Bontrager Big Earl Tire

Big Earl

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

User Reviews (13)

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victory65   Weekend Warrior [May 27, 2011]
Strength:

The grip and longevity.

Weakness:

None at this time.

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.

Similar Products Used: Other Bontrager tires.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Xer   Downhiller [Jul 21, 2009]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Panaracer DH, various BMX tires e.g. Tioga Comp IIIs
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chad VB   Downhiller [Apr 30, 2007]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: WTB, Kenda Kinetics
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
bob   Weekend Warrior [May 14, 2007]
Strength:

Grip nice

Weakness:

Tread had no life

Good traction, lacked on longevity.

Similar Products Used: Just replaced rear tire w/ a Kenda Blue Groove John Tomac Series.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Ricky   Downhiller [Aug 03, 2006]
Strength:

weight,cornering,fast rolling

Weakness:

durabilty

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

Similar Products Used: specialized enduros,irc kujos,wtb weir wolfs
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Sho   [Jun 22, 2006]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: nokains...
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
seej   Downhiller [Jun 02, 2006]
Strength:

roll fast and sick cornering in the 2.7s

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

Similar Products Used: all of em
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ron   [May 01, 2006]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

very good tire, very good value for money.

Similar Products Used: Maxxis, WTB, Hutchinson
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Alex Cheney   Downhiller [Jul 19, 2006]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: 2.35 Specialized tires off P2
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Alec Pym   Weekend Warrior [Apr 27, 2006]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

None really unlessyou like your mud.

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

Similar Products Used: Conti verticals, gravity, WTB weirwolfe Nokian NBX
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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