Specialized Eliminator BLCK DMND
Intended as an ‘intermediate conditions’ tyre, the Eliminator slots into Specialized’s range as a more predictable, faster-rolling alternative to the tenacious Butcher.
The BLCK DMND casing is significantly tougher and stiffer than the GRID casing, which often comes as stock on Specialized bikes.
This contributed to my 27.5×2.6in test tyre weighing a reassuring 1,174g. The Eliminator is also available in the lighter GRID casing, but I’ve found this carcass punctures, squirms and burps more easily if ridden hard.
While tyres are often narrower than advertised, my Eliminator measured up true-to-size, at 2.61in across (at 25psi on a 33mm rim). This means it soaks up rocky and rooty terrain brilliantly. Rolling resistance is respectable for such a weighty tyre, especially over bumpy ground.
The grip on offer is solid and predictable in dry turns thanks to the rounded tread profile, but there isn’t much of an edge to bite into soft or muddy ground.
Because of the stiff casing and lack of edging bite, it wouldn’t be my first choice for a front tyre, but it’s a good option for the rear, offering a solid balance of rolling speed, braking grip and predictable cornering. Just don’t expect it to excel in really muddy conditions.