As a rear tyre the firmer rubber is a good trade off — braking hard doesn’t kill the centre tread too quickly and we’ve yet to puncture the SE5
The SE5 is Bontrager’s enduro tyre that uses the same tread pattern as the proven G5 downhill tyre, albeit with a lighter casing. At 950g, it’s no skinny, fragile XC-specialist though, and still plenty tough enough for all-mountain riding.
Using a slightly firmer durometer rubber — both on paper and in terms of ride feel — the SE5 has good tread life and a solidity that sees it easily smash through rough ground at speed.
It felt great in the Lake District on loose rocks, but the tough carcass offers a slightly less conforming and assured ride over slimy roots.
As a rear tyre, this extra firmness is a good trade off — braking hard doesn’t kill the centre tread too quickly and we’ve yet to puncture the SE5, which isn’t the case with the slightly lighter Minion EXO DHR tyre it resembles.
Even on a 30mm internal rim, the Bonty pumps up nice and round with plenty of crown showing to take advantage of the 60a centre block’s rolling speed, but the ride is bobbly on hardpack.
The tyre is great for rocky areas where toughness, combined with faster rolling speed, is a sought-after combination.