Specialized Captain Control 2.2In tyre £22.99

Rapid trail rubber

BikeRadar score 4/5

Named after legendary Specialized team captain Ned Overend, this low-cost lightweight delivers decent performance.

The carcass sizes are generous, which means plenty of impact protection, but they’re still light, and feel fast and agile when you pull on the bars or push the pedals.

The harder compound, low knobbed centre tread means they roll with impressive speed. Despite softer compound shoulders, the plasticky-feeling carcass tends to slither rather than stick in wet winter conditions.

The centre-line tread can derail suddenly under heavy braking or at certain angles too, but they’re more predictable in harder or drier conditions.

Tubeless-readiness adds more versatility and value, while puncture-protected Armadilo and super-light S-Works versions are equally well priced.

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