Specialized 02 Rockster Pro Tire Tire

1.72/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.99


Product Description

Designed with World Champion Marga Fullana to deliver a lightweight, low rolling resistance semi-knobby tire with the advantages of tubeless technology. Provides hardpack speed with corner bite.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rich a Weekend Warrior from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2006

Strengths:    Fast on pavement with low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    These tires suck. I ride in rooty, rocky areas in New England and there is no traction. The cornering on these tires is almost scary, they will slide out of control.

Bottom Line:   
In my opinion when your trail riding, Traction first, rolling resistance second. I know specialed was trying to achieve this on this particular model, but they failed miserably. These tires would make a fine road tire, but then just get a road bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Bontanger

Bike Setup:   Specialzed Rockhopper Comp.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Neil MacPherson a Racer from Inverness UK

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2004

Strengths:    weight but just running rims alone is lighter and has as much traction

Weaknesses:    going straight, going round corners, dry, wet, up, down, flat.Bein used on a bike.

Bottom Line:   
The only tyre that has ever had me sliding sidways on dry hardpack while the trail was going straight. There is no cornering or braking ability from these either. Possibly a candidate for the worst traction MTB tyre ever made? I had to take them off the bike after one race due to losing more time from uncontrollable riding/sliding than you would ever gain from reduced rolling resistance.

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Favorite Trail:   Scottish borders

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bikes of Inverness(came on bike)

Similar Products Used:   wild grippers, xcpros, spec team control /master

Bike Setup:   fsr xc pro suspension/ sworks Hardtail

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Luke Martin a Cross Country Rider from Nelson, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2004

Strengths:    It might make a decent road tire.

Weaknesses:    No traction whatsoever in any off-road setting. A very scary tire that may lead to injuries. If you have these tires, replace them with ones with actual tread immediately!

Bottom Line:   
After a single very scary ride with these stock tires I replaced them immediately. Cornering and climbing tracion was non-existent. The tires would let go on any steep downhill section. I can't see how such a tire could be put on a bike intended for off-road use. What were they thinking? What a great thing to need a tire replacement after purchasing a new bike. I suppose they would work well on a comfort bike used on paved bike paths. Can I say no - zero - flaming chilis?

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Favorite Trail:   Crazy 8s

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with stock FSR

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Z-Max, Ritchey Climb-Max, IRC Missile

Bike Setup:   2002 Stumjumper FSR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JRM a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

Strengths:    Fast Rolling, Good cornering grip, traction on hardpack and loose dirt good.

Weaknesses:    high TPI sometimes clogs the tire with mud and clay where i ride

Bottom Line:   
I read all of the reviews on this tire and was surprised because I found them very fast, with excellent grip in both hardpack and loose dirt patches.

CLimbing is pretty good with these too, they eat up steep hills in my local trails, but kinda suck on the roots.

The trails I ride are off camber and your either going up steep or down long sweeps.

I have lot's of confidence riding the tire within it's limits, very rarely does it break loose and it's predictable when it happens.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Solutions

Similar Products Used:   Michelin, Hutchinson

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Comp 2002, XT everything

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Detroit, Michigan

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2003

Strengths:    Ummm...not many. They are alright for street riding but that is about it.

Weaknesses:    Terrible traction on just about any surface other than pavement. Asending and desending are terrible with the rocksters. I wasn't able to get any traction while climbing and there were a few times I tought I was going to lose it while trying to make my way down a pretty steep hill...They washout way to easily.

Bottom Line:   
I will probably keep these tires around for street riding but I definetly wouldn't suggest them for any type of trail riding. I am looking to replace them with possibly a Panaracer Fire or some other type of knobby tire. Any suggestions??

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   older specialized

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper M4

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2003

Strengths:    Great commuter tires, wonderful rollers on the pavement.

Weaknesses:    EVERYTHING ELSE.

Bottom Line:   
These tires SUCK. I was recently out at my favorite dirt riding area for about 4 hours, after the rain, and I could barely get enough traction to turn. The tires ride fine, to school that is, but if you want to do anything fun, invest $40 and get a set of Panaracer Fire XC PRO rubbers.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   Stock 2002 Specialized HardRock A1FS

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2003

Strengths:    Great commuter tires, wonderful rollers on the pavement.

Weaknesses:    EVERYTHING ELSE.

Bottom Line:   
These tires SUCK. I was recently out at my favorite dirt riding area for about 4 hours, after the rain, and I could barely get enough traction to turn. The tires ride fine, to school that is, but if you want to do anything fun, invest $40 and get a set of Panaracer Fire XC PRO rubbers.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   Stock 2002 Specialized HardRock A1FS

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ryan R a Cross Country Rider from Long Island NY

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2003

Strengths:    I Guess If you buy a Mountain Bike to ride on pavement that would be a strenghth but that is about it.

Weaknesses:    NO TRACTION ON ANY THING BUT PAVEMENT AND VERY VERY HARD PACKES DIRT!!! This tire will sketch on any this but hard pack and when you live on long island and do some serious milage you get a mix of every type of terrian. This tire dosen't grip S*#t. Trust my I have the brusies to prove it

Bottom Line:   
These tires are horriable on any thig loose or muddy they will sketch even going straight if you hit sand I hope you like how it tastes because thats whats gonna happen. If you ride on pavement they are fine. These tires now reside on my girlfrinds comfort bike she rides around on the street. I would have expected better from a company with such a good rep as Specialized if they are smart they pull this tire off the market before some beginner who gets a new specialized bike gets killed. Sorry but I hate to rate specialized so low>

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Favorite Trail:   Any Single Track Tighter The Trees The Better

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came With Bike

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Team Control And Team Master (Nice Tire Combo),WTB Primal Raptor (OK) and Velicorapter (Sucks)

Bike Setup:   Specilized Stumpjumper FSR XC Disc W/ Panaracer Fire XC Pro Tires, Time ATAC Alumni Pedels. Bike Is fairly New And Stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by All Pro Mack a Racer from winnipeg

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2003

Strengths:    good on pavement
can work with it on the front


Weaknesses:    sucks ass cause cant climb anything with it on the rear

Bottom Line:   
i have a road bike with road tires
i need traction on a mtb tire
besides, they're not even that fast

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Favorite Trail:   laRiviere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came w bike

Similar Products Used:   conti xc, panaracer fire pro, irc mythos

Bike Setup:   stock spec fsr xc

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chris a Cross Country Rider from winnipeg, manitoba

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

Strengths:    light, looks cool, fast

Weaknesses:    very weak (ie no traction) on anything but cement and dry hardpack

Bottom Line:   
These tires are fast, and are great for hardpack, and pavement. However, i tend to like to ride single track and XC, which can get muddy. I have bit it several times while cornering; now, this may be because i suck, but i think it has something more to do with the zero traction that these tires provide. I put up with these tires for one season, and have just purchased some new Panaracer fire XC pros. Unfortunately, it's minus 25 degrees and snowy in winnipeg, so you will have to wait a couple months for the review of the new rubber! 4 flamin turds for value cause they came with the bike, 2 for overall.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   2002 specialized m4

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jason a Racer from Melrose, MA

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2003

Strengths:    Light and quick

Weaknesses:    weak traction, slides out

Bottom Line:   
These feel nice and quick until...
things get wet, or you have to turn, or it's muddy, or there are roots, or it gets steep.
Only use for dry hardpack and pavement.
I raced with it in the mud and the front wheel could not track at all. It slipped out numerous times.

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Favorite Trail:   Fells

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   stock

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC Comp

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve Smales a Weekend Warrior from Harrogate Yorkshire England

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2002

Strengths:    Roll fast on the road. Look nice

Weaknesses:    Have been plagued by pinch flats (probably due to running them at 30psi in an attempt to get them to grip....) Also they are terrible in mud - so much so it feels like I'm drunk when it's muddy.

Bottom Line:   
I cannot wait to wear them out...
They are probably fine for jumping but on the rough / gloopy stuff - they are terrible.

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Favorite Trail:   Reeth

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   original equipment

Similar Products Used:   Conti Explorers / Escape, WTB Raptors

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper Pro / Duke forx

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by T a Cross Country Rider from Tampa

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2002

Strengths:    Great on the sidewalk. No flats in 3 months of riding.

Weaknesses:    Same as other reviewers. Not good for anything other than hardpack.

Bottom Line:   
This tire just doesn't cut it for off-road use, other than the yellow (easy) trails. It will let you down when you need it the most; and is likely to get you run over by your buddies behind you when you try to go up a hill and the rear just won't hook up. I can't even give it a good value rating, how can some thing of little use be a value?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM

Bike Setup:   Stock Specialized FSRxc Disk

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Gordon a Weekend Warrior from Mississauga, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2002

Strengths:    Fast on the road and hardpack

Weaknesses:    anything else.

Bottom Line:   
I don't know why a good bike came with crappy tires. I raced twice with them and have three new scars to prove how bad they are. They ride really well (and fast!) on dry hardpack and on the road. If you ride anything else, don't use these tires... they hurt... a lot.

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Favorite Trail:   kelso conservation area

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   no name knobbies

Bike Setup:   Rockhopper A1FS with M515 pedals

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike Croker a Cross Country Rider from Steyning, West Sussex, UK

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2002

Strengths:    Used as a rear tyre. Light, roll fast on hardpack / road, real 2.1" size!

Weaknesses:    Overlarge bead - practically fall on / off the rim - which can make correct alignment with the rim really difficult. Not as resistant to flints as I was expecting......

Bottom Line:   
Fast for its size, potentially a bit of a pig when punctured, not yet tried it in mud (but not expecting much as bought for hardpack and occaisional road use).

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Favorite Trail:   South Downs Way

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   Kenda(?) OEM rear tire, Specialized Mount Baldy Pro, Panaracer Fire XC Pro, Continental Double Fighter, Mythos XC Semi-Slick

Bike Setup:   Trek 830 with Manitou Spyder R fork + various other upgrades

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