SLIPPERY WHEN DRY
Q: Looking for a replacement back tire for the Specialized Purgatory 2.2. I
have never felt very confident in my cornering, as the tire tends to break
loose on my SoCal, loose-over-hardpacked trails on a regular basis. I am not
a weight weenie, but I don’t want a behemoth.
—Andy, who is in search of control
Specialized Ground Control (Left) and WTB Wolverine
A: We’ve had reasonable luck with the Purgatory as a cross-country tire, but we
much prefer the Specialized Ground Control for its more aggressive cornering
knobs. In fact, we featured it in our tire shootout last month, and the Ground
Control did very, very well in our SoCal testing, earning the highest marks and
winning the shootout.
As we mention in our “Pivot Mach 429 Carbon Shootout” on page 44, one of our
other new favorites for gripping our tricky SoCal trails is the WTB Wolverine. It isn’t
the lightest option on the market, but it is certainly not a “behemoth.”
If you’re looking for something slightly meatier, the Maxxis High Roller 2 is a
new favorite as well. We’re running a pair of these on a Pivot Firebird test bike
and have been very pleased with the results so far.