Specialized Ground Control Tire Review

3.30 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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March 12, 2018
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Faster rolling, came with bike

Cons: No traction in anything but perfect conditions. Have seriously injured myself 2 x with these on my fat bike. Front washed out badly, went down hard both times

Recommendation: Never never never put these on the front wheel unless you stick to dry clay or pavement. If there were minus ratings these tires would get it. Should not be on the market

March 15, 2016
Model/Year: 26x4.6 2014

Pros: Great all around fat bike tire, sets up tubeless easy

Cons: Only 4.3" wide, not great on ice.

Recommendation: I'd buy them again

January 1, 2016
Model/Year: 2014 & 2015 2.3x26

Pros: Decent traction for trail level riding. Rolls pretty well.

Cons: Too thin of sidewall. Not enough traction for my riding conditions.

Recommendation: Probably a good tire for Trail AM but not Enduro AM or big mountain riding. Not so good in conditions and rock in the Rockies. I have slashed two in the Rockies -- one set up tubeless on a fast DH -- it was ugly. Probably a good rear tire in the Midwest.

May 8, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: light, fast

Cons: not great traction in loose stuff, side walls seem too light

Recommendation: tires are great until you get into really rocky stuff and nick the sidewalls or get into loose stuff and lose traction.

December 22, 2014
Model/Year: 2012

Recommendation: I really like the Ground Control, it is difficult to find many tires that are narrower. Before getting the fat bike I was all about the narrow tire 2.1, as there was less ground resistance. Good beginner type tire.

December 31, 2013
Model/Year: 2013, 2.3, 29er, 2bliss

Pros: 2.3 large volume, grippy, easy to set up tubeless, suprisiingly low rolling resistance, haven't had any slip outs climbing or on gnarly stuff.

Cons: Weight, but I wouldn't expect low weight for the tread pattern and trail/all mountain use

Recommendation: One of my favorite tires for the grip to rolling resistance relationship, replaced one of the old nevegals on my bike with this

December 16, 2013
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: light

Cons: weak

Recommendation: Look elsewhere if you ride thru rocks. These things didn't get great traction, but they were pretty light. Only rode about a month before cutting a sidewall on a sharp rock. I was able to duct tape well enough to finish the ride, but I wouldn't buy another one.

November 13, 2013
Model/Year: 2.3 and 2.1 S Works, 2013

Pros: Reasonably light. Surprisingly fast rolling. Good traction front and rear. Didn't take too much effort to set up tubeless (WTB i19 rims).

Cons: Thin sidewalls on S Works models. I expected tubeless set up to have been a little easier. Took a compressor to get the bead to seat.

Recommendation: Great tire. I'd stay away from the S Works model though. 2.3 in front and 2.1 in the rear was a good combo for me for endurance XC races and trail riding.

December 22, 2012
Model/Year: 29er

Pros: -Fast rolling

Cons: -Not enough traction for it to be a good front or rear tire.

Recommendation: Not enough traction for it to be a good front or rear tire. My least favorite tire from Specialized.

November 7, 2011
Pros: low rolling resistance
good grip
light weight

Cons: a wider 29er size would be nice
struggles a little in really loose conditions

Recommendation: This tire rolls much faster than it looks like it would. Grip is good in most conditions, but stuggles a little in loose stuff. Faster rolling than the Captain, more grip than the Renegade or Fast Trak.

Specialized Ground Control 3.30 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.