Specialized Purgatory Control 2.3in - in brief£30.00

Versatile budget trail tyre

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Specialized’s Purgatory is one of our favourite all-round trail tyres regardless of the fact it’s a bargain price too.

Tyre historians will notice mixed tread similarities to classics from Michelin and others, and the design has recently been tweaked. It rolls okay on harder surfaces but grips really reliably on all terrain, from loose to random rocks or wet mud. Block bite is enhanced with a harder centre, medium shoulder compound that cuts a good balance between wet grip and wallet-friendly wear life. 

The carcass is a decent size and its tubeless-ready with a glug of sealant. It can squirm at lower pressures and it’s supple rather than super stable, but it shrugs off trailside scuffs well. It’s usefully light for its size and price is very good for such a versatile tyre.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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