Specialized Hardrock'r Tire Tire

4/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $20.00


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Product Description

Mixed terrain tire which leans more to the dirt side with a more aggro tread than our Ground Control. Designed for on and off road applications. Flakjacket puncture resistance.


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by INAPICTTAA a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2012

Strengths:    Grip! (details in the bottom line)

Weaknesses:    Grip! (details in the bottom line)

Bottom Line:   
These tires perform extremely well in:
1) Slightly wet trail
2) Light mud
3) Loose, thick hardpack/sand

These tires perform "okay" (meaning you might have a sketchy second or two, but you won't kill yourself in:
1) Nasty, Gnarly, very thick mud.
2) Loose, thin hardpack/sand
3) The road when it's dry

These tires perform terribly on:
1) The wet road. You will kill yourself even if you are just going to the grocery store half a mile away. When you brake, they lock up because there's no friction between them and the road, then you can't steer and you go sideways. It's happened to me multiple times. No fun.


For the $20 that they costed me, I was amazed at the quality. They do what they're supposed to do well, and if you want a very very inexpensive mountain bike tire for the trail, go for it. You can't really go wrong. The knobs are huge for anyone who hasn't seen them in person. Just remember that they perform fairly poorly on the road. But hey, you aren't hear to read road bike tire review, are you? I gave it 4 chilis because there are, of course, better ones out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Backyard (it isn't officially recognized yet)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Ultimate Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   The stock Bontrager whatarethese's that came stock on my Trek 4300

Bike Setup:   Stock Trek 4300 from 2005 (other than the tires and a rack I put on it)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zephxiii a Weekend Warrior from Fort Wayne, IN

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2011

Strengths:    Fast rolling, good ride (nice and firm structure), great on pavement, good for flat protection, awesome for thin rear tire for climbing, great for pavement and trail use.

Weaknesses:    Large center knob area makes it slip a lot in greasy trail conditions. Confused on the side knob design. It has been scary at times for handling and cornering grip as a front tire.

Bottom Line:   
For the money:

This tire is great if you do a lot of pavement riding but also do some casual but not fast hard cornering trail/dirt riding. It rides really nice, is constructed in a way that makes it solid, and has good flat protection.

I will say that because of it's tread design's flattish tractor like profile, it has been an excellent rear tire that provides a great combination of fast rolling and great climbing traction! I have been very pleased with it in the rear!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Summit City Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FastTrak LK Sport 2.0, Specialized FastTrak LK Control 2.0, Continental Vertical 2.3.

Bike Setup:   1999 Specialized FSR Comp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Florydyan a Cross Country Rider from Port St. Lucie FL

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2011

Strengths:    Inexpensive and a good dirt tire.
Actually, counter to some other comments here I found the cornering traction to be much better than I had expected.


Weaknesses:    Not the greatest tires wear wise.
Oddly, for some reason my front tire wore out faster than my rear one.
I think it was a defect because there were 5 consecutive knobbies that suddenly wore down to a much greater extent than the knobbies on the rest of the tire....this on the FRONT mind you, so it wasn't from locking the brakes and skidding.

I can see the blue colored under layer now on those kobbies now like they had been sheared off...or peeled off.

My back tire has no such problem, but the front is a disappointment.

I ride about 200 miles a week.


Bottom Line:   
Good tires if you don't get one of the bad ones.

I've never had a flat tire with these.

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Favorite Trail:   Riverbend Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   Jupiter Cycles

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hard Rock highly modified.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex321p a Cross Country Rider from Normal IL USA

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2009

Strengths:    it is great for snow

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
great tire for snow it sheads the snow great i love it and would buy more

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Blomigton Cycle and

Similar Products Used:   prowler xt race

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen a Weekend Warrior from Ohio

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2006

Strengths:    Tractor tread does well in deep water when reversed. Good traction when going fast on hard dirt.

Weaknesses:    Hard and dangerous to bank on turns. DON"T DO IT!

Bottom Line:   
Good tire for all around use. You have to rotate them about once a year though. I did have it pop going over some rocks, but that will happen with any tire. This tire is excellent in deep water when reversed. If you just go to your local state park and ride around on those trails it will be fine. Hums on road. Love the tractor tread. Will work for downhillers too. I took it to eastern ohio and ran it down some big hills. Great traction when going above 35 mph.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Montgomery Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   A MTB tire

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hotrock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Erik J. a Weekend Warrior from Dallas/Fort Worth,TX

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2005

Strengths:    It's great at just riding and going fast. Turning is mediocre. Pretty good on dirt at a medium speed. Only had one pinch flat, in the rear, and I used it since 01. But I dont ride it anymore since I got a better bike.

Weaknesses:    SUCKS at wide turn, either fast or slow and is horrible on loose surface! I turned a little on pavement over some sand, fell over and skinned my knee really bad!

Bottom Line:   
Only use it for pavement, fast or slow, medium for dirt, and dont take wide wide turn. But pretty sturdy!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Bicycles INC

Similar Products Used:   None...Bontrager Earl but thats way better.

Bike Setup:   01 4300, crap everything.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Sunny Tampa

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2005

Strengths:    A good tire for "just riding around." Pretty good on all surfaces: no buzz in pavement, but enough chunk to get through the stretches of sugar sand that plague Florida. Rolling resistance is good.

Weaknesses:    Poor directional stability on loose surfaces. Remember how I said it'll get you through the sand, well you'll be all over the place doing it. Cornering on loose dirt or sand is also entertaining.

Bottom Line:   
Good choice for the back on a bike that'll be riding paved and hardpack trails. Good enough to get you through anything. Too treacherous for the front in this land of sand and mud. Perfect for my road/park bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything not paved

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   University cycle

Similar Products Used:   Gee, it's a bike tire. Lots of 'em.

Bike Setup:   Steel Hoo Koo E Koo. The fun and commute bike.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jake a Cross Country Rider from New bedford, Ma. USA

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2004

Strengths:    like the name says ...in the hard packed terrain this tire holds tight...wears well...

Weaknesses:    well basically opposite the above..when ya hit loose or soft terrain ... this thing slides like its on ice .. makes you take extreme care around loose cornewrs..

Bottom Line:   
this tire is very terrain specific use it for what its intended for an you'll be very happy.. if where you ride is sandy or just loose dirt forget it it'll slow you down..

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   tioga pshyco...(awsome tire wish they were still made)...hutchinson aligator..

Bike Setup:   stock 2001 k2 razerback 4.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by larry a Cross Country Rider from royal oak,mich.

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2003

Strengths:    long lasting tread compound

Weaknesses:    none so far.

Bottom Line:   
$1.00 clearance price/exc. tire for pavement+the trail.low rolling resistance and 85lb. pressure does the job.hard to find but worth the search.

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Favorite Trail:   all that have NO cars-trucks

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   dicks sporting goods

Similar Products Used:   specialized crossroad,

Bike Setup:   NRS giant,sxR fork

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