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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!
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.
Bottom LineYes, I would recommend this to a friend