a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010
Strengths: Great aggressive all rounder. Not the lightest out there, and maybe not as tacky as the Super Tacky Maxxis compounds, but grippy in a wide variety of conditions, very predictable, and excellent cornering bite traction. I fully expected to get rid of them on ride #1 and swap them for some High Roller Super Tackys but now I'm looking for another set of these.
These are probably the best tires I have ever ridden. So smooth and they have great grip in very loose corners, sand slick-rock pretty much anything you throw at them. Great fr/dh tire because they stick so good on landings.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C, Kenda Nevegal Stick-E.
Bike Setup: SX Trail
from Phoenix, AZ
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2007
Strengths: This review is for the new '08 Chunder Control 2.2 2bliss tire.
Great grip on the rocks. As a front tire it holds a high speed line with great confidence. Big volume tire for a 2.2 (like most knobby Specialized tires I've tried)
Weaknesses: Maybe not a great roller. This is compared to my worn down Conti Vert Pro 2.35 tire that I had on the rear. This is not really a weakness, it just is what it is. My Conti seems to have harder rubber, plus is was worn down so I do notice a difference in effort needed to get up the short steeps.
I run these both front and back now at 30psi. A bit more of a challenge effort wise on the ups but the rear traction is great. The type of riding I do i the Phoenix area means I'll gladly give up a bit of rolling resistance for a sure footed tire. This fits that bill.
I was running a 2bliss 2.4 Enduro on front but this tire scared the crap out of me on the way off camber slick rock areas of Moab, like Bartlett wash. So I thought I'd lood for something with a slightly more rounded profie and just a bit smaller volume. This Chunder works for that. I liked it so much that I went back the next day to get one for the rear. Tire holds a line very well at speed on loose over hardpack, which is all I ride locally. It's smaller than the Enduro but big enough. In fact it is every bit as big as the 2.3 Conti is replaced on the rear.
I think this 'Chunder Contro' is a scaled down version of the d/h Chunder tire. If you're looking for a big knobbied tire thats not 'too big', this might work for you.
I'm a little worried about the sidewalls as they seem thin. I ride extremely rocky trails, but so far so good!
Similar Products Used: Many knobbie tires not meant for speed. Nevegal, the Vert, Enduro 2.4 ust, etc.
Bike Setup: All mountain set up, whatever that means.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2007
Strengths: meaty treads, roll well, hook up
Weaknesses: a bit heavy
was using IRC claw comp on rear. Probably my favorite rear tire ever. The Chunder Control, which i am told replaced the Pro, is a very generous 2.2. I rolls well on pavment and hard pack and was nice match in cornering to my 2.4 WTB Mutano in the front. I am running Mavic 223s and it got a bit squirmy when under inflated, but that is to be expected with a narrow rim. In a perfect world I would ask for slightly less volume and the same knob height.
Similar Products Used: WTB, IRC, Conti, Onza, Trek, Bontrager
Bike Setup: 00 FSR xc, x-link, bombers, a push'ed r3 (awesome) and lots of other goodies
a Cross Country Rider
from Glen Ellen, CA USA
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2007
Strengths: Tough side walls, super thorn proof with just tire liners, long lasting tread, rugged beefy tire. This is by far the best tire I have used on my bike so far. I usually use Stans NoTubes, but with this tire I'm just running liners because they are really that tough! And OMG I have completely fallen in love with them. They rides so well. I paid just under $60 scones to have a pair delived to my door off of Ebay. They are 60 ply and heavy duty. They did add to the weight of my bike ride a bit, but well worth it.
Weaknesses: They are heavy ply tires that weigh a bit. I don't know if I would really even call that a weakness though.
The best tire I have ridden around on so far. WTG Specialized! The Chunder spews like no other.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Resolution Pro, Serfas Burners, Specialized Fast Trak Pro...Nothing compares to this Chunder tire.
Bike Setup: 2007 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert
a Weekend Warrior
from Stamford, CT
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007
Strengths: Super long Wear, Aggressive side nobs, and strong side walls
LONG WEAR TIME. I rode this tire in the beginning of 06 around philly (mostly urban) with occasional trips to the Whis (trails) and these dominated on pavement and stairs. I rode mostly urban until late spring until diablo opened then rode there almost every other weekend. Tires held up. Prevented flats better than the minions. During the fall i rode mostly flat cross country-ish trails and still gripping well. Now, finally the rear tire is in need or replacing. The front, however, still has considerable knobbage and is moving to the back. (i admit that i skid a little)
Anyways, these tires last a very very long time (blows the mobster away) has the strength of the minions, and a similar feel to nevegals just a little quieter. Very little rolling resistance on the dirt. On the pavement however... like most knobbies, it'll be a workout.