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

Product

Name The Captain Armadillo Elite 2.0in
Brand Specialized Bicycles

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