Specialized's Crossroads Armadillo Tire handles bike paths, pavement, and dirt roads without hesitation. The continuous center tread rolls quick while the side knobs provide outstanding cornering grip. Plus, Specialized's Armadillo technology helps keep flats at bay so you can enjoy the ride.
While I found everybody loves these tires for their puncture resistance, I thought the had a little too much roll because of the high sidewall. Hard, tight cornering on a hard surface and they will break out. Rolling resistance was slightly better than the 31x10.50's on the jeep. 50 miles of trails/street and 1 day didn't produce a flat but it was all it took for them to end up removed from the bike. Looking for plan B.
Bottom LineNo, I would not recommend this to a friend
I jump everything I can in town and I don't avoid dirt outside of town. This tire does it all. If I was serious about dirt, I;d run knobbies, but for the totally cr6ppy streets and occasional inspired surprise of a short cut through an abandoned lot, you cannot beat this tire.
When I was running 26", they never flatted and I never added air (I also never popped onto curbs.) Now I check the air every week and jump on and off curbs with abandon.
I've tried the Schwalbe equivalent and these don;t wash out as readily in the sandy corners, and they stick better in rain and snow.
I'll never run anything else.
Unless I'm doing serious dirt.
Bottom LineYes, I would recommend this to a friend