Specialized Purgatory Control 29er Tire

Specialized Purgatory Control 29er Tire 

DESCRIPTION

High-end XC Trail performance - Intermediate/Loamy conditions. Big jobs require big equipment: The large-volume Purgatory delivers monster traction, with biting side and center knobs for softer conditions.

  • Casing: 420/D1 for 15% improved cut resistance
  • Bead: Aramid
  • Center Compound: 65a / Shoulder Compound: 55a
  • Butyl wrapped bead = 2Bliss Ready
  • 29" x 2.4; psi 35-65; approx. weight 780g

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 17, 2013]
bulerias

Strength:

New 2.3 version of an old favourite. Solid performer in all conditions.

Weakness:

Some would wish for a 2.4 size and reinforced casing.

This is a review of the new 2.3 which replaces the 2.2 and 2.4 versions. It measures about 2.20 on a narrow rim. Mine weighed 800 grams, which is heavier than the spec of 755 but I'm happy for the extra rubber. The new tire is slightly softer compound - now 60 middle and 50 edge - and the tread has been tweaked a bit making it quieter and lower rolling resistance.

The best thing about this tire is that the limits are high for braking and cornering so you can just enjoy yourself, yet when you are just rolling along you aren't dragging a noticeably slow or rumbly tire. Because the edge knobs are so well supported the tracking through ruts and on sidehills is confidence inspiring and the limits are high. I also like how well it works at higher pressures as well as low.

While it would work as a rear tire it really shines as a front and is typically paired with a Ground Control rear. It's a hard tire to find fault with from a performance point of view; all the rubber is efficiently used and if it were lighter you'd have given up something.

There are some other similar 'all mountain' tires that also work well - Hans Dampf, Ardent, Rampage etc. - but I think this one is perhaps the best balanced all around and the price is hard to argue with. It's fun to ride on and that was the point, wasn't it?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 15, 2011]
John Carman
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Tough solid tread, predicable, Grip

Weakness:

Weight but cant have everything!

I have the new 2-Bliss version (researched and said was way better)where the other reviewer above mite have not but i have had new problems at all and have ridden the Heaphy Track with has some nasty sharp rocks, didnt have a problem. Side walls seem fine and alot stronger/thicker than the Mountain Kings. Tread works on all surfaces but is slower on hard pack. Works better if you ride it bit more aggressively and get on those big side knobs. If they do slide its easy to pull back and always in control.
If you want a back country, all mountain go anywhere tough tyre this would be my first pick.

Similar Products Used:

Mountain Kings, Cross Maxs, Igniters

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 02, 2011]
hoodlum785
Racer

Strength:

Tire grips well on climbs and corners great.

Weakness:

I've had to get a replacement one already because the sidewall failed and created a large wobble that greatly affected riding. Just got another one today and the tires have less than 200 miles on them.

Overall the tire performs well but running tubeless didn't last. They say 2bliss ready but the tires lasted lass than 2 months which makes me very disappointed and WILL NOT be buying them again..
Only reason I rated them as high as I did is because they work great, until they fail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
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