Specialized Dirt Baldy Tire

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.95


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Specialized Dirt Baldy


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2002

Strengths:    FAST! Surprisingly grippy, puncture resistant, durable and light. Foldable, kevlar bead. Rated to 80PSI. Long wearing--5,000 kilometers (over 3,000 miles) across China's wide variety of surfaces referred to as "roads" before the sidewall blew; every kilometer over-weighted and over-inflated by 10PSI. FAST!

Weaknesses:    You can get through mud, loose gravel and sand, but you wouldn't want to live there. This tire doesn't "stick to the road," unless the road is asphalt or hard-pack, but that's the point...

Bottom Line:   
Everybody on this list appears to race, or go nutty on fast, choppy downhills, or bury themselves up to the bottom bracket in mud. Well, here's a view from an adventure cycle tour rider.

Oh, I'm so depressed that Specialised stop making this tire a couple years ago. I've been searching in vain for a replacement for an upcoming tour.

This tire is so FAST! 72kph max speed downhill on asphalt. One 270km day, full touring load, with 45kph tail wind much of the day balanced by 30 km of the ugliest section of road construction I've ever had to ride.

The Dirt Baldy is essentially a slick with surprisingly grippy off-centre knobbies. I over-inflated this puppy on the rear wheel to about 90PSI and completely removed all tire sloppiness, even with the monstrous weight of a 90lb load in the BOB (rated for 70lb) plus 16lbs of water in the Ortliebs, plus several additional lbs in the rack-top bag. I could stand-up for climbs and the tourqing BOB wouldn't overwhelm the Baldy.

Previously, I'd been riding the Bontrager Revolt SS on the rear and getting out of the saddle was a no-no as the tire's sloppiness caused the BOB to wobble, sending torque right through the frame. It was also a touch unstable at higher speeds on long paved downhills.

I kept the front Revolt on the bike, over-inflated to about 75PSI. (BTW: It was the Revolt that got the majority of the punctures.) Me, the Brodie, the BOB and the Baldy reached 72kph (45mph), averaging between 55 & 65 kph on a massive smoothly paved mountain downhill into Lanzhou, China, completely stable, for about 35 kilometers. Only touched the brakes for sharp corners.

Wish I'd bought a dozen of them. Highly recommended design for MTB tourers who like to mix logging roads, pavement and single-track.

This love-affair didn't end with the flight home. When not touring, I get off on good cross-country rides and these were great to good as a rear tire in most surface conditions, including mud. Just watch your cornering speed in slick conditions.

Cheers,

p.

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Favorite Trail:   Cut Yer Bars, Whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Bike Cellar, North Vancouver

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Revolt SS

Bike Setup:   Brodie Rocket pulling 90lb loaded BOB trailer with a pair of 4-litre (1 gallon) Ortlieb water bags on the pannier racks. (Filled only for desert crossings and in the evenings before setting up camp.)

See http://www.synaptic.bc.ca/gallery/rocket.htm for pix of the full load.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jasper a Cross Country Rider from nijmegen, Holland

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2001

Strengths:    cheap (2 for 25 bucks)
fast


Weaknesses:    looks
they're not perfectly straight
made my steering tremble when sitting up (i think)


Bottom Line:   
These tires are quite fast. Never rode semislicks before, so no comparison. I've spend an entire weekend on the roads and they performed very well, except for the trembling in my steer when sitting up, very uncomfortable when descending.
I don't like the little yellow line: looks cheap

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Similar Products Used:   bontrager jonges

Bike Setup:   trek 7000 with selle italia transam saddle,xtr brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Weekend Warrior from Nyc

Date Reviewed: December 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Weight ... Durability ... and Design not to mention very very portable


Weaknesses:    
Not the best conrering tires


Bottom Line:   
Great semi slicks ... they do make noise when cornering but climbs alot better than they look... meant for hardpack and moist ground ... anything losser and you'll be walking through the trail ... These tires are the lightest tires around peroid ... they feel lighter than tires liners and hold up really well ... so worth the buck... but spend alittle more if you don't mind adding alittle weight over these with the huchinson golds

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
bontrager jones, revolt, huchinson gold


Bike Setup:   
trek y3, spins, sx-r, arch rival 50's, ect

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Art a Cross-Country Rider from Adirondack Mtns.,N.Y.

Date Reviewed: May 8, 1999

Strengths:    
Lightweight.


Weaknesses:    
Side knobs too aggressive-noisy. Only come in one size (1.9). Not as smooth and tight on cornering as Geax Hubi, and doesn't grip as well.


Bottom Line:   
This is not a bad semi-slick. Much better handling and lighter than the Michelin Sprint and most others. The 1.9 size was o.k., but had me wishing for a narrower tire on the road. Watch out if you have 'em pumped up too hard -over 60 lbs.- and hit some gravel or loose stuff! Although I'm spoiled with the performance of the Geax Hubi's, (see my review), I would take the Dirt Baldy as my second choice in a semi. Very good, but not excellent.

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Almost all other name-brand semi's.


Bike Setup:   
C'dale Super V 900; Cane Creek WAM's...

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