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    Specialized Hemisphere tires=BAD

    Well I got my 3rd and 4th flats with the Hemisphere Armadillos. I'm disgusted right now.
    I have put thousands of miles on $14.00 Tioga city slickers with out a single flat and these $30.00 skins have had 4 flats in the last month or so. I was actually able to identify the reason for the 3rd flat... a small piece of beer bottle glass went right through the tread and pierced the tube. I think that the reason for this is the tread itself. The nimbus armadillo on the front has never flatted.
    Specialized is getting a call on these tomorrow.
    I did get in 50 miles today. Nice riding against a heck of a wind FIRST and then get pushed for 25 miles.
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    I don't have any experience with the Hemisphere but I KNOW that the Nimbus EX's are fine tires & and would imagine that that would carry on to the Armadillo version (as it's the next model up).

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    I had a bunch of flats when I first got my most recent bike, and now I havent got a flat since. Just because YOU had problems dosent mean its a bad tire....its probably your fault that your getting flats and how could you expect it to be totally safe when riding over glass and crap. I saw you submitted a negative review about these tires on mtbr also....geeze.

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    uhhhhh yeah, it's my fault.
    Here is what specialized has to say about their tire:

    "Armadillo

    Race Across America (RAAM) two time winner and 6 podium positions. Our most flat resistant tire with bead to bead flat protection. Co-developed with engineers from DuPont«, the next-generation Specialized Armadillo tire family combines the smooth, long-wearing ride of a performance tire with three proven flat-protection technologies.

    A DuPont aramid subtread barrier provides bead-to-bead protection. A second aramid barrier impregnated with an aramid-engineered elastomer seals all gaps in the fabric weave. Finally, a new synthetic cap ply material uses a lightweight version of the latest offroad motorcycle racing technology to prevent sidewall cuts. The result is the most effective flat-prevention technology on the market. Available in both Mountain, Road, BMX and Ergo/RTB versions. Just look for the Armadillo Icon."

    And yet my Tiogas have NEVER flatted. On the EXACT same commute, day after day. Maybe I should just hang the bike up and drive?????
    OF COURSE I LEFT A NEGATIVE REVIEW AT MTBR. That's what the website is for... see, if you have an experience with an item you then leave a review... I had a terrible experience with the Hemishperes and thus left a suiting review. Why do you have a problem with that?????
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    You know, I've put thousands of miles on Armadillo tyres, and haven't had a single puncture yet. However, one of my early purchases of Specialized tyres was a problem, due to poor quality control.
    From what you've described, it sounds like you may have a stray thread of kevlar/aramid fibre sticking out from the casing. The stuff is great for preventing punctures, but a stray thread is very abrasive, and has been known to actually cause a puncture.
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    Well I called Specialized. The tech guy I spoke with indicated that my experience with the hemispheres wasn't a fluke. I told him the whole story and he completely agreed with my assesment of the situation. He agreed to take them back and said the Nimbus, which I have on the front would work fine on the back for touring. offered a free exchange.
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    Originally posted by Dougmt
    uhhhhh yeah, it's my fault.
    OF COURSE I LEFT A NEGATIVE REVIEW AT MTBR. That's what the website is for... see, if you have an experience with an item you then leave a review... I had a terrible experience with the Hemishperes and thus left a suiting review. Why do you have a problem with that?????
    Doug
    That's Klein for you. Insult a company he likes and he's all over you. Disagree with him and your an idiot. Personally I tend to ignore the kid.

    Glad you're getting new skins Doug

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    I never noticed his avatar before...
    If it makes you feel any better klein I buy alot of specialized stuff... water bottles, stems, shoes, gloves, and tires so far... I have nothing against specialized especially after their customer service came through...
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    The big S rocks for customer service. Relax, I think you just got a buggy tire.
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    Originally posted by Raiyn
    That's Klein for you. Insult a company he likes and he's all over you. Disagree with him and your an idiot. Personally I tend to ignore the kid.

    Glad you're getting new skins Doug
    Yea I realized my post was pretty lame and was going to change it but doug didnt seem to even notice it at first so I didnt do anything. Edit: actually I didnt even notice dougs post after mine. Disagree with me and your an idiot....sometimes.....ignore me? Not like I care if you ignore me...I ignore you more, and your lame blue letters help me spot you right away. Doug....sorry, I read that they were having problems with the tire and i'm glad you got everything worked out.
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    Originally posted by KleinMp99
    ...I ignore you more, and your lame blue letters help me spot you right away.
    Last edited by Raiyn; 03-22-03 at 03:15 AM.

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    Alright people, let's keep the childish insults out of this, shall we?

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    Originally posted by Raiyn
    Just one more........why dont you make that your avatar since its the only thing you do here?

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    *giggles*
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    hahaha you guys are cruel. shut up and go out riding.
    i won't deny it i'm a straight ridah

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    Originally posted by tFUnK
    hahaha you guys are cruel. shut up and go out riding.
    My sentiments exactly. I'm going to close this thread, since the only thing people here seem interested in is childish insults. Any questions PM me.
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