Been reading the WW for years, but don't post often.
I've decided I'd like to buy a (2nd hand) set of clincher Bontrager Aeolus 5 wheels, and am stumbling on different versions from different building years. These are the full-carbon versions.
One version has a paired 16/16 spoke pattern (pre-2010). Black spokes. Seller says weight is 1630g with rimtape.
Others have a unpaired (meaning radially spoked on left side) pattern. 2010 or later.
Newest model is different I suppose, D3 is added. Claimed weight is 1550g on Bonty website.
What are the experiences with the older paired 16/16 spoke version? Are they stiff enough? Problems?
Can anyone compare stiffness between the 16/16 and 18/24 versions? In theory, of course the latter will probably be stiffer. But in practice?
I weigh 85kg, and intend to use it on my 2 Trek Madone 5.9 bikes that are in the 7.2-7.5kg range. Nothing shocking.
Plan to use for mostly flat rides, as I own a raceXXXlight set for the hills.
Lest we forget that wheel design won many a tour de france for USPS and discovery channel, so they're not going to be terrible.
I happen to run the 3D3 tubular for general riding, climbing and racing... occasionally mixing a HED Stinger 4 on the rear pending conditions, gearing and coarse (they have different tyrs on them... ) i also run 25mm tubs for what its worth, they are soo nice to ride....
Best of luck with whatevr you choose...
I was anticipating some problematic stories and tales of broken hearts..errr spokes.
I'm going to meet the seller of an older Aeolus 16/16 set on Saturday 13th Oct, so feel free to offer any extra advice which could help in deciding to go for it.
Other only real option would be a 2010 or 2011 model, second hand.
It would be nice to have the newest model.
But the price difference is an important factor, as the older/second hand model is 1/4 of the price of the newest wheel set. The Aeolus D3 2012 version is listed as E2000,- in my country...
As I don't "need" the wheels for my performance/races/timetrials, the small weight difference (and small aero disadvantage) isn't a problem.
As for the D3 version, it's probably more aero. But the 16/16 count is more aero than 18/24 too I guess....
Just want to avoid buying a set for hundreds of dollars, and then have to true them or repair broken spokes due to my weight and the 16/16 spoke count.
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