Specialized The Captain Armadillo Elite 2.0in review
These are fast, hardwearing, puncture proof trail tyres. They’re slippery when wet though – an option if you hate punctures more than you love wet woodsy grip.
The Captain’s interrupted centre strip in a hard 70 duro compound ensures impressive speed and durability. Considering it is fat for 2.0in, this puncture-protected Armadillo Elite version is impressively light.
Medium compound shoulders mean they’re okay in dry-to-intermediate conditions. They’re nervously slippery in wet woods, though, with a disturbing tendency to veer off sideways suddenly at certain lean angles.
The protective layer is obvious in the clattery ride feel, so we’d recommend the £10 cheaper but more supple S Works version unless you’re particularly puncture-prone.