Bontrager Race X Lite Hardcase Tires - Clincher

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99

Product Description

Protect yourself from flats without sacrificing performance using the trusted training tire of the Astana Pro Cycling Team. Featuring the triple flat protection of Bontrager's Hardcase technology, Race X Lite Hardcase tires use a lightweight 120 tpi casing and dual-compound tread to keep rolling resistance low and performance high.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason Morgan a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2012

Strengths:    Lighter than most flat protection tires
Lower rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Difficult to install on Mavic Aksium Race wheels

Bottom Line:   
Replaced a set of Continental GatorSkins with these tires purchased at a LBS. The RXL HC's felt lighter and a little faster, were actually 1 mph faster, than the GatorSkins. I did have a puncture flat in the Gatorskins and after 6 months of riding on city/urban roads, I have not had any pinch/puncture flats with the RXL HC's; only flat was due to a torn stem on the tube.

My only con is that I had to stretch the tires some in order to install them on my wheels and then still had to fight to get the tire on the rim.

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Favorite Ride:   Amelia Island A1A

Purchased At:   Bicycles ETC, Jackso

Similar Products Used:   Conti Gatorskins

Bike Setup:   Cervelo P2SL, Aksium Race wheels, DuraAce group

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shaun_P a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2010

Strengths:    Good grip, Smooth rolling

Weaknesses:    None yet but time will tell

Bottom Line:   
Just put them on my bike a few weeks ago. So far they seem like great tires. They have a much better road feel than the Specialized Mondos they replaced and they roll better too.

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Favorite Ride:   Any thing with hills

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized Tarmac Elite
ROL Race Sl Wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gompie a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2010

Strengths:    *Excellent flat protection (no flats or any cuts after 1000km)
*Excellent grip, both dry and wet. Feels very secure, even in the snow (I actually did a 60k tour in fresh snow)
*Got them at a reasonable price on the internet (25£ (28€ at the time) is what I would pay in the shops here for a rubbish tyre)

Weaknesses:    *They feel quite a bit slower (I would say around 2km/h) than my normal Race X Lite 23mm tyres, so I wouldn't ride them if I want to go fast. (although the additional aerodynamic drag from my winter clothes could have an effect too)
*Only available in black (not that I really mind)

Bottom Line:   
I bought this tyre in 25mm (both front and rear) in november, as a training tyre for the winter. My main priorities were flat resistance (I don't like getting my gloves off to change tyres when it freezes) and grip in winter conditions (I live in Belgium, where it has snowed almost all of january, hence the choice of 25mm).

I've done over 1000km with them now, and they're quite simply the best tyres I've ever ridden. I've done some quite harsh roads (snow, gravel, mud, even through the woods,...), and the tyres felt excellent, without any flats so far. I put around 7 bar on them, which makes them a bit more soft and comfortable on bad roads (which Belgium specializes in).

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Favorite Ride:   Swiss Mountains

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Last winter, I tried:

*Michelin Krylions (terrible in the wet, and had 2 of them pierced by pebbles)*Vittoria Rubinio Pro 25mm (rode well, but got completely ripped after 500km, no idea what caused it).

In the summer, I ride Michelin Pro Race or normal Bontrager Race X Lite 23mm's.

Bike Setup:   *2009 Trek Madone 5.2 (for training/racing)
*2007 Trek 1200 (for Commuting and on the Tacx). I'll probably put a pair of these tyres on this bike as well, when I start commuting to work again in a few weeks.

*Shimano M520 pedals
*Shimano MW80 shoes
*Gore Oxygen tights

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by t_togh a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2009

Strengths:    Fast tire
Very smooth and comfortable
very durable

Weaknesses:    slightly pricey; try to bargain it down a bit

Bottom Line:   
Excellent all around product; good traction, smooth, fast, and durable. People rag on Bontrager but their tires are very good.

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Similar Products Used:   Vredestein Fortezza SE
Continental Ultra 3000

Bike Setup:   Trek 5200

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by edward12 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2009

Strengths:    Very durable.
True 25mm.
Good grip in wet conditions.

Weaknesses:    The color (black) is a bit bland.
Expensive at retail.

Bottom Line:   
A great tire! I use the 25mm for general training during winter/spring. Not a single flat in over 9 months of hard use, much of it on rough country/urban roads. The rear tire hardly shows any signs of use. Ride/grip is very good (at 115 psi)and quite comfortable with 120 tpi.

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Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Conti GP 4 Season.
Maxxis Re-fuse.
Michelin Krylion (also a great tire).
Panaracer Pasela TG.

Bike Setup:   2007 Lemond Chambery.
Ultegra SL.
Ultegra/Mavic Open Pro wheelset (36H rear, 32H front)

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