Specialized Fast Trak Tire Review

4.11 out of 5
By Jeff Barber    on Jan 19, 2017

By Dustin Gaddis    on Nov 14, 2011

By Jeff Barber    on Feb 9, 2017

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July 3, 2020
Model/Year: S-Works 2020

Pros: Fast in a straight line. That's it

Cons: I had Fast Track S-Works on the back of my newly bought Rockhopper Sport 2020. Here is the issue, the cornering. You speed up quick, because center thread is great, but as soon as you take a turn, you will feel yourself loosing control, even on pavement. If you ride over water and take a corner, you might completely fall on the side. I REALLY did not like this tire, but I will give it 2 star for the speed. The problem is your threat of falling. I changed to Ground Control Sport, and I am very confident on turns now. Fast Trak is a very tricky tire, if you want unpredictability, go ahead. If you value your life, health, and life and health of your family riding the bike...DON'T buy this tire. Specialized has some great tires, but this is not it. I would rather ride on Ground Control and Purgatory than this, but if you want less thread, maybe buy Renegade, and call it done. Many people are reporting this tire as the one you lose all the control on turns, and spinning their bike out from the back tire. I am not the only one.

Recommendation: Absolutely not. Maybe to my enemy I want mortally wounded, lol, but even at that lol...I would have more dignity than that :D

February 3, 2018
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Like other reviews, they are light weight and roll well.

Cons: I had a sidewall flat that ended the tire far too soon.

Recommendation: I think they are an awesome tire for cross country single track where you wont be encountering a lot of sharp rocks. I ran the tire for over a year before I started riding more enduro trails at higher speeds with sharper rocks. I would recommend them for that purpose. I really liked the tire and still run it on the back.

October 28, 2016
Pros: fast rolling. Good grip for XC tread. good durability.

Cons: Sidewall protection could be more beefy. Bigger side knobs too. Not for a front tire.

Recommendation: This is a great XC tread. Not for the steep and rough, and not for muddiness. Overall, a very good tire. It is also so durable, I have only just replaced mine after almost two years as a rear tread.

December 23, 2014
Pros: Fast rolling

Cons: Not for wet, muddy conditions

Recommendation: This a great choice for dry to tacky hard pack. Very fast rolling tire with lots of grip. Not the best choice for wet conditions.

November 6, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Fast, Light, Durable

Cons: I have none to offer.

Recommendation: Buy.

July 28, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Fast

Cons: could puncture easy but haven't had that issue yet...

Recommendation: find a cheap pair & try them on a hard packed trail...

July 25, 2014
Pros: Fast and light in dry packed conditions.

Cons: Horrible in mud/sand

July 24, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Smooth and fast rolling. Great grip on dry surfaces

Cons: Terrible in mud or uphill loose gravel

Recommendation: Excellent tire for its intended purpose. I will be sticking with it

February 9, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: fast rolling, good grip on climbs

Cons: weak sidewall

Recommendation: I loved the speed of this tire, but sidewall ripped at 2 months normal norcal trail riding. Not to well suited for rocky conditions.

January 21, 2014
Model/Year: 2013 S-Works Fast Track 29 - 2.2 Front 2.0 Rear

Pros: Very light, very little rolling resistance, good grip when ridden with lower psi (20 front, 22 rear on Stans's Crest 29er)

Cons: Don't go any where near mud with these things! The low small tread profile is horrible at shedding mud and poor at keep grip in the wet. Price was expensive but worth it for a great XC race tire.

Recommendation: Use it for what it is intended for, XC racing on dry, and you can't ask for any better. This tire is freaking faaasst! The only reason not a 5 is because of its lack of versatility in the wet.