Twenty Nine Inches has purchased a set of Bontrager FR3 29″er tires. These are part of the new range of Bontrager tires and are also from the vaunted TLR series of tubeless ready tires. Bontrager lists the FR3 as an “all-condition tire for the all-mountain rider that excels through corners while the continuous center rib provides low rolling resistance on climbs.” It certainly has a unique look from many tires.
(Image credit: Bontrager’s website)
The FR3 tires are available in three different versions. We have the “Team Issue” which features a 120TPI casing, an Aramid bead, and has a listed weight of 890 grams. The “Expert” version goes to a 60TPI casing, but is otherwise similar, with a listed weight of 1035 grams. Their is also a wire beaded version with 60TPI casing which has a listed weight of 1105 grams. All are listed as 2.35″ wide. MSRP on these tires is as follows: Team Issue- $59.99, Expert- $49.99, and the standard wire bead version goes for $34.99 each. These tires are available through any Trek, Gary Fisher Bikes, or Bontrager dealers.
The FR3 features a prominent center ridge tread and lower flanking tread to promote faster rolling. On the outer edges there are more aggressive, taller knobs that are designed for maximum grip and cornering traction. The FR3 tires we have are going to be set up tubeless on the Sun Ringle’ Charger Pro wheels we are testing. Look for an Out Of The Box post on these tires with exact weights and measurements coming soon.
Editor’s Note: These tires were purchased by Twenty Nine Inches for review/testing. We will strive to give our truthful opinions and thoughts throughout the review/test.