Bontrager, Trek’s in-house component brand, is known for their quality and high-performing products. While Bontrager produces high-performing, high-cost wheelsets, they apply much of the same technology of their highest-end wheelsets to their more affordable products as well.
The Aeolus RSL series is Bontrager’s top-tier performance-oriented carbon wheelsets. They are available in disc brake options and in 4 depths—37mm and more aerodynamic 51mm, 62mm and 74mm profiles.
Bontrager introduced the all-new line of Aeolus RSL wheels today, expanding its performance wheel offering and setting a new benchmark for speed and stability in carbon wheels. Bontrager’s Aeolus RSL wheels are the result of a completely reimagined design process. In the past, Bontrager’s optimization process was done in 2D. For Aeolus RSL, Bontrager enabled 3D CFD models, which allowed engineers to accurately account for every gram of drag, in every direction, through every plane and across all aspects of the wheel/tire system.
A third dimension in speed
With this new approach, Bontrager was better able to replicate real-world conditions and adjust the design accordingly, optimizing for aerodynamics as well as rolling resistance. The result is a wheel that moves way beyond marginal gains. Aeolus RSL wheels aren’t just fast; they’re the fastest wheels Bontrager has ever made. Off-the- charts faster Aeolus RSL wheels are significantly faster than all previous Aeolus models, and the speed gains don’t come at the cost of stability.
Wider is faster
Aeolus RSL’s 23 mm inner width (21 mm on Aeolus RSL 37) provides a better aerodynamic connection with tires and allows them to roll faster. This design also lets you run lower tire pressures for a smoother, faster and less- fatiguing ride.
All Aeolus RSL wheels are built with RSL-level OCLV Carbon. It’s the lightest and strongest available, and the key to creating our fastest rim shapes ever.
Designed with the pros
To create a wheel set worthy of the Race Shop Limited (RSL) name, our engineers turned to Trek-Segafredo. The team’s feedback helped us create the ultimate race wheel set, one thatadds speed and confidence to every ride.
Faster with fewer watts
Aerodynamically faster rim shapes and a wheel/tyre profile proven to reduce rolling resistance add up to major watt-savings. For a rider like Trek-Segafredo’s Mads Pedersen, Aeolus RSL can save 34 watts in a sprint finish over previous Aeolus wheels of a similar depth.
New lightweight internals
Aeolus RSL wheels feature all-new lighter-weight Ratchet EXP freehubs built with proven DT Swiss 240s internals for consistent engagement and a smooth, fast-rolling feel.
Tubeless Ready (TLR)
Easily set up your wheel set tubeless with Bontrager TLR rim strips or use a rim tape system for the lightest set – up possible. Move over, tubulars! This is the fastest wheel and tire system available, and it’s exactly what ’s raced by Trek Factory Racing to give them an edge over the competition.
Confidence in carbon
Like all Bontrager carbon wheels, Aeolus RSL wheels are backed by Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Program. In the unlikely event that you damage your Bontrager carbon wheels within the first two years of ownership, we’ll repair or replace them for free.
Available Aeolus RSL wheel models
Aeolus RSL is available in multiple depths (37 mm, 51 mm, 62 mm and 75 mm), each designed to meet the demands of a specific kind of ride.
Aeolus RSL 37: An ultralight 37 mm rim profile for climbing performance and more speed in sprints.
Aeolus RSL 51: A versatile 51 mm rim profile for unmatched speed and stability across all conditions.
Aeolus RSL 62: A deep 62 mm rim profile perfectly suited to sprinters and those who prioritise speed on every ride.
Aeolus RSL 74: A 75 mm depth for triathlon and time trial riders, best for all-out efforts and your fastest bike splits ever.
Bontrager’s new Aeolus RSL wheels are available immediately online at trekbikes.com in select markets and through Trek’s global network of retail partners