Specialized The Captain Control 2bliss

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Brand: Specialized
Tags: xc



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  • mongwolf
    ***

    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.

    Pros
    light, fast

    Cons
    thin sidewalls and weak

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  • sean_toffey
    ****

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

    Pros
    Great grip
    Durability

    Cons
    Weight

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  • BZ202
    ***

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

    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

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  • Joe Lampen
    *****

    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.

    Pros
    Excellent Traction in Snow

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

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  • DanK_NoCo   ✓ supporter
    ****

    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.

    Pros
    Good all around tire.

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

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  • Jeff Barber
    ****

    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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  • Irongrave
    *****

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

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

    Cons
    none found to date

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  • jtorlando25
    *****

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

    Pros
    -Fast rolling
    -Great traction
    -No issues with tubeless setup

    Cons
    -Pricey at the LBS

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  • s.seary
    *****

    Will be using these tires for years to come, competes with and even outshines the Kenda Nevegals.

    Pros
    Grips anything. I have a pair (front and back) on my Giant Talon 29er. These tires grip in just about any condition, from dry hard-packed trails, to wet rocks, leaves, etc.

    Cons
    Lots of rolling resistance on pavement, but that's what's expected with these tires. But you shouldn't be riding these on pavement anyway. ;)

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  • PHRANQUY
    *****

    This tire was added to the front of my bike after I decided I needed a little more cornering traction. For the price, I can't complain, as it has held up well the last year or so. I actually bought a pair and sometimes rotate them out, or will run one in the back if the conditions dictate.

    Pros
    Great grip, fast rolling, good tire for running at low pressures (I'm often between 25 and 30 PSI).

    Cons
    Removal once installed can be difficult.

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  • Dustin Gaddis
    ****

    I have this tire set up on the rear of my rigid 29er, and it replaced a Kenda Small Block 8, one of the lighter and faster tires available. This tire has MUCH more grip, but it is heavier and slower. That said, it's a great tire for this time of year (fall/winter), when traction is hard to find. I can definitely see why this is such a popular tire, it does everything pretty well. I just happen to prefer a slight lean towards the fast and light side and don't mind giving up some grip to get it.

    Pros
    -Installed and sealed up easier than any other tire I've ever used. Two pumps w/my floor pump and it was holding air, didn’t even need to use soapy water
    -Holds air very well, don't have to top it off every single ride.
    -Appears to be true to size
    -TONS of traction. Tons. It's crazy how well it climbs, I've yet to have it spin on me under power, no matter how many leaves or wet roots I'm riding over. Much harder to lock up under braking, and corners well too.

    Cons
    -Middle ground weight wise. About a fifth of a pound heavier than the tire it replaced (Kenda Small Block 8), and I can feel the difference, it's harder to get it up to speed.
    -Rolling resistance. Doesn't roll as fast as some tires, tho it doesn't roll horribly either. Where I used to be able to coast on the DH's and catch up to other people who were pedaling, I now have to pedal too.

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  • Syd Patricio
    ****

    I would recommend these and i would have given these a 5 star rating but these tires are not what they advertise....These are not tubeless.

    Pros
    Traction is great both in a straight line as well as in the corners. You can late brake with these tires with little fear of having them was out. Great climbing abilities with this tire.

    Cons
    They advertise these tires as 2Bliss that is far from true....the side walls leak air you NEED to add Stan's No tube in them.....Might as well put an ultra light tube in them.

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