Bontrager LT3 Tire

3.08/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $20.00

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Product Description

  • Smooth and easy rolling center section
  • Open tread design for trail use
  • Excellent all-purpose tire
  • Hardcase Plus versions have triple flat protection

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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stopokingme

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2014

Strengths:    Road and path use. Very low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    Hard Case are heavy.

Bottom Line:   
this is exactly what the LT stands for - Light Trail. These are in no way mountain bike tires, when you take that into consideration, they are great. I use these on my singlespeed for all kinds of general use. Low resistance on pavement. Good grip on unpathed paths. I would NEVER consider using these on singletrack or any mountain bike path - but if you like to go from paved to grass to gravel or side of the road hardpack these are quite nice. Probably good for most hybrid bikes. As for the hardcase, yeah, its definately good for not getting flats, but if you're using these for real offroad, skip the mush more expensive hardcase version and get a mountain bike tire, not a light trail tire - thats just plainnot what these were designed to do.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by thomas a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2014

Strengths:    Very Fast

Weaknesses:    Thorns can flatten them

Bottom Line:   
The tires came with my Trek 3700. I never expect much out of stock tires.

Overall the LT3 is an excellent choice. I recently used my 18month old tires at CX and MTB races. For the MTB race, I decided to run them at a higher inflation of 40psi on the front and 38 on the rear. Good climbing, cornering and downhill. They worked out great - very fast - I placed third.

For the CX race I chose max inflation of 60psi for both. Fast around the corners, in the grass and up the hills. I must of ran over some thorns near the end of the race. The front tire started going flat on the last lap. The tire held on almost to the end, but rolled off the rim, so I ran it in for a third place finish. Thorns are a tire's worst enemy after-all.

I highly recommend these tires, and after reading the other reviews, I will keep riding on them.

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Favorite Trail:   Cedar Hill State Park TX

Duration Product Used:   18 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At: - RBM -

Similar Products Used:   geax

Bike Setup:   Mountain Bike - low and fast

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2013

Strengths:    The Hard case version is cactus proof, great grip, ultra durable

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
It's too bad that so many people on here have no idea what tire they are running. The original LT3 without hardcase may be a cheap $20 tire but the full hard case is $50 with bead to bead kevlar protection. I've had three sets of hard cases on three different bikes, I live in an area where a normal tire will without fail be flat in 200 yards due to massive goat heads. Over the years I have made a point to try to get a flat with these tires and haven't been able to. I've even run over plenty of cactus and still haven't gotten a puncture. Sidewall rigidity is superb as well, I've run these tires so low they have bottomed out and still no pinch flats.
I had super wide wtb's on my bike before these (they got so full of thorns we had to toss them) and I don't really see any real difference in grip between the two, these do just fine.
Anyone who gets a flat with a Bontrager hard case is having another issue. These tires are harder to mount and it's easier to get pinch flats on installation. It's also likely that there's issues with the wheels they mounted them on, the rim strip could be bad or there could be pleny debris inside the rim that will cause a flat no matter what you put in.
I haven't found a single way to puncture these in a place where literally no other tire will do.
Don't buy a non hard case version and make sure that you actually got the hard case and didn't just assume that you did.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by captain smoke eater a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2013

Strengths:    None.

Weaknesses:    Everything, tires came on my wife's 3900 Trek MTB. We constantly get flat tires on the street and trail, just last week the tire came apart completely it was a good thing I saw it before our ride.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this tire. Sad to say since I'm a trek fan.

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Duration Product Used:   2 years

Bike Setup:   3900 Trek with upgrades

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by SDKmann a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2012

Strengths:    Cheap, puts rubber between your rim and the dirt

Weaknesses:    Zero braking performance, No grip during climbs, Corners terribly

Bottom Line:   
*THIS TIRE IS NOT FOR TRAIL USE* If you have a commuter bike that only sees off road use when you're crossing berms in the office parking lot, this tire may do the trick. If you actually ride trails avoid this tire like the plague. I bought this tire when the WTB Weirwolf I had for 7-8 years finally lost enough center tread that it needed to be replaced. I only needed this tire to last 1 month but after getting through that month with this tire I am disappointed I didn't get the right tire because I feel like I've lost a month of hard riding. The tires climbing performance is where it falls short the most, something I should have predicted from the terribly designed tread pattern before I even bought it. I now have more wheel slip than when I had the worn down WTBs and I end up having to walk up a lot of inclines. Recently I had the opportunity to ride in semi-damp soil for the first time (thanks 2012 drought) and this only made the weak points of the tire exponentially worse, especially climbing. Cornering performance is not great either thanks to the insubstantial outer knobs and I wash out on a frequent basis at low speeds, Im too afraid to corner at any higher speeds on this tire. During hard braking you can feel the tire flex and lose form and much more room is needed to come to a stop when at a good speed. If I could do it again I would just wait the week for my LBS to order in a new WTB tire for me and I cannot wait until I can ditch this tire, shred it, and send the pieces back to Bontrager.

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Favorite Trail:   Center Trails, Des Moines

Duration Product Used:   1 Month of daily riding

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Bike World

Bike Setup:   2004-2005 Raleigh M80

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hokiefyd a Weekend Warrior from Fayetteville, NC

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011

Strengths:    Low cost, smooth ride, good looks

Weaknesses:    Slight tread sing on new asphalt, slightly soft feel in hard cornering

Bottom Line:   
This is a very good compromise tire. I bought a pair to ride mostly pavement/hardpack trails, but I live in the Sandhills of NC, so do encounter some deeper sand every now and again, though usually not intentionally. I'm a typical weekend rider, though do try and get out 3-4 times during the week as well. I ride mostly for exercise and enjoyment, never in competition.

Pavement: these tires run very smooth and soft (I weigh 230# and keep these inflated to 50#), though the tread does tend to "sing" on very smooth asphalt. Even inflated higher than other tires, these have a softer ride. These are the first tires I've used that have a thin "skinwall" sidewall, and I think that makes a big difference in the ride. They have a slightly "soft" feeling during hard cornering that brings a touch of uneasiness, though it's certainly not as bad as having true knobbies on the bike and trying to corner on asphalt.

Trail: these do pretty well for being a compromise tire. They're probably not as durable (as far as stick/rut/rock resistance) as a good all terrain tire, but they're not designed to be, and hardcore riders aren't (or shouldn't be) looking at these anyway. They dig through an inch of sand pretty well, and stay well planted on fire roads and gravel trails. They have a nice wide and oversized profile (nominal size: 26" x 2.00") that seems to do very well on all surfaces.

For the weekend or everyday mountain/comfort bike rider looking for one tire that has 80% of the performance you need on varied surfaces, these are a good choice. The low price ($20 each at LBS) is icing on the cake.

Feel good about your purchase, too, because they are branded with Bontrager's "ECO" label, which denotes that 15% of the rubber is made from sustainable or recycled stock. They also note that the tread lasts 50% longer than conventional tread.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   The Bicycle Shop (Fa

Similar Products Used:   Cheap Chinese department store tires

Bike Setup:   Early 1990s Motiv Stonegrinder MTB, Shimano STX components, Araya alloy wheels with Shimano hubs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by LoganCale a Weekend Warrior from Topeka, KS

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2011

Strengths:    Rolls well on pavement for a mtn bike tire. Nice feel, but not too much grip turning.

Weaknesses:    Flat tire in under two weeks. I purchased the "triple flat protection" to cut down on flats when commuting to work and riding around town. It only took a week and two days to get a flat.

Bottom Line:   
Not flat resistant

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Favorite Trail:   Shunga

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Capps Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Trek

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Peck Jr a Weekend Warrior from Gaylord Mi

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2011

Strengths:    This tires rolls very fast. Does o.k. to well on the hard pack I came with my new Trek 820 (26X2.0)They work well on the road. Low if any noise and no vibration. Only one flat, accidently ran over something on a paved road.

Weaknesses:    I am new to MTB (2years) with about 180 miles of trail in three months. I have gone down a few times expecting more cornering traction. But I find myself not trusting them very much in the twisty stuff Also on hard climbs the tire spins on me. Wet hard pack to dry is about the same. Good through the sand. O.k. over roots. I have not used them for mud, but I have notice they don't clear out as well as I would like.

Bottom Line:   
These tires are doing pretty well. At my beginner level they hook up most of the time until I start pushing corner speed. Under my weight and rough sections of trails they work without thought. Climbing on some hard pack and roots you can experience slips. They are fast on the downhill with low rolling resistance and preform well on paved surfaces. With stick mud expect some caking.

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Favorite Trail:   Hanson Hills/ Aspen Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Trek 820, Stock parts, 26" tires, 19.5 frame. 6'4" 240lbs rider. I run about 40pounds in the tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AladdinP a Cross Country Rider from Pennsylvania, USA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap. Haven't worn out too quickly despite the fact that I've put many, many miles on them. Handles better than most tires at this pricerange would. OK on hard turns.

Weaknesses:    Tubes turned into swiss cheese from constant punctures despite running an appropriate PSI. Replaced the inner tubes and everything was fine.

Grip isn't always perfect on the steepest of climbs, but it's certainly acceptable.

Bottom Line:   
Ride it till it breaks.

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Favorite Trail:   Cowbell Hollow

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Marty's Bike Shop, P

Bike Setup:   Trek 4300

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ben a Weekend Warrior from Roxborough, CO

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap, rolls ok

Weaknesses:    Wears quickly, does not climb well

Bottom Line:   
These tires came with my Trek 4300, and I had no complaints until i upgraded my tires to WTB Mutano Raptors and realized how poor the LT3's actually perform. For the trail conditions I ride in (loose, rocky, sandy) the LT3's just dont have the tread design to provide any type of purchase when riding hard up or downhill.

If these come on your bike, ride em until they wear out and then upgrade to a different tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Deer Creek Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bicycle Villiage

Similar Products Used:   WTB Mutano Raptor, WTB Prowler

Bike Setup:   Trek Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by v8thunder a Weekend Warrior from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, good looks, excellent handling

Bottom Line:   
Excellent tire, especially for the money, handles very well on street, which is where I spend most of my time, but on the weekends, these handle the trail fairly well.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Pembroke Cycle

Bike Setup:   2005 GT Avalanche 0.5, stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by a Weekend Warrior from Macon, GA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2009

Strengths:    Little rolling resistance (fairly quick tire), a TRUE oversized tire.

Weaknesses:    Oversized doesn't mean everything touching the ground is tracks. Good for dry and general riding conditions, but doesn't fare as well in steep inclines. I just mounted Velociraptor 2.1's on the rear and I'm leaving the LT3 on the front. The Velociraptor is a well known and famous climbing tire, but you can tell it's not oversized like the 2.0 LT3's.

Bottom Line:   
Because the Tarpon is an entry level MTB and a lot of riders will probably take this bike on the road it's a sufficient tire. Just don't expect perfection off-road.

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Favorite Trail:   Dauset, Jackson GA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came Stock on Fisher

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stock 2010 Fisher Tarpon

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