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Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 TLR wheels – first look

Trek's in-house brand promises 'pro-level performance that doesn't break the bank' with new Aeolus Pro 3 rim and disc brake wheels

We’ve been fans of Bontrager’s carbon wheels for some time, and the American brand has now expanded its line-up with the launch of the Aeolus Pro 3 range, offering Bonty’s carbon tech at a more ‘affordable’ price.

Trek’s in-house wheels and accessories brand has introduced both the Aeolus Pro 3 and Aeolus Pro 3 Disc wheels, promising ‘pro-level performance that doesn’t break the bank’.

Bontrager’s Aeolus Pro 3 wheelset promises pro-level performance at a more affordable price (Pic: Bontrager)

That means a £1,200 recommended retail price. Of course, affordability and value are relative, but as a comparison, Bontrager’s high-end Aeolus 3 TLR D3 wheels come in at £1,899.98 and you can expect to say similar amounts – or more – from other respected brands.

Available immediately, both the Aeolus Pro 3 and Aeolus Pro 4 Disc feature Bontrager’s TLR system for conversion to tubeless. That means the wheels come with rim strips, tubeless valves and a valve core removal tool. The rim brake wheels also come with Black Prince carbon brake pads.

The new wheelsets share the 35mm depth of the high-end Aeolus 3 (Pic: Bontrager)

Bontrager say the wheels balance durability, weight and aerodynamics, taking the 35mm rim of the Aeolus 3 and adding in a textured carbon brake track.

That brake track, say Bontrager, increases stopping power and dissipates heat efficiently, while the hoops are built around the brand’s in-house three-pawl hubs.

The Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 rim brake wheels feature a textured carbon brake track for increased stopping power and efficient heat dissipation (Pic: Bontrager)

Bontrager are pitching the wheels at ‘dedicated riders and weekend racers looking for top-level performance at a value’.

Website: Trek Bikes

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