Bontrager R3 tubeless-ready tyres review

More and more brands are bringing out tubeless tyres. We put Bontragers R3 tyres through some extreme tests to see how they perform

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Winter is coming and these tyres are ideal.

Reasons to buy
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    Roll nicely

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    Superb puncture protection

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    Good grip

Reasons to avoid
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    Can be difficult to fit

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We recently produced a video entitled 'Can a tubeless tyre survive a nail?' The answer, much to my surprise was yes it can.

The tyres used in that particular video were 25mm Bontrager R3 tubeless-ready tyres. I tested the puncture protection by inserting multiple drawing pins and even nails into the tyre carcass. Astonishingly, the sealant was able to seal all the holes, rendering punctures highly unlikely.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.