Specialized Eskar 2.3, 2Bliss Tires

by FatBob on December 29, 2008

First things first.  I do not like Specialized as a company. I don’t have any real justifiable reason . The reason is personal . Now that you know  my prejudice , Ill continue.

I was actually excited to ride these big old meaty tubeless ready tires. They look like they mean business.

I added my usual 2 scoops of Stans goo and hooked up to my air compressor . Everything was going as planned , the Eskars were holding air as a tire  that is labeled 2Bliss should . Then the part of the tire that said Specialized  reared its ugly ultra corporate head . It was flat as a board in about 6 hours .

The inflation , going flat cycle went on for two days . Finally last night when I checked the tire it seamed to be holding air. Better late then never I guess. Seams kind of like their entry into the 29er world .

The next bone to pick is that these tires are not 2.3 inch tires . My calipers measure the casing width as a 2.1 . The knob width is 2.2 at best . Maybe Specialized can tell all your wives their method of measuring …you know for posterity.  Where are these manufacturers getting their measurements from . By the way for those so inclined the metric measure is 55.72 mm knob width and 53.39mm casing width .

The weights were 700grams each or about 1 pound 9 oz.  I find it is easier and more accurate to measure in grams . I will always try to display both measurements.

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O.k. enough of the whine fest. If you can get over the sizing discrepancy and are patient with the inflation head ache these are very good tires . when I first looked at them a man that used to test Bontrager tires said they would suck in mud .

I rode in muddy conditions recently . I got a little nervous when they started to pack up with mud on the first climb of the day . This was a very wet mud . I was pleasantly surprised when during a flat section they started flinging mud all over  me and ended up cleared and ready for the next challenge .

After that they were nothing less then impressive . On our wet rooty trails that are covered in composting leaves ,the specialized Eskars hooked up .  I would still be hesitant to use these tires in really sticky mud  but I was pleasantly surprised in the muddy stuff I was in . The thing that saved these tires was that the mud was really wet . Ill keep you posted when I get a chance at some stickier mud .

So while my opinion of Specialized has not changed , these tires are really good . Ill post more when I get some more time on them including some rock crawling.

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