Bontrager Jones XR 29-inch 29er Tire

3.3/5 (23 Reviews)
Weight : 640 grams


Product Description

The newest big tire offering from Bontrager combines the venerable old Jones tread pattern with a new "Gum-Bi" 68/62 durometer, and a lighter, faster stepping knob design.
  • Kevlar® Aramid bead
  • Black with black sidewalls


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by duggus a Cross Country Rider from Minnesota, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 2, 2011

    Strengths:    Dual Compound, Got them TUBELESS!

    Weaknesses:    None so far...

    Bottom Line:   
    I did about 40 miles with these tires, they gripped pretty well overall. I was riding the CAMBA trails in Wisconsin which is a variety of packed single track and lots of rocks. There was some mud spots which they washed out on but that is to be expected. I just managed to get these to go tubeless which is awesome, they are holding well. I like them so far.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lebanon Hills, MN

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   Came stock on 2011 Trek/GF X-Cal

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by madmanmike a Cross Country Rider from Grass Valley, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: December 12, 2009

    Strengths:    Front XR worked well with a tube, then I went ghetto tubeless and omg it stuck like velcro! Run it 18-22 psi and you'll love it. Fast, light tire. Tubeless it worked in all sorts of terrain, deep silt, hard pack, rocks, even mud. The rear XR wouldn't convert to tubeless, Stan's fluid wouldn't seal all the holes from the previous owner so I just put a tube back in. Fast, light tire but traction wasn't what I wanted. Changed the rear to Saguaro (ghetto tubeless), lots more traction but noticeably heavier. Still searching for that perfect rear tire. The Jones XR is my favorite on the front.

    Weaknesses:    See above

    Bottom Line:   
    The front XR converted to tubeless is hard to beat and I will soon be ordering one for my GF hifi pro that I just bought. I'm not sold on the rear XR. So 5 chiles for the front and 4 for the rear.

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    Favorite Trail:   The trails around Forest City

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchison

    Bike Setup:   '07 Paragon (29er hardtail), mostly XTR, Reba Race fork.
    A blast to ride.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by deanmachine a Cross Country Rider from Ohio

    Date Reviewed: May 4, 2009

    Strengths:    Strong bead, the tread clears mud fast stays clean.

    Bottom Line:   
    The 29" version of this tire is totally different then the 26" version.I run these tubless with 26# air .They have excellent traction on rocks and corner great. Going through mud or soft corners they find traction and clean fast.I bought these tires used on ebay and they sat for a year till i built up my kona in March.Pleasantly suprised.I had the 26" version on my Trek EX8 they were only good on hardpack and didn't hold traction in corners or slimy dirt.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   26' version of same tires.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Unit SS 2-9 rigid.Americian Classic Wheelset with stan's rim strips,34x20

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike N. a Cross Country Rider from SLC, UT, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 18, 2008

    Strengths:    Light, roll fast, roll straight.

    Weaknesses:    Haven't seen any.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've ridden these for four years. They were stock. They roll straight, without squirm or dart. They stick to rocks and packed dirt very nicely. I've ridden loose, tight switchbacks with no problem. I ride a trail with lots of very sharp rocks four days a week, and have never cut a sidewall. I never ride in mud, though, so I couldn't say about that. They shed a couple knobs in AZ, but that's AZ! I like 'em fine.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mo' Pi'

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Local shop

    Similar Products Used:   Moto Raptor, Cont. Mtn. King, Cont. Cross Country.

    Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher sugar 292

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by BDOG55 a Cross Country Rider from Modiin, Israel

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2008

    Strengths:    Great Traction, Fast Rolling, Light Weight.Converted very nicely to Tubeless.

    Weaknesses:    Built-in Thorn Magnet.

    Bottom Line:   
    Ive read the reviews, and i find it odd that some people called the tire total junk, and others loved them. I happen to love them, except, in wet and muddy conditions, they are horrible. After purchasing the bike i quickly converted to Tubeless using a Joe's kit (this is a '26er' tubeless conversion kit, still works great). I Start every ride at 40 PSI (any higher and it BLOWS, very very dangerous, and deafening.) and by the time the ride is over, its running at around 30 PSI with Thorns and Ooze clogging the holes. There are LOTS of dry thorn fields to ride through here, and the tires when tubeless and running at 30-40 psi roll fast, and feel great. Climbing steep inclines leaves me amazed at the traction these tires afford - a lot of steep climbs would have my 26ers slipping and i would have to walk up - these track right of the mountain. This is usually in loose gravel, rocks, and sometimes hardpack with roots and rocks.
    Perform very impressively in sand.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ya'ar Ben Shemen

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   bunch of 26er tires...

    Bike Setup:   2007 Supercal 29er stock with Ergon Grips

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by LaxFactor a Cross Country Rider from Birmingham, AL

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008

    Strengths:    It's light

    Weaknesses:    In mud it is slippery. In loose dirt it is slippery. In damp dirt it is slippery. Weak sidewall.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires role fast, don't grip, and flat often. These tires seem to provide poor traction no matter in what situation they are put. I have had multiple sidewall tears on the front and rear. Eventually I just got frustrated and went to the Kenda Nevegal.

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    Favorite Trail:   Oak Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Rig, Rigid

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by radirpok a Cross Country Rider from Budapest

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 2008

    Strengths:    Weight.

    Weaknesses:    Everything else ;-]

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought these tires because I was fed up with the weight of the wired WTBs (Exiwolf > 2 lbs!), so I wanted something *light*. Well, light is what I got, but not much else. The funny thing is that I couldn't say a terrain type where these tires are excellent (no, wait, they work very well on dry grass - hahaha), but I can list the various conditions I've tried them in and where they did not work. They have absolutely no grip in mud (OK, let's say they are for the dry). Unfortunately any kind of loose surface - gravel, sand - makes these feel like they would slip - many times they do. Forget rock gardens. Forget roots and beware of leaves on the ground!
    I admit I may be a rather weak technical rider, but the thing is that these tires are not for beginners - a pro might be able to master them though. Compared to the WTBs which were quite predictable - they did not grip too well, but they lost grip in such a way that I had time to react - the Jones tires would grip 100% then in a moment they would loose traction completely.
    To sum it up, these tires are quite confidence-*un*inspiring, recommended for racers only on dry hardpack.

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    Favorite Trail:   Crosskovacsi

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Exiwolf/Nanoraptor

    Bike Setup:   On-One Inbred 29er

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dan a Racer from MO

    Date Reviewed: May 27, 2008

    Strengths:    Reasonably light for a 29er race tire. Good grip, soft, predictable and rolls decently fast. Weight = about 620g.

    Weaknesses:    None I have found so far aside from slightly lighter offerings available.

    Bottom Line:   
    Note: This review is for the rear tire only. (29 x 2.2)
    Works well as a general all around tire. Have raced in missouri, kentucky, indiana, etc and does the job well from hardpack to slightly muddy conditions. If you just want to use on tire all season and only swap out for extremely dry or muddy conditions, this is your tire.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Similar Products Used:   ACX 29er, ignitor 29er. Tons of 26in tires.

    Bike Setup:   Orbea Lanza 29er, ACX front, XR rear. X9, reba, etc..

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Taras from Kharkov

    Date Reviewed: May 27, 2008

    Strengths:    Relatively light, good rolling on asphalt and trought sand, good cornering and scrambling in dry and light wet conditions. Good stability on granular surface.

    Weaknesses:    Not enought light, wheel blocked in heavy mud.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good tires but not for competitions.

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    Favorite Trail:   XC

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mithos XC, Maxxis tires

    Bike Setup:   BeOne Cikara frame, RockShox Reba Race 29er fork, XT dirvetrain, AlexRims rims, Maxxis WeterWeight tubes.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Rolf a Cross Country Rider from Kyringe, Denmark

    Date Reviewed: May 11, 2008

    Strengths:    Fast rolling, light

    Weaknesses:    Soft compound, weak grip on the sidewalls, harsh feeling running 1.8"

    Bottom Line:   
    Funny, I must be the only one in this thread who still haven't flatted or ripped these babies. IMO there are quite different issues connected to these tires. First, if value for money matters, the rear tire will die on you very quickly. Second, the subjective feeling is that they roll fast but that this (XC racing) quality comes at a great cost: They are sketchy in dry weather on roots, grass and dirt. I have experienced crashes in completely dry weather on well known paths and sections which I normally run w/o problems. I would advice against running pressure over 30 psi because the XR (in the 1.8" version) steal a large part of the shocks rebound effect, both in front and rear. 40 psi and they feel like semi massive wheel chair tires. I find myself brake locking the wheels all the time in switchbacks and downhill sections. Something that doesn't happen when I'm riding the 2.25" format. To put it another way: They make my 29'er feel a lot weaker in technical sections than it really is. But if you're going to ride a no-brainer marathon on hard pack and dry dirt I suppose they'll work just fine.

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    Favorite Trail:   all of them

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   ACX 2.25"

    Bike Setup:   17" fully frame w. Bontrager Race X Lite wheelset

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ray W a Racer from Puyallup

    Date Reviewed: August 28, 2007

    Strengths:    Lots of cush, suprising traction for low tread design, low weight

    Bottom Line:   
    I live in the Pacific Northwest, lots of rainy / snowy winters and wet muddy Springs. I wasn't expecting much in the way of traction given the low tread design but these things surprised me. I run them at 30 pounds they grab onto wet roots / logs and seem to dig in some how in the mud. I don't use thes in races with clay type mud, but after a few feet in that stuff everyone is riding on slicks anyway. In wet dirt these tires seem to hook up fine. They have a lot of volume especially compared to the Kendas. This allows the tread to conform to the roots and rocks for better traction.
    There aren't many light weight (or lighter weight) 29'er tires to choose from. I've been happy with these in all types of weather and in climbs, corners and obstacles. Reasonably priced too.

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    Favorite Trail:   Skookum Flats

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Klaws

    Bike Setup:   Fisher X-Cal

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by AB a Weekend Warrior from Upstate, SC

    Date Reviewed: August 22, 2007

    Strengths:    Held air

    Weaknesses:    Thin sidewalls and seemed to roll over on the sides often

    Bottom Line:   
    I didn't like these tires as they seemed to roll over on the edges too much for my liking. They also didn't seem to grip as well as other tires on the market. The sidewalls on these tires are also really thin. If you ride in rocky terrain, use caution because they cut easily.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Came with Paragon

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Rampage, Kenda Nevegal, Kenda Small Block 8, Geax Saguaro, Maxxis Crossmarks

    Bike Setup:   Came stock on Fisher Paragon

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Nick a Cross Country Rider from Norwalk, IA, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    Not a great overall tire. Did not care for the way the tire folded over when cornering. Not nearly as much traction on dry trails as the Exiwolfs. The tires pack up with mud and do not shed any.

    Buy it if: Well don't buy it. It might be worth riding for a while if it came on your bike. Otherwise there are much better choices out there.

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    Favorite Trail:   Center Trails

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Bike World

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Exiwolf, WTB Moto Raptor, lots o' 26er tires.

    Bike Setup:   GF XCal with Bontrager Race X Lite wheels

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from JC, MO

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2007

    Strengths:    Good overall tire for most conditions, light, quick rolling

    Weaknesses:    weak, weak, weak sidewalls. definitely not rugged enough for aggressive riders.

    Bottom Line:   
    I liked the tire, but I found as my skills have progressed it did not give me the handling or durability that I need on the trails that I ride. It's a very soft tire that seems to get chunks taken out of it every time I ride.

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    Favorite Trail:   Binder

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Route 66

    Similar Products Used:   weirwolf, exiwolf

    Bike Setup:   Surly KM SS fully rigid

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Darren a Cross Country Rider from Highlands Ranch, CO

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

    Strengths:    Seem to have good traction, roll pretty well.

    Weaknesses:    Punctured on first ride. Durability issues?

    Bottom Line:   
    Some concerns about the puncture resistance of these tires.

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    Favorite Trail:   Deer Creek Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   GF Caliber 29- Tires were stock.

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    Jones XR 29 2.25

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    Bontrager Jones XR 29 x 1,8" ???

    The new Bontrager tire is now on the homepage but are they crazy selling it for 45 $ one tire? And the weight is mentioned with 550 gramms ... so it does not sound good because a lot of people tought this one is a freaking light race tire but there are a lot others with 550 gramms and the price ... ... Read More »

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