- Gender: Unisex
- MSRP: $100
Specialized’s versatile Tracer tubulars work for a wide range of ‘cross conditions. They roll quickly on smooth ground but tackle corners with plenty of grip. The tires have square knobs that dig into loose surfaces and keep you glued to the ground through sketchy corners. But the knobs are low enough that they roll smoothly.
The center knobs are spaced farther apart than other all-around tubulars like Dugast’s Typhoon or Clement MXP, but the Tracers roll quickly and feel smooth even on pavement. This could be due in part to the latex inner tubes, which provide added comfort and reduce rolling resistance. But the inner tube does add some weight.
The 260 TPI Tracers are firmer than Dugast’s cotton casing tires, but Specialized’s rubber compound hooks up with the ground for a supple feel on variable terrain. The side knobs could be a bit more aggressive, but for an all-around tubular for fast, dry courses, the Tracer is an excellent choice.