Specialized Rockster Pro Tire

3.1/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $44.99


Product Description

Designed with World Champion Marga Fullana to deliver a lightweight, low rolling resistance semi-knobby tire at an incredible value.


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian Gilbert a Downhiller from Corvallis, Or, USA

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2005

Strengths:    There are none. Don't listen to any of the good reviews. Do they ride on trails?

Weaknesses:    Zero traction. Useless in mud.

Bottom Line:   
DON'T BUY THESE!!! I was too lazy to switch them out after I bought my bike (they came with it), and I regret it

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Favorite Trail:   McDonnald Forest

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Rockhopper A1 comp

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Genital Apparatus a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2004

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance. Very light. Good on pavement and hardpack. Okay on gravel, but not so good in tight, fast corners.

Weaknesses:    Practically knobless. Terrible on, sand, rocks, roots, water, and snow (basically, anything other than flat pavement or hardpack). Sidewalls are very soft, but they weren't designed for trials.

Bottom Line:   
If you're a commuter I can see you wanting to use this tire. If you're an XC'er who's just out to do some fire roads, then these will probably be fine. However, if you're out to ride on any type of adverse terrain then forget about these. Definitely not recommended for trials use.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban Trials

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Duke's On Queen

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kinetics.

Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized Hardrock.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bike-athan frazier a Weekend Warrior from tampa, fk

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2003

Strengths:    fast on pavement. i commute to school over pavement, some dirt , and broken beer bottles. it handles this great.

Weaknesses:    unfortunately i also ride trails, too. these absolutlely suck here on florida trails. i don't ubderstand people who say this tire is goos in sand and corners like its on rails. not true at all.

Bottom Line:   
don't buy these unless you need some tires for a commuter.

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Favorite Trail:   Belleview

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   velociraptor 2.1

Bike Setup:   stock specialized hardrock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Low climbing traction
Low cornering traction
Low braking traction


Bottom Line:   
These are low rolling resistance, lightweight tires best suited for people who ride on sidewalks and rough pavement. They would actually be a pretty decent slickrock tire for use in Moab. If you ever see moisture, sand, gravel, rocks or loose dirt, then avoid these tires like the plague. The people that gave these tires a good rating have obviously never used a good tire before. Really. They really are that bad.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Bicylce Chain

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro, Continental Explorer Pro, Ritchey ZED

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR Disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff s. a Cross Country Rider from harrisburg

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2002

Strengths:    smooth rolling, good on rocky singletrack, good high speed gravel road downhills , carves turns in gravel

Weaknesses:    dry had pack, dirt, gravel only. not a sand or mud tire

Bottom Line:   
I ran this tire in typical Pa rocks, dirt hadpack at speed
and it did all very well, except for early morning dew slick coating on slickrock and sand at vertical climbing angles. It's round profile and high side knobs held on gravel downhills and carved turns at 35-45 mph with aplomb.
The light weight made efficient spinning effortless and the miles of rocks we covered attests to it's toughness.
I really only have one ride under my belt, but with the
variety of terrain in that 70 miles and the fast down hills
as well as miles of picking through rock fields, I say this
tire works as promised. Very fast on open hardpack.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Similar Products Used:   ritchey z-max, avocet mid pack, team master

Bike Setup:   kitespeed hardtail, total rigid ride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matthew Clark a Cross Country Rider from Spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2002

Strengths:    The Rockster Pro tire has very little rolling resistance...it is fast and responsive. It felt good at different tire pressures. Good for hard pack, fire roads and flat rock terrain.

Weaknesses:    The Rockster Pro didn't perform well in mud or sand or gravely situations. It loaded up with mud making it more like a slick tire sending me into some serious surfing mode through hairy single track. It washed out cornering in sand frequently.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line here is use this tire when commuting or when you are on fast, non-technical trails when it is bone dry. Stay out of the sand or loose dirt. If they come stock on your bike (as they did mine) switch them out before the bike leaves the shop.

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Favorite Trail:   Rattlesnake Trails in Missoula, MT

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Wheelsport, Spokane

Similar Products Used:   Ground Controls, Enduros, and a few others I can't recall.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp with Hayes Discs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Ann Arbr, MI

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2002

Strengths:    It is a fast tire

Weaknesses:    It seems kinda of like a misfit tire to me. It could be a semi-slick, or a mud tire. Its inbetween the two, which leaves it in no mans land. I rode today in wet sand (hardpack) and it the tread got filled quickly, while on the fast flats there seems to be something holding it back.

Bottom Line:   
Like I said above I feel it is a misfit with no really ideal terrain. It is fast, don't get me wrong, but it can be improved. Bad side that really is annoying is that the treads get filled up way to easily, and then you don't get any grip. This is an okay tire; nothing too fantastic.

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Favorite Trail:   Vasa

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   On 2 Wheels

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Revolts, can't remember the rest.

Bike Setup:   Stock 2002 SJ Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Saucy Boy from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2001

Strengths:    Fast, smooth, light, corners great, hooks up on everything but loose dirt and mud

Weaknesses:    you can't have a mud tire that's this fast.

Bottom Line:   
For riding in So. AZ (rocks, hardpack, sharp rock, sand, marbles, slickrock, gravel, more rocks) this is the best tire I have ever used. Very smooth and fast. The soft "pro" compound has great traction on the rocks, yet the durability amazes me. The biggest advantage of this tire over the Nanoraptor is the aggressive side knobs. These really help it out in a loose turn (aren't the turns always the loosest part of the trail?). Hooks good in sand, very good in wet sand (luckily we have more wet sand than mud in these parts). Good luck climbing a muddy hill, but the tire will clear pretty quick back on the hardpack.

I wouldn't run this tire on the front due to the narrow, low profile, I prefer more front tire for better flotation, but it is a great rear for hard terrain

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Favorite Trail:   Starr Pass

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Nanoraptors, Velociraptors, ground control, Matix

Bike Setup:   Sugar 3 with Nanoraptor 2.1 on front (45-50 PSI) and Rockster on back (50-60 PSI)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pat smith from ohio

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    incredibly light, great cornering capability for a 1.9,super shock absorption due to the high sidewalls,works in soft dirt .

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
If you can afford them,buy these tires they are totally awesome. Disregard the other review posted here for this tire for it is totally inaccurate.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   specialized online

Similar Products Used:   kenda kozmic lite(great rear tire),specialized tires(every tire they made)

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper with SRAM setup,XT hubs,mavic rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by scott simpson a Weekend Warrior from old hickory

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2001

Strengths:    fast,corner well

Weaknesses:    not good in mud,sand or leaves

Bottom Line:   
GREAT TIRE FOR HARD PACK SINGLE TRACK,VERY FAST AND CORNER
LIKE THEIR ON RAILS.NOT TO BAD WHEN IT GETS DAMP.NOT GOOD
AT ALL IN LOOSE DIRT,SAND OR LEAVES.

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Favorite Trail:   lock4

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   control sl,master sl,

Bike Setup:   FSR-XC,LOW RISE MONKEY BAR,XTR,CK,517

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