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SpecializedButcher Grid Trail 2Bliss T9 29in Tire


Item # SCQ00F7

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  • Black, 29 x 2.3 ($69.99)
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Why We Like The Butcher Grid Trail 2Bliss T9 29in Tire

The Specialized Butcher Grid Trail 2Bliss T9 29in Tire earns a special place in our hearts and on our bikes. The Big S is no stranger to pushing performance boundaries, and the Butcher is a soft and supple tire offering an enormous amount of grip on the trail. T9 is the softest rubber compound Specialized offers, dampening the trail and keeping planted through the rough and tumble of modern trail and enduro riding. The trial version of the Butcher features the same tread pattern as the Gravity option but cuts down on rolling weight, encouraging big days in the saddle over a variety of terrain.

  • Aggressive all-rounder tire for trail riding
  • T9 compound rebounds slowly for maximum traction and control
  • Ramped and siped center tread provides strong braking power
  • Prominent side knobs dig deep for confidence in the corners
  • Lighter trail casing with reinforced sidewalls for protection
  • Butyl-wrapped bead is tubeless-ready

Tech Specs
CompoundGripton T9
Size29 x 2.3, 29 x 2.6in
Typetubeless, clincher
CasingGrid Trail
PSI[29 x 2.3in] 25 - 50psi, [29 x 2.6in] 20 - 40psi
Recommended Usetrail
Manufacturer Warranty2 years

Actual Weight

Black, 29 x 2.3
Black, 29 x 2.6

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Much better than I expected

I've put it through the wringer

I love trying new tires and it's been a long time since I last rode a Specialized tire. Over the last year I have ridden tires from Maxxis, Vittoria, WTB, and Continental, so I can compare these to several of the best tire offerings on the market. I mounted these tires to We Are One Union wheels using a high volume hand pump and they were the easiest tires I've ever mounted. Some of the ease of mounting might be due to the rim design but the tire also plays a part. I was curious how these tires would stack up to my favorite tire combinations; Maxxis DHF WT EXO/MaxxGrip front, DHRII WT EXO/MaxxTerra rear (arguably the industry standard), and WTB Vigilante Light HighGrip front, WTB Trail Boss FastRolling rear (my personal favorite combo). After hitting the dirt, I can say I was very pleased with how this tire handles as a front tire. This tire rolls well considering how aggressive the tread is, and cornering grip is top notch and on par with the DHF. The new T9 rubber compound is super grippy and offers tons of traction in a variety of conditions ranging from loose of hard, rocky terrain, and wet rocks. We don't have a ton of wet roots near where I ride so I can't speak to their ability in those conditions. Taking into consideration the price of these tires they are likely to find their way on my bike time and time again. Compared to the competition, these tires are significantly more affordable and offer equivalent amounts of performance. If you're tired of paying nearly $100 for a quality tire then look no further, these tires are the best bang for your buck. Oh, and it's awesome that Specialized offers these in the Soil Searching tanwall option which donates money to trail building organizations.

>Rating: 5

Damp, holds a line

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 0"
168 lbs

This tire is legit. I ride in Utah where the trails are very dry and dusty, Finding a tire that this is planted and isn't nervous on loose over hard pack is not that easy. I set this tire up as a front, 2.3, 20psi, ENVE AM30, no inserts. My first thought coming off an Exo casing tire was that this tire felt much damper and would hold it's line. The rubber feel with the "thumb test" is soft, buy returns to shape quickly. I put this tire on my scale and it weighed 1092 grams. Also, the logo on this tire is sweet!

>Rating: 4

I was proven wrong. So good!

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 2"
160 lbs

I am always rather skeptical when it comes to trying new tires. I question the grip, feel, and protection. I have my favorites already, and it is one of those "if it works, don't fix it". However, I was proven wrong once again when I tried the new T9 rubber compound. During the first ride, I immediately noticed how grippy the tire was. I could push into any berm I wanted to and the tires just stuck. It wasn't just a first ride impression, that same feel has continued through the life of the tires. They hook up in any terrain, and will hold on off-camber turn. They just bite. In terms of protection, they handle anything I have thrown them into so far. I am not easy on equipment, but I do try to pick good lines. There has been some poor line choices during my time testing the tires, and I was certain I was going to flat. They came out the other side with air in the tires. The life of the tires has far exceeded my expectations. I have almost 40hrs of riding on the tires, and there is little wear on the tires. This is unlike many competitors where knobs would be ripping off by now. I really only have one down side to these tires. I wish they had something between a 2.3" and 2.6". I am a fan of a tire around the 2.5" zone. I have been riding the 2.3" and it does almost measure to a 2.4" on a 30mm internal rim. It is just a small thing. I need to try a 2.6". This Butcher is very similar to a Maxxis DHF. It is a great tire on the front. I prefer the Butcher in the front and Eliminator in the rear. It is similar to a Maxxis DHF and DHR combo.