Specialized Storm Pro 2.0in review£20.00

A very fast, super-light, sticky compound race combo

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Specialized's wet weather tyres are very much a speed rather than spikey grip choice, but if you bear that in mind then they're really great. Using an arrow front and low block rear tread, with relatively low but well-buttressed side knobs.

Big spaces between them means they never ever clog though, and soft compound rubber sucks onto any rocks and roots poking through the puddles. Low tread and very low weight means phenomenal acceleration and agility so they pick up any speed you drop in the swamps which makes them ideal for race use.

They also ?are the back end out very easily if you brake or put the power down too hard, so they're best suited to skilful not clumsy riders. Once you're expecting it though, it's a predictable and manageable speedway-style slide that's a lot of fun to work with.

They need a fair bit of pressure in them to survive rocky bits though, and they 'thorn puncture' pretty easily too, so they wouldn't be our ?rst choice for general trail use, but very rapid tread wear is offset by the very low price.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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