Bontrager Big Earl 2.5 review

Keith Bontrager is a tyre obsessive, and it shows in the performance of this cheap but more than cheerful big all-mountain/ freeride boot. It's just a really confident-feeling, workable tyre, whether hammering Whistler runs or mucking about in the woods.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £19.99 RRP
The chunky tread gives good cornering performance.

Our review

Confident, hard working, big-volume all-rounder at a great price
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Keith Bontrager is a tyre obsessive, and it shows in the performance of this cheap but more than cheerful big all-mountain/ freeride boot. It’s just a really confident-feeling, workable tyre, whether hammering Whistler runs or mucking about in the woods.

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The big, mid-height, lugged tread uses a Gum-Bi dual-compound mixture with reinforced outer knobs to give reliable cornering all the way into the lean. It smears and slides in proper slurry situations but it’s a predictable, controllable let-go, and braking/driving traction is impressive. But we’ll have to wait for the trails to dry out to confirm that the slightly tweaked tread is better in the dry like they claim.

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The high-volume Stability Control Casing soaks up big landings without squirming or popping and it’s still relatively light. There’s also a lightweight, tubeless-ready Abrasion Resistant Casing (ARC) version available for all-mountain use. Those who are picky about tyre dimensions will appreciate the close-spaced sizes and everyone should appreciate the phenomenally good pricing.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Big Earl 2.5
Brand Bontrager

Bead Wire
Rubber Compound Dual-Compound
Weight (g) 828
Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.35 In 2.5 In 2.7 In
Threads Per Inch 60
Colour Black