Specialized 03 Roller Pro Tire Tire

3/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.99


Product Description

A beefy, burly, dry condition downhill/dual slalom tire that eats dirt and rocks for breakfast. Has a special slow rebound compound for maximum grip in even the worst situations.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Willie Wenzlau a Downhiller from B.I. Washington, US

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2005

Strengths:    Really tong lasting treads if your a light rider and dont skid like a little dumbass....big knobs..

Weaknesses:    Tire gets cracks in the rubber, the rubber is soft on the inside walls.

Bottom Line:   
If you arent a heavy rider who doesnt SKID...then this will work out as a good all around tire for downhill/freeride/kinda DJing...and way they're good.

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Favorite Trail:   No Joke/Freigh Train

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Freind didnt want them..

Similar Products Used:   2.3 Tiogas..

Bike Setup:   Kona Scrap with MRP, mag 30, azonic stem....whatnot

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Herrin, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2004

Strengths:    These tires do grip very well, and they are lightweight.

Weaknesses:    I've rode with these tires for 3 and a half months. Within the first ride, I ripped off a couple of tread. Now at 3 and a half months, I've ripped off probably a dozen of the tread on the back, now I'm also ripping them off on the front. The sidewalls are very thin, ever since I've put them on my bike, I've had flats almost every ride. For what I paid for these tires, they weren't worth it.

Bottom Line:   
These tires are horrible. I'm getting tired of replacing tubes every couple of weeks. Overly priced!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   $40 each

Bike Setup:   2003 Specialized Enduro Expert

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lee F from Tucson,AZ

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004

Strengths:    Great cornering

Weaknesses:    knobs came off back tire in 2 rides,very very weak sidewall, tube blew through sidewall as well......

Bottom Line:   
bad buy........for 50 bucks each I should get more than 3 rides.......oh yea these tires were used for XC riding.....dont buy........

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Sabino Cycles


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dev a Downhiller from Los Altos,CA

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2003

Strengths:    Might be good for roadies??? They were so-so on smooth hardpack. The only strength is that Specialized realized how bad these sucked and did an awesome redesign for 2004.

Weaknesses:    These tires can't grip at all. Horrible in any type of wet terrain. I tried all types of tire pressures to get these things to hook up, no luck. The sidewalls are weak so low pressure is bad. The tread doesn't clean well either, just keeps balling up.

Bottom Line:   
DON'T BUY THE 2003 Rollers!!!!! Get the '04s instead. The '04s are the exact opposite. Give the '03s to some beginner who won't see mud or any loose dirt or use them on a campus bike. The '03 Roller Pros are the worse tire I have ever ridden, they made the BigHit feel unsteady in many technical lines. Once I got these tires off the bike lived up to its potential.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   On bike

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire DH Pro, '04 Specialized Roller Pro, WTB Velociraptor, Maxxis Highrollers.

Bike Setup:   '03 BigHit Expert, stock except pedals (Easton Cullys) and it now has '04 Roller Pros.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Craig a Cross Country Rider from Durham, North Carolina

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2003

Strengths:    They do grip well. But after the second ride, I had all ready tore off some of the tread.

Weaknesses:    More like "Roller Slow." I can't that the sidewalls on a tire could be so thin. I've had flats every ride with an average of 60+ psi. The bead on the tire is pretty weak too. I folded one over and it blew off my front rim. Never had that happen before.

Bottom Line:   
I have a friend that weighs 145 and is the king of smooth. He rides a hard tail with these things pumped up to 90 psi. He doesn't get flats. I come in at 195 and can have my graceful days, but on most drops or gaps I'm a little bullish. If you're like my friend, give'em a shot. But if you're like me and you want to have something more covering your back, look somewhere else.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   The bike that I have these on is a Schwin 4-banger that I have set up for urban assult and free-riding.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Michael a Downhiller from Reno

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2003

Strengths:    good tred design, grip well

Weaknesses:    seriously lame sidewalls, they beyond suck, paper thin and allow pinch flats like it's st. patty's day

Bottom Line:   
don't buys these, go with a serious tire like maxxis or intense and spend the extra money, you'll end up spending it on tubes if you get the specialized anyway.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   maxxis high roller, intense 909, panaracer fire


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott a Downhiller from Ellensburg

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2003

Strengths:    Great cornering once you get used to it. It feels a little crappy if you have too much pressure in it. Run w/ about 30 psi and it feels great. I think they look pretty cool too.

Weaknesses:    Sidwall got a huge gash in it right away in my back tire. Kinda weak, but i'll take it cus I don't like super heavy tires

Bottom Line:   
Good tire, but I think I'll have to go with the Tioga tires for this winter.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   the shop I work at

Similar Products Used:   Tioga DH

Bike Setup:   Bighit expert/ jr. T, stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Carey a Downhiller from Denver, Colorado, USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2003

Strengths:    really corners well, very grippy, makes you take the turns harder

Weaknesses:    I don't know none yet

Bottom Line:   
this is a really great tire because it turns really amazing

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Favorite Trail:   porcupine rim

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   specialized I forget what but they were worse

Bike Setup:   stock specialized P2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trl Lvr from Palmdale, CA

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2003

Strengths:    You won't believe the grip.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent Tire. Absolutely the best I've ever ridden on. I'm rating the 2.3 version that I have on my Turner XCE. I wouldn't call this a downhill tire. More like a big trail tire.

Let me start by saying that I have never liked Specialized tires before. Through the years I rode many tires (too many) and always ended up back at Panaracer Fire XC pro 2.1. But I wanted a bigger tire for my new XCE. Through MTBR I narrowed it down to the Conti Vertical Pro. But my local bike shop didn't have them They had the big S Roller Pro.

Anyway, these tires stick even better than my Fire XC pros. For example, when hitting a rock on the side at speed, my Fire XC's would glance off. These tires just climb right over. And on the downhill, the big, soft lugs just bite in and grip like crazy.

I weigh 185 lbs and run then at a low 30 psi. I tried 30 with my XC pros, but they did not have the volume and pinch flatted. The Roller Pros have not hit the rims once. A friend of mine tried my bike yesterday on some rediculously steep trails, and he couldn't believe the difference from his tires - which were a 2.2 tire from the big S.

I believe the awesome traction is due a winning combo of the big lugs, the low durometer rubber, the large volume, and the ability to run at such low pressures.

Try a pair on your bike. I used to be a weight weenie, but after seeing what I can do with this much traction, I will never compromise again!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro (best 2.1 tire), Trailblasters (crap), Hutchunson Scorpions (not as good as the Fire XC Pros), Explorer pros (not good grip on steep climbs in the deeper stuff in dry CA), IRC mythos XC, and various other Specialized which I disliked.

Bike Setup:   Turner XCE with all the trimmings.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Woodland Park

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2003

Strengths:    The tire is very good in all conditions.

Weaknesses:    None yet, and it's been a long time

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome tire! I have used it in everything imaginable. It has never flatted or dumed me off. I have taken it off big drops with no problems. I have gone on hard stuff, lose stuff, even snow! It has worked great in all three. It seems to work better the worse the conditions get. I would reccomend it for anyone who needs a generaly large front tire. 5 flamin terds

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Favorite Trail:   Rainbow Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Team Telecycle

Similar Products Used:   Team control, rockster


Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper disc, Intense rear, fox float 100rlc. Everything else stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by suntourusa a Cross Country Rider from Tennessee

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2003

Strengths:    Awesome traction. These tires clear mud really well. They are some of the best tires I have tried in the mud.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, expensive if bought retail

Bottom Line:   
Great tire to buy when the price comes down

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Favorite Trail:   Palmer Park, CO

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   Panracer Fire Pro DH

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC, Avid Disk Brakes, Race Face Cranks, Kore b-52 Stem

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