riding in that cold north wind. But all in all everything went fine. I'd like a couple more rides on the thing with less wind before I judge anything. I do think they look really good on my bike though. I'm not sure how the prices compare on these two rims, but I am guessing the Bonty is more money, simply because of the bladed spokes, which the G3's do not have.
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Secondly, I saw this feature story on the Today Show today about a surgeon showing examples of how hard it is to operate on fat people, cutting through all that greasy, globular gunk. Gross.
the line above really should have come with a warning! nasty!
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I must say that I certainly didn't feel any difference in the wheels. It was kind of tough to compare while riding in that cold north wind. But all in all everything went fine. I'd like a couple more rides on the thing with less wind before I judge anything. I do think they look really good on my bike though. I'm not sure how the prices compare on these two rims, but I am guessing the Bonty is more money, simply because of the bladed spokes, which the G3's do not have.
I would stick with the Ventos. They're good wheels and the Race Lites wouldn't be a significant upgrade but more of a lateral move. Pricewise, the Race Lites average out to be about $50 more.

Now, if looks are important to you - - and you like the Race Lites, skip them altogether and go straight to the Rolf Prima Elan Aeros.

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Now, if looks are important to you - - and you like the Race Lites, skip them altogether and go straight to the Rolf Prima Elan Aeros.

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Or Rolf Prima Vigors - nice looking and stiffer.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
I would stick with the Ventos. They're good wheels and the Race Lites wouldn't be a significant upgrade but more of a lateral move. Pricewise, the Race Lites average out to be about $50 more.

Now, if looks are important to you - - and you like the Race Lites, skip them altogether and go straight to the Rolf Prima Elan Aeros.

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IF looks are important to me?
Oh that's good Rad....that's good.

I'll have to look those up and see a pix or two. The Race Lite does look nice...but believe it or not you OCP misunderstanders (?) performance actualy matter to me too!

As for now...seems like no reason to spend more money to switch from the Ventos I ride now.
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno
Or Rolf Prima Vigors - nice looking and stiffer.
The Vigors are really nice - mine certainly are - but in terms of relative lineage - the Race Lites lead to the X-Lites which lead to the Elans. Subsequently, the Race Lite Aeros lead to the X-Lite Aeros which lead to the Vigors.

Of course, Keith and Rolf would never see it this way.

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
The Vigors are really nice - mine certainly are - but in terms of relative lineage - the Race Lites lead to the X-Lites which lead to the Elans. Subsequently, the Race Lite Aeros lead to the X-Lite Aeros which lead to the Vigors.

Of course, Keith and Rolf would never see it this way.

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Very good analogy Rad. You must have read my mind . I was looking at both Elan and Vigor Primas recently and will most likely make the plunge next Spring for the Vigors because of the aero rim, light weight, and low spoke count.
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Hip,

While messing with the spokes, you should have just had the shop put bladed spokes on the VENTOS!!!

Both problems solved. That'll be $10 bucks.
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I will lend you my 48 spoke tandem front wheel with the 28 mm tire and heavy rim....lemme know if you can tell the difference!
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Originally Posted by galen_52657
I will lend you my 48 spoke tandem front wheel with the 28 mm tire and heavy rim....lemme know if you can tell the difference!
Your point being that there is no real difference between these two rims I am talking about other than cosmetic.

So at that point, I guess it is up to the buyer....if you've got money to blow on more expensive wheels that you think look cooler...go for it I say.

Me, I'd rather spend the money on more warm clothing so I can keep riding deeper into the cold.

I'll tell ya this much....the new lobster gloves I bought last week was a great 40 bucks spent. This is my first lobster style glove....nice and toasty today in 15 mph wind at 38 degrees.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
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Secondly, I saw this feature story on the Today Show today about a surgeon showing examples of how hard it is to operate on fat people, cutting through all that greasy, globular gunk. Gross.
That roast sure looked good though. As did the doc
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Your point being that there is no real difference between these two rims I am talking about other than cosmetic.
My point is I don't have a point..... You could just keep the tandem wheel around for your anti-OCP days or for training purposes...
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galen...

You ever use these lobster gloves?
You're up there in the cold state of Maryland aren't ya?

I tell ya, these things are great.
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why are you preparing lobsters when riding a bike anyway ? !???
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It's all in the butter sauce!
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