Review: Bontrager’s XR5 Team Issue might just be the ideal aggro trail tyre

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As condition-specific as mountain bike tyres are, some are just a little more versatile than others. Like this Bontrager XR5 Team Issue tyre I’ve been testing for the past 12 months. Having already enjoyed such a positive experience with the Bontrager SE4 – a tyre that earned itself a Singletrack Recommended award – I had high expectations when the XR5 first showed up. Since it features a knobblier tread pattern than the XR4 and SE4 tyres, the XR5 is purportedly better suited to loose trail surfaces in medium-to-wet conditions. Sounds ideal for the Grim North™ then eh? Bontrager’s XR5 is pitched as an aggro trail tyre. On test here is the XR5 Team Issue tyre. Boiled down to the fundamentals, it combines dual compound rubber, a blocky tread pattern and a relatively lightweight and supple 120tpi casing to create a sticky and dependable tyre for aggressive trail riding. Bontrager XR5 Team Issue TLR Tyre Features Trail tyre designed to excel in loose, rocky and wet conditionsSize tested: 29×2.3inAlso available in 27.5in diameter, and 2.6in widths61a/50a...

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