As you can tell from the name, Bontrager’s Aeolus 5 TLR D3 clinchers have an awful lot going on. All of which, it would seem, had to be worked into the name somehow.
But whether you’re a fan of addendum acronyms or not, there’s no denying Bontrager are one of the brands that, over the last few years, have earned the right to be considered one of the big boys in the wheel market.
Trek’s sponsored pro teams have been using Bontrager wheels for a while now, with Fabian Cancellara riding to his second Paris-Roubaix title spinning a set of Bontys as far back as 2011, and the Swiss has ridden their wheels every year since including a win on these very Aeolus 5s in 2013. Well, not these exactly, but their predecessors.
So what do all of the letters in the name mean? Well, that’s a good question. First off, TLR means they’re tubeless ready. Straight out of the box you can mount these with tubeless tyres – no messing about with tubeless conversion and the like required. We tested a set of the Aeolus 3s last year and were pleased to find out they’re one of the easiest tubeless sets of wheels to get going we’ve ever used.