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Why dont you see many Bontrager tires?

Old 07-20-06, 08:17 AM
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Why dont you see many Bontrager tires?

Theres not alot on Ebay and no LBS's aroound here have them. DO they suck? I just cant seem to find many.

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Old 07-20-06, 08:22 AM
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No, not in my experience. I ride their Hardcase Lite tires on my commuter and their Race X Lites on my road bike with really good results. My Trek Dealer LBS doesn't always have them in stock. Not sure why they don't, but I end up getting them to order a set or two each year.
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Old 07-20-06, 08:24 AM
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Actually they're pretty good. A pair of them (Race X Lites) came with my wheels, and I liked them so much I bought another one when I sliced one up.

They're pretty comperable to the GP3ks I was riding before, perhaps because they're made by Conti (supposedly). They say "Make in Germany" on the side.
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Old 07-20-06, 08:39 AM
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I ride the Race Lites and I like them very much. I do have to say that I wasn't very satisfied with the Selects though.

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BTW I see alot of them on bikes around here.
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IMHO they suck! My LBS sells the race lites and I have never seen tires cut so easily in my life. I am going from a set of Conti 30000's where I got 2k flatless miles on them. Then I bought some x lites for me and my girlfriend we both kept getting flats and I mean flats that ruin a brand new tire with big cuts in them. Also when rolling these tires you can see that the tread patch is not centered properly. Sorry but IMO stay away from the x lites. I cannot speak for the heavier touring tires however but in my experience the xlites suck. I am again on gp3000's and have yet to get a flat in well over 1k miles so it aint my riding style.
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Old 07-20-06, 09:02 AM
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+1 on their Hardcase Lite. I have them on both of my non-Trek bikes and I am very happy with them.

They are a Trek owned brand, so they may be hard to find at dealers that don't carry Trek. You can always search for a Trek dealer in your area on the Trek Web site.
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Old 07-20-06, 09:27 AM
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I've run Bonty tires on my bike for the better part of a year, and just replaced them last night for being squared off. They worked for me, and that's about as good as it's gonna get, I suppose.
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At least in Canada, they are generally only available at a Trek Dealer. That is probably the main reason. There are plenty of other tyres available to retailers through normal distribution channels. My preferred tyre is Vittoria, many shops in my area don't stock them, but most can get them.
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Old 07-20-06, 10:55 AM
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My bike came with Race X Lites. While I do like them, I feel that they puncture a bit too easily. I've replaced the back tire 3 times due to cuts. But, I did get good wear out of the front, just now having to replace it after wearing out the casing (3200+ miles). I'm looking for something else, since they retail for $50 a pop. My .02.
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They're just not good enough to justify paying full retail at the LBS when you can get great tires like the Conti GP4000 or Michelin Pro2 Race online for cheap.

My Flyte actually came with Bonty Race lites, and after a flat at mile 126 on them I threw 'em out. This season it's been GP4000's for racing and Michelin Krylion carbons for training.

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+1 on the RaceLite Hardcases. I have about three-four months on mine without a flat...
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I've run over all sorts of debris with my Race X Lite tires, and have only gotten 1 flat so far, due to a metal shard puncturing my tire and into my tube. I'm quite certain that this would've happened with nearly any tire, so I don't feel so bad. All in all, I like the Race X Lites a lot, actually....
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Old 07-20-06, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by baj32161
I do have to say that I wasn't very satisfied with the Selects though.
Word, the Selects that came on my bike were junk.
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Old 07-20-06, 11:54 AM
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You can only buy Bontrager products at Trek dealers, just as you can only buy Specialized products at Specialized dealers. Both companies sell a wide range of products, with the high end stuff being very good and some of their cheaper stuff being pretty mediocre.
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I've run over all sorts of debris with my Race X Lite tires, and have only gotten 1 flat so far, due to a metal shard puncturing my tire and into my tube. I'm quite certain that this would've happened with nearly any tire, so I don't feel so bad. All in all, I like the Race X Lites a lot, actually....
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Thanks everyone~!
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Originally Posted by C_heath
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Wait!...we're not done....I think they suck!

First flat cut the rear Select right through the core. Replaced that with a Race Lite and then got a flat in the front Select. A month later I got a flat in the Race Lite that replaced the destroyed rear Select. I will never buy another Bonty tire by choice.

Since then I've taken them off and given them to the little girl next door. She puts marbles in them and uses them as Hula Hoops.

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Old 07-20-06, 02:26 PM
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Racelite Hardcase 700x25. 400 miles so far, no problems.
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Whatever crap tires came on my wife's LeMond Alp d'Huez were seriously sucky. The rear wore out right away, and the front is not in good shape. I haven't had much luck with their mtn bike tires either. They seem to be good under specific conditions, which aren't any conditions I have encountered except maybe slickrock in Moab. Then again, I could ride my road bike on slickrock and be fine, so that's not an actual endorsement.
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Originally Posted by djgonzo007
Word, the Selects that came on my bike were junk.
Not only junk, but junk^2.
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I had the Race Lite HArdcases on one of my bikes and I really like them for durabilty. The Race X Lite Silicas are lighter and more responsive and I liked those just fine too. But I tried Michelin Pro2 Race tires, ...promptly removed the Bonty's and have never looked back. The Michelin PR2 is a far superior tire and for less money.
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
Wait!...we're not done....I think they suck!

First flat cut the rear Select right through the core. Replaced that with a Race Lite and then got a flat in the front Select. A month later I got a flat in the Race Lite that replaced the destroyed rear Select. I will never buy another Bonty tire by choice.

Since then I've taken them off and given them to the little girl next door. She puts marbles in them and uses them as Hula Hoops.
Anything "lower" than the Race X Lites' tend to suck.....
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I still have the Race Lites that came with my Lemond, but they have been seriously sucky. I've probably repaired about 10 flats in the first 3 months (2300 miles) and the rear tire is fairly well chewed up from debris. I'll be replacing them soon, but probably not with Bontrager.
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i hade race lites on my sarthe and put victorria evo corsa cx 290tpi yada yada yada. turns out the bicycle magazine rated them best tires. i didnt like the way the race lites felt on the road. the victorrias are fantastic though.
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The girlfriend and I both have Bontrager Select wheels/tires. I have over 600 miles on mine and she has 450 miles on hers. So far no flats for either of us.

I did order some GP 4000's from ProBikeKit though. I'll put them on when I get them and use the selects with the trainer this winter.

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