Bontrager Revolt ST Tires Older Tires

3.72/5 (64 Reviews)
MSRP : $45.00


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Bontrager Revolt ST Tires


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blas Phemus a Cross Country Rider from Apple Valley, MN

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2001

Strengths:    Price, light weight, low rolling reistance

Weaknesses:    lack of bite from rear tire in mud or gravel

Bottom Line:   
A great tire for hard pack or sand, perfect for Sparta-Elroy, Luce Line and other crushed limestone trails. Not so good in loose gravel and even less in muck, although the front handles these situations better than rear. But what tire is perfect in all conditions? I think the tire perfoms as advetised, so give it the full 5 flamin' deer turds. I don't think Bontrager makes these anymore except as ST2 which have deeper treads. I would guess ST2 rear perform a little better in loose conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   Minnesota River Valley

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Trek Kahuna, Jones, Psycho

Bike Setup:   Trek 8900

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick a Weekend Warrior from Golden

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance. Sticky rubber compound. Cheap!

Weaknesses:    Washes out on the sandy stuff. Forget about riding on muddy
surfaces (not a good idea anyway). The knobs on the rear
tire don't last very long.


Bottom Line:   
These tires roll like a dream on clean, hardpack surfaces.
The soft rubber compound sticks very well. However, they
are not designed for serious, technical work on the trail
as the treads are micro-knobs that don't grab very hard.
The rear carcass is also very narrow and susceptible to
pinch flats. Good compromise tires for riding a combination
of pavement and not too serious dirt.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Dart/Smoke. Ritchey Z-Max. Specialized Ground
Control, Team Control, etc Controls.


Bike Setup:   Merlin MTB w/ Shimano XT, Grip Shift and Marzocchi Z-5.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Haywood Jablowme a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2001

Strengths:    Roll EXTREMELY FAST!! Corner great, lightweight and look great. Oh yeah, the roll fast too.....

Weaknesses:    Not for the novice rider!! Get sketchy on loose gravel (as you would expect with this type of tire!) not good in any type of wet type of conditions. Wear pretty fast. Not made for any real technical downhilling.

Bottom Line:   
These tires are amazing when used for they are intended for!! These are NOT FOR THE WEAK!!!! They work fantastic on the hardpack and dry conditions. They hook up great in the turns and climb great. They roll extremely fast and make pedaling on all surfaces much easier. It feels like I am in a lower gear when I ride these tires. Once they start to wear they lose their bite. These tires tend to break loose under braking on the downhills. The back end of the bike will slide if you don't watch what you are doing. I really like the tires but I think that would rather have a tire with a bit more nob on them. Again it is my fault though, these are XC RACING TIRES and not your everyday trail cruisers. NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO BEAT YOUR FRIENDS ON A DRY COURSE....BUY THESE TIRES!! I'll give 'em four flaming turdballs for value and a mighty 5 flaming turdballs overall!!

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Favorite Trail:   Middle Peak Cuyamaca

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Revolt, Specialized Team control/master, Tioga Psycho (ie; Piece of cr@p!!!)

Bike Setup:   Manitou Mars1 Fork, Mavic 217 CD Ceramic SUP wheels, LX/XT Drivetrain, 7005 Aluminum Hardtail, straight bars with shorty barends.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Cross Country Rider from Kenosha

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2000

Strengths:    Very quick

Weaknesses:    Wear kind of quickly

Bottom Line:   
These tires do everything they were meant to do very well. Of course they are not that great in mud, but they aren't meant for that. They do wear quickly on pavement.

Just like KB says, it will feel like you are in a higher gear.


You just can't beat them for the price!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   Rockhopper Comp

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Radar from Barberton, OH

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2000

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, good on hardpack/loose over hardpack, overall fast tire that can handle more than hardpack.

Weaknesses:    A little buzz from the rear tire on pavement, I would have liked a little taller knobs on the rear tire.

Bottom Line:   
I recently put these on and used them on a trail with several different conditions. They did everything like I expected them to, but cornered very well. The side knobs are great! In mud, the knobs are too short to clog with most types of mud. The short knobs, however make it hard to climb out of the saddle on anything steep/loose. This is no big deal for me since I climb in the saddle, but it's something to think about. They are light, too and if you're currently using tires that are 600-700 grams, you'll notice these accelerate easier and in almost all conditions, they're faster than any knobby (even a lighter knobby, like the Panaracer Fire XC Pro 1.8) because the low rolling resistance. They also seem relatively pinch resistant for a racy tire, since I'm 120 pounds and ran about 30-35psi over some rough stuff. I'm sure a 175 pound rider would have no problem running a little over 40psi with them, especially with regular tubes.

By the way, when mounted and inflated on my Bontrager rims, the rear tire tread width was about 1.7 inches, with the casing a couple mm. skinnier. The front knob tread width was about 1.9, again, with the casing a little skinnier. This was good for me, since I was in the market for skinnier racing tires anyway, and it adds to their mud clearance.

I'll post back when I have more experience on them, but for now I'll give them a 5 value rating (I bought at Supergo for $25) and 4 overall (not gonna say they are the final word in tires until I race them a little).

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Favorite Trail:   Vulture's Knob

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   Tons of tires...Michelin Lite, Geax Sedona, Specialized Storm Control and Dirt Control, WTB Racing raptor...tons more

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher hardtail with Bontrager wheelset.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mark from san marcos Tx us

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2000

Strengths:    These tires are light and super fast, I use them for road riding and mild off raod stuff.

Weaknesses:    I get flats like no one's business! Pinch flats when they're not way inflated, and ridiculous puncture flats- i guess these tires are super thin?

Bottom Line:   
bottom line is I'm bailing on these tires, i've got too many tubes with like 4 patches on 'em, guess it's time for somthing tougher. they are great tires for mud, good for those who own a inner-tube factory, or those with lots 'o patch kits.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   trek 930 single track rc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark m a Cross Country Rider from St. Augustine, Florida

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2000

Strengths:    very light, rolls fast, handles most surfaces well

Weaknesses:    thin sidewalls, must keep air pressure very high to prevent pinch flats

Bottom Line:   
I used these tires for the first time at Snoeshoe Mountain in WV. It was very muddy with alot of rocks and roots. I thought I was going to kill myself with these tires, but they actually did very well. The rear tire is narrow and cuts through the mud, getting very good traction, even getting grip on wet roots that my velociraptors would have spun on. The next day I raced the Wild 100k Race which turned out to be about 80 miles of some very rough and muddy terrain, and these tires did not let me down. They roll so well, and I was able to use larger gears than normal. Overall, I think these tires were a very good choice, took over 1/2 pound off my bike and made it faster.

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Favorite Trail:   razorback

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   velociraptors, specialized team ground controls, panaracers darts, smokes, dusters.

Bike Setup:   specialized groundcontrol AIM, x-vert, Stratos Helix Expert, xt and lx components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Rochester

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2000

Strengths:    Light, high quality casing, fast rolling, very good traction on firm smooth terain.

Weaknesses:    Not the best in wet, muddy conditions. Kind of thin, not too good for really rocky bumpy stuff.

Bottom Line:   
This are quite good tires. They work really well on hardpack and mildly loose soil that's still kind of firm. In really greasy stuff they take a lot of finesse, have to be pretty careful. I've had them out in the mud on rocky rooty trails and it's definately do-able but they sure aren't made for that stuff. Also, they say it's a 2.1 front and 1.95 rear, but they look a lot smaller than that. The front looks like it MIGHT pass for 1.95 and the rear is skinnier than that. I sure like a chunkier tire with a lot more vollume for rocky rooty trails. I have a set on my single speed that I ride mostly around town and only occasionaly take it off road and they work super for that. If your trails are mostly smooth hardpack, they kick ass.
I'm giving them 5 chili's because for what they're designed for they are top quality.

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Favorite Trail:   I like to ride.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   Paanaracer dusters, tioga psycho's, michelin wild gripper

Bike Setup:   single speed

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Toshi from US

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2000

Strengths:    Light, quiet, and fast rolling (compared to the other tires I have run -- see below)

Weaknesses:    Poor traction in NW conditions

Bottom Line:   
For the riding that I do, which contains a lot of technical and slippery passages, this tire is not the right choice. However, it does make spinning along on the road quite easy and quiet. Next time around I'm going to get a much more aggressive tire.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptor, Tioga Psychos of all flavors, Panaracer Smoke...


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from MS

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2000

Strengths:    Fast, more grip than a semi-slick without feeling like something borrowed off Bubba's 4X4. Not bad in sand, work great in leaves and pine straw.

Weaknesses:    Sketchy in loose gravel, wouldn't trust'em in serious terrain.

Bottom Line:   
Take a Velociraptor and shave it down to make it light and fast and you'll end up with something like this. The darts on the front tire stick down through leaves and pine needles to grip, and the front's also wide enough to give some float over sand. The back hooks up with the same sort of cog-railway action Velociraptors have, but less so because there's less (but faster) tread back there. I can't figure out why the edging blocks are lined up with the rear paddles, but they don't slilde out in turns too badly so that's OK too.

At $40 list, they're kind of expensive, but you can find'em cheaper if you dig around. Overall, a good compromise between a heavy knobby and a full-on racing tire.

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Favorite Trail:   today? Briar Patch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Velociraptors, Bontrager SS's, Onza Rip & Rails

Bike Setup:   STP 200

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2000

Strengths:    Light, quiet on tarmac, quite grippy off-road.

Weaknesses:    Not too reliable in the wet.

Bottom Line:   
These tires do exactly what Bontrager says they will. They are excellent for those who want to use the same tires on and off road. Off road, they corner well, and the rear provides excellent traction. Those tough little knobbles round the edge provide plenty of grip on corners and on packed dirt they really do save you a gear or two. I love 'em!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Michelins


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by a Cross Country Rider from Fayetteville, AR

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2000

Strengths:    light weight, fast

Weaknesses:    durability and the front is super jumpy

Bottom Line:   
The don't work off road in anything other than hardpack, end of story.

Actually the rear tire is fine, climbs well, but not when things get wet, as is to be expected. The front is a whole nother matter. It totally sucks. Totally jumpy in all conditions, have caused multiple bails. Don't listen that they are for expert riders. Yea your local stud may be able to ride them, but only while no one watches.

Dump the front, keep the rear if you want a fast lightweight tire that won't see mud

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   WBT Velociraptors, Continental COMP Pro/Pro II


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rome a Cross Country Rider from Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight.

Weaknesses:    Poor traction in the wet, and mud. Have had to learn new forms of bike borne acrobatics to remain on two wheels.

Bottom Line:   
Here in the tropics, there are all sorts of dangerous obstacles to ride on, over, and through. Coconuts, wet palm branches, tree roots, and coral rocks are all there waiting to take you down. These tires just aren't up to par here. Maybe I'll use them when I get back to the States. At least they didn't cost me much. $29 a pair at Supergo.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Root

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Factory XC wirebead, Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1 kevlar bead, Michelin Wildgripper sprint wirebead

Bike Setup:   1998 Klein Pulse Pro with 99 XT, Z2 Superfly. Also 2000 Supergo Access Ti with XTR, Z2 Superfly, Spin ceramic wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle a Cross-Country Rider from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2000

Strengths:    
Price (found on sale)
Weight


Weaknesses:    
Picks up mud.
Washes out easily on gravel.


Bottom Line:   
For commuting I would prefer a slick, but for an all around tire this one is great. This is probably not a good tire for those of you who push the envelope everywhere they go. They will wash on gravel. And will pick up mud, especially the front. And will tend to hold on to said mud for a while. (Just had to climb a hill today with a couple of extra pounds of mud, and did not loose it until I came bouncing back down.)For those of you who are like me, and use their bike for commuting and exercise, and who are lazy enough not to want to change tires to ride trails, these tires are a great mix. They don't roll as smooth as slicks, but they are TONS better on trails. Compared to full knobbies, ST's roll a lot better on pavement, but do not completely eliminate road noise. On just about everything else (exempting gravel) I have a hard time telling the difference between the ST and a knobbie.Don't buy these expecting knobbie performance. But if you want a tire that is good (not perfect) on 90% of the surfaces out there go with the ST'sThey do what I wanted them to do. Five flaming dead flamingos

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Continental Goliath (slick)
Assorted other knobbies on other bikes


Bike Setup:   
K2 2000

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Cross-Country Rider from Santa Cruz, CA

Date Reviewed: November 15, 1999

Strengths:    
The tires do what Bontrager claims: they are noticeably fast and quiet, and have provided good traction on all the surfaces I've tried them on except loose gravel.


Weaknesses:    
I feel like these tires maybe have too much side knob. In rutted conditions, touching the edge of the rut with the edge of one of these tires causes an abrupt hookup. But then again, these knobs are there to hook up when you lean the bike in a corner, so...


Bottom Line:   
It's too soon to tell if I like them better than the Continentals I've been riding on, but I like them so far.

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Favorite Trail:   
Deja Vu

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Continental Leader Pro,Ritchey


Bike Setup:   
Univega Alpina 9.1, Judy SL

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