Turbo or not TURBO

Turbo or not TURBO

This year I have been using the Specialized S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless tyres on my Roval CLX 32's. Specialized claim that the Turbo's are the "World's fastest tire" which is a massive claim and go on to say that they have 20% less rolling resistance with superior grip to their closest competitor. They come in 700 x 24mm or 700 x 26mm - I opted for the 26mm version as I have come to appreciate that more is better. 

World’s fastest tire
— S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless - Specialized
S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless-Diranne Lee-Renwick

They are a breeze to fit up and they must be the easiest tubeless tyre I have ever fitted. No broken tyre levers or destroyed thumbs here! They drop into place with a reassuring double 'pop' and I have opted for using Stans Race Sealant to eliminate any flats.

On the road, they feel fast and light and grippy as hell! So very impressive! Extra Flat Protection is provided by a 'BlackBelt' layer and the grip is from Specializeds 'Gripton' compound. These tyres are expensive and meant to be a race tyre but my aim was to see if I could get the longevity out of them to justify running them as an everyday tyre. At A$130 a tyre they sure as hell need to live up to my expectations to justify the expense!  

S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless-New-Diranne Lee-Renwick

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New S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless fitted to rear

Disaster! On my second ride, I manage to puncture the rear and use a Dynaplug to get me rolling again. Impressed by the Dynaplug (review later) I decide to just keep riding and see how long the repair will last. After another month or so and another 1,200km I flat again on the 3 Dams Challenge and limp to the finish with another Dynaplug in place. 

Replacing the rear tyre with a new Turbo to my horror I flat on the second ride and this time destroy the tyre with a slice - with only 170km on the second rear this is starting to look expensive!

S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless-Worn-Diranne Lee-Renwick

1,931 km

S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless fitted to front

Back at  my local bike shop I am informed that Specialized offer a 30 day warranty on all tyres so the sliced rear is with Specialized being assessed to see if it will be replaced. If it is then I guess my experiment with using expensive race tyres for everyday use will continue! Stay tuned! 


Monkey Rating:

7 / 10

In summary; the Specialized S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless are fast, light and extremely grippy. They are easy to fit as a tubeless tyre and apart from the two unfortunate rear flats have done reasonably well with endurance.

The original front tyre is going strong and currently has 1,931 km on it according to Strava. 

The downside... they are expensive! But as always if you want the best you need to pay the extra! 



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