Bontrager Race X Lite AC tyre review

Hard wearing rubber, but slippery when wet

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£29.99 RRP
Bontrager Race X Lite AC tyre

Our review

A good all-rounder, but a little slow feeling and weird at lower speeds in rain
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Dual compound tyres often have strange ride characteristics due to the very fact that they have – by definition – two distinct compounds: hard in the middle for quick rolling, soft on the sides for sticky cornering. 

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In the dry they tend to work well because your cornering speeds are high and the lean angle of the bike is enough to use the softer compound to greater effect. In the wet, though, lean angles are normally much less, leading to cornering on a half and half compound mix and some sketchy moments if you’re not careful. These tyres exhibit that tendency, although it has to be said they are better than any other dual compound tyre we’ve tried in a long time. 

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The 120tpi (threads per inch) carcass with aramid bead makes for a relatively light tyre, but they feel a little sluggish at normal and even quite high inflation pressures. So far, though, the wear seems to be very good, minimal even on our test pair.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Race X Lite AC
Brand Bontrager

Wheel Type Road
Tyre Tread Slick
Rubber Compound Dual-Compound
Tyre Sizes Available 700x23C 700x25C
Weight (g) 226
Threads Per Inch 120
Available Colours Black/Blue