A closeup of an R3 tire on a wheel rim.

Race-day fast, everyday durable

We overhauled our R3s to create a family of fast, sleek and confidence-inspiring tyres built to hold up wherever you roam. They’re supple and durable enough for everyday riding, yet speedy and efficient enough to run on race day. It’s a winning combo for riders who favour time in the saddle over time swapping rubber, and it makes these the best R3s we’ve ever created.

More miles per tyre

Get that new tyre feel for nearly twice as long thanks to our proprietary new rubber compound. It provides the best blend of speed, traction and tread life.

Closeup of an R3 tire on a wheel rim.

More time in the saddle

We made Hard-Case Lite puncture protection lighter and stronger than ever without sacrificing a smooth, supple ride. More time riding, less time fixing flats.

Closeup of the tread pattern of an R3 tire mounted on wheel.

More free speed

The new R3s roll with significantly less resistance due to design and material upgrades like our all-new TR-Speed rubber compound, a directional casing and tread and more.

Closeup of an R3 tire on a Triple-X rim, in motion with some motion blur.

Three years in the making

The R3 is more than just a tyre. It’s the culmination of three years of revolutionising the way we develop and test tyres. Instead of testing them on a steel drum, we created a customisable rolling surface capable of recreating several outdoor riding conditions. Then we gathered and analysed loads of performance data to determine the best way to build the R3.

The tech behind the tyre

We wanted to engineer R3 with the most advanced design and materials possible. So we tested everything from tyre widths and rubber compounds to tread patterns and puncture protection systems. Our most exciting discoveries? Bigger, wider road and gravel tyres can roll faster. The same tyre layup can roll faster in one direction versus the other – in some cases by more than 10%.

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Direction matters

R3 starts with a supple, 120 TPI casing that’s directionally optimised for faster forward rolling. In other words, you get more free speed.

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All-new rubber

We went back to the drawing board and totally reworked our rubber to create the proprietary TR-Speed compound, which helps deliver a tyre that’s faster in the lab and faster on the road.

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Improved puncture protection

R3 features Hard-Case Lite with Nylon105 puncture protection. It’s lighter and has a stronger breaker belt, resulting in a tyre that feels great and holds up better against punctures.

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Added traction

The R3's modern, lightly treaded design adds traction and cornering confidence. As the tyre size increases the tread becomes more pronounced, perfect for aligning tyre size with intended use.

Proven performance with more TLR options

A range of widths gives you speed and stability on everything from fresh tarmac to rough roads and even gravel. Plus, there are TLR options in the most popular sizes for added performance and puncture protection. All R3 TLR tyres are easier than ever to install for a better road tubeless experience.

Closeup of two hands pulling a tire into place on the rim during installation.

A better road tubeless experience

Bontrager R3 tyres put an end to the hassle of road tubeless set-up. They’re built for better all-around road tubeless experience, and this starts with an easy installation process using Bontrager’s complete TLR system.

Easier installation

By making R3 TLR easier to install, we have made going road tubeless easier than ever. These tyres are designed to work as one hassle-free system with Bontrager wheels, tyres, rim strips and sealant.

How to go tubeless
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