Specialized The Captain Armadillo Elite 2.0in review

Puncture-proof trail tyre

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £30.00 RRP | USD $54.99
Specialized The Captain Armadillo Elite 2.0in

Our review

Good puncture protection and decent grip, but a clattery feel
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, The Captain Armadillo Elite 2.0in
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Specialized Bicycles

Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 616
Features Features, 2, 0, Features, Puncture Proof
Threads Per Inch Threads Per Inch, 2, 0, Threads Per Inch, 70
Wheel Type Wheel Type, 2, 0, Wheel Type, Mountain
Tyre Tread Tyre Tread, 2, 0, Tyre Tread, Knobbly
Rear Tyre Size Rear Tyre Size, 2, 0, Rear Tyre Size, 26x2.0
Front Tyre Size Front Tyre Size, 2, 0, Front Tyre Size, 26x2.0