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Bontrager Race X-Lite Tires(9 posts)

Bontrager Race X-Lite TiresDUWorm
Apr 25, 2002 10:34 AM
Sportfans, I have a Trek 5200 with about 1500 mi on it. It came with Michelin Axial Pros. I have flatted more times than all the rest of the guys in my ride group put together. I was just about to buy the Vittoria Corsca XC. (great on line price $30 with a free tube at I made the mistake of riding a friends new Klien Carbon Pro. It came with the Bontrager Race X-lite tires. WOW. Traded wheel sets, preasure the same and DOUBLE WOW. Tight turns with much greater confidence and possible a reduction in rolling resistance.

So, does anyone know of a web site or mailorder selling the Bontrager Race X-Lite tires?


Sherman Knight
re: Bontrager Race X-Lite TiresTrekFurthur
Apr 25, 2002 11:22 AM
I had the Bonti X-lite tires on my 5200 at first; great tires, and I got what I felt was reasonable mileage out of them--comparable to the GP 3000's I normally use. However, because Bontrager is owned by Trek, don't expect to find any websites or mailorder catalogs selling them. They are pretty much LBS only--those Vittorias are looking pretty good again, aren't they?
re: Bontrager Race X-Lite TiresDUWorm
Apr 25, 2002 12:21 PM
Yeah, after reading your response the Vittoria's are looking pretty good again. But there was something about the Bontrager. something I felt. Great cornering, I felt much more comfortable on them leaning the bike over. We haved some public bike trails where there is some back and fourth (roller coaster?) asphalt turns. The transition from left to right turns was seamless. The bike was extremely comfortable not only in a turn but in the transition between turns.

What can I say? I have read all the reviews. Except for the flats, I would have raved about the Michlens Axial pros. When you actually get a chance to compare them on very similar bikes and them trade wheel sets during the ride, the differences become very noticable. At least for me.

I'm like most people. I preach that what I have is the best until I find something better. If I can find the tire retail, I will go ahead and buy it.

Sherman Knight
re: Bontrager Race X-Lite TiresLeak
Apr 25, 2002 8:00 PM
Actually, I've heard that Continental actually makes the X-Lite tires for Bontrager, so the comparison to the GP3000 is probably very legitimate.

Sherman, are you sure it's the tires, not the wheels?Dave Hickey
Apr 25, 2002 11:54 AM
More than one flat in 1500 miles is a lot. Have you checked the rims, rim tape, or are the tubes intalled correctly? I've used Axial Pro's for over two years, and I average about one fl@t(I can't say it, it's bad luck) every 3,000 miles.
Sherman, are you sure it's the tires, not the wheels?DUWorm
Apr 25, 2002 12:00 PM
I have a lot of slices, about 1/8 inch long, maybe shorter. so I have to patch the tube and the inside of the tire. Its been a bitch.

Sherman, are you sure it's the tires, not the wheels?DUWorm
Apr 25, 2002 12:03 PM
all the punctures have been in the running surface or verry close to it. No sidewall failures. no pinch flats. Aways inspect the inside of the tire, visually and by hand before remounting tire. Besides, these bontrager's had something special going for them.

Sherman Knight
Bontragers made where they make Continentalsgonzo77
Apr 26, 2002 4:00 AM
If you look on the side wall you see that same "Made In Germany" stamp that Conti have on their tires, same style print and all. They both claim to use that Active Silca Compound for added grip. Compare the web sites, i think the Bontragers are like GP3000's with a different tread pattern. I've used em and will stick with em cause they're all black and match my bike. Not sure if they're cheaper then Conti though.
Apr 26, 2002 6:55 AM
Yup. Made by Conti. They stand somewhere between the 3000 and the Supersonics. They have the smoother tread and profile of the Supersonics, but are more durable. I agree with Spence (?) that there's something special about them. I buy Conti's (GP 3000's) because they're readily available, but my Project One comes in next week with XLite wheels and tires; they'll stay on until I wear them out. I still have my old front; use it on my PowerTap rear wheel.

Check the Bontrager website for specs; the Xlite tires are something like 400 tpi!