Specialized 03 Roll X S-Works Tire Tire

03 Roll X S-Works Tire

Our newest XC tire design. Race level performance in a tire that is designed to work in all conditions without compromise.

User Reviews (12)

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Mike   Weekend Warrior [Jun 13, 2003]
Strength:

Great traction climbing and going downhill. Very good all around tire for soft, loose conditions.

Weakness:

Relatively expensive, packs up easily in softer conditions and lets go of traction without warning. I found that on when going full speed down runs, the border between having traction and not was very abrubt. The tire didn't give much indication that it was about to let go.

Great traction for the intermediate to advanced rider. Soft compound will wear quickly, but I have yet to find a better tire.

Similar Products Used: WTB-Moto Raptor
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
A J   Cross Country Rider [Jun 10, 2003]
Strength:

Excellent grip in almost all types of conditions

Weakness:

Lots of rolling resistance

This tire grips really well, however i found it to be way too slow for my liking. Rolling resistance is too high and the tires are not very smooth in dry conditions.

Similar Products Used: Bontrager Jones, IRC Mythos.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Rod Munch   Cross Country Rider [Jun 06, 2003]
Strength:

Light, slightly larger air volume than typical 2.1"

Weakness:

Possibly too light: fragile sidewalls

After reading many recommendations from RC in MBA, I decided to try some. I've ridden Mythos' almost exclusively for 3-4 years. Tires looked cool, new low-rebound rubber seemed promising, "large air volume casing" seemed to be about 0.05" wider than a 2.1" Mythos. On my first ride, I got a nasty sidewall tear on a gravel fire road. I fixed the flat, but the sidewall was torn open & the tire ruined, at 18 miles. To Specialized's credit, they took the tires back & refunded my money.

Similar Products Used: IRC Mythos K, Panaracer Fire XC Pro, WTB Nanoraptor & Velociraptor
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Ian M.   Cross Country Rider [May 27, 2003]
Strength:

Great All AroundGrip. Never spun out with these on a climb. Ramped Edge really makes thes fly.

Weakness:

Price and weight. The price isnt really that bad for high end tires, but 100$ for two is alot. The weight 9560 grams) might be to much for hardcore weight weenies.

Great Allaround tire for those who still use tubed. Ive raced these in about 6 races and have no complaints.

Similar Products Used: Continental explorer pros and Rockster Pros
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Keith Leavitt   Racer [Feb 26, 2003]
Strength:

Relatively low rolling resistance for an all-conditions tire, great cornering knobs, excellent all-around traction, high air volume.

Weakness:

Medium-Heavy for a race tire; Kind of a weak bead. I'm running Stan's notubes, and getting these things sealed was nearly impossible because the bead is so supple. Wear-out time seems pretty average (compound is medium-soft).

Overall, a pretty fun and inspiring tire. I took these tires to 24 hours of Tuscon last week (super fast hard pack conditions). I'd say that they're at least 90% as fast as my Pythons, as long as you run them at 40 psi or higher. Even at high pressure, they were damp due to the high air volume, and great for the 24 hour format, because they're extremely stable and forgiving (a plus 7 laps in in the dark). I got them on "super buddy-bear discount"; I don't know if I'd be as excited if they cost me 50 bones each. If you're a racer with a second set of hardpack only tires, you can't go wrong with these guys. If you're a trail rider running only one set of sneaks, you can't go wrong here either. Either way, run them with Stan's, and once you're set up right, you'll love 'em.

Similar Products Used: Hutchinson Python air lights, Michelin wildgrippers, older specialized s-works, bontrager jones'
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Steven   Cross Country Rider [Feb 24, 2003]
Strength:

comfort, low rolling resistance

Weakness:

slippery on wet rocks or concrete blocks

Used this tire for the rear. Low rolling resistance, works fine on all surfaces for climbing and cornering. Good grip.
Only spun when climbing up a concrete stair at the end of a muddy climb, which is no more than normal i guess.
I actually love all Specialized tires, Michelin is losing my business..

Similar Products Used: just about everything there is from Michelin, Panaracer, Specialized, Ritchey...
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Lee   Cross Country Rider [Jan 09, 2004]
Strength:

excellent traction, great air volume, and a very supple feel.

Weakness:

expensive... but worth it.

i really like these tires. i was running the mitch. hot s's on front and rear. they were huge, and stuck to everything which is nice in the damp, loamy stuff i often ride in. the problem was that they were so dang slow to spin up, were super heavy, and picked up every twig and leaf in the trail and threw it in my face. switched to the roll-x's when i got them for a super cheap price. liked them a little at first, then fell in love. they really stick to things well, not as much as a wider tire (like the hots) but much better than any other 2.0 i've ridden. they are a soft compound, which creates the traction, but don't seem to wear much faster than any other quality tire. find them on sale and go for it!

Similar Products Used: dart/smoke, wildgrippers, velociraptors, hot s's
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Freddie   Cross Country Rider [Dec 21, 2003]
Strength:

Light (530-540g), compliant and grippy if used at lower pressure.

Weakness:

High rolling resistance.

I don't like 'em. Tried them after so many good remarks from RC. The big volume tire and the squirmy tread blocks (push the blocks side to side and they'll practically fold over) result in a very slow rolling tire, especially on pavement sections where they are particularly buzzy. Pump the tires up to compensate and they become harsh and sketchy. Fire XC Pros (great traction, durable, much faster rolling, cheap, and readily available) are a far better tire (IMHO).

The bottom line for the Roll X: It's a big, fat, slow rolling tire.

Similar Products Used: Panaracer Fire XC Pro (current fav.), Panaracer TrailBlaster, Hutchinson Python (fine hardpack racing tire), Michelin Comp S Light (sketchy!)
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Dano   Cross Country Rider [Jul 28, 2003]
Strength:

very lightweight and fast rolling, hooks up well in corners, decent in loose conditions...the easiest tire to change w/ flats

Weakness:

rolling resistance on pavement, sketchy in mud

Pretty sweet all-around xc tire. 2.0" width, but looks more like a 2.2" Rolls fast, hooks up when you need it to...what more could you ask for?

Similar Products Used: IRC Notos and Mythos
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Geert Biesmans   Cross Country Rider [Apr 30, 2003]
Strength:

Grip

Weakness:

Rolling resistance

Incredible high rolling resistance for an all-rounder !
In muddy conditions almost impossible to move !
Certainly not a race-tire.
Very good grip on all surfaces.
Weight rather high (588 gr).

Similar Products Used: Michelin XLS/Front S, IRC Mythos, Specialized Control/Master
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
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