Specialized Captain Control 2.2in tyre review£22.99

Cheap and cheerful

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This Specialized tyre is one of the few cheap tyres that performs okay. The dual compound rubber mix gives adhesion in corners and a faster roll when you’re upright. The carcass is tough yet light.

The mix of gapped centreline tread and reasonably spaced intermediate and shoulder tread gives decent traction on most surfaces without clogging. It’s also ready to run tubeless with sealant rather than an inner tube – impressive for the price.

It feels stiffer and less ‘sticky’ than more expensive rubber though. Armadillo anti-puncture and lighter, more compliant S-Works versions are also available.

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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