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Finally rode with the Captain
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:23:40 AM »
The Specialized Captain 2Bliss tire that is. After I finally got it to hold air - added sealant to run it tubeless- i rode Boyette yesterday. First off this thing rolls much better than the Nevegal I had on, plus its much lighter than the the full UST tire. The best part is that it really hooks up on a climb. I found that I could even stand up and power thru a climb without spinning out. Hey Anthem --- thanks for the recommedation on this one .. it was worth the switch.
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 08:35:39 AM »
Damn...I was hoping this was a thread about riding with Captain Morgan's in your camelbak rather than water.
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 09:16:36 AM »
Cool, they are a great tire :)

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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009, 09:55:29 AM »
I think any tire rolls better than a nevegal!
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009, 10:01:55 AM »
Im still learning what works best ;D. I went to tubeless set up and wanted a tire with good grip and went with nevegals and yes found out they were slow. Been riding them for awhile so i got used to it. This new tire seems to be a world of difference. still rolling the neve up front for now unless there is a better option?
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 10:53:12 AM »
Try another Captain upfront DanO, thats the combo I'm running on the Trance. Those side knobs really inspire a lot of confidence in the corners :)

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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 11:10:19 AM »
Try another Captain upfront DanO, thats the combo I'm running on the Trance. Those side knobs really inspire a lot of confidence in the corners :)

Yeah thats what I was thinking. hmmm.... may have a set of slightly used Kenda Nevegals for sale  ;)
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009, 08:03:07 PM »
I think any tire rolls better than a nevegal!

I like my nevegals. good traction on climbs and they corner well, for my skill level, I'm an intermediate weekend rider. Question I have is what makes one tire faster than another? How much is tread type and how much is psi in the tire.
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2009, 08:44:05 PM »
All the factors you mentioned add up Bugman, I think tread design plays a huge role in the rollability of a tire. Easy rollers usually have a somewhat continuous center tread and lower profile, less aggressive knobs. The Captain has a nice center ridge of knobs for rollability, another row of similar knobs and then some really wide, stiff sidewall knobs that bite really nicely when leaned into action. Another sweet feature is the Specialized 2Bliss design, a conventional cased tire with a UST bead. Weight savings and a secure bead =  :)
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2009, 09:05:10 PM »
Having rode both.... I will definitely say the captains hook much better in the climb than the Nevegals. I could stand and pedal agressively and still hook when the Nevegals would lose grip and spin.
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2009, 09:22:47 PM »
What are the Capt'ns going for?

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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2009, 10:04:06 PM »
Another sweet feature is the Specialized 2Bliss design, a conventional cased tire with a UST bead. Weight savings and a secure bead =  :)

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I forgot to mention I'm not up on the tech terminology. conventional cased tire? UST bead? and I'm having a hard time finding a pic of the captain tire. I'm still learning all this stuff. please help.
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2009, 11:48:49 PM »
I need to hook up with some Captains... I've heard great things about them and can't wait to give them a try.

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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2009, 06:54:50 AM »
What are the Capt'ns going for?





about the cost of 2 slightly used Kenda Nevegals full UST of coarse ;D
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Re: Finally rode with the Captain
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2009, 07:31:52 AM »
A true UST tire has more material in the sidewall, hence their 800 gram + weights. A conventional cased tire or non UST tire has your standard thinner more supple sidewall = lower weight but a more pourus sidewall meaning you will need to add sealant to seal them. A UST bead is a little beefier than a standard tire leading to a more more durable seal. Specialized's 2Bliss design really is the best of both worlds. For a really fast XC tire check out the Fast Trak LK in the 2Bliss lineup, it does'nt have quite the cornering or climbing grip of the Captain but it is more than suffient and Man do they ROLL :)

 

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