Bontrager XR2 TLR Tire

4.25/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $30.00


Product Description

  • Fast rolling XC tire designed
  • Closely spaced center area rolls easily


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jgonz7 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2012

Strengths:    Rolling resistance, sand, weight, versatility

Weaknesses:    probably mud, wet tree roots.

Bottom Line:   
The tire I am reviewing is the 2012 29-2 that came on my Trek Marlin. I am very impressed with this tire as the tires that came on my 2010 Trek 4300 were garbage. The 29-2 has the same tread patten at the XR2, but does not have the same casing. I have had a lot of success running this tire through large amounts of sand here in the central coast of California. I am talking about sand that was over the rim and these kept finding traction somewhere. I run them at 30psi and weight about 200lbs. I also use them for commuting back and forth to work. I really enjoy this tire and will look into the team issue version as these wear out. The wear is good after 212 miles of mixed road and dirt they are showing where in the back...about 1-2mm lower tread than the front. I have no experiance with them in any type of wet conditions or rocks. My rides consist of sand, clay, gravel all hardpack until I hit sand spots (like beach sand) that can last a long time. Overall a good tire for the dry conditions I ride and just wished that they wore like the legendary tread life of the Maxxis Crossmark.

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Bike Setup:   2012 Trek Marlin (Stock)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Trauma05 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    Performance on hard pack, decent tracking, ability to take turns in softer corners, mud.

Weaknesses:    Noise on the street (if that matters to you)

Bottom Line:   
These tires came stock on my Trek 4300 Disc and my friends Trek Marlin. They seem to be holding up well to my rookie mistakes in the rock piles and sandy washes that I frequently ride. I was certain a few times after hitting the corners of a sharp rocks that it was going to tear up the tire but I was wrong. Still messing with the air pressure to feel out the best "floation" vs. rolling resistance on the tires so I really can't comment on that other then they roll fast on the street when air'd up. They do grab nicely on the mild rocky uphills that we ride on and I'm sure as my skills progress they will do even better. The only perceived drawback is the noise of the tires when riding on the street. Overall I'm very pleased with the performance of the tires. Great for all round riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Burma

Purchased At:   Main Bike World

Bike Setup:   Stockish Trek 4300

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thedevilsaddress a Cross Country Rider from Chandler, AZ

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011

Strengths:    Light, strong, and fast!

Weaknesses:    None thus far

Bottom Line:   
I swapped a Kenda Nevegal 2.35 setup on Mavic 819s for this XR2 TLR. Most of the trails I ride are sand/loose gravel and don't warrant the Nevegal. Rode it for the first time today and was VERY IMPRESSED! The rolling speed is incredible and the grip is tremendous. I pushed this tire farther into a turn than ever before and it never let go. With such a minimal tread pattern, I was completely surprised at how well it maintained grip. Very nimble through rock gardens too. Definitely shaved significant weight as well. Spend the money for the "Team Issue" - for added durability it's worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   San Tan

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Small Block 8

Bike Setup:   2007 Intense 5.5 EVP

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hawx732 a Weekend Warrior from belmar,nj,usa

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2011

Strengths:    grippy, tubless, fast rolling, mud shedding

Weaknesses:    wide sidewall sticks out

Bottom Line:   
only ridden the tire 6 times @ about 15 miles per ride. switched to this tire to combat the sandy/loose over hard pack/ hard-pack terrain of southern NJ. at the right pressure (about 37psi) this thing does anything you want it to very well. it transitions smoothly between straight line accel and turning. the tire is also very well constructed and can take a beating quite well. the "team issue" is worth the extra $$.

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Favorite Trail:   allaire

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   brielle cyclery

Similar Products Used:   bontrager jones tlr


Bike Setup:   '08 trek 69er 3x9

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Bontrager XR2 26" TLR

Looking for a lightweight tubeless ready rear tire for hardpack. The Bontrager XR2 TLR looks good and reviews are just as positive. Plus they have a 30 day return policy if the $45 Expert or the $55 Team (weighs about 100g less) didn't make you happy. Thinking the 1.9 or 2.1 for my 26" rear wheel. ... Read More »

XR2 TLR a XC tire?

Just got a pair of these tires...always looking for more speed! Impressive...just checked the Bontrager web site, got the following below. Also, this does NOT look like the typical XC tire. This tire does roll, grab and corner really well - and if it rains or condition get lose, this tire looks like ... Read More »

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