Specialized Butcher Control mountain bike tyre review£30.00

Budget all-rounder tyre

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Specialized Butcher Control is a relatively cheap all-rounder, but you wouldn't know it from riding it.

While most cheaper tyres use slippery plastic compounds, the Butcher's 50a duro mix is tacky enough for ample traction even on typically lethal surfaces such as green rocks and roots.

It's fully tubeless-ready too, which is a real coup at £30, and helps give a smooth and supple ride that's a match for more expensive tyres in terms of moulding to mixed rocky, rooty terrain.

The 420/D1 casing is designed to be more cut/wear resistant than a standard cross-country carcass, but it's not as supportive as a fully armoured one. It's skinny too, so don't go low on pressure in rocky terrain. Performance is excellent for the 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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