Specialized Purgatory VS Continental Rubber Queen
any one owned/own both? im looking to get something a bit lighter to replace the rubber queen ust’s i own, how do the spesh purg roll compared to rubber queens(which i find quite draggy especially in summer on the road)
and how much weight will i save running tubeless purgatorys compared to my 2.2ust RQ??
any views appreciated!Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Both very similar feeling for grip, buzziness etc ime, Purgatorys are lighter but a thinner casing, and much cheaper. RQ is the bigger volume tyre. Overall, I prefer the Purgatory 2-bliss these days, they’re great general use tyres but mainly cos the BC RQ is daft money, not worth paying almost 2x the price.Posted 4 years ago
cheers jameso, so by reckoning the RQ’s are very similar and not really going to get a great difference of tyre that what i have? hmmmm, i do kinda love the volume of the RQ’s, there just bloody slow on road climbs 🙁
was hoping the weight saved from the purgs would make them a fair bit fast on road sections through summerPosted 4 years agoHob NobMember
The weight is right, I remember it being on the plastic holder the tyre comes wrapped around.
I would have thought it would roll better than the RQ, due to the centre knob profile, plus save you a fair chunk of weight.
I run a Butcher Control/Purg Control & can say combined they roll noticably better, are lighter & are far more grippy than the horrible Hans Dampf’s I have tried.
I’m not sure why the HD gets such amazing reviews, everyone I have ridden with who has tried them (off the back of said reviews) has taken them off pretty quickly again. Me included.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Either tyre will be rubbish on road, but a good road tyre is rubbish off-road huh. Lower weight may feel a bit better on tarmac but they won’t really roll any better because of that. I do up to 15 miles of tarmac on the Purgs or 2.4 Ardents at times, they’re slow but at higher psi it’s more bearable.Posted 4 years agoandysmiff1Member
I’m running a Purgatory 2.3 29er up front (control casing) with a Ground Control 2.1 29er (control casing again) out back on my Camber and on my Carve (swap wheels between the two) and all good so far! Cheap, tubeless easy (just a track pump on my Arch EX’s) and good performance. – what’s not to like?!
Been running Spesh tyres for past 3 years now – can’t rate them enough!
Might go slightly quicker rear tyre (fast trak) if we get a summer that warrants it – if not the Storms are going back on!Posted 4 years agoangryratioMember
I used to be an obsessive tyre swapper. I then ran eskars as they were reasonably priced and durable (folding 2bliss 2.2) then after that i’ve gone with the Purg. same size and very very impressed.
For info i’m riding a 456 with longish forks on trail centre stuff and moors xc type rides.
Tad slower to get moving when your legs are tired than light easily damaged xc rubber i’ve used in past, but, i’d rather not have to stop to change tubes.
Fit, forget and enjoy the trails.Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Switched from a BC RQ/X King combo to a Purgatory/The Captain setup. Both running tubeless. The Spesh pairing is lighter. Personally feel they roll similarly quickly and both setups went up with a track pump. The RQ just edges out the Purgatory on all out grip, but I prefer the Captain on the rear to the X King.
On balance, I think the Spesh setup suits me better (AM type riding on a BFe with 150mm forks).Posted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
Been running a 29’er Purg on the front of my FF29 since October and they’re faultless for general riding, bit slow for XC racing but they’ve kept me upright all winter. Either got a Storm or a Ground Control on the back.
My mate has a Purg on the front of his Lapierre X Control and a Captain on the back, he’s massively impressed.
I’ve just taken the Racing Ralphs off my Anthem 29’er and fitted Groybd Controls fore & aft 2.3/2.1 as they’re almost as fast, grippier and a whole lot tougher. Only weigh a little bit more too.
All 2bliss tyres are a synch to get up on Stans rims, Roval ones too, and Mavics come to think of itPosted 4 years ago
cheers – food for thought guys
i’d actually been running a x-king in the summer months last year on the back, but to my astonishment last night i noticed the tread is almost worn on the centre knobs
i bought it brand new last may and used it till october time, ive only just put it back on for summer duties, and its more or less worn 🙁
thats a 2.4 ust one, pretty gutted!
as somebody above i was running, rq 2.2 ust front & rear, then when summer hit i bought a x king 2.4 ust for the back….wont be sticking with this for summer, the minimal tread made for terribly hard work last night in the rain, no grip whatsoever climbing 🙁Posted 4 years ago
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