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Review: Bontrager G5 Team Issue Tires

Jul 3, 2023
by Dario DiGiulio  
House-brand tires are often deemed unworthy of *serious* mountain biking, but with the price of many popular options climbing well above $100 apiece, the catalog alternatives are looking a lot more tempting. Bontrager has built quite the broad lineup over the years, with offerings in just about every conceivable niche of the sport. Historically, their tires have been biased towards durability and rolling speed at times at the cost of all-out grip, but their engineering team is looking to make the rubber as good as can be.
G5 Details
• 29 x 2.5" or 27.5 x 2.5"
• 42a rubber compound
• Dual-ply 60tpi w/ butyl insert
• Wire bead
• Actual weight: 1455g
• Price: $79.99 USD
trekbikes.com
Enter the G5 Team Issue, Bontrager's most aggressive downhill tire. This beefcake has been in the lineup for a few years, but seems to get overlooked in the conversation about heavy-duty tires with versatile tread patterns. I wanted to see if that lack of hype was warranted, or if these were an overlooked gem.

With a fairly typical tread pattern, the G5s should suit a wide variety of riders, as there won't be much of a learning curve to get used to the cornering and braking characteristics.

Some members of the Trek Factory Racing DH team have made the switch over to Pirelli's new tires, but the majority of the Trek racers are still running G5s as their go-to World Cup tire. With a wire bead and heavily reinforced construction, they're pretty firmly aimed at the heaviest-hitting builds out there, suiting downhill and burly enduro bikes nicely.

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PERFORMANCE

Wire bead tires usually aren't explicitly stated to be "tubeless ready," but don't let such definitions stop you. Anyone who's been trying to get away from using tubes for long enough will know that you can mount up a tire like the G5 with a floor pump and some sealant just the same. I had no issue getting these to pop into place on some We Are One Convergence wheels, and only had to be slightly more diligent than normal about keeping the pressures up. They might lose 1 or 2 psi overnight, but nothing too drastic.

For the majority of the test, I ran 21 psi in the front, and 24 psi in the rear, without inserts. They've been rolling under my Yeti SB160, and have seen plenty of time on trails around Bellingham, Squamish, and Whistler. Conditions have been all over the place, with plenty of wet and a healthy dose of summer dust to keep things exciting.

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ROLLING SPEED
Relative to some of the more aggressive tires I've ridden recently (Specialized Hillbilly, Conti Argotal, Maxxis Assegai), these G5s are quite speedy feeling on hardpack and soft soil. The center knobs are more tightly spaced than the aforementioned models, and the overall lug height isn't crazy tall - I'd say they're in keeping with something like a Maxxis DHR.

TRACTION
The rubber on the Bontrager G5s feels quite soft in hand, deforming as you'd want it to, but the rebound speed is a bit faster than most of the other super-grippy tires on the market. That doesn't mean they don't stick to the trail, but you have to push through them a little harder to get things to smear on rocks and roots. In dry conditions, the rubber felt excellent, holding a line through roots and over slabs without much issue. In the wet, it's a different story, as the Team Issue tires still struggle to hook up on slippery roots quite as well as many of the other soft rubber options on the market. For this reason, I tend to think of them more as a dry-conditions tire, even though the lugs clear mud nicely.

The bite in soft dirt is excellent, thanks to the lug height and fairly un-siped lug design. The latter makes for a tire that doesn't ever feel squirmy, despite the fairly soft rubber. Another factor in that feeling of stability is the very tough casing that Bontrager used on these. With a two-ply 60tpi casing and butyl insert for durability, the tires can stand up on their own, and transmit quite a lot of feedback to the rider. I don't mind this aspect too much, but know that you have to hit things a little harder to get the tire to conform to the trail and grip in the turns.

Even at very low pressures, that relative lack of smearing power makes these a tire more well-suited to fast speeds and square hits, which is luckily what their primarily meant to do. On some of the trickier off-camber, slimy root laden trails here in Bellingham, the G5s came up a bit short, but they've held their own well in the bike park and when trails are dry.

CORNERING
The consistent and well-braced edge lugs on the sides of the G5s give them a super reliable cornering feel, with sidewall support that really lets you lay into them. Like the DHF and other tires with a center-to-edge transition channel, there is a moment of looseness before that edge grip hits, but that feels a little more mellow on the G5s than some of those other alternatives. Thanks to a fairly round profile, you can lean the bike quite far without worrying too much about passing the edge.

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DURABILITY
With only one option on the menu, you're left with no choices to make if the G5s suit your fancy. Luckily, they'll hold up quite well should you spring for some, as I've found the rubber to withstand quite a bit of abuse without any rapid or unexpected degradation.

Despite running rather low pressures and feeling rim contact quite a few times, they've suffered zero pinch flats or tears - same goes for sharper rocky terrain, where the beefy casings have continued to last.

One upside to the slightly less-sticky rubber on these is their slower wear, with my rear tire only showing some degradation after many days skidding down Squamish slabs and even more days in the Whistler Bike Park, where MaxxGrip tires go to die. Obviously none of the compounds out there are going to last forever, but these G5s offer a solid balance between compliance and tread life, making for a solid value.


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Pros
+ Very supportive casing
+ Predictable, tried and true tread pattern
+ Excellent durability

Cons
- Lacks grip in the wet
- Harsher feel than other DH-casing tires





Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Bontrager G5 might not be on your shortlist of heavy-hitting rubber, but if you're looking for a burly and supportive tire that lasts, it might be worth giving them a try. The wet grip doesn't match competitor's stickiest options, but they hook up very well in dirt, and can be run at very low pressures without an insert. If the weight and stiffness don't scare you off, they might be worth a try.
Dario DiGiulio








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131 Comments
  • 136 1
 'Mom can we get maxxis dhf?'

'No sweety, we have maxxis dhf at home'
  • 24 0
 Yet another good reason to name your family dog Maxxis DHF.
  • 8 0
 Bontrager tires are (or were) made by Maxxis/CST
  • 11 15
flag betsie (Jul 4, 2023 at 3:25) (Below Threshold)
 The old DHF has been resigned to history books since the Assagai came along.
  • 7 1
 Lots of folks still run the dhf as a rear tire paired with an assegai out front.
  • 2 1
 @j-t-g: Guilty. I run that combo on my hardtail.
  • 1 0
 @j-t-g: glad to hear others do that as well. Really enjoy the assegai/dhf combo.
  • 26 3
 Why buy the expensive DHF anymore?? Trust, familiarity, placebo effect? What actually makes it special or better than the Butcher, Cannibal, this reviewed tire, or any of the other DHF "clones" on the market?? I never really liked the DHF due to the vagueness, and all these more modern cloned versions have reduced that aspect, all at a lower price. Good job Trek.
  • 16 3
 I think the Butcher is the better tire between the two. Why spend $20 extra for DHF?
  • 10 0
 Assegai, dhf, and dhr2's averaged to about $65 all in a tire out of Europe, with the only catch being I bought a couple extra and sold them for my cost on marketplace/pb buysell. I don't know why they are so expensive in NA, but there are other options out there like Chain Reaction and Bike24. I'll pay a bit more to support local business' but the selection is not great and prices are double.
  • 4 2
 I think the Butcher is more of a rear tread which is exactly how I am using it right now. However, I have never used it as a front tire. Using the Hillbilly as a front right now. Great tires and price is good, but I still like the Magic Mary for the front in my conditions.
  • 19 0
 I used to swear by the dhf maxxgrip, but the new butcher t9 has completely won me over, both in grip and ride characteristics on my long travel bike. plus I just picked up a new one for $51usd. Gonna be near impossible for me to spend maxxis money as long as the butcher t9 exists.
  • 6 1
 @idontknowwhatiexpected: same. Eliminator T7/T9 rear is also good in the summer and wears well enough to take it to the park.
  • 1 0
 wErd. Gave Delium Rugged a go. Quite pleased to date!
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: Agree, I swapped my butcher to rear, from front, in the softer compound, felt like I could climb up anything with it, very impressed.
  • 1 0
 I've been running Butcher/Eliminator in 2.6 and double Cannibals and have been very satisfied with all the combos, grip and lower prices. I'd like to see a trail casing Cannibal (Spec gravity casing is a slow pig front tire if you pedal) and/or a 2.6 version of the Cannibal to make it more sensible to pair with any other gravity casing rear tire. Since the only sensible to run Cannibals now is to run 2 like they've been designed for the DH team. The 2.6 Eliminator is slowly becoming one of my favorite "fast rolling" rear tires. Far superior to the Aggressor or Dissector.
  • 15 0
 Summer: Butcher T9 / Eliminator T7 (f/r)
Winter: Hillbilly T9 / Butcher T7

Spesh are making great tyres at decent prices.
  • 18 3
 Why are people talking about "DHF clone" for every single tyre with side and center knobs? Do these people have eyes? Do they also call every sedan a "Corolla clone" and every skyscraper a "Empire State building clone"?
  • 3 0
 @Banditlock:

Honestly, I really rate Spesh tyres.
The ground controls are fantastic for trail riding and the hillbilly is probably good for the slop.
  • 1 0
 @idontknowwhatiexpected: think I heard that Spesh had poached a Maxxis design, could be why their tires have come on lately
  • 1 0
 @Dartmoor365: I’ve just got a new model Purgatory for the rear of my trail bike also seems pretty decent, weight and rolling resistance vs grip.
  • 1 0
 @idontknowwhatiexpected: edit, design engineer
  • 1 1
 @Banditlock:

I think that's going to be my next front tyre.
Specialised really do need to up their marketing as reviews are few and far between
  • 2 0
 @Dartmoor365: Bite your tongue young man! For every dollar towards the tire they spend on marketing 100% they will double on the price.
  • 2 0
 @lostlunchbox:
This is true. Shit.
Spesh tyres are such a good price in the UK, and the RRP actually dropped a year or 2 ago.
  • 1 0
 @lostlunchbox: Yeah, right now their tires are low key and kinda under the radar. They are solid durable tires with strong sidewalls and good tread patterns. Not the softest most grippy compounds, but compounds last a long time.
  • 2 0
 @excel: Cuz DHF can still be bought for the 26" size.
  • 2 0
 @CSharp: I love that you people are still out there hanging on.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: WARNING Unless you have a death wish or wish to be fondled by your favourite nurse in your local hospital, DON’T ride Specialized Hillbillies up front on wet granite slabs. They squirm and slide like a greased pig in a mud pit. After watching my front end slide out 3 or 4 times my son said, with that top down tone, take that damn tire off Dad and cut it up before you’re tempted to use it again. I half listened and swapped it out for the tried and true Maxxis DHF Max grip, but didn’t cut it up. Still hanging on a peg in my bike shop waiting for..?? Hero dirt? Mud?
We mostly ride tech granite trails in Canadian Shield in Manitoba and Ontario. If you still want to chance the Hillbilly here make sure you come well armoured.
  • 1 0
 @KenRM: I have been riding the Hillbilly for probably 6-7 years. I live near Santa Cruz and ride dry loose trails mostly. Sometimes loamy loose. It is a good tire for my conditions because the knobs cut through the loose. It is made to be a mud tire though. The front tread patterns that work the best for me in my conditions are Magic Mary, Vigilante, and Hillbilly. Tried the DHF and Assegai and didn't work that well for me in the loose, but the Assegai worked better. Tires are very specific for the conditions and the rider.

To be fair, not many tires work well on wet mossy granite, wet mossy rocks, or wet tree roots.
  • 1 0
 @KenRM: I'd say that's your fault for choosing that tyre with those conditions.
I don't expect a mud tyre to do very well on anything but mud, let alone hardback otlr above.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: Good points, wrong tire for my trails. True, not many tires work on wet rock but some are better than others. DHF Max grips have delivered well. My bad, I was riding Vancouver Island when I bought the Hillbilly, worked well there. Too lazy or ignorant to swap out when I got back home. Hillbillies are priced well and to boot was on a 50% mark down! What could possibly be wrong with that deal?!
Oh ya right, life and limb is worth more than $60
  • 1 0
 @Dartmoor365: You nailed it, totally my bad! Should have swapped out for the right tire when I got home
  • 1 0
 @KenRM: Several Specialized DH and Enduro pros use the Hillybilly and Pinkbike Kazimier had a positive review of the Hillbilly. They seem to be risking life and limb quite a lot.

www.pinkbike.com/news/specialized-hillbilly-grid-tire-review.html
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: 2 points, riding them front or back? Back is much more forgiving. Secondly the DH courses are a huge mix of surfaces with lots of loose, where the Hillbillies shine. That’s the kind of mixed trails I was riding the Billy on around Nanaimo BC and found it averaged out great. The riding on the Canadian Shield is 95% bare granite where the soft lugs fold and squirm easily. My point was NOT to warn against buying the Hillbilly but to buy it for the right conditions only. That should be self-evident but I ‘m sure their are other idiots like me out there who in a weak moment buy with their wallet rather than their head
  • 1 0
 @KenRM: Not trying to score points, just talking about mtb stuff. I'm using the Hillbilly on the front. I have the Hillbilly T7 which is the intermediate rubber compound. They do have a softer rubber compound which is the T9. From my experience, the T7 compound is pretty firm, but it seems to last a long time. I haven't tried the T9 rubber compound.

Yeah, I don't ride on wet granite much, so not sure what kind of tires work best for your conditions. Dry granite is super grippy. Lol.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: How do you know if you have T7 or T9? It just says GRIPTON compound on my hillbilly. I don’t have the original packaging.
Ya, dry granite is like riding Velcro tires!
  • 1 0
 @KenRM: I don't know if there are any indications on the tire. I think the only way to know is from when you buy it and title/description on the product listing says T7 or T9. Specialized should really label their tires with the compound description very clearly.
  • 2 0
 @KenRM: it will say T7 or T9 on the sidewall. If it doesn't then it's an older model with an older compound from before they redid all their tyres.
  • 25 6
 Almost 3kg for a set.... geez
  • 37 1
 How did Danny Hart enter the conversation?
  • 21 0
 I’ve been told over the last couple weeks here that weight doesn’t matter. Build your bike up to 40 pounds. Just take a good poop beforehand.
  • 10 1
 @TheR: Spinning mass is a different story tho.
  • 3 0
 @Roost66: For sure.
  • 6 0
 But they are not going to be used for climbing. Strictly gravity based tires.
  • 2 1
 But they are not going to be used for climbing. Strictly gravity based tires.
  • 4 0
 @Roost66: well, if you hit good poop with yout tires, spinning mess is different story
  • 12 0
 No complaints with Bonty tires. Really like the XR4/SE4 tires.
  • 4 0
 Absolutely, I’ve got SE4/5’s, XR4/3, and a couple sets of Barbagazi and studded Gnarwhals. I’ve got 4 bikes and they’re all on Bontrager rubber.
  • 6 0
 I'm running an SE5 tire on the front and I'm having the same issue as the reviewer. Works great when it's dry, but when it's wet I'm slipping and sliding on rocks.
  • 2 0
 @Fukit-Just-Hukit: just got some Barbagazis!
  • 1 3
 @presidentcamacho: I can see that but we don’t ride in the wet in MA or you risk getting doxxed :-).
  • 5 0
 wont touch anything Bonty in tech / slick / damp / wet conditions. Compounds are way too hard and gripless. Even if cheaper - Hospital beds cost as much as a lifetime of quality tyres with proper compounds: Maxxgrip, Super Soft, Ultra Soft, MOPO etc.
  • 1 0
 the old SE5 is rapid option on the rear, new SE5(DHR2) offers more braking traction but drags like a b!tch and clogs in mud
  • 9 2
 The Bontrager G5 team issue review by Trek team rider Loris....

www.rootsandrain.com/photos/10937455/rider/22065
www.rootsandrain.com/photos/10938370/rider/22065

This review should have used a sharpie over an Assagai for the front, bet he had a DH2 out back.

Vali's sharpie skills need sharpening up.
www.rootsandrain.com/photos/10953568/rider/45875
  • 9 0
 Love how Trek would claim all day their racers love these tires when they evidently barely even ride em
  • 1 0
 Trek Factory Racing is on Pirelli tires now....
  • 1 0
 and Vali's team is sponsored by Continental.
  • 7 0
 is the price difference for tires between EU and US really that big? all the usual options can be had for 60-65€ at the usual online retailers here (when in stock)
  • 3 0
 Thats the MSRP. MSRP for a MaxxGrip Assegai is 85€ here...
  • 14 0
 About a year ago maxxis dh casing tires went from 75ish to 105. They got greedy
  • 8 0
 @freeridejerk888: and it's not like $75 is a bargain for a bike tire
  • 25 1
 Tires are superior to Tyres so we pay more in NA. MSRP on all brands is bonkers here. I get most of my tire from europe and even with shipping and custom fees are usually close to 50% of LBS price. Not to mention you can get the exact casing and width you want instead of been limited by the LBS wall of tires. Sorry on this one LBS but I cant stomach over paying by that much.
  • 6 0
 @pink505: it's mostly distribution that's creating insane pricing over here. No clue who walks in lbs and drops $300+ for a set.
Euro stores have been my only source for over 5 years.
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: yeah but that’s a huge increase. I used to be able to easily find them on sale for 45-55 (usd)
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: that was at least 3 years ago
  • 2 0
 Tire prices in North America are just ridiculous compared to Europe. Online stores in Europe have been 30% to 50% less than what the same tire would cost from a US online store. It isn't just tires either. I have found a lot of other bike parts that were dramatically cheaper from European stores. Even with $30 shipping fees, it is still a lot cheaper to import tires. The only downside is waiting 10-14 days for delivery.
  • 1 0
 @nnowak: it's probably to get back at NA for your suspension prices over here in Europe Wink
  • 8 3
 The worst tyres I've ever used were Bontragers that required plugging basically every ride. After 2 months of slowly raging, I saw my regular rear DHR II was in stock (just in regular EXO+, no inserts) again and since then not a single issue. ZERO. Dozens of rides.

Bontrager tyres can go and jump. Not nice doubles, but off cliffs.
  • 1 0
 +1
  • 1 0
 Agreed. These came stock on my Slash and I ripped one the first day of use. Immediately replaced with Maxxis and no issues since.
  • 4 0
 @redrook: Slash comes with XR's (lower models) or SE (higher spec models), not the G's. If you got the XR's on your Slash like I did, then yes they are a weaker trail tire and definitely don't match the bike. But I've heard the SE's hold up well. So I don't think it's a Bontrager issue, I think it's just that Trek poorly spec'd tires on the lower build Slash's.
  • 1 0
 @samty: Ah yes that's probably right.
  • 2 0
 Guess it's a case of horses for courses. I replaced my Maxxis trail set with Bontragers and found them to be an improvement in every aspect, including price. I'm not jumping doubles or riding over razor sharp rocks daily. The trail spec tyres get my vote.
  • 2 0
 @nicovlogg89: I think it's, as samty says, the cheap crap tyres come with bikes whereas the ones you're going to buy will be decent.
  • 2 0
 @nicovlogg89: In SA the Bontragers were literally R400 more than the Maxxis average. That's a 30%+ premium for a real piece of sh!t tyre!
  • 9 3
 Not a great endorsement that the Trek team is not running them.
  • 6 0
 Yes they are, and they're sponsored by Pirelli
  • 2 0
 You would turn down $$$?
  • 4 1
 @skrrtskrrtskrrt: And running sharpies Maxxis too
  • 3 0
 Loris won worlds on DH22s.
  • 4 2
 The Bontrager website clearly states their claimed 2.4 XR4 tyre is really a 58mm wide casing (2.29 inches)
Bontrager use smaller tyre casings with taller tread nobbles and claim that the measurement is tread width instead of casing width.
Bontrager have no idea how to properly size a tyre. 2.4 Tyres should measure 2.4 inches wide or align to the ETRTO/ISO measurement of 61mm such as "622-61".
  • 3 2
 almost every other brand produces tyres smaller than it actually is any 2.4 Maxxis tyre is 2.35 at it's best. The same goes for Continental tyres. Running 2 now and have no issues with them being a bit narrower. Wish I could get the 2.5 for the front tho... but well don't think it matters that much for an average rider
  • 8 0
 Schwalbe would disagree to that. Some tyres measure up over.
  • 1 0
 @iian: Love my Schwalbe's, my 2.4 Eddy Current is nearly 2.5 tho
  • 1 0
 @catamplifier: I find it very frustrating with sizing as I quite like Bontrager tyres but I refuse to buy them for this reason. Their XR3 2.4 tyre is laughably small. Its closer to a 2.25.
Maxxis is another offender. Their new Forekaster 2.4 is closer to a 2.28, The Ardent 2.4 is actually 2.4 Yet the Rekon Race 2.4 is closer to 2.55 in real size.
  • 3 0
 Love my WTB Verdict and Trail Boss combo. Love my Butcher and Hillbilly combo. Cannot wait to try the new Continental tires. I do not ever think I will try the Bontrager tires. LMAO
  • 2 0
 I bought these and sealant was weeping constantly (I didn't know they weren't tubeless ready) and sent them back for a refund. Also, the DHF is more than 20 years old and has been majorly improved upon. Try something new, people. The "clones" are usually much better at this point.
  • 1 0
 I’ve been running the SE5 and SE6 for the past year and haven’t had any issues. They seem hold their grip in the pnw slop and roll ok in the hard pack. I usually run Maxxis front and rear but after getting boned on a warrenty request ( had the receipt and everything) for a deformed side wall on a brand new tire I decided to try something new.
  • 4 0
 Ram these for a long time. Solid tire for the price. Works great in the bike park this time of year.
  • 1 0
 Serious question. What tyre pressures do people run? I’m a ‘bigger’ dude and whilst I’m far from a pro I go alright on the bike (can get in top ten on local races). I run 22/23psi in the rear and 18 / 19 up front and apart from the wear I rarely have issues? Dd out back and an eco + up front and our trails are pretty rough?

My mate rode them and said he felt it was squirmy but I like t. What’s everyone else run?
  • 2 0
 190lbs
22psi front dh casing no cushcore
27psi rear dh casing with cushcore

I tried dropping an lb or two but then it starts to feel squirmy in corners and on jump lips and I start dinging the rim. The roughness of the trail is only part of the equation. The speed also matters. I was just riding a spot where the trails were brutally rough and rocky but they weren’t steep enough to pickup much speed so you could get away with low pressure. My local trails aren’t that rocky but the speeds are high so when you do smash a rock or berm the tire is way more stressed.
  • 2 0
 85kg using Michelin Wild Enduros

24/26psi, used to be 22/24 but as I got a bit better at cornering I could feel them squirm too much
  • 2 0
 Depends on the casing/style of riding and where you ride
I weight about 95kg and tend to use 2bar rear/1.7 front. However, if I ride anything pump track/BP related, I would always go up, as on a good compression it starts getting squirmy.
Also... once you get better at pumping the berms, you can't really run to low pressures, as it gets berped easily.

Just use what's best for you. And thinner casings usually require more pressure, as you don't get the same support from the thicker casings.
  • 1 0
 The quick answer is just enough pressure that they don't squirm under cornering or ping off rocks too much.

The long answer is it really depends on what the conditions and tire casings I am using are like (I weight 160lb/72kg and ride mostly bike park on DH casing tires).

My go-to is like 22/25 psi, for slippery wet roots and rocks on a mega-burly casing (like Schwalbe Super DH) I'll go as low as 18/22 psi, for hero dirt on a thinner (relatively) casing like Maxxis DH/DD I'll go up to 25/30psi and when I race DH I tend to end up somewhere near 24/27psi
  • 1 0
 I once ran the lighter version of this tire , sane tread pattern, the SE5 I think? It was terrible, the profile was so rounded out, the side knobs so far down the sides it was very hard to engage them. Super sketchy up front. 30mm rim…maybe it’s meant for 40mm rim?
  • 1 0
 Second season on bontrager tyres and wouldn’t go back to maxxis on the other bike have butcher an eliminator ale also seem fine. Most of maxxis tyres I had I couldn’t put easily on rims and were always out of center.
  • 2 0
 I got some SE5/SE6 tires at the start of this season and they have been amazing. After running maxxis since 2016 its been a refreshing change.
  • 1 1
 I've been running these on my DH bike for the better part of 5 years and love them. Honestly I only tried them at first because I was given a free pair in Whistler, but I haven't looked back since. True they can get a bit squirrely in the wet, but really what tire doesn't? They roll great, grip when I need them to, and hold up surprisingly well against hard use. IMO there is no better "bang for your buck" in the industry.
  • 3 0
 My fave dh tyre by far. The se5 is also an amazing Enduro tyre.
  • 1 0
 I want these tires, but with a folding bead. Great dry conditions (intermountain west) tire but a little chonky with steel beads.
  • 3 0
 Team? didnt the team just switch from Bontrager to pirelli?
  • 2 0
 And the non factory team like Vali is on, is using Contis.
  • 1 0
 Maybe that's why they're selling them off. Otherwise the team would need them, dzoh.
  • 1 0
 I often get my tires and bagels confused so no wonder they looked at me funny when I asked for some extra smear power on my bagel this morning.
  • 3 0
 TEAM ISSUE, Sold.
  • 1 1
 Stopped reading at the word "Bontrager"

Trek you are a constant stream of disappointment. Not even your team riders want your crappy tires.
  • 1 0
 Can't say I've ever heard "smearing power" in a tire review before. What the hell is that supposed to mean?
  • 1 0
 These lasted longer than DHRII Double Downs on the back of my Trek Session
  • 1 0
 What would be the house-brand tires other than the Bontrager Specialized?
  • 2 0
 Norco and Intense used to. Currently I can think of Surly, Diamondback, Giant, Ritchey and Schwinn. Not sure you would actually want any of those.. The Surly gravel tires seem fine.
  • 2 0
 @gnarnaimo: ahh those intense tires. If we had tires like those still we would never needed inserts
  • 1 0
 Surly fat tires are suppose to be pretty good as are tires from their sister brand Teravail. Trek has their tire brand, does Donnelly(offers only CX & XC tires.) A few brands have Panaracer making their tires, but those are mostly touring & gravel tires.
  • 1 0
 I need a T. issue.
  • 1 2
 Citation needed.
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