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Specialized Crosstrail and new tires

Old 01-04-17, 05:37 PM
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Specialized Crosstrail and new tires

Wore out the stock tires on the Crosstrail:


and really wanted to try a Specialized Armadillo tire, so based on my LBS, they recommended the Infinity Armadillo:


Took them out today and what was new to me was how the front wheel felt loosey goosey, meaning that the front wheel was much easier to turn on asphalt. On packed gravel it was much tighter similar to what I was used to.

They ran quieter for sure, but the wobble I get when pumping up a hill is weird. Will I get used to this? Or I will learn better control of the handle bars?

LBS says I have 30 days to return them....

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Keep them. You'll get used to a tire with a "smoother" less knobby tread.
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If you're used to running the Triggers a little on the low side (because you don't check your tires as often as you should) and then the LBS guys mount up a set of Infinity tires with a more rounded profile at a higher pressure, it's bound to feel a bit squirrely. Check your pressure and drop it a bit if you can, but just know that you'll get used to the handling. The Armadillos are a great tire. A little stiff, but long wearing and excellent flat protection.

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