Specialized Purgatory Control tyre review

Dual-compound rubber

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£30.00 RRP
Specialized's Purgatory Control tyre is tubeless-ready

Our review

Strong, well-priced all-rounder that should keep you rolling a while
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Specialized have always been a safe bet for tyres, and the Purgatory is no exception. It’s a dual-compound tyre that’s softer on the shoulders, but even the soft bits aren’t all that soft – it’s less composed than some on rocks and roots.

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On softer ground the aggressive angled tread blocks dig in and deliver though, and you reap the benefit of the harder compound when you start pedalling – the Purgatory rolls along without undue effort and lasts well too.

Given the low weight, it’s not surprising that the Purgatory has relatively thin sidewalls – if you’re hard on tyres or ride spectacularly rocky trails then you may want something meatier. It’s tubeless-ready too (or 2Bliss in Specialized-speak).

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

Product Specifications

Product

Name Purgatory Control tyre (12)
Brand Specialized

Description sizes available: 26x2.2; 29x2.2
Weight (g) 660
Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.2in