Specialized Team Master SL S-Works Tire

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99

Product Description

Superlightweight race ready version of the Team Master tire for Hardpack conditions. Rear specific tread design. Perfect mate to the Team Control SL S-Works.

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Racer from Southern Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2003

Strengths:    hella light, mounts easily w/out levers, durable from the standpoint of no flats in the 2 weeks I've had it, hooksup better than someof my bigger tires on the downhill, fast in both hardpack, and mushy crap.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Fast light. no flats yet...if I had to I would've bought the tire, even at $50

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Favorite Trail:   Catwalk (UP n' down, shuttle weenies!!!)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   prize at a race

Similar Products Used:   Pananracer Fire XC pro 1.8, Tioga Factory XC 1.95 (p.o.s.), IRC mythos xc 2.1, IRC BackCountry 2.25, Michelin Wildgripper XLS tubeless 2.1 (claimed...is bigger than my back countrys though)

Bike Setup:   2k3 sugar 3+ disc w/ king headset, thompson stem, Time atac steel pedals, and bontrager FS2000 saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Troy a Cross Country Rider from SLC

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2002

Strengths:    Light, fast, light, great grip... oh, did I say light?

Weaknesses:    Tread wears very fast, but that is exactly what I expected when I bought it. Specialized does not try to hide the fact that thier S-works tire compound is very soft and fast wearing.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this tire to use in the 24 hours of Moab race, knowing that that would probably nearly kill it. Specialized.com was blowing them out for 19.99 so I felt like I couldn't lose. Now I wish I had bought a couple of extras. This tire plowed through the sand bogs better than most other racers around me and stuck like glue on the climbs. (but this is Moab and much of the climing surface is like sandpaper). Best of all, these tires are rocket fast on the balls-out runs and tough as hell when you fly into a rocky section at 30+ mph on a hardtail. I still can't believe I didn't get a pinch-flat. Five flamer's all the way! If you want a high mileage tire, buy one! If you want the best flat out race tire on the market... Specialized S-Works Baby!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Wasatch Crest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   This is the first full blown race tire I have tried.

Bike Setup:   2000 Rockhopper Comp, Raceface, Avid Arch Rival, Cane Creek... more!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Todd from Fowlerville,MI,USA

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2002

Strengths:    Outstanding climbing ability, Weight, really everything

Weaknesses:    Not a good front tire...but hey they didn't say it was !

Bottom Line:   
Having now used this tire for a year...starting with use as an everyday tire and then graduating to a race only tire, it still kicks butt. Yes the treads do where quickly...not as bad as the Boazbean, but this tire made it through every race I rode...a week in Moab...and never flated once. How many tires do you know that can do that when you ride them correctly ?

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   Name It...

Bike Setup:   GT XCR 1500, XTR everything

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Magliocca a Cross Country Rider from Oneida, NY

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2001

Strengths:    Great looks, easy mounting, superlight weight

Weaknesses:    Price, suggested fast wear, quality problems

Bottom Line:   
First Team Master had such a buldge in the sidewall when inflated, you thought the rim was taco'd. Specialized replaced easily, bought on line, sent back to the on line store. Replacenent has strange mold(?) lines where the tread and sidewall are bonded, does not seem to effect performance. Have a total of about70 miles on these tires, in all conditions.

My local loop includes nearly 5 miles of abandonded railbed-stone & cinder, and almost 3 miles of pavement, in its 27 mile length. I have noticed none of the tread block seperation-excessive wear that others have noted. I believe that production quality varies greatly on these tires, it's a roll of the dice.

My hat is off to specialized for producing a great performing, ultra lightweight KNOBBY tire for XC use. Race specific intended or not, a great performance enhancement

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Favorite Trail:   Stoney Pond

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Specialized on line store

Similar Products Used:   Conti Pro/comp, Velociraptors, Tiogas

Bike Setup:   99 Specialized FSR XC Pro, 2000 Sid XC, MRP X-link and bearing kit, full XT, s- works wheelset, Titec ti goodies, Bontranger stuff

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2001

Strengths:    Light, light, and light. Fastrolling and good traction on hardpack.

Weaknesses:    Knobs tear off. Not much traction on loose gravel or sand. Sketchy on off-camber stuff.

Bottom Line:   
I heard bad things about these tires in the alt.mountainbiking newsgroup, but I wanted to try them anyway because they were so light. After my first ride knobs started to peel off! I had heard this happens to these tires, but I didn't expect it to happen after just a 45 min. ride. After 3 rides I'd say about 1/3 of the knobs are at least halfway sheared off. This tire just wears WAY TOO QUICKLY!

The other problem with it is that it doesn't offer much traction on anything but hardpack. Other reviewers have said it's good in loose stuff, but I didn't find that at all.

I paid $60 for the team master s-works sl, and at that price I can't recommend it to anyone except the x-country racers with a fat wallet. 1 chilli for value, and 3 for performance because it's very light and fast on hardpack.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Smoke/Fire XC pros, Geax Blades, WTB Velociraptor, Ritchey Megabytes/Zmax's

Bike Setup:   Dekerf Team 853, Bomber z3 100mm coil, Full XT 8spd, Thomson stem and seatpost, syncros ti bb, Mavic 217 rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nigel a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2001

Strengths:    Very lightweight.
Has not flatted yet
Easy to mount
looks cool
great for racing/hard trail rides

Weaknesses:    -wears very fast
[only weakness]

Bottom Line:   
the wear on the master is very fast esp. internal knobs
so ill try to not ride it much on road.
great on trails and for racing though.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   thecyclepath.com

Similar Products Used:   Panaracers, maxxis

Bike Setup:   Oryx HTA 500, bomber, xtr = xt, 517s dt/hugis, kings

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Fowlerville

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2001

Strengths:    Very light tire with equally low rolling resistance, sheds mud like no other semi slick I've ever used, hooks up like crazy on climbs and on slight loose trail

Weaknesses:    NONE !!

Bottom Line:   
This tire may very well re-define the category of semi-slick racing tires. Not only is it a fly weight, 397 grams my scale, but absolutely does not flat like other race tires I've used in the past. Tread pattern almost looks to knobby to be a slick but this tire can be described as having very low roll resistance. It even sheds mud like crazy....can you imagine a slick that sheds mud and still hooks up like a champ in a loose climb ? Kudoes to Specialized for developing some real winners in their 2001 tire line up. Go buy this tire, it absolutely will not let you down.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Panracer Mach SK, Michelin Comp S, Continental, etc.

Bike Setup:   GT LTS 1000, marzochi fork, XTR everything

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