Specialized Captain Armadillo Elite Tire

3.5/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Armadillo Elite technology
  • Casing: 120 TPI
  • Bead: Aramid
  • Center Compound: 70a
  • Shoulder Compound: 60a
  • Butyl wrapped bead


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sundog7 a Cross Country Rider from Buena Vista, CO USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2010

Strengths:    Best flat protection available without Stan's. Strong casing and long-lasting tread (I disagree with another review here). Smooth handling on most trails.

Weaknesses:    2.0 inch width is low-volume (stiff) but light. 2.2 width is more flexible but heavier. Stiffness causes instability on loose, deep gravel/rocks. Otherwise holds predictably on most trails.

Bottom Line:   
I wouldn't use the 2.0 again because it is lower volume, stiff and doesn't hold in loose rocks or sand. The 2.2 is a good all-around tire and holds well on most trails - but not real deep loose trails. If you ride reasonable trails and want good flat protection, it's a good tire. Or use Stan's and get the non-Armadillo version.

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Absolute Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Conti vertical, Conti Mountain King, Conti Explorer Pro, Maxxis Crossmark, Ignitor, etc.

Bike Setup:   Titus Racer-X 26er full-suspension and Eriksen 29er hardtail have used both 2.0 and 2.2 Captain's.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tfindlay a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2009

Strengths:    Good mud shedding, goood traction in loose terrain. The wide spaced knobs are great. They're also fairly light.

Weaknesses:    2Bliss sucks and not really compatible with Mavic UST rims. It took alot of attempts to get mine to seal up and they were always leaking.

Bottom Line:   
Tires are have good sized knobs but arent really UST so be prepared to put tubes in. Side walls are thin, but I've had no problem with thorns or tears.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop in NZ

Similar Products Used:   Larsen TT's

Bike Setup:   Giant Hardtail /w Extras

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by flyingfish a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2008

Strengths:    ~Great traction here in the desert Southwest.
~Great puncture resistance against goat-heads and small thorns.
~Satisfaction guaranteed by specialized


Weaknesses:    ~Short wear life of the tread
~Tire had a delamination at the tire bead after about 200 miles making them unridable
~had to warranty them(see above)


Bottom Line:   
This is a good tire for its traction and puncture resistance but it did not hold up will for me overall. The tire rubber, one day during a ride, started to peel off of the inner structure of the tire exposing the inside threading. the delam was about 4x2 inches. The front one started to do the same thing, I then noticed. I thought this was a bit sketchy since I don't think I abused it any. The local shop here was good about replacing them with another tire though. But they made a point of saying this was not a widespread problem with the tire and reluctantly agreed to warranty them nonetheless. Which ticked me off some since this was clearly a defect. I would not buy them again. I need a tire that is WAY more durable. It could have been a fluke, yes, but both tires? Specialized had one chance to gain a new customer. They blew it. These are expensive tires that should last a long time. 3 chilis all around.

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Favorite Trail:   redington pass

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   specialized online

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain slayer lots of upgrades due to worn out parts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jon_wallace a Cross Country Rider from Moab, UT

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance. Great traction. Good cornering capability. Nice solid feel...even in sand.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
I wanted a tire to replace the Specialized Resolution Pro tires that came with the bike. I thought those were a great tire until I rode the Captain...it is definitely a big improvement across the board. I primarily ride less than 20 MPH and want solid control at those speeds. This tire does the job. A very nice riding trail tire with improved control over the Resolution Pro.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Rim Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Resolution Pro 26 x 2.1

Bike Setup:   2007 Stumpjumper FSR Expert

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