Specialized The Captain Control 2bliss Tire Review

4.33 out of 5
By Dustin Gaddis    on Jan 27, 2011

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Specialized The Captain S-WORKS 2Bliss Ready Tire

January 1, 2016
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: light, fast

Cons: thin sidewalls and weak

Recommendation: Probably a decent "trail" tire, but not for "enduro" or true mountain conditions. Not nearly enough traction for my conditions. Maybe a decent XC tire; not sure. I'd see as a rear tire in not so technical conditions.

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July 18, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Great grip

Cons: Weight

Recommendation: Great tire. Performs well on the loose sand in south Florida.

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April 5, 2014
Pros: Good climbing and cornering traction, rolls fast

Cons: Had it for about a month, and it was split open when I was going over a root (I was running 25 psi so it really should have been fine) Also, it barely fit on my frame giving it zero mud clearance Split makes me question the durability for price

Recommendation: Would not recommend, I know others that detest specialized tires as well

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January 4, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Excellent Traction in Snow

Cons: Not fast enough for me to be a year-round race wheel

Recommendation: I have this mounted on my fully rigid 29er Single Speed that I use primarily during Michigan Winters. It handles snow VERY well for both acceleration traction and side-to-side stabilization. Being tubeless helps bring the most traction to the surface by being able to run lower tire pressures as well.

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December 20, 2013
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: lightweight
great grip

Cons: thin sidewall

Recommendation: unless your a weight weenie, just go with the captain sport tire. Its much more durable

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December 16, 2013
Model/Year: 2009

Pros: Good all around tire.

Cons: Not light enough to be an XC star or durable enough for downhill.

Recommendation: Reasonable price and tread treadlife. Over the years, I've burned thru 3 of these before I cut a sidewall on a rock (CO front range) - so they're pretty tough. I'll echo the point about the stans weeping thru the 2bliss sidewalls, but it eventually stops.

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November 12, 2013
Pros: This is a very solid, "do everything" tire. It mounts up tubeless easily and is a great value.

Cons: Mine eventually developed a wobble--but after a ton of good use.

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November 11, 2013
Pros: Amazing grip really bites in the corners Strong tire Huge upgrade over my stock Rockhopper tire well worth the price

Cons: None so far

Recommendation: Highly recommend

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November 8, 2013
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: lots of traction, fast, they are great on the mix bagged trails we have in western PA.

Cons: none found to date

Recommendation: Love them. can't wait to try them tubeless next year.

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December 21, 2012
Pros: -Fast rolling
-Great traction
-No issues with tubeless setup

Cons: -Pricey at the LBS

Recommendation: Specialized knows what they're doing in the tire department. The Captain makes a great rear tire.

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Specialized The Captain Control 2bliss 4.33 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.