Category Archives: tires
Compass Cycle: Rat Trap Pass in Standard Casing
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Compass knows that not everyone needs an ultralight tire for day to day use and that sometimes, a “standard casing” is just well, better. Knowing this they took their Rat Trap Pass, that giant 26″ tire and made it more resilient to road debris. Head over to Compass to see pricing and more information.

May 2, 2016 1 comment
Maxxis Appalachian Summit Video

Maxxis put together a video showcasing the events from their recent Appalachian Summit in Georgia. It was a hell of a weekend, and if you haven’t checked out the Gallery from the event, be sure to do so.

Apr 14, 2016 2 comments
Tried and True Tires: Bruce Gordon Rock N Road
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After slicing a 6-month old WTB Nano wide open on a sharp rock during a ride last week, I swapped my tires back over to the Bruce Gordon Rock N Roads. Once I got them set up tubeless, I was immediately reminded how much I love these damn beautiful tires but as we all know, looks aren’t everything.

A 43mm tire with a decent amount of tread can’t fit in most frames, but I had my Firefly designed to specifically accommodate the Rock N Roads. After a few inner-city dirt rides, with a few photos, I felt compelled to share some thoughts… (more…)

Feb 16, 2016 33 comments
Rubber Side: Maxxis Rambler 40mm Tubeless Tire
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When it comes to my mountain bike, I’m pretty loyal to Maxxis’ tire offerings but on my ‘cross bike, I’ve been loyal to the WTB Nano for so long that I forget to look at other options out there. This year at Interbike, Maxxis unveiled a few 40mm tires, marketed at the “gravel” crowd: the Rambler, with a minimal, tightly-packed, fast-rolling tread (pictured) and the Re-fuse, a slick. Both tires are tubeless-ready and seem to be solid options for those wanting a little more cushion for dirty rides.

Yesterday I installed the Rambler on my Firefly and while they took a bit to get seated on my tubeless rims, I like what I see so far. While they are called a 40mm tire, mine measured 38mm on the ENVE M50 rims, which are actually quite wide. Side by side to the Nano, which measure 41mm on the same rims, they’re not nearly as plump, but the light tread pattern looks like it’ll roll fast on pavement while offering a good amount of traction on dusty corners. Maxxis calls the Rambler a racing tire.

Time will tell which I’ll prefer (the Nano or the Rambler) for this bike in particular but after a few quick rides, I’m enjoying what the Rambler has to offer. You can order these tires from your local Rambler dealer, or through Maxxis direct if your local shop doesn’t carry them.

Nov 23, 2015 19 comments
SOMA: Shikoro and Supple Vitesse Tires
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SOMA always does a great job at addressing tire demands from its customers. Their new Shikoro tire offers the ultimate protection with reinforced sidewalls and tough tread, while the Supple Vitesse offer a smoother ride with tubular casing and two tread thicknesses.

Like options? These tires are available in 23, 28, 33, 38, 42mm widths. That’s literally something for everyone. Check out more info at Soma’s Blog and swoop up a pair at your local dealer.

Oct 20, 2015 19 comments
Surly: New Extraterrestrial 26″ Tires and 8 or 24 Pack Racks
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26″ isn’t dead, it just took a back seat on an interstellar space trip for a bit. The newest tire from Surly, the Extraterrestrial proves that there’s a lot of fun to have on your 26″ bike. These 2.5″, 60TPI tires have been designed for multi-surfaces and will still enjoy a commute that’s mostly pavement.

Speaking of commuting, there are two racks coming in from Surly: the 8 Pack and the 24 Pack Racks. Surely you get the reference… See more at Surly.

Oct 19, 2015 5 comments
Introducing Teravail Tires: All-Road, Gravel and Off-Road
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The brands within the umbrella of QBP have something for everyone and now, with the introduction of Teravail, their newly-launched, in-house tire brand, they deliver something for just about everyone in terms of tires for varying terrain.

The initial Teravail product line includes tires for three categories: all-road, gravel, and off-road, ranging in size from 28mm up to 2.2″. Check out the models below. (more…)

Oct 1, 2015 24 comments
Teravail Tires

QBP’s new tire company, Teravail is launching this week, beginning with this video featuring their Galena 32mm tire on the Almanzo route.

Sep 30, 2015 30 comments