2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Best In Class

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Bontrager Aura 5 TLR
$1,200, Bontrager.com
The draw: Smooth ride, low price

Instead of building the Aura 5’s slightly lower-profile aero rim with a costly carbon backbone, Bontrager simply overlaid a slim fairing onto a standard shallow aluminum rim to keep costs in check. Despite its apparent flimsiness, the rim and well-sealed hubs on the Aura 5 have proven reliable across a range of weather conditions. While not easy to install, the Aura 5 TLR is compatible with tubeless tires, allowing mechanically inclined riders to opt for the smooth ride and puncture prevention of tubeless on a fast rim.