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    Bontrager XR3 Team Issue

    I have been trying to find some reviews on this tire without much luck. I had 2 of the 29-3 2.0 tires go bad and Bontrager replaced the first one with another 2.0, but when it bubbled up I asked for something different. This is what I got so I don't know whether to try it or sell it and get something else.

    Right now I have the 29-3 2.25 Team Issue tlr on front and a WTB Exiwolf on the rear and that is a pretty nice combo for me. I am in NW Ga and with winter around the corner it gets wet and stays wet so I think I would like to replace the Exiwolf, because they really don't clear mudd at all.

    I also have another 29-3 2.25 I am considering for a rear tire. By the way I am riding a Trek HiFi deluxe 2011.

    Thanks for any input you can provide or if you can point me in the right direction.

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    I have run one as a rear tire, it worked better mounted backwards. Don't know how well it works in clay though.

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    How did it perform overall and did you like it. They look like they would clear mudd but they also look slow... Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycling51 View Post
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    How did it perform overall and did you like it. They look like they would clear mudd but they also look slow... Thanks



    Slow? Oh yeah, especially backwards, but it hooks up. Clears mud ok, not great, don't have any experience with clay though.

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    I have been running GEAX Saguaro TNTs on both ends and couldn't be happier (run the rear backwards). They are billed as 2.2s but when you run them tubeless they are really close to 2.3 or 2.4. I used to have exiwolfs on both. Hated it for the front, okay for the back. The Saguaro's are a great all around tire in my opinion....on a GF HiFi Deluxe '09

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    The Saguaro is one I have been considering a lot. Thanks!

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    I've been running the XR3 as a rear on my geared Rumblefish for a while now, long enough that it's almost worn out. I like it a lot for the conditions here- hardpack, sugar sand, no real clay, and I avoid mud. I have it mounted in the recommended direction, and it doesn't feel slow to me at all. Definitely faster than the Schwalbe Albert I was on previously. FWIW, I currently run my rear tires at 50+ psi because I weigh about 275-280 and anything less squirms. There is also a TLR version that's supposed to be coming in October.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    Bontrager XR3 Team Issue 29x2.30 for 2014 are great tires for my 2014 Pivot Mach 429 carbon. There light, roll fast-great grip on rocks, wet logs. Just one of the best tires I have ever used. Try them and see!!

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    Just FYI, this thread is from 2011 and the XR3 tires mentioned are a completely different tire from the current version. FWIW, I liked the old one, but I love the new one for a rear tire.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    I tried to get an XR3 but they were out of stock, so I ended up with the XR2 and XR4 instead. The XR2 is good as a rear in the summer but only lasts about a year before the grip is gone. I really like the XR4 for a wet/mud tire though. I'm glad to hear the XR3 is good too, I'll have to pick one up.

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    2.35 XR4/XR3 will be my next combo once my new wheels get here. From everything I read, it's a great combo for dry 'n rocky Colorado
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    There is a reason the XR3 are out of stock, I'm telling you guys this is the perfect tire for East Coast riding!! Great front and rear combo!!

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    60-Second Tech: Bontrager XR3 Team Issue 29" Tire - VeloNews.com

    Here is a quick review of the XR3. I recently bought an XR3 /XR2 combo.

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    I really did not like the stock XR3 on the front of my Fuel EX8. So, with the Trek gift card I got, I tried out the XR4 team issue on the front and it transformed my bike. The grip and bite of the XR4 make it so much more predictable and stable over the XR3 that it came with. It's the best upgrade I could have made, in my opinion and am even happier than I was before with my Fuel.

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    Bontrager XR3 Team Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by hokiebrett View Post
    2.35 XR4/XR3 will be my next combo once my new wheels get here. From everything I read, it's a great combo for dry 'n rocky Colorado
    I've spent a few weeks with that combo and also the XR3 (aka 29-3) in 2.3 front and 2.2 rear. Bike is Kona Honzo.

    First don't compare any current Bontrager tires to old models with same name. I have an older XR3 that's completely different tread. The old Bontrager tires are for people who shop at spandex.com and do the bike NASCAR on grass (not what people smoke) style racing.

    The XR3 in front was fast but XR4 makes all the difference in loose stuff yet is very fast compared to many true knobby tires.

    The bike has 2.2 and 2.4 Ardents prior. These don't pack up in sticky stuff like the Ardents, but the big 2.4 Ardent can be pushed a little harder in loose stuff.

    Overall this is a super general purpose combo that's lighter and faster than my last setup on same bike. The 3 tires (both XR3, XR4) were same as I've been paying for a pair of German tires I like and in their own way as good.

    My using XR4 in front is not a put down of the bigger XR3 that's fine in most scenarios and superior on blue groove. It's just that two places I ride are less spooky with the true knobby, and it's more appropriate for the crazy get it on edge riding the Honzo will do.

    XR3 + XR4 is probably one of the best choices for a setup you can ride street to a quarry or cruise blue groove and then dive into a nasty gully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw7000 View Post
    There is a reason the XR3 are out of stock, I'm telling you guys this is the perfect tire for East Coast riding!! Great front and rear combo!!
    Finally found a 650b XR3 2.35 TLR Team Issue, got both tires waiting for my 35mm hookless carbon rims. Dang these things are expensive. Had to pay MSRP, but I really wanted to try one of these tires.

    I alllllmost went with a Spesh Purgatory 2.3 GRID 2Bliss as that is a wonderful rear tire and one that I've had great success with. At only $10 more than the Purgatory, I expect the XR3 (even in a big volume, 2.35) to roll faster than the Purg. A 650b 2.3 Ground Control GRID 2Bliss would be interesting as well (but Spesh doesn't make it).

    I've also had good luck with a Kenda Honey Badger Pro 2.2 (really big for a 2.2) on the rear, but felt the loose climbing traction could be better. Touch heavy (about 70-140g heavier than the XR3 2.2 & 2.35, respectively), but still a good rear tire. Wouldn't trust it in the front on anything other than super buff and fast hardpack.

    A couple years ago, I would've never considered 2.35 fr/rr... but I have fallen in love with the benefits of a high volume tires (I run 2.3' on my XC bike). Especially rear tire that has lots of low tread knobs. The 2.35 XR4 up front is simply a monster and lets you plow through any chunder in your path and does a great job of bouncing off/around/over large rocks. My 35mm hookless carbon rims will make my footprint even better. Can't wait!
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    I like the XR3 Team in the back in most conditions, but it is not good going over slick logs and damp rocks. I was going to replace it, but I think I will turn it around and run it backwards and see if that helps out. I didn't like it when I ran it in the front.

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    Bontrager XR3 Team Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Haymarket View Post
    I like the XR3 Team in the back in most conditions, but it is not good going over slick logs and damp rocks. I was going to replace it, but I think I will turn it around and run it backwards and see if that helps out. I didn't like it when I ran it in the front.
    It's (XR3) a general purpose tire. I have sticky Hans Dampf and Nevegal tires great for those situations but they feel very slow by comparison.

    What's funny is the guy in Trek Store questioned my purchase, thought XR3 was a burly tire, and couldn't imagine any use for XR4. I am sure he was a racer. At my age I only race to the toilet.

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    Bontrager XR3 Team Issue

    I'm running a XR3 front/RaRa SS rear. Not huge grip on the front but fast. A good summer tire. I haven't tried it on the rear.

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