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Tires for 2012 Rockhopper 29

t costello Jun 05, 2012 05:12PM PDT

Just purchased a 2012 RockHopper 29. Did not notice until I got it home that the front tire is a Specialized The Captain Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, 29x2.0. The rear tire is a Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, 29x2.0. According to the on-line specs both tires should be the Captain Sport. Seems the Fast Trak LK Sport is typically on the less expensive bikes, such as the Hardrock. The store says this is the just the way my Rockhopper was sent to them from the factory but can't explain why there are two different types of tires on the bike - or a good reason for it. First they have seen it happen.

If there is a logical reason for the two different types of tires, or a benefit to this match and I'm actually better off for some reason, just like to know what it is. If this was not intended just want to get what I paid for. Intend to primarily use the bike for mountain/trail riding. Thanks.

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J Adams Apr 27, 2013 10:01AM PDT

T. I have the same two tire set up on my Rockhopper 29. The bike rides great and is a joy to use. I generally don't look at the tire treads while riding and don't notice any ill effects. Enjoy your riding!!

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F Macko Jun 05, 2012 09:10PM PDT
I purchased two of these bikes this year one 29er Black/Yellow (for myself) a one 26er Black/Orange (for the wife). The 29er came with one of each just as yours did and the 26er had two Captains on it. I was curious myself and I have seen pics of the 29er with two Captains and pics of one Captain and one Fast Trak. I changed my rear back to the Captain (a little more tread) $35 from Specialized's web page and keep the Fast Trak as a spare. Also the web page pic shows a black crankset on the 29er and mine is white (I prefer the white color). Anyway not much of a big deal as the bikes are great!
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t costello Jun 06, 2012 06:12PM PDT
thanks for the response. i have the white crankset as well. bikes must have came from the same source. hope to hear from an agent as well.
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Robert Walgamott Jun 07, 2012 01:34PM PDT SPECIALIZED Agent
There are often minor mid-season specification changes to models as parts come in and out of stock and if better setups are figured out. This is why you will notice at the bottom of any Specs list the phrase 'subject to change without notice.' The object is not mislead anyone, usually the bike will ship the way it states.
Running two different types of tire front and read is extremely common. Usually the reason for this is simply to provide a bit more grip up front then in the rear, because this setup tends to make the bike handle more predictably.

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t costello Jun 08, 2012 05:33AM PDT
Thanks Robert. I do appreciate that running two different types of tire happens, but I usually see that on higher end bikes and performance tires. I've tried to sort this out to satisfy my own curiosity but get different answers from difference Specialized sources. Customer Service phone rep beleived it was probably a mistake at factory or dealer - putting wrong tire on the back of my bike. Dealer I purchased from claimed there was probably a mid-year spec change but did not know. Another dealer said it was a mistake and should be swapped out free of charge. If the way mine came was a better set-up I would have expected that this be the answer across the board and that Specialized would be setting up all the RockHoppers that way. Instead, it seems the most likely answer is, as you imply, simply a stock issue. I do appreciate the "fine print" on the specs, but it just seems that the bike should be delivered as advertised - or if there really is no significant difference in these tires that should be made clear. I've been a fan of Specialized for more than 20 years, buying my first RockHopper Sport 20+ years ago. Just frustrating that is seems more thought and quality control did not go into production to insure consistency in the product leaving customers, dealers and agents like yourself left to speculate why a bike was delivered in a manner which is different than as advertised. The fine print may make it perfectly legal so swap compenents without notice, but nobody at the dealer store where I purchased the bike explained that to me pre-purchase. I doubt most Specialized customers expect it to happen. I'm sure there is a reason why the section on Specs for each bike does not begin with a disclaimeer stating "your bike MIGHT come with these components but it all depends on what we have in stock and we might change them up on you". The tire is a small issue. The frustration in trying to figure it out and lack of any understanding as to why by those that should know is the dissapointment.
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t costello Jun 08, 2012 05:33AM PDT
Thanks Robert. I do appreciate that running two different types of tire happens, but I usually see that on higher end bikes and performance tires. I've tried to sort this out to satisfy my own curiosity but get different answers from difference Specialized sources. Customer Service phone rep beleived it was probably a mistake at factory or dealer - putting wrong tire on the back of my bike. Dealer I purchased from claimed there was probably a mid-year spec change but did not know. Another dealer said it was a mistake and should be swapped out free of charge. If the way mine came was a better set-up I would have expected that this be the answer across the board and that Specialized would be setting up all the RockHoppers that way. Instead, it seems the most likely answer is, as you imply, simply a stock issue. I do appreciate the "fine print" on the specs, but it just seems that the bike should be delivered as advertised - or if there really is no significant difference in these tires that should be made clear. I've been a fan of Specialized for more than 20 years, buying my first RockHopper Sport 20+ years ago. Just frustrating that is seems more thought and quality control did not go into production to insure consistency in the product leaving customers, dealers and agents like yourself left to speculate why a bike was delivered in a manner which is different than as advertised. The fine print may make it perfectly legal so swap compenents without notice, but nobody at the dealer store where I purchased the bike explained that to me pre-purchase. I doubt most Specialized customers expect it to happen. I'm sure there is a reason why the section on Specs for each bike does not begin with a disclaimeer stating "your bike MIGHT come with these components but it all depends on what we have in stock and we might change them up on you". The tire is a small issue. The frustration in trying to figure it out and lack of any understanding as to why by those that should know is the dissapointment.
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Robert Walgamott Jun 08, 2012 08:45AM PDT SPECIALIZED Agent
The truth is, there is no official notice that goes out saying "we have mad a change to the tire specification to X model as follows..." Unless the change if fairly major. Tire changes aren't considered a major change and are actually pretty common. Why was the change made? I, nor anyone else here can say exactly why, but we can venture and educated guess.... which is what I did.
If you believe that you have been wronged or would like the original tires that were on the specifications list, I would recommend that you ask your local Specialized dealership to contact their warranty representative to see if any solutions can be arrived at...
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t costello Jun 08, 2012 10:19AM PDT
Thanks for the quick response Robert. I appreciate your efforts. Last question - would the 90 day satisfaction guaranty on tires come into play?
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Robert Walgamott Jun 11, 2012 03:29PM PDT SPECIALIZED Agent
The ninety day satisfaction guarantee is only for tires that are purchase aftermarket. It does not apply to 'OEM' tires that come stock on a bike...
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J Adams Best Answer Apr 27, 2013 10:01AM PDT
T. I have the same two tire set up on my Rockhopper 29. The bike rides great and is a joy to use. I generally don't look at the tire treads while riding and don't notice any ill effects. Enjoy your riding!!

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