Review: At less than a grand, the Bontrager Line Pro 30 is one of the best value carbon wheelsets we’ve tested

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In Issue #116 of Singletrack Magazine, David and the crew tested six sets of sub-£1500 carbon mountain bike wheels. We subjected all of these wheels to the same bikes, the same tyres, same air pressures, riders, trails, weather conditions and abuse, all the while keeping and comparing notes.  We then settled on three category winners: Easiest To Live With, Most Comfortable, and Best Value. In selecting the easiest wheels to live with, the main factors we’ve considered are serviceability, warranty support, and lack of proprietary or obscure standards. The most comfortable wheelset was selected by assessing ride quality in back-to-back comparative testing. Best value was selected on the basis of not just price, but ride quality, set-up, durability and servicing set against that. Winner Best Value: Bontrager Line Pro 30 Wheels In Bontrager’s growing range of mountain bike wheels, the Line series aims to cover the trail riding and enduro racing categories. Featuring wider and burlier rims than the Kovee wheelsets, the Line series wheels are designed to be fitted with chunky tyres and strapped onto longer travel bikes. They’re a bit heavier overall than an XC racing wheelset, but they are made for a’beating. Bontrager currently offers several Line wheelsets, including alloy and carbon options. The Line Pro 30 wheels we’ve got on test here utilise carbon fibre rims (that’s what the ‘Pro’ part of the name means), and they feature a 29mm internal rim width (which is probably close enough to ’30’ for Bontrager’s marketing team), and they’re available...

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