Specialized Sauserwind Control 2 Bliss tyre review

Signature rubber from the big S

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £24.99 RRP | USD $40.70
Specialized Sauserwind Control 2 Bliss Tyre

Our review

Our new favourite wet weather skinny race tyre, and well priced too
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World Champion Christophe Sauser’s signature tyre will give any speed fiend an advantage in adverse conditions. The tread slays all the old racers’ favourites on the trails.


The sloped low-profile tread blocks sit in a 2-1-2-1 centreline pattern with a relatively hard 65 durometer compound. Regularly spaced 55 duro shoulder knobs lift out sideways for more bite in cornering and off-camber situations. 

Benchmark race tyres like the Panaracer Fire XC 1.8, Continental Cross Country 1.5, Geax Barro Mud 1.7 and even the Schwalbe Nobby Nic 1.8 all felt slippery and sketchy compared to the astonishingly surefooted Sauserwind.

The open tread never clogs and it rips through short sludgy/boggy sections without losing much momentum. It sticks better than expected on rocks and roots and blitzes any road sections you mix into your ride. The Control version adds a reinforced carcass to the menu for rock swiping survival.


It’s proved a tough tyre for its size and Specialized’s 2Bliss tubeless-ready system allows lower pressures than would be wise normally, making it a viable – and fast – option for smoother/ lighter riders.

Product Specifications


Name Sauserwind Control 2bliss Tyres
Brand Specialized Bicycles

Bead Aramid
Rear Tyre Size 26x1.8
Manufacturer's Description Designed for those days when the race course shows no mercy.. whether hard pack- loose-over-hard- sandy- muddy or wet.. the SauserWind will roll fast - clean well and bite in the soft corners. Developed by Christoph Sauser to meet the rigorous demands of the World Cup XC circuit - making it a true all-arounder for any serious racer- now with 420/D1 Control Casing for improved cut resistance.
Max PSI 65
Front Tyre Size 26x1.8