Specialized Captain Control 2.2In tyre review£22.99

Rapid trail rubber

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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.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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