Specialized 03 Roll X S-Works Tire Tire

3.5/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99


Product Description

Our newest XC tire design. Race level performance in a tire that is designed to work in all conditions without compromise.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ben a Cross Country Rider from Palo Alto

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

Strengths:    Sticky! predictable handling

Weaknesses:    flimsy sidewalls, perhaps durability?

Bottom Line:   
This is to follow up on my last post. I gave these tires too harsh a rating. My PSI gauge on my pump had gone out, and I'd under-inflated the tires. I gave them another try running a REAL 40 PSI. The tires rolled fast, stuck well, and cut out very predictably. This might have more to do with the square profile you get when mounting these to Mavic 321 rims, but on every corner I could feel exactly when they would cut out, and use it to my advantage to turn faster. A surprising bonus to the somewhat low rolling resistance. Still, I don't believe these tires are worth $50 retail.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, WTB WeirWolfs, Panaracer Smoke and Dart

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Gemini

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ben a Cross Country Rider from Palo Alto, CA

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2004

Strengths:    Sort of light weight, sort of low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    WEAK weak tires. Easily pinch-flat-ed

Bottom Line:   
Bought these tires because they were on sale and I wanted to try to make my gemini a little lighter and faster. I ran these tires at about 45 PSI and with 7inches of rear travel they still pinch flatted on me within 20 minutes of riding. This happened twice, and on trails that I've never had issue with, even on my hard-tail. I don't know if it's the combo of the wide 321 rims, and the narrow tires creating less distance from rim to rock, or what, but these tires don't protect your tubes at all. What good are tires that don't stay inflated? My value rating is based on if you paid the full $50 for these.

beyond the flat issue, they weren't that remarkable. IRC mythos roll faster and hold up better, and you can usually find them on sale for like $15.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   WTB Weirwolfs, IRC mythos, Panaracer smoke and dart

Bike Setup:   Gemini with RS Psylo in front, 321 rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lee a Cross Country Rider from Lookout Mountain, GA, US

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2004

Strengths:    excellent traction, great air volume, and a very supple feel.

Weaknesses:    expensive... but worth it.

Bottom Line:   
i really like these tires. i was running the mitch. hot s's on front and rear. they were huge, and stuck to everything which is nice in the damp, loamy stuff i often ride in. the problem was that they were so dang slow to spin up, were super heavy, and picked up every twig and leaf in the trail and threw it in my face. switched to the roll-x's when i got them for a super cheap price. liked them a little at first, then fell in love. they really stick to things well, not as much as a wider tire (like the hots) but much better than any other 2.0 i've ridden. they are a soft compound, which creates the traction, but don't seem to wear much faster than any other quality tire. find them on sale and go for it!

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Favorite Trail:   The Bone Collector

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $34.00

Similar Products Used:   dart/smoke, wildgrippers, velociraptors, hot s's

Bike Setup:   epic comp, fox f80rl, avid disc/x317/hugi, XT/XTR, spec. strongarm cranks (they are horrid! the next thing to swap off!)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Freddie a Cross Country Rider from Harbor City, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2003

Strengths:    Light (530-540g), compliant and grippy if used at lower pressure.

Weaknesses:    High rolling resistance.

Bottom Line:   
I don't like 'em. Tried them after so many good remarks from RC. The big volume tire and the squirmy tread blocks (push the blocks side to side and they'll practically fold over) result in a very slow rolling tire, especially on pavement sections where they are particularly buzzy. Pump the tires up to compensate and they become harsh and sketchy. Fire XC Pros (great traction, durable, much faster rolling, cheap, and readily available) are a far better tire (IMHO).

The bottom line for the Roll X: It's a big, fat, slow rolling tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Sullivan Canyon/Backbone loop

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro (current fav.), Panaracer TrailBlaster, Hutchinson Python (fine hardpack racing tire), Michelin Comp S Light (sketchy!)

Bike Setup:   01 Trek Fuel with Mavic/Xtr 517, Fire XC Pros, WTB SST.98 saddle, Truvativ Stylo Team cranks, Avid SD7 brakes, Chris King headset, SRAM 9.0 cassette, XT/XTR drivetrain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dano a Cross Country Rider from Midland, MI

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2003

Strengths:    very lightweight and fast rolling, hooks up well in corners, decent in loose conditions...the easiest tire to change w/ flats

Weaknesses:    rolling resistance on pavement, sketchy in mud

Bottom Line:   
Pretty sweet all-around xc tire. 2.0" width, but looks more like a 2.2" Rolls fast, hooks up when you need it to...what more could you ask for?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Ray's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   IRC Notos and Mythos

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper M4

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2003

Strengths:    Great traction climbing and going downhill. Very good all around tire for soft, loose conditions.

Weaknesses:    Relatively expensive, packs up easily in softer conditions and lets go of traction without warning. I found that on when going full speed down runs, the border between having traction and not was very abrubt. The tire didn't give much indication that it was about to let go.

Bottom Line:   
Great traction for the intermediate to advanced rider. Soft compound will wear quickly, but I have yet to find a better tire.

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Favorite Trail:   demonstration forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $49.00

Purchased At:   specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   WTB-Moto Raptor

Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by A J a Cross Country Rider from Princeton, NJ USA

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent grip in almost all types of conditions

Weaknesses:    Lots of rolling resistance

Bottom Line:   
This tire grips really well, however i found it to be way too slow for my liking. Rolling resistance is too high and the tires are not very smooth in dry conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones, IRC Mythos.

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel, Mavic Crossmax XL and XTR

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rod Munch a Cross Country Rider from Santa Rosa, Ca

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2003

Strengths:    Light, slightly larger air volume than typical 2.1"

Weaknesses:    Possibly too light: fragile sidewalls

Bottom Line:   
After reading many recommendations from RC in MBA, I decided to try some. I've ridden Mythos' almost exclusively for 3-4 years. Tires looked cool, new low-rebound rubber seemed promising, "large air volume casing" seemed to be about 0.05" wider than a 2.1" Mythos. On my first ride, I got a nasty sidewall tear on a gravel fire road. I fixed the flat, but the sidewall was torn open & the tire ruined, at 18 miles. To Specialized's credit, they took the tires back & refunded my money.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Specialized Online Store

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos K, Panaracer Fire XC Pro, WTB Nanoraptor & Velociraptor

Bike Setup:   K2 Razorback, XT/LX/Race Face

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ian M. a Cross Country Rider from Orlando, Florida

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2003

Strengths:    Great All AroundGrip. Never spun out with these on a climb. Ramped Edge really makes thes fly.

Weaknesses:    Price and weight. The price isnt really that bad for high end tires, but 100$ for two is alot. The weight 9560 grams) might be to much for hardcore weight weenies.

Bottom Line:   
Great Allaround tire for those who still use tubed. Ive raced these in about 6 races and have no complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   Razorback Mountain Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Orange Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Continental explorer pros and Rockster Pros

Bike Setup:   Cananondale F-900

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Geert Biesmans a Cross Country Rider from Zelem, Belgium

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003

Strengths:    Grip

Weaknesses:    Rolling resistance

Bottom Line:   
Incredible high rolling resistance for an all-rounder !
In muddy conditions almost impossible to move !
Certainly not a race-tire.
Very good grip on all surfaces.
Weight rather high (588 gr).

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Michelin XLS/Front S, IRC Mythos, Specialized Control/Master

Bike Setup:   Specialized S-Works M5 HT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Keith Leavitt a Racer from Gunnison, CO, US

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2003

Strengths:    Relatively low rolling resistance for an all-conditions tire, great cornering knobs, excellent all-around traction, high air volume.

Weaknesses:    Medium-Heavy for a race tire; Kind of a weak bead. I'm running Stan's notubes, and getting these things sealed was nearly impossible because the bead is so supple. Wear-out time seems pretty average (compound is medium-soft).

Bottom Line:   
Overall, a pretty fun and inspiring tire. I took these tires to 24 hours of Tuscon last week (super fast hard pack conditions). I'd say that they're at least 90% as fast as my Pythons, as long as you run them at 40 psi or higher. Even at high pressure, they were damp due to the high air volume, and great for the 24 hour format, because they're extremely stable and forgiving (a plus 7 laps in in the dark). I got them on "super buddy-bear discount"; I don't know if I'd be as excited if they cost me 50 bones each. If you're a racer with a second set of hardpack only tires, you can't go wrong with these guys. If you're a trail rider running only one set of sneaks, you can't go wrong here either. Either way, run them with Stan's, and once you're set up right, you'll love 'em.

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Favorite Trail:   RENO/FLAG/DEADMAN'S, Crested Butte CO

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Tune-up, Gunnison

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python air lights, Michelin wildgrippers, older specialized s-works, bontrager jones'

Bike Setup:   Santa cruz superlight, XTR drivetrain, DUKE race, Race face cockpit, easton monkey-carbs, XTR to 517s with notubes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven a Cross Country Rider from Aarschot Belgium

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

Strengths:    comfort, low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    slippery on wet rocks or concrete blocks

Bottom Line:   
Used this tire for the rear. Low rolling resistance, works fine on all surfaces for climbing and cornering. Good grip.
Only spun when climbing up a concrete stair at the end of a muddy climb, which is no more than normal i guess.
I actually love all Specialized tires, Michelin is losing my business..

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Favorite Trail:   Home Town trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Store

Similar Products Used:   just about everything there is from Michelin, Panaracer, Specialized, Ritchey...

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC, Magura HS33, Race Face rings, XT cassete and chain, Carbon lowrise handlebar, shimana M 959 Wheels.

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