BONTRAGER R3 Hard-Case Lite TLR Tubeless Ready Road Tyre
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Bontrager's TLR (Tubeless Ready) Road tyres improve traction and comfort, prevent pinch flats, include two levels of puncture protection and provide lower rolling resistance than most traditional tube-type tyres. The result: more control, fewer flats and better rides.
- TubeLess Ready (TLR) Road tyres increase ride comfort and reduce fatigue
- TLR Road tyres improve cornering traction
- TLR Road tyres remove the fear of pinch flats due to the lack of tubes
- Integrated sub-tread puncture protection (Hard-Case Lite)
- Light and supple casing provides low rolling resistance
- Optimised for use with Bontrager TLR Sealant
- Covered by Bontrager's Unconditional Performance Guarantee
- Aramid bead, foldable tyre
- Weight: 265/280g (23/25c)
Bontrager R3 TLR tubeless tyre review, Cycling Weekly magazine, October 2015:
"These tyres have converted me to tubeless.
...I tested the puncture protection by inserting multiple drawing pins and even nails into to tyre carcass. Astonishingly, the sealant was able to seal all the holes, rendering punctures highly unlikely. The 25mm width rolls very nicely too, especially when you drop the pressure to 60-70psi. The downside is that they can be difficult to fit, but the difficultly can vary depending upon the tyre/rim combination - Bontrager wheels were easier than the Hed Ardennes. I continued to ride these tyres after my 'nail test' and have had no punctures. Winter is coming and these tyres are ideal."
Score: 9 (out of 10)
Bontrager R3 Tubeless Ready tyre review, road.cc, August 2016 (see here for full review):
"Bontrager's R3 Tubeless Ready (TLR) tyres offer a very comfortable ride and good puncture resistance. They form part of the brand's tubeless system though they aren't system-specific â€" you can use other sealants and rim tape without any problem, or indeed bog standard butyl inner tubes, which extends the appeal.
Tyre sections have been getting wider in recent years, with 25mm increasingly the default. These are 26mm, which by my reckoning is the sort of rubber that can perform year round.
The first 200 of 400 miles of testing I used latex tubes, alternating between 90 and 105psi. Formative impressions were of a quick and very compliant tyre, the sort that, despite weighing 320g apiece, are easily coaxed up to speed and glide along nicely. This compliance was really appreciated after 60-70 miles of fairly tough roads, littered with loose chippings at one extreme, others turning to treacle.
While riding, I was conscious of flints setting into the casings, and for testing purposes encouraged them to cultivate and embed over the course of several shorter blasts. Not so much as a nick in the casing, let alone a flat. Pushing to 30-35mph in torrential rain, they never missed a beat, even on 1-in-7 descents with hairpin bends for good measure.
This performance came in handy through town, too, when flicking around the usual suspects â€" holes, errant pedestrians, opening car doors... Despite concerted efforts, riding through shards of glass and debris, there were a few superficial nicks but nothing deep enough to demand filling with superglue. The only flat I succumbed to was the result of a tear at the tube's valve â€" presenting the ideal opportunity to go tubeless.
Experimenting with the pressures, starting with 110 and repeating the rides, I was impressed by the tyres' supple, compliant nature. Even compared with a latex tube, there was some discernible improvement in rolling resistance and refinement.
One of the many virtues often touted by the tubeless faithful is the ability to run them at much lower pressures without worry of pinch flats, or that they might roll from the rim. Running them at 70, their baseline as marked on the side, was a bit on the low side for me personally; 95 seemed optimal, offering leach-like purchase in all contexts. Admittedly, some residual diesel encountered while tackling a roundabout left me a little shaken, but that greater contact certainly bodes well for crisp winter mornings, before the sun's had chance to burn through the icy film.
Calling their bluff, I've ridden through tacks and other sharps, and the sealant's done its thing handsomely.
Ultimately, I've been seriously impressed, and for those riders wanting to try tubeless and/or needing a four-seasons tyre for their trainer or best bike, the R3 seems an excellent option."
Versatile and comfortable road tyres â€" and an excellent introduction to tubeless
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