Bontrager Big Earl Tire

4.08/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 1425 grams MSRP : $50.00


Product Description

  • Edge knobs
  • Gum-bi compound
  • Condition specific design
  • Lightweight 2.5 version


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by victory65 a Weekend Warrior from wellington, fl.

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2011

Strengths:    The grip and longevity.

Weaknesses:    None at this time.

Bottom Line:   
This tire came with the bike stock and has been awesome! Very good grip in all conditions. I can ride with lower pressure and increase the grip. I am now thinking of switching the fron to the rear due to 2 plus years of hard riding, including pavement! Not one pinch flat! THe only flat I encountered was from the tube stem, and that was one time. I keep a spare tube just in case, but only needed that one time. Two thumbs up for this tire.

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Favorite Trail:   markham park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   wheels of wellington

Similar Products Used:   Other Bontrager tires.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Fat Possum XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Xer a Downhiller from Bend, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2009

Strengths:    Grip, longevity, amazing durability. I ride HARD (big drops, big jumps, rocky trails, fast downhill, you name it) and have not gotten a single flat tire in 2 years of riding. I don't ride much pavement so the tread is still good to go even after 2 years! Grip is fantastic in wet conditions, after all it is classified as a "wet" tire. Dry grip is very good but I don't have a lot to compare with. This tire was a bit too wide for my frame and it actually wore down the frame before the tire wore down, it is that durable. One of the other reviews mentioned a bunch of pinch flats, either he had the wrong size rim or something funky with his setup because this tire has been absolutely unstoppable.

Weaknesses:    Dry grip I suppose, if in very dusty or sandy conditions, but that is only in comparison to the stellar wet grip. I'm stretching to find a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
I didn't expect much from a Bontrager tire but I have been thoroughly impressed and will definitely consider getting another set if these ones ever wear out. My front tire still looks almost new! Highly recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Funner

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer DH, various BMX tires e.g. Tioga Comp IIIs

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher GED mostly stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tyler from Vermont

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007

Strengths:    good size (compared to other brandname 2.5's), GREAT flat resistance, all-around solid tire for all-mountain use.

Weaknesses:    wears down quickly, but keep it off the pavement and you should be alright. Little pricey, too.

Bottom Line:   
Solid tire!
I was reluctant to go with a Bontrager freeride tire when building the bike, but the bike techs at the shop spoke highly of them. I've been riding the same 2.5" tires for well over a year now for just about everything, including the daily commute, and I can't complain. Running these tires at low pressures provides great traction over the stunts and on the corners. And I've only had one flat in two years of riding. Get these tires with downhill tubes and let your pinch-flat worries fly away.
It's come time to buy a new tire (the rear one didn't care much for all the time it had on asphalt), and after doing some research and checking out the competition (make sure to measure the tire before you buy!), I'm going to repeat-offend.
a good all-purpose tire.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis High Rollers, WTB products.

Bike Setup:   all mountain / freeride.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by bob a Weekend Warrior from Florida

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2007

Strengths:    Grip nice

Weaknesses:    Tread had no life

Bottom Line:   
Good traction, lacked on longevity.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   Just replaced rear tire w/ a Kenda Blue Groove John Tomac Series.

Bike Setup:   King Fisher 1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chad VB a Downhiller from Blacksburg, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2007

Strengths:    Sidewall strength... at 210lb i have pinch flatted the rear once. I also made a 1 inch flat spot in the rim from that same incident. I don't know what "rider" was talking about. They seem to grip well in general conditions.

Weaknesses:    Don't shed mud real well, they get caked up fairly quickly and if you aren't flying they won't spit the mud back off. It was only a problem when i was just riding out to the trail through some mud and came to a stop cause the tires were spinning.

Bottom Line:   
Pretty good tires, they keep the tube from flatting well (much much much much better than the Kendas). I believe they are fairly expensive to buy by themselves. I probably would try something else if I was buying new tires but could see coming back to these again.

Also... drop the psi a little bit on these tires. probably 3 or 4 psi less than what you think you want. Will save you a crash or two while you get them dialed in.

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Favorite Trail:   Virginia Tech

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Kenda Kinetics

Bike Setup:   Trek Session 77, sherman, azonic outlaws, other random goodies

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ricky a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2006

Strengths:    weight,cornering,fast rolling

Weaknesses:    durabilty

Bottom Line:   
These tires have surprised me so far they have a good fast rolling patch and corner very well at moderate to high speeds.The only downside is the durabilty the center knobs seem wear down a little faster than I would like.
But for the price and performance you can't go wrong

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Favorite Trail:   blue

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   specialized enduros,irc kujos,wtb weir wolfs

Bike Setup:   Trek session

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Cheney a Downhiller from Lansing, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2006

Strengths:    All around great tire good for muddy conditions as well as sand. I have the 2.5 and they roll ok on pavement for a DH tire, but all around I like them alot.

Weaknesses:    Well I really havent ridden on too many DH tires so I havent found any yet.

Bottom Line:   
I like these tires alot! I will admit I am a lite weight guy so I havent had any problems with flats. However, I rode these tires at the 2006 U.S. open at diablo freeride park in the super wet mudd and crazy rock gardens and they worked great. I have also ridden them in northern michigan in pure sand and they also do very well. Im not really a bontrager fan but I will admit I like the tires and I have herd simmular comments from fellow riders who feel the same towards bontrager.

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Favorite Trail:   A-line

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Velocipede peddler

Similar Products Used:   2.35 Specialized tires off P2

Bike Setup:   05 Trek sessions with DT swiss FR2350 wheels, saint RD, E-13 bashguard.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rider a Weekend Warrior from Denver

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Pinch Flats! I rode this tire on Porcupine Loop at Moab and I got 5 flats in a 14 mile section. I rode again on a pretty smooth trail with minimal rocks/roots and got 2 pinch flats. I should have known that a tire with such flimsy sidewalls would have been this bad. Bontrager needs to step it up if they are going to market this tire to freeride/downhill riders. Do yourself a favor and feel the sidewall before you buy. I've seen thicker notebook paper.

Bottom Line:   
Not a good freeride/downhill tire. MAY be suitable for a lighter rider on a dual suspension on XC trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Buffalo Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Mojo Wheels

Similar Products Used:   Nothing this flimsy. Now riding Kenda Blue Groove 2.5's. Much stiffer casing/sidewall and just as sticky if not more.

Bike Setup:   Haro Escape 8.2 stock with Juicy 7's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sho from north van, bc

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2006

Strengths:    it sticks to anythings. rock faces, roots, steep inclines even with my weight on the front.

Weaknesses:    doesn't roll very fast but i haven't ridden on anything as wide as these 2.7s. the 2.7s are the same width as the WTB TimberWolf 2.5s

Bottom Line:   
i ride on the shore. it sticks to everthing. my brakes feel weak its got such good grip. awesome tires bottom line. its pretty cheap. i got mine on sale but i would definitely pay the full price and more. Bontrager may not be a name that first comes to mind for even second, but very very good tires. they did their research. i haven't ridden these to notice how they wear yet

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Favorite Trail:   7th secret

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   BSP

Similar Products Used:   nokains...

Bike Setup:   05 norco rampage

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by seej a Downhiller from pupukea, hi

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2006

Strengths:    roll fast and sick cornering in the 2.7s

Bottom Line:   
Great tires! The stigma was there for me with the bontrager name but if you are a real freerider that loves going fast between the stunts try these. I cant say they are the best, but they are pretty friggen sweet. YESSSSSS

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   20

Similar Products Used:   all of em

Bike Setup:   uzzi.66.other stuff that makes a bike roll

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fernando Mongiardiono a Downhiller from Esquel,Chubut,Argentina

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2006

Strengths:    Solid laterals, gripy compound, fart for rolling in flat sections, clear mud very well.

Weaknesses:    Wears very fast (oviusly cuz is stiky rubber)

Bottom Line:   
This tire is a real bang for the buck, maybe those will not perform as good a maxxis minon supertacky buy is a good sticky tire for a freerider or amateur racer on the budget, also will be a nice training tire for fast riders without a tire sponsor.

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Favorite Trail:   fast dh with lots of rocks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   bikehouse

Similar Products Used:   maxxis (too expensive), michelins(just fine), kendas(nice), tioga factory(not bad)

Bike Setup:   giant faith downhill setup

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron from Israel

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2006

Strengths:    Low rolling res. compered to other 2.5 tires, very good cornering & grip on dry conditions.

Weaknesses:    fast wear - took about 6 months of 2-3 weekly rides, 20-30 KM long to wear down.
hard to install on the rim if used as a tubeless tire.
a bit flexy on narrow rims.


Bottom Line:   
very good tire, very good value for money.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis, WTB, Hutchinson

Bike Setup:   SC heckler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alec Pym a Weekend Warrior from Axminster

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2006

Strengths:    Gumbi bi compund 2.4 grippy grippy grippy
Good on roots rocks loose stuf ..average in mud but i dont like the wet any way
Light for this size tyre about 800 grames


Weaknesses:    None really unlessyou like your mud.

Bottom Line:   
Good tyre for the money ohhh did i say they were well cheap at Evans cycles £16.00

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Favorite Trail:   From the front door

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Evans uk

Similar Products Used:   Conti verticals, gravity, WTB weirwolfe Nokian NBX

Bike Setup:   On My Gemini at the Moment

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can you tubeless Bontrager Big Earl?

Can I set up my Big Earl's Tubeless? I plan to use a stans kit. Should I use the DH or FR kit? Any experience setting these up tubeless? I plan to use UST tires. Thanks!Read More »

Big Earl rear hub QR to 10mm axle conversion ?

I have a set of Bontrager Big Earl wheels off my ~2007 Trek Session 7 sitting collecting dust so I thought I would try and use them in an upcoming urban bike build. The front is 20mm and the rear is a 135mmx10mm QR. I want to convert the rear axle from QR to 10mm bolt-on thru-axle. I have searched a ... Read More »

Bontrager Big Earl 20mm Hubs w/ 9mm Fork?

Looking at a set of Bontrager Big Earl wheels. The front has a 20mm through axle hub. Is there an adapter that exists that would allow me to use a standard 9mm QR fork with this hub? On another note - how are the Big Earl wheels? Would they be adequate for a 320# Clyde like myself? Mostly XC/ ... Read More »

Big Earl Wheelset Tubeless?

Has anyone set these up tubeless? How? Success? Failure? I usually do gorilla tape tubeless with my non UST rims but these rims are fairly wide. Not sure if the tape will fill in the right amount or else I would have to try 20" schrader tubeless. Chime in Thanks!Read More »

Breaking Spokes on Bontrager Big Earl Wheelset

[IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b246/ratcamaro/MTB/sessiondevilsd.jpg[/IMG] I ride a 2009 Trek Session 88 and have been breaking rear spokes every ride on one paticular drop. It's about a 6-8 ft. drop. [IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b246/ratcamaro/MTB/bigearl.jpg[/IMG] I w ... Read More »

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