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Everyday Race Wheels

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Dec 8, 2011
  • Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen


Bontrager Aura 5
1740 grams, 50mm deep
$1,200, Bontrager.com

Testers found the Aura 5 the most supple, comfortable wheelset in this review. Its high-volume tire design helps the Aura 5 swallow irregularities in the road, but the wheel takes rider comfort even further. The Hed Jet 6 has an equally broad rim, but the Aura “subdues road vibration” even more than the Jet, said one tester. This ability to mute road roughness not only makes straight-line riding more comfortable, it also allows the Aura 5 to unfailingly bite into a sweeping corner. This suppleness does, however, translate slightly to sprinting performance. The Aura has a little more lateral flex and the most stopping power of the wheels tested.

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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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