Specialized Evil Twin Slalom Tire

Evil Twin Slalom

The ultimate slalom tire, with maximum penetrating knobs and slim profile for unbelievable cornering bite in soft conditions.

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Ryan R   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2004]

Ferocious grip in the right conditions.


Extremely scary in all other conditions.

What an odd tire. Downhill casing (albeit light downhill casing), but 1.9" width. Specialized describes it as being meant for grassy dual slalom courses - presumably the old-school ones where race organizers would just put some ski racing gates on a grassy slope. They'd be utterly perfect for that.

The lugs are very, very tall, but sharp and slender. They offer amazing traction on any surface they can penetrate - seriously, they're full-on football cleats for your wheels. Great for hooking onto wet roots, too, and the narrow width leaves considerable mud clearance.

I bought them for winter bikercross racing and they're almost unequalled on hardpack snow (the Maxxis WetScream and Michelin's scariest mud tire should be at least as good).

Here's the bad part: they will terrify you on even moderately hard ground...let's not even get into their performance on pavement, other than to say that I'd think twice about riding them 900m to my local trailhead. Those tall, thin lugs fold right over, but you have no idea when they're going to do so. Everything is fine at mild lean angles, then they start "walking" sideways, then immediately transition to what feels like a slide, but is just an extreme amount of lug squirm. If you can't get your foot down quickly, you're hitting the dirt.

The bottom line of this bottom line is that they're even better than you'd expect, but they're only to be used in a very, very narrow range of conditions.

Similar Products Used: Nothing quite like this.
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