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2012′s 10 Most Exciting New Pieces Of Tri Gear

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Dec 22, 2011
  • Updated Dec 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM UTC

Bontrager Aeolous D3 Wheels

After building their Aeolus aero wheels with shallow rims covered by deep fairings to create aero wheels using rim shapes borrowed from HED Cycling, Bontrager’s aero wheels are taking a massive leap forward in 2012.

Gone are the fairings. Gone are the borrowed rim shapes. Gone are the older construction methods. They have been replaced by structural carbon rims, single-piece carbon clinchers and ultra-wide rim shapes that key off the aerodynamically-validated design trend set in motion by Zipp and HED laced to hubs built in collaboration with DT Swiss based on their 180 and 240 hub platforms. These wheels are serious hardware.

Bontrager is using this new rim design philosophy to completely overhaul their wheel line for 2012. In the coming months, they are releasing the Aeolus 3 tubular, Aeolus 5 tubular, Aeolus 5 carbon clincher, Aeolus 7 and Aeolus 9 tubular wheels based on this technology. These wheels are constructed with rims 35mm, 50mm, 70mm and 90mm in depth respectively and priced at $2,300 for tubular wheel, $2,700 for clinchers. Clincher models for the 3, 7 and 9 depths to follow.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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