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Bontrager R3 Road Tire

Bontrager R3 Road Tire

Product Rating
3.5 stars
 (3 Reviews)

Product Details

Bontrager R3 Road Tire

Bontrager's R3 Road Tire is perfect for training, racing and everything else! The round profile and lightly textured tread offer low rolling resistance and grip like glue in the corners. The 120tpi casing and folding beads deliver a wonderfully supple ride and lighten the tire considerably. You also get sub-tread protection against flat tires and equally impressive, Bontrager's unique aero wing design that improves airflow so that the R3 actually saves you energy on every ride, too!

Features and Information

  • View Black/Natural.
  • Also available in Black and Black/Pink (images unavailable from the manufacturer).
  • The 120-thread-per-inch casing makes this tire conform to the road for superior cornering and a smoother ride.
  • This is a folding tire.
  • Weight: 185 grams (23c)
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    • Great traction  (2)
    • Lightweight  (2)
    • Comfortable 
    • Durable rubber 
    • Resistant to element 


    • Got a flat after 3rd ride 
    • Heavy 
    • Prone to flats 

    Best Uses

    • Road biking  (3)
    • Racing  (2)
    • Casual riding 
    • Upgrade 

    Reviewed by 3 customers

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    Flat fewer than 200 miles

    By E

    from Boston

    About Me Avid Cyclist


    • Great Traction
    • Lightweight


    • Prone To Flats

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking


    Felt great for the first few rides then it got a slow leak. I had to stop every few miles to pump it up and limp home. I would have changed it but darkness was coming on fast and the mosquitoes were vicious. Finally it gave up the ghost about a mile from the finish. I had to walk the last mile. Bummer. Flat tire in less than 200 miles - about the third ride - same as the previous reviewer. Last time I get one of these.

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    Great all-round rubber

    By squimby

    from madison, WI

    About Me Competitive Cyclist


    • Resistant To Element
    • Great Traction
    • Durable Rubber
    • Comfortable


    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Casual Riding
    • Racing


    I have been using the R3 tires on a pair of Race Lite TLR wheels set up tubeless all season now as a racing/training wheelset and the combo stunningly excels at both. When I don't have a number pinned on, the tires have proven to have great flat protection and incredibly comfortable.I have only punctured once after a summer with scores of hours on the bike--the puncture mostly sealed itself, though I added a little more sealant, and had to pump it up twice more to feel secure jumping back on the next day. They do require a substantial amount of elbow grease to bead the tires on the rim, since they fit incredibly tight, and for first time tubeless users, I'd recommend either having your local shop set them up, or at least using an air compressor. I've run the tires with a little lower pressure, (~95 psi, and I'm 145 lbs) and the R3/Race Lite combo has been comfier than any 32 hole rim with wider tires than I've ridden. The sensation they provide on the road is a little disconcerting at first, since they greatly reduce road 'buzz', and make you wonder if you've got a flat, but there's no noticeable increase in rolling resistance, and still corner remarkably predictably. To my surprise, the tire's greatest strength was in the corners. The casing isn't as supple as a tubular, but the freedom of not having any resistance from a tube along with the lower tire pressure and the remarkably grippy compound greatly improved my confidence on irregular corners. The tires conformed very nicely to uneven pavement blocks and cracks even while hitting corners hard in criterium races. I raced the tires in 2 rainy criteriums where I watched Pro license holders wash out on corners right next to me using (very expensive) cotton tubulars. The confidence they afforded me was surprising. With a wider rim the profile of the tire on the rim took a little getting used to, but actually helped improve my cornering: the tires don't 'break' into corners as quickly, and allow more gradual, confident handling in a way that I can only call 'mature'. My only gripe is that the casing/bead is a little stiff, which is likely a result of the flat resistant layer. If you want a tire that's a little softer, lighter, and maybe grippier, go with the R4 but for a tire that's great for riding a racing, the R3 ticks all the boxes

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    Bontrager R3

    By Jason

    from PA

    About Me Avid Cyclist


    • The tires roll smoothly
    • Lightweight


    • Got a flat after 3rd ride

    Best Uses

    • Racing
    • Upgrade
    • Road Biking


    My bike came with R1 tires. I found they did not roll smoothly and they seemed to cling to the road. In looking on line, the weight was over 300 g as well with only 60 thread count. I decided on trying their R3 which has a 120 thread count and were much lighter tires. I found the rolling resistence was much less on the R3 and the bike just moved better and offered a smoother ride. Going up hills appeared to be done with less effort. I choose these tires over the Grand Prix's. I found myself really liking these tires. However after my 3rd ride without going over glass or anything unusual, when I went to get my bike the next day, the front tire was flat. I found a small hole in the middle of the tube. I hope this is not going to be a common trend with this tire. If it is, I will report back. But besides that flat, I was very pleased with the ride and found this upgrade more important that upgrading brakes or derail's. The R3's seem to be very good tires.

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