The Captain is a great rear wheel tyre, offering good grip but enough speed to have you riding all day

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9


  • Grip in spades
  • Lightweight
  • Well priced


  • Narrow, meaning less cushioning


Specialized S-Works The Captain tyre review


Price as reviewed:


For £30 you can buy the S-Works tyre tested here, or the similar-looking The Captain Control. The latter has the slightly thicker 420/D1 casing, like the Butcher, which is harder-wearing and offers greater stability but adds around 100g in weight. Both tyres use the same tread pattern, which features a central row of sharp-edged centre knobs for straight-line speed, mated to angled shoulder knobs for stability and predictable cornering.

Compared to the other tyres on test The Captain’s tread is deeper and bit more aggressive in the transition and edge knobs. Braking traction is the best here — even on some pretty steep chutes where you’re riding the back brake, this tyre always managed to find grip. It felt stable slamming into tight turns and the rubber compound is actually softer than claimed at 55a/65a mix (shoulder and centre respectively) so offers a surprising amount of grip.


If you want a fast-rolling trail tyre that’s lightweight and tubeless compatible you can’t really go wrong for £30. This is easily the best rear tyre on test. Very highly recommended.


Size tested:29x2.0in