Specialized Eliminator BLCK DMND 2.6in rear tyre review

Great for dry, rocky conditions

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Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £58.00 RRP | USD $70.00 | AUD $95.00
Specialized Eliminator BLCK DMND mountain bike tyre

Our review

Not great in the mud, but a tough and predictable rear tyre with impressive grip on harder surfaces
Pros: Impressive rolling speed; BLCK DMND casing is tough and well-damped in rough terrain; predictable turn-in manners
Cons: Not the grippiest in muddy or very soft conditions, particularly in the bends; heavy
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I’ve found that Specialized’s popular GRID casing tyres have become more prone to burping and squirming when pushed hard in recent years. The newer, thicker, BLCK DMND casing is a better bet for aggressive riding, though.

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Although heavy, the Eliminator is among the faster-rolling tyres even in this large, thick-casing variant.

Specialized Eliminator BLCK DMND mountain bike tyre
The centre tread is ramped and tightly-packed.
Andy Lloyd

In my tests, it rolled almost as fast as Schwalbe’s Hans Dampf and slightly faster than a Maxxis Aggressor in DoubleDown casing. This is probably thanks to its ramped and tightly-packed centre tread.

The rounded shape helps it carve through flat turns predictably, while the thick casing provides a reassuringly secure and stable feel when pushed hard into hardpack berms, even at very low pressures.

Braking grip is good on rocky ground where it stays settled over bumps thanks to the large, well-damped casing and heavily siped centre-tread.

Mountain bike tyre on wheel
Braking grip is good on rocky ground where it stays settled over bumps.
Russell Burton

It’s not the best in loose or muddy conditions, where it breaks free in corners easier than some of its competitors, such as Michelin’s Wild Enduro rear and even Schwalbe’s Hans Dampf.

When used in combination with Specialized’s super-aggressive Hillbilly up front this resulted in an overly tail-happy setup in the wet.

But for predominantly rocky terrain without too much mud, the Eliminator is a strong choice.

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  • This tyre was tested as part of a group test. All tyres were tested back-to-back on the same tracks, keeping all other variables as consistent as possible to ensure our findings are as reliable and accurate as they can be.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $95.00GBP £58.00USD $70.00
Weight 1,212g (29in)
Brand Specialized

Features

Features Measured carcass width (at 25psi on a 30mm rim): 2.55in
Measured height (at 25psi on a 30mm rim): 2.42in
Sizes 27.5in, 29in