Bontrager Race Lite Tires - Clincher

2.98/5 (46 Reviews)
MSRP : $35.00

Product Description

  • More affordable verison of Race X-Lite
  • Natural carbon rubber tread for long tread life
  • 170 tpi casing for supple ride
  • Ultra round profile for incredibly smooth cornering
  • Kevlar bead
  • Weight: 190-260 grams

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mark Heinicke

    Date Reviewed: November 7, 2013

    Strengths:    Light weight for very puncture-resistant tire at a good price.

    Weaknesses:    Handling could be sketchy when at the limit (hard cornering and/or wet road).

    Bottom Line:   
    I got this tire when away on vacation, gashed my Conti Gatorskin rear tire on glass, and the closest equivalent I could find in that area's shops was the Bontrager Race Lite; my first and only Bontrager tire. It's gone 7000+ miles in 26 months and recently I got my first puncture. The hole was tiny, probably from an unfound fragment of wire, and I found the tread had gone too thin and I'm replacing with another same. I'm a recreational rider, not a racer, and have the tire only on the rear (the front is a Conti Ultra Sport), so I can't speak to the handling in general, but I've locked up this tire twice in panic stops with minimal skidding. I second the recommendation of another reviewer to keep the pressure up (100-115); anyone who rides a road bike at less than 95 psi is asking for trouble, of the sort I had twice with Conti Gatorskins when I let the pressure get too low. I would always pick this tire over the Conti Gatorskin on account of weight (where I live I have to do a lot of climbing to get anywhere).

    Note I luckily ride smooth, clean roads in rural Virginia so my estimate of puncture-resistance could be skewed.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Oldguy

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2013

    Strengths:    Rides well, even with the Oregon rain.

    Weaknesses:    0 puncture resistance.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires came with my new touring model Trek, and I would never buy another pair. I've had 9 flats in a couple of months while riding the same roads and paths I rode with my old bike. The old bike had tires with armadillo (Kevlar) threads and I had one flat during the life of the tire. The Bontragers might be fine if you're always riding on perfectly clean pavement but in the real world (in my experience) they're junk.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Owen

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2013

    Strengths:    Fast, good grip.

    Weaknesses:    Longevity, durability

    Bottom Line:   
    I have about 900 miles on my set that came on my trek. Was very happy with them and had only one flat in the first 850 miles, now I have had 2 in the last 50 miles and am now seeing some bulges. Time to replace them. Would go with the same again, but expected a little more longevity. I was happy with them up to the most recent point in time.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Paul from Pennsylvania a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

    Strengths:    Inexpensive and good availability.

    Weaknesses:    Poor workmanship and dependability.

    Bottom Line:   
    Wanted a new set of tires to replace my Conti Gatorskins which are great for the winter months. At the recommendation of the LBS ,and because they had limited selection in size 25mm, I bought the Bontragers. First thing I noticed was they run very small, more like a 23mm. Next thing is the tread on the one tire isn't on straight which produces a bit of a wobble. Also the height of the second tire is out of round so you have this bouncing effect which makes this tire unrideable. Flatted once within the first 200 miles.
    I feel the tires shoud be returned to manufacturer but the LBS has been so good to me that I hate to return them. Going back to Continental or Michelins.

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    Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Continental and Michelins.

    Bike Setup:   Lemond Steel.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Tommy a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2011

    Strengths:    Breaking, dry handling, bombproof

    Weaknesses:    Wet handling, very heavy, sketchy at the limit

    Bottom Line:   
    Ultra reliable tire, never one flat in 2000 miles, got them to replace my piece of crap maxis fuse tires. However do not even think of riding in the rain.

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    Favorite Ride:   Nichols

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Helens

    Similar Products Used:   maxis fuse (piece of crap)

    Bike Setup:   2009 Cannondale six 6 w/ a class custom wheels

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