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Bontrager SSR Wheels ?????

bunnerscjbunnerscj Posts: 396
edited January 2012 in Road beginners
Got a pair of these on my recently acquired virtually new 2nd hand road bike, are they any good, they look nice but are they really up to carrying me and kit (16 stone) ?
Any advice would be sweet,
Thanks :roll:
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  • fatfreddyfatfreddy Posts: 332
    here you go

    Wheels: tough but not light
    The Trek's Bontrager SSR wheels provide a decent performance for a £600 bike. With only 20 plain gauge spokes up front and 24 at the rear, and with no eyelets at the spoke holes, we weren't expecting them to stand up to much abuse... but in use they don't flex excessively and they've stayed impressively true throughout testing. The hubs have kept the rain out well on wet rides and the cup and cone bearings are still running smoothly after minimal fettling. All good!

    At a shade over three kilos the pair, the SSRs are a reasonable weight for a bike at this price, but we would still advise upgrading to a lighter set in the long run. In the meantime we'd swap the Bontrager Select 25mm tyres for a narrower 23mm set as a quick way of adding extra zip.
  • SoniSoni Posts: 1,217
    bunnerscj wrote:
    Got a pair of these on my recently acquired virtually new 2nd hand road bike, are they any good, they look nice but are they really up to carrying me and kit (16 stone) ?
    Any advice would be sweet,
    Thanks :roll:

    Hi mate, i've got these on my new Trek 1.5 2009 model and haven't had any problems in the last 2 weeks of owning it. (fingers crossed)

    I've hit loads of potholes and i'm 18 stone :oops:
  • 996JAT996JAT Posts: 94
    i'm 100kg and done 600 miles on em with no issues.

    Also moving from Bontrager Select 25mm tyres for a narrower 23mm, does it really make a difference in speed?
  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    in my experience they aren't the best

    they are pretty to look at

    but also pretty weighty to pick up!

    they flex on climbs - although I do confess they did the C2C route with luggage on some pretty off-road sections and they didn't go out of true at all.

    I changed them for a set of Shimano R561s which were quite a noticable upgrade in terms of weight (loss) and stiffness (increase)
  • jamieh5463jamieh5463 Posts: 223
    Pretty poor wheels, i havent even had the wheels for a year (they came on my 08 Trek 1.7) and i have already popped 2 spoken and i only weigh 8 and a half stone.
    i will shortly be upgrading to Shimano RS10s
  • adeyboyadeyboy Posts: 113
    Ride them until they go wrong - there is no reason to suspect they will fail .
    Simples
  • adeyboyadeyboy Posts: 113
    adeyboy wrote:
    Ride them until they go wrong - there is no reason to suspect they will fail .
    Simples

    Or are you looking for the forum contributors to justify some money spending at the LBS?!! :lol:
  • STEFANOS4784STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    3 Kilos per pair :shock:
    I'd expect them to be indestructible at that weight :?
  • i've ridden these wheels for a while, if you're a complete novice they'll do you fine, but if you want to go fast, or race, you need new wheels
    just to let you know i upgraded to the very VERY nice looking bontrager race lite wheels and it took a few months to completely write off the rear wheel. they cant really be trued once past a certain point because of the low spoke count.
    if you're looking to upgrade look at mavics, nice wheels and can be trued and repaired when needed.
    i'm going campag on my next bike anyway, so campag wheels here i come....
  • k-dogk-dog Posts: 1,652
    i'm 100kg and done 600 miles on em with no issues.

    I'm just over 100kg and have done about 2000 miles since August - and mine are still perfect. Something lighter and stiffer would be nice but they've been absolutely fine.
    I'm left handed, if that matters.
  • peanut1978peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
    Been on my trek 1.7 since december.
    Not the fastest but do the job.

    Going to upgrade mine soon though
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    adeyboy wrote:
    Ride them until they go wrong - there is no reason to suspect they will fail .
    Simples

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  • newbornnewborn Posts: 69
    Ive just bought my trek 8000/ 09, been out on it a few times. Is there something weak about them as ive hammered them on the first few rides. No probs with the Bontrager SSR wheels. Why should I up grade.
    I'll have a slice
  • I recently aquired a 2009 trek 1.5, and am over 18stone 6ft 6" and have been ok so far, my frame is 60 cm and is proper snug love it
  • newborn wrote:
    Ive just bought my trek 8000/ 09, been out on it a few times. Is there something weak about them as ive hammered them on the first few rides. No probs with the Bontrager SSR wheels. Why should I up grade.

    Completely agree. I'm thinking of having mine sprayed, white with green spokes and vice versa for rear
  • phy2sll2phy2sll2 Posts: 680
    jamieh5463 wrote:
    Pretty poor wheels, i havent even had the wheels for a year (they came on my 08 Trek 1.7) and i have already popped 2 spoken and i only weigh 8 and a half stone.
    i will shortly be upgrading to Shimano RS10s

    Yup, same story. I'm 10 stone and I've broken three spokes (one front, two rear) in six months on these wheels. They flex like mad, especially noticeable when you have crud road racers on. And they're heavy.

    On the plus side, they do look quite nice.
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