Specialized T9 Rubber Compound

SPECIALIZED

THE NEW T9 RUBBER COMPOUND

STICKY FAST

A HISTORY OF TRACTION
Thanks to equipment technology and evolution, riders are now descending faster than ever, and demanding more from their tires. Specialized has been finding traction for 45 years, always seeking that extra edge. We’ve taken a deep dive into the science of tires to develop a tread rubber system that offers the right compound for any style of riding; from XC Racing to Gravity.

COMING TO GRIPS WITH RUBBER
Over the past two decades we’ve worked with the best riders in the world to develop tread patterns that offer superior grip in all kinds of conditions. This gives riders the confidence to go even faster, until they find (or exceed) new limits, and send us back to the drawing board. Yeah, we know, it’s a vicious cycle.

In the ceaseless search for more traction, our engineers, chemists, designers and trail testers concluded the key to speed lies in the rubber itself. Regardless of tread pattern, better rubber equals more grip. Nice work, scientists!


So they hit the lab and kicked out our new T- compound system.

Specialized T9 Rubber Compound

T stands for Tread Compound. That is followed by a number, scaled from 1 to 10. That number indicates the amount of damping and grip in the compound. Consequently, T9, on the far end of the scale, is all about grip. It is formulated for maximum adhesion on all surfaces, without being too soft or squishy and sacrificing ride feel. But it hooks up like crazy. Trust us.

Specialized T9 Rubber Compound
Specialized T9 Rubber Compound

GLOBALLY DEVELOPED FOR LOCAL RIDING
Our engineering and chemistry team is based in Germany and the Netherlands. That’s where our proprietary compounds are developed, and where the rubber sorcerers work their magic. Our main product testing team is located in California, which is great for developing tires that work on skatey hardpack. So, in order to really put our compounds to the test, we traveled to the world’s most diverse riding areas and rode ourselves into the ground in order to experience the full spectrum of terrain needed to make sure we got the most out of this rubber.

TREAD, CASING, AND COMPOUND. THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A QUALITY TIRE 
TREAD: It doesn’t matter if you’re riding hardpack, soft mud, or something gnarly/rough/rocky/rooty in between. You want a tread pattern that suits your needs. Our selection of tread designs has you covered, no matter where or how you ride.

CASING: We have a comprehensive tire casing family that covers the needs of any rider; XC, Trail, or Gravity. From feather light to armor plated, you don’t have to worry, because we’re on the case…ing.

COMPOUND: With the introduction of T9, our rubber compound offerings now cover the full range rider needs from super-fast rolling to maximum traction. So no matter your riding style we’re ready to roll with you.

Specialized T9 Rubber Compound

SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR TIRE 
Suspension equals grip, grip equals control, and control equals speed. As we ride, our tires interact with the obstacles on the trail – and each obstacle wants to deflect our tires and throw both rider and bike off track, slowing us down, costing us control.

By applying suspension theory to our rubber compound we can control the deflection and bounce of our tires. Too much rebound and tires behave like undamped suspension, sending riders pinballing all over the trail. Too much damping will make it feel like you’re riding on chewing gum; too squishy and without definition. We’ve formulated our T9 compound to hit the Goldilocks inflection point; it’s perfect for riders who prioritize descending.

STICKY FAST
T9 was created for those of us who go out of our way to find white-knuckled moments. A compound that will keep you up to pace and adhered to your line. In order to achieve maximum traction across all manner of terrain, our entire range of gravity focused tires is now available with T9’s incredible gripping properties. So whether you’re pushing the envelope on hard-packed off-camber corners, railing deep loamy ruts, or bunny hopping into a sea of wet roots, T9’s got your back…and front…tires

Specialized T9 Rubber Compound

DUAL COMPOUND -THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 
The dual compound T7/T9 Eliminator is ideal if you spend your time ripping hard pack trails but are looking for extra bite in the corners. The center knobs consist of faster rolling T7 while we’ve injected the shoulder knobs with T9 to give unparalleled cornering grip. Perfectly suited for logging time on the e-bike or stacking laps in the park, the dual compound Eliminator gives you durability without compromising line choice. Best of both worlds? We think so.

To learn more about the new compound, visit Specialized.com

Specialized T9 Rubber Compound

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