Wallet-friendly Bontrager Line carbon wheels get a welcome redesign but the riding experience remains the main attraction.
Earlier this year Bontrager served up two new mountain bike wheelsetsnamely the Line Pro 30 and Line Elite 30. Both are available in a 27.5 or 29 option and use the same new rim design which includes a bigger radius on the outside of the hook, a shallower profile and a thicker hook wall. The changes are intended to improve the strength of the wheel, reduce the chances of pinch flatting and to offer more vertical compliance. I have spent a few months putting them through the wringer and here’s my take on them.
At around half the cost of the brands sub 1 300g top of the line Kovee XXX offering, the new Line Pro 30 carbon wheels are positioned as a robust option for all trails. The reworked carbon layup, revised profile and new hook wall changes the nature of the ride and sharpens the appeal of carbon wheels for all riders. Bontrager says the new rim shape absorbs impacts (watch the video below) and transfers that energy more efficiently, thereby making this their strongest wheel ever.
RIM MATERIAL – OCLV Pro Carbon in a lighter lay-up
HUBS – Machined Bontrager with 3.3 degrees engagement
DISCS – 6-bolt disc design
RIDER WEIGHT LIMIT – None
GUARANTEE – 30-day unconditional exchange or refund. Lifetime warranty
INTENDED USE – Cross-Country and Trail
WEIGHT – 1 760grams (810g front & 950g rear)
PRICE – R11 999 front & R13 499 rear
I think Bontrager have struck a good balance between the compliance of an alloy wheel with the efficiency, low-maintenance and brute strength of a carbon wheel. If you are an endurance racing snake chasing podiums then the Line Pro 30’s are not for you. They are well suited to weekenders making the switch to a light, strong and compliant wheelset to race or rally.