Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport Tire

3.79/5 (14 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 60 TPI Casing
  • 70a Compound
  • Wire Bead
  • LK-Low knob


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Darren Engstrom

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2014

Strengths:    Decent ride and roll. Seems to last quite a while: slow on the wear and tear.

Weaknesses:    Dicey on loose gravel or hard pan dirt. Not very puncture proof, so will opt for another tire.

Bottom Line:   
This has been a decent tire for 4,000 miles now (mostly street and hard pan dirt). Would wish for more grip on the turn or various surfaces, but how choosy should one be unless in comp.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GRANT191

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2012

Strengths:    roll very fast, grip very well on the dry hard packed trails when not braking!

Weaknesses:    suck in loose gravel and sand and slide when braking hard into a corner on hardpack surfaces. not the best traction when climbing loose hills

Bottom Line:   
only ridden these for 60 miles so far and like them on the dry hardpacked trails! my LBS had them for $30 each for a 29er tire so had to try them. i'm going 4 chilis since thus far they seem good

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rusheleven a Cross Country Rider from Independence, Missouri, United States of America

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012

Strengths:    Light Weight for the being a steel bead tire. Very predictable slide out when turning. Maintains speed in the hardpack. Long life expectancy (mine held up for 2 seasons). Price.

Weaknesses:    Not worth your time if you are in a constantly muddy environment. On occasion I would want more traction when on slick rock.

Bottom Line:   
The tire holds up to abuse and is fairly fast. Pretty much what I'm looking for in a XC style tire. Only time I am ever left hurting is if its muddy. If that is going to be the case I run it in great combination with the Specialized Captain on the front for just a bit more traction/control. These tires are also at a great price point.

The tires are easy to get on/off on most rims. (Huge plus when changing a flat on the trail).

I would recommend this tire (or its lighter folding bead brothers) to anyone looking for a solid XC style tire!

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Favorite Trail:   Will's Wander

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Bike Stop Bicycle Sh

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Captain

Bike Setup:   On several bikes. I keep coming back to this tire.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by clj766 a Cross Country Rider from charlotte nc usa

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2011

Strengths:    excellent traction on everything I have encountered, fast rolling, seem to climb over slick roots no problem
setting them up tubeless was easy no leaks with stans of course


Weaknesses:    none as of yet

Bottom Line:   
good tire I would buy again

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Favorite Trail:   byt

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   captain

Bike Setup:   29er xc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nator a Cross Country Rider from Bedford, Texas, USA

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2011

Strengths:    Light weight. Dual compound rubber. Tubeless. Good on hardpack and decent on loamy and loose trails. Hold air fine with Stans.

Weaknesses:    Not good for wet and muddy conditions, but not made for that. Not the best for technical hill climbing, but not made for that either.

Bottom Line:   
Fast Trak is very good and fast for single-track cornering, accelerating, and very steep hill climbing on hardpack and rock; and fairly good on dry loamy and dry loose trails. I don't ride that fast on staight-ways, but I really push the speed thru corners and tight trees, so I brake, corner, and accelerate hard. These light tubeless tires make that easier (lower inertia) and they still grip well, especially when run with a bit lower pressure (advantage of tubeless). Slows me down on the straights, but so what. I don't ride in muddy conditions, period, since trails in North Texas are only muddy for a few days after occasional hard rains.

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Favorite Trail:   GVL Northshore, Sansom Park, River Legacy

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Inc. Bedford

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Captain 2Bliss, Maxxis Crossmark tubeless. WTB tires tube tires.

Bike Setup:   2007 Cannondale Rush3 with upgrades. Fast Trak LK Control 2Bliss 26X2.00 on rear, Captain Armidillo Elite 2Bliss 26.20 on front, with Stans tire sealant. Mavic ST Disc wheels.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by KFanney a Cross Country Rider from Lynchburg VA

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2010

Strengths:    Great for dry hard packed conditions. Very little rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    Front tire washes out in lose conditions. Does not do well in muddy, rooty, rocky conditions. These tires came on my 2010 Rockhopper Expert 29er. I, have Captains on my 08 FSR XC and they are a lot better all around tire.

Bottom Line:   
These tires are ok, not great, but ok. If you ride a lot of hard packed trails or on pavement, these tires will work for you. I, will ride them a little while longer, then switch to Captains or to a set of Specialized Purgatory's.

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Favorite Trail:   A Walk In The Park @ Candlers Mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Blackwater Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Captains

Bike Setup:   2010 Rockhopper Expert 29er "COMPLETELY UPGRADED" XT M770 Crankset, XT M770 Front Derailleur, Sram X9 Shifters,Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic Brakes, Sram X9 Rear Derailleur, Sram 990 Chain, Reba SL Front Shock, Chris King Headset, Shimano 12-36 Cassette, Crankbrothers SL Eggbeaters.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by xcman a Cross Country Rider from killingly

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2010

Strengths:    fast smooth lighter

Weaknesses:    not good on wet turain. if u clip a rock and it kicks u out into mudd ur going down

Bottom Line:   
ok tire

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Favorite Trail:   old furnase

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   danielson adventure

Similar Products Used:   umm not sure really


Bike Setup:   2010 hardrock disc but right now im riding IRC mtyhos and better i would say but evey bout has a deffrent riding style im a faster dont stop riding till u hit a tree and if u havent hit a tree ur not ridng hard and fast enought

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alstalpha a Cross Country Rider from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2009

Strengths:    large volume, light weight, reasonable price, amazing durability

Weaknesses:    feels a little sketchy at 50+psi on anything loose, don't bother trying them on mud, or on loose trails with big particulate(ie. bigger than pea gravel)-dust is fine

Bottom Line:   
a tiny fraction more traction than a crossmark, but about the same ammount slower than a crossmark. I roll with a fast track lk on the front and a crossmark on the rear. I've used it for basically everthing from rocks, to roots to hard pack. It's performance gets better as the trail gets closer to hardpack. However, don't expect it to rail flat or off camber corners when it gets to be loose over hardpack. The sidewalls are far more durable than on a crossmark. I roll with 35-45psi (I'm 170)and haven't gotten a flat (other than slow leaks) in 1.5 years. Good race tire! Good training tire!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   kenda short tracker, kenda nevegal, maxxis crossmark, bontranger, and a few other fast rolling tires

Bike Setup:   08 specalized epic expert, with a few more carbon upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by scooter498 a Racer from Canton, MA

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2009

Strengths:    fast rolling, great replacement for the old green michelin wildgripper comps that everyone used to race. nice and light

Weaknesses:    if there are any, it would be extreme muddy conditions. maybe hucking off moss-covered trees in British Columbia. I don't think these are tires you can just "forget" are there when tearing through downhill corners.

Bottom Line:   
excellent race tire and good all around tire. They might not grip as well under the most extreme weather or trail conditions, but for 90% of the stuff out there, they have been great. Esp. if you adjust the air pressure/use stan's etc.

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Favorite Trail:   blue hills

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Similar Products Used:   many many tires over 15 years of riding/racing.

Bike Setup:   2008 specialized epic expert, sram x.0 rear, x.9 shifters and front derailleur, crossmax ST wheels, juicy ultimate disc brakes. I run the fast trak LKs front and back

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeffkill a Downhiller from Concord, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2009

Strengths:    Rolls fast, light weight.

Weaknesses:    Dont ride them on anything other than dry/hard pack trails. Not really a valid complaint though, cause these tires werent intended for wet/mud.

Bottom Line:   
These tires came stock on my XC hard tail. They roll fast and corner great, as long as the trail is dry. The second you touch any grease, you're done.

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Favorite Trail:   too many

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Too many


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Henry from Houston a Weekend Warrior from Houston

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2008

Strengths:    Great all around tire, light weight

Weaknesses:    No specific strength. When I go out I'm either going on the road (got some Nimbus's for that) or i'm going to the trails (I've only swapped to the Resolutions for that). Fast Tracks don't do nearly as well in sandy downhill turns as the Resolutions, or roll as smooth when I'm riding in the city as the Nimbus.

Bottom Line:   
Good if you can't change a tire, but...learn to change your tires!

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Favorite Trail:   Jack Brooks Home Stretch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on my 07 Rockho


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Daniel from North Bend

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2008

Strengths:    They are fast on gravel, road, hardpack, and downhill. They are also lightweight. good for turning.

Weaknesses:    Not so much grip, whenever i ride up this steep hill by my house i spin the back tire.

Bottom Line:   
Good tires for the price if you just do basic xc stuff and not all mountain.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on '08 Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   '08 Rockhopper with FR rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by striker a Weekend Warrior from Monterey, CA USA

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2007

Strengths:    My S-works version LK's are super fast, super duper light weight....and ohhh sooo smooth! They have excellent grip for their size.

Weaknesses:    Not as grippy as Resolutions or Nevegals....but not too far off either. Face it....just not as big or as knobby as other tires.

Bottom Line:   
These tires are excellent for those who want a super fast, super lightweight tire that has good traction. These tires pedal smooth and will make you want to accelerate harder and you'll not only find yourself riding faster and longer...but you won't be as tired after a long trek. I'm using the S works versions and their riding on Crossmaxs. As far as traction goes....they aren't the grippiest I've used...but they definately can grip with anything in their class....if not exceed them. Traction is very good considering how small the knobs are...i.e. LK's.

These tires definately rip and make me a better rider. They suprised me as far as how well they grip on hardpack, loose hardpack, and even sand. Don't let the small knobs and slightly skinny width fool you. Don't get me wrong a wider tire does have better grip (Resolutions) but for their size....these grip excellent! The slight loss of traction that I don't get versus a bigger tire is outweighed by how light and fast these guys are.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Resolution, standard knob Fast Trak pro's, Kenda Kharma L3R pro stick e, Kenda Nevegals stick e, and too many more to remember.

Bike Setup:   '06 Stumpjumper FSR....Fox Floats...Mavic Crossmax

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin a Cross Country Rider from Rochester

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2007

Strengths:    Rolls really well, good grip on rocks, tough tire and can take some hits. Great on hard pack trails and some mid wet conditions, Gets good grip on wet clay.

Weaknesses:    It could use a little more bit when making fast corners on down hills. I had a little sliding during a XC race this fall( I was going about 20 mph maybe more). You need to play with the air pressure to get it right for the corners, I run 42 in the back and 40 in the front. I race Clydesdale class. I am about 230.

Bottom Line:   
I have really grown to like this tire. Once I figure out the air pressure thing and also learned how to corner better in general.I ride with very fast riders and had to learn how to take corners faster to keep up.When climbing you have to make sure you got enough weight on the bike to keep it hooked up. It does really well on rocky trails(Michigan Tech in the UP of Michigan)It has handle everything I have throw at it very well, it is very surprising being that it has such low knobs, from the older style Fast Tracs.

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Favorite Trail:   Addison Oaks

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on my 08 Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   08 Rockhopper, Rhino Lite rims 36 spoke

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