Flanders tech: Bontrager prototypes

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Apr. 2, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM EDT

KORTRIJK, Belgium (VN) — Team Leopard-Trek had two pairs of prototype Bontrager wheels in its truck, and VeloNews was lucky to see them in the team parking lot. Unfortunately, Trek team liaison Ben Coates couldn’t comment on the wheels.

From the looks of them, they are designed to take on Zipp’s 303 and similar wheels. The have a wide carbon rim that supports Schwalbe 25mm and FMB Paris Roubaix 27mm tires well. The rims are laced 16-spoke front and 24-spoke rear to Bontrager’s XXX Lite hubs with bladed spokes. Mechanics will be happy to see that they use external spoke nipples.

We may see these under Fabian Cancellara either at Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix. Be on the lookout!

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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