Specialized Rockster Pro Tire

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

User Reviews (10)

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Chris   Weekend Warrior [Mar 16, 2002]
Strength:

It is a fast tire

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Bontrager Revolts, can't remember the rest.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Genital Apparatus   Weekend Warrior [Feb 21, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Kinetics.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Saucy Boy   [Jul 23, 2001]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: Nanoraptors, Velociraptors, ground control, Matix
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
pat smith   [May 28, 2001]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

expensive

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.

Similar Products Used: kenda kozmic lite(great rear tire),specialized tires(every tire they made)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
scott simpson   Weekend Warrior [Apr 06, 2001]
Strength:

fast,corner well

Weakness:

not good in mud,sand or leaves

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.

Similar Products Used: control sl,master sl,
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Bike-athan frazier   Weekend Warrior [Jan 24, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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

Similar Products Used: velociraptor 2.1
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Tony   Cross Country Rider [Aug 18, 2002]
Strength:

Low rolling resistance

Weakness:

Low climbing traction
Low cornering traction
Low braking traction

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.

Similar Products Used: Panaracer Fire XC Pro, Continental Explorer Pro, Ritchey ZED
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Matthew Clark   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2002]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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 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.

Similar Products Used: Ground Controls, Enduros, and a few others I can't recall.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
jeff s.   Cross Country Rider [Jul 21, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: ritchey z-max, avocet mid pack, team master
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Brian Gilbert   Downhiller [Jan 20, 2005]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Zero traction. Useless in mud.

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

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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