Bontrager FR3 Tubeless Tire

4.14/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $30.00


Product Description

Bontrager's FR3 is a big, beefy tire for aggressive riders and rough trails. Its center ridge rolls fast, then as you lean into a corner, you get a smooth transition then pronounced side knobs bite into terra firma as you rail around the berm. The FR3 is a tough tire too, with a wire bead and enhanced sidewall protection, so don't worry as you blast into that rock garden.


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MojaveMTB'er a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2012

Strengths:    Center ridge allows this tire to roll very nicely on asphalt, while the beefy side knobs grip very well in loose soil and gravelly conditions. Sidewalls seem tougher than average. Nice tire height and width, I would call them a true 2.35.

Weaknesses:    Well they are heavy......cant very well have tough and beefy tire with big volume and still have low weight now can they?

Bottom Line:   
I had been looking for an ideal tire for the front on my modest Trek hardtail 26". I live in Boulder City Nevada (near Las Vegas) and the trails and fire/powerline access roads are very rocky with various sections of gravel and some sand. Its hard to find a tire that provides good traction on this rugged terrain but still rolls well enough on the streets I ride getting to the off road.. This tire does both.
I would not use it for a rear tire because of its weight (acceleration) but really like it as a front.
I have looked at the reviews for the 29" version of this tire. People from AZ and New Mexico have given good reviews. Great desert tires. Even though these are touted as freeride tires, they work well as a beefier cross country tire for me. I dont race so the weight is not as much as an issue.

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Favorite Trail:   Caldera at Bootleg, Rainbow Rim at Grand Canyon


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lock-n-load a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2012

Strengths:    Great sidewalls, very fast rolling and grips in the corners, very predictable. If you combined a Kenda Nevegal, WTB Weirwolf, and WTB Mutano, this is what you would get.

Weaknesses:    Braking traction suffers when you run too much psi, the side knobs have slid on me a couple of times when I get really low on pavement, a bit heavy

Bottom Line:   
I love running this tire in rocky/dusty conditions, especially when I have a long pavement ride home. It rolls faster than my Mutano's and corners much like the Nevegal, which I'm quite a fan of. I would recommend it for someone who needs a tire that can hold a line through a rock garden, holds fast to looser dirt, digs in on dust over hardpack corners, and still needs to ride a couple miles home.

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Favorite Trail:   who knows?

Similar Products Used:   Nevegals, DHF's, Butcher's, etc

Bike Setup:   Transition TransAm

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RT a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2012

Strengths:    Tough, very fast, grip in loose conditions

Weaknesses:    Heavy, not so grippy on rocks and in the wet, average braking performance

Bottom Line:   
Fast and tough tire.

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Similar Products Used:   specialized eskar, maxxis minion,
ibex onza,



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AZ.MTNS a Cross Country Rider from Arizona

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011

Strengths:    Rolls decent, grippy.

Weaknesses:    Weight.

Bottom Line:   
Nice grippy front tire, good for loose over hardpack. Decent rear tire too.

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Favorite Trail:   Los Burros

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Name em.

Bike Setup:   Fisher Rig.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by schenker a Weekend Warrior from Peoria, AZ

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2011

Strengths:    Tough tire, holds air well w/ ghetto tubeless, great ride, lighter than UST

Weaknesses:    Nothing apparent so far

Bottom Line:   
I like the Bonty Tubeless Ready tires. I have ghetto tubeless on standard DT Swiss wheels and the Bonty tubeless priesta valves. They hold air no problem, no burping, no bleeding or any of that drama. I run them about 30 lbs and they are happy. I have the experts (the Team tires are 2 compound) and they are plenty grippy. I will totally buy Bontragers again when these wear out. I hope they have some more choices by then.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Elden - S Mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Swiss Cycles, Glenda

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Factory DH 2.1
WTB Velociraptor


Bike Setup:   2007 Giant Reign
Bonty FR3 front / XR4 rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GrimmChino a Weekend Warrior from Montvale, NJ

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2011

Strengths:    Great on streets, medium trails, Quiet and smooth.

Weaknesses:    nothing really.

Bottom Line:   
very reliable tire, great handling, very smooth on loose and hard pack dirt, and great on streets, not deep mud worthy, and no medium depth sand. i use them on the rear and they are wonderful, they emit little to no sound and they have very low rolling resistance which makes my commute to work a lot nicer and the tire will perform if is put into the dirt. I see this is a tubeless tire, but i run a tube in mine, have to try it tubeless someday.

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Favorite Trail:   around backwoods and town

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Allwood Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones XR (OE)

Bike Setup:   Trek 4300 Disc(MHT)(OE), Kenda Nevegal(FT), Bontrager FR3(RT)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lunchbox1972 a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2010

Strengths:    Great grip and rolls fast

Weaknesses:    None, yet.

Bottom Line:   
Very nice traction, handles rocks well and gives confidence in the downhill. Looking for one to try on the rear!

Price is right too.

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Favorite Trail:   AZ Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Broadway Bikes

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, Cont Vert

Bike Setup:   Canondale Prophet 800, Fox rear, lefty up front..

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