Specialized The Captain Control 29er Tire

DESCRIPTION

The result is The Captain, with fast-rolling center knobs for exceptional transition and edge knobs to attack any trail. Now with 420D1 Control Casing that improves cut resistance.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 11, 2018]
El_Bendejo


OVERALL
RATING
2
Strength:

I've gone thru three of these tires. I keep picking them up due to price. THey are fast rolling. That's about all the good I can say about them. Fast and cheap (if you look around).

Weakness:

These have HORRIBLE durability. First time Lasted about 5 rides before a sidewall tear. 2nd tire lasted about 10 rides before a puncture. I gave up on these tires for a year or so until I found a deal I couldnt resist. half mile in to the first ride puncture thru the tread. Rear tire on a hardtail rolled over a cube-shaped granite rock about the size of a baseball. Hey, stuff happens. punctured thru the tread. Effing never again.

Price Paid:
<10%
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2018
[Aug 14, 2013]
Teresa

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Pavement: AWESOME. And Awesome downhill on pavement. Good climbing if your not hardpacked.

Weakness:

2nd day rear tire washed out around loose corner. Just dumped me and landed in ER. I was running Ardent and ADvantage on rear with previous bike. I should have known better. I applied breaks before turn and into turn my new Epic just turned over with me on it. DO NOT RIDE ON THESE TIRES. End of story.

As I'm a climber and tend to ride on loose dirt, through dust, rock gardens etc. I would not recommend these tires. These tires however ripped going going down hill and on pavement. But on a trail, No Thanks.

[Oct 04, 2012]
crrimson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Great handling in the corners, low rolling resistance, good all-around tire for dirt singletrack.

Weakness:

price.

I have these on my 29er and I love them. I live in Iowa & they have lasted for 2+ years and I'm just now needing to replace the rear tire. While they perform great on dirt, they aren't great in mud or if the trails are extremely hard, dry and dusty.

You can really rail the corners on these, they hook up great, and I've leaned into some corners pretty hard, started sliding slightly, then if I shift my weight just a bit, they hook right back up and keep rolling. They are low resistance tires & roll fast. They are perfect all-around tires.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Fast Trak LK, WTB weirwolf, WTB velociraptor

[Sep 28, 2012]
Wil
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Excellent on the road

Weakness:

Horrible on mountains

I've owned the Specialized Rockhopper 29' comp for approximately 6 months. Extremely horrified by the "Captain" tires. These tires are horrible on a standard mountain, poor traction while claming hills. The bike is great, but these tires were really designed for the road.

[Aug 26, 2012]
leoferus
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Excellent grip in corners. Handles most conditions well. Will turn with a little input or will rail if leaned aggressively.

Weakness:

If used for it's intended purpose, none.

The Captain is a great all-condition tire. It does not excel in any one category but it does very well in most. If you don't like swapping tires to suit the terrain you're riding these will not disappoint. If you are a Cat 3 racer that is still developing handling skills this tire will give you the confidence you need throughout the season.

The center knobs make it roll nicely while the outer knobs bite aggressively when leaned. As a front tire, the Captain requires a bit of practice before you can exploit its strengths. You must learn to lean the bike a little so that the outer knobs can bite. If you try to corner on the margin of the transitional knobs and the center knobs the results are unpredictable. But if you stick your outside foot down and drop into turns the Captain rewards you will G inducing cornering. As a rear tire, the Captain rolls relatively fast for a knobby. It's strength is seen when you ride off camber, roots, rocks, mud, etc. If it ever slides it quickly catches when you reach the outer knobs. Climbing on steep grades, the Captain does very well on most terrain. But when on wet or loose terrain, you'll want to distribute your weight smartly, as with most tires. The thing is that the closely spaced center knobs cause this tire to spin if too much torque and little weight are applied. Ignitors have been more forgiving of such mistakes.

I've ridden on dry, loose, wet, rooty, and rocky terrain with these. They have done well in all of the above. However, as my handling improves and my need for speed grows, I find that I can use less grip. This is not to say that these are slow tires. But, of course, there are tires that compromise in some aspects for the sake of speed. I am now ready to make the compromise. Although my race setup for dry weather will not include the Captains next season, I know that these will be my go-to tires whenever I go on adventures to unknown places. Others have made mention of sidewall issues but I have not experienced any issues. I've scuffed the tires plenty of times on rocks with no ill effects. They seal easily on Stans Flows wheels with just a scoop or two of sealer.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda Nevegal, Panaracer Rampage.

[May 21, 2012]
Jim

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Great traction over a variety of terrain. Huge improvement over the stock tires that were supplied with my Specialized Epic.

Weakness:

Sidewalls! Competed in my first Xterra (1st race ever on a mountain bike) last weekend. Sidewall ripped while downhilling and somewhat rocky section. Tire AND Rim is now garbage since I couldn't stop fast enough.

Good for traction, crap for sidewall durability.

[Apr 30, 2012]
Andrew
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Worked well for about 10-months.

Weakness:

Sidewall failure, and warping

This came as the rear tire on my '11 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29'er. When I initially switched them over to Tubeless with Stan's, they did fine, and kept doing fine for about 8 months.

They did burp a couple times, but were relatively solid. Then, I landed a bit sideways off a small jump, and tore the sidewall. I patched them from the inside, and rode for another few weeks.

Then, on the same small jump, I landed a bit sideways again, and warped the tire. I thought at first my rim was warped, but I put it on a truing stand and the rim was perfectly true, but the tire was skewed. I tried re-mounting them, and to no avail.

They gave me a good ride while they lasted - but between the sidewall hole and the warping, I won't be going back to The Captain.

[Jul 15, 2011]
mdcrisp
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

great tread design, great traction in the rock and dry dirt

Weakness:

terrible sidewalls, its suppose to be "2bliss" and ready to add stan's or other tubeless sealants. but the sidewalls keep weeping? I've had to re fill this tire 3 times now with sealant! each just keeps weeping out the sidewalls. I'm going to take it back and see how good specialized is at their warrenty

great tread design for the dry and rocky terrain that I ride, horrible sidewalls, should not be rated "2bliss" maybe the armadillo models will be better with their reinforced sidewalls...

Similar Products Used:

kenda, WTB, Maxxis, Panaracer

[May 28, 2011]
madsedan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Weigh, runs tubeless with stans, pliable casing, great grip on climbing and cornering.

Weakness:

Nothing yet

I was looking for something that gripped like the Captain Control Armadillo's but was lighter and had a more pliable casing with less rolling resistance. My LBS recommended buying these non 2 bliss standard Controls in a 29x2.0 and I couldn't be happier.
Everything I loved about the previous tires and everything I wanted out of my next ones, great. The weight is about 100 grams lighter than the armadillo 2 bliss they replaced, and the more pliable casing grips great on climbs and handles high speed loose over hard single track great, just load up the outside pedal and lean into it. Still experimenting with pressures but fr 28 and rr 30 this morning was great.

Similar Products Used:

Fast Trak LK 29x2.0, Captain Control Armadillo 2bliss 29x2.2

[May 27, 2011]
acesEPIC
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

SWorks Captain 29 x 2.0"
These tyres actually roll really well on road for knobby tires. The center tread design keeps rolling resistance down when the bike is upright.

Weakness:

sidewall threads show thru after a long period of use

I built my Titus 29er with these tyres thinking the center tread design would allow them to roll quickly on road. Many of my training rides consists of several miles on road until I hit the dirt. I set pressure at 30# front & rear & go. These tyres have impressed me all terrain types, both dry & wet. I don't change tires based on the terrain or season, rather ran these all year long for 2 years. Pump them up to 45#, hook up the Burley Solo & I'm towing our 4 year old on a family ride. They actually roll on road impressively well!

These tyres grip really well when leaned over at speed in the dirt, roll quickly up fire road climbs & handle the abuse of technical rock gardens. Although the sidewall threads showed thru almost since the beginning. I never had a problem as described by others that the "sidewalls blew out after only a few rides..."

I like the challenge of very steep technical climbs, which the Captains have handle without much wheel spin. When I wore my pair our, I bought a pair of 2.2" Nobby Nics, which also produced superb grip. Almost too much, in that I'm already thinking about switching back to either a 2.0" or 2.2" Captain. Coincidentally, the 2.2" Nobby Nics are very similar in design, however, they have a smaller volume than the 2.0" Captains.?., which is why I switched to the 2.2" Nobby Nic.

If you're the XC to aggressive XC type, I think these are the perfect tire for you. I've ridden Fast Trak LK's, which felt a tad faster, but the Captain's provided much better grip when leaned over in the loose.

Similar Products Used:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.2" newest version (2011)

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