Specialized 03 Hemisphere Armadillo Tire Tire

4.27/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $29.99


Product Description

Our highly durable, wide profile recreational tire with improved for 2003 Armadillo puncture protection for even more trouble free commuting and touring in ATB situations.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by George a Cross Country Rider from San Jose ,Ca

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2009

Strengths:    Tuff ,almost bullet prof ,almost ten years on these and a set of team sport knobies .Very good on the street and hard pack trails . I've never had to pump them up to get home.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't work well in deep sand ,loose pebbley stuff , but thats what the knobies are for. Little heavy ,use thin inners


Bottom Line:   
The only flats I've had on any Armadilo came the first week I had them after I ran through a feild of goats heads. The Team Sport were coverd with hundeds of the things , Only ten got through on the two tires . The thorns were a half inch long and I still rode home .
Great every day riders.Dare you to leave your pump at home!

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Favorite Trail:   Alum Rock Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Sun Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Bones ,Nimbus , Hutchesons , IRC .

Bike Setup:   Mongoose Pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by C R a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco, CA USA

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2007

Strengths:    I selected this tire after much research to be a combo trail and road tire. So far it has been great for both. On the road, it rolls nicely, and the biggest plus is that it will go up to 80 psi, which is unusual for a tire this large. It really makes a nice roll. On the trail, I can still climb virtually all of the hills I used to with my knobbies, at least so far. Surprisingly, the improved roll is noticable on hard packed dirt as well as on the road. I have not had any flats, and feel very confident riding in "road cheese", i.e. rocks, thorns, glass, etc.

Weaknesses:    It is big, 1.95, and pretty heavy compared to some others, due in part to the wire bead and kevlar band. But that is what I wanted, a tank that would give me the best chance possible of avoiding flats but still roll.

Bottom Line:   
If you want something strong and as worry free as possible with a good roll, this is for you. Not for racing, but great for peace of mind!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Lime Ridge

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Pleasant Hill Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   None - this is my first non-knobby tire.

Bike Setup:   Sherpa trail mountain frame, low end Shimano gear.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by timugen manayon a Cross Country Rider from ilo-ilo city, phlippines

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2007

Strengths:    very tough, so thin

Weaknesses:    cant handle during xc race so heavy...

Bottom Line:   
i like this tire because it so thin it prevent flat tire during riding on long distance ride, really good for road and also the looks of this tire!!!

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Favorite Trail:   off-road xc

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   oton

Similar Products Used:   irc mythos 2, continental explorer and duro raider.

Bike Setup:   2006 scott scale 10 shimano deore set-up,2007 gt moto shimano alivio set-up and 2007 giant xtc, xtr and deore lx set-up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jo a Racer from uk

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2005

Strengths:    Puncture (proof / resistance)

Weaknesses:    weight / noise

Bottom Line:   
Commuted 4000 on these tyres alone. Had to swap them around to even the wear, but still have tread on both. Sidewalls are showing the normal "Specialised" cracking, but nothing to worry about. I have run other armadillo tyres down to the "red" kevlar beneath the black rubber and the only thing that makes you change them is they get dangerous at that point because the kevlar comes away from the casing!

Only had one puncture in 4000 miles, a very sharp screw went into the sidewall. If you want reliability pay the extra for armadillo. I commute 20 miles a day and use these tyres for the winter and use the Nimbus armadillos on another bike in the summer. Nimbus are quieter, thinner and less forgiving over bumps - not much difference in rolling resistance, but the hemi's produce a buzz over road above 20mph.

use them and abuse them - they will last.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Lake Oswego

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2004

Strengths:    great on street hard-pak and lava fileds, very little restance

Weaknesses:    none (but if wanted to go light I would of goten a road bike)

Bottom Line:   
over 1800 miles on them, no flats yet. they work so well I even got my Wife a set, at 25.00 ea and reliability, it's well worth it. if you crave mud and sand these are not for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   too many to list

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500 Z-1 air Forks Sram XO

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason meyer a Weekend Warrior from austin,texas

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2004

Strengths:    i love these tires,im a clyd at 320+,they work great nuff said!

Weaknesses:    havent found any yet..

Bottom Line:   
tires are great ,being a big guy at 320+ and city street riding they work great.no flats at all.just a great overall tire,i am very pleased with their performance.when i turn a corner going fast,i have nothing but confidence in the tires.would definately buy the product again.i ride a lot and the tread seems to last forever.worth my money.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   university cyclery

Bike Setup:   redline monocog

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from North Carolina

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2004

Strengths:    Solid cross/city style tire with nice low profile treads

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I use these tires with mavic x221 wheelset specifically for city riding and they work perfect for me. No flats, and a nice low profile tread for less rolling resistence.

If you want to use your mountain machine as a city cruiser, these tires seem to be very effective and a great buy.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Michelin/Ritchey/Specialized tires

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper M2/XTR drivetrain

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stuart Pineo a Weekend Warrior from Columbia, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2004

Strengths:    None that I know of.

Weaknesses:    Very hard to put on and remove from rim. Extremely hard when weather is very cold.

Bottom Line:   
Got a flat on my VERY FIRST ride! The culprit was a small, easy to bend staple! Clearly these tires appear to work very selectively. Perhaps thorns, maybe glass? I could accept that if Specialized included an easy to see disclaimer. The company very cleverly markets these as THE solution to flats!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   Kevlar tires (Bonrager) with Liners (Mr.Tuffy/Slime liner) and/or Slime (liquid)

Bike Setup:   Mountain set up for off-road/road commuting

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David C. Menges a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO, US

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2003

Strengths:    They stop thorns.

Weaknesses:    Bikes stores don't stock them.

Bottom Line:   
The only thing that stops goathead thorns here. A friend that rides a lot has gone 1.5 years without a flat. Without protection I was patching tubes every weekend.

I've used Mr. Tuffys; they help, but I still got some flats. I have never used Slime or thick tubes - they sound too heavy.

Btw, do you know what they used for Slime in the old days? Condensed milk.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   Mr. Tuffys

Bike Setup:   Armadillo Hemisphere 26 x 1.9" (no knobs)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Delta a Cross Country Rider from Plano, TX

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2003

Strengths:    Longevity, low rolling resistance, virtually flat proof

Weaknesses:    Weight (for those of you who need to count grams)

Bottom Line:   
I am only an amateur MTB rider. That being said, I like to keep only one bike around that affords me both a serious trail ride along with 40-60 mile aerobic rides on pavement. I wanted a tire that would allow me to do both. The Town and Country and Hutchinson Python tires each gave me two flats inside of 10 days that I rode each set off road.

I have used the Hemisphere Armadillos for two months now for 700 miles both on and off road with no flats. I am a lean 205 pounds (weights) so I really do not notice the extra weight of the tire even running the Specialized Airlock tubes. These tires roll very well and quietly on concrete when inflated to 80 psi and give a respectably soft ride off road when I back some pressure off (to 45-50 psi). These tires seem to have a lot of air volume and that helps some with off road cushion. I really do not notice the extra weight when churning up hills either. In other hardpack situations (camber, roots, wheel wash), I do not notice a big dropoff from the Hutchinsons and can live with the performance.

I must confess, though, that my trail riding is confined to single trail tacky to hardpack year round. I ride strictly xc trails...no dh stuff, sand, or mud.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Richardson Bike Mart

Similar Products Used:   Continental Town and Country, Hutchinson Python Air Lights

Bike Setup:   Cannondale CAAD 5 F1000 with lefty front, LX/XT/XTR mix, Easton EA70 2.5" rise Monkeybar, Easton EC70 seatpost, Serfas DDVado seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by G Naz a Cross Country Rider from Milwaukee

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2003

Strengths:    Handles great, low rolling resistance, never had a flat (fingers crossed)

Weaknesses:    Uhm, a bit on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
I really like these tires for burly commuting duties. They're a bit on the heavy side, so the don't go real fast, but they corner great, and are durable as hell. They're really big and fat too, like 2.1 or 2.something... I can't remember exactly. But their size helps with the afore mentioned traction, and the large air volume gives me great cushioning for curbs and stairs. There are faster and lighter commuting tires out there, but I haven't found any that take this much punishment. Well done Specialized.

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Favorite Trail:   Banzai

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Wheel & Sprocket

Similar Products Used:   Geax Street Racers, Kenda Krisps

Bike Setup:   '00 Trek 6000 set up with slicks for commuting use.

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