Bontrager Aeolus Elite 50mm Tubeless disc wheelset review

Bontrager has employed tried and true technologies to create a wheel with high performance at a low cost. We put the Aeolus Elite 50 to the test to see if anything has been sacrificed

Bontrager Aeolus Elite 50mm review
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

There might be lighter wheels with quicker engagement but not at this price point. During the ride, the disadvantages in the specs fall away.


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    Generous warranty

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    Pre-assembled for tubeless setup

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    Value pricing


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    Lifetime warranty only applies to original purchaser

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    Included valve stems aren't high quality

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Bontrager has updated its wheel lineup with options covering price points from high to low. We take a look at the value-priced Elite level 50mm carbon, tubeless, disc wheelset. This is full carbon - not an aluminium wheelset with fairings - that retails for under $1000. The value is clear but does it have the performance?

Bontrager's Aeolus Elite 50mm TLR are available from Bontrager.

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx