… on “slick tires,” you should really check it out. There’s a great article up on the Bicycle Quarterly blog, so head on over and give it a read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
QBP’s new tire company, Teravail is launching this week, beginning with this video featuring their Galena 32mm tire on the Almanzo route.
With sizes ranging from 650b x 48mm, 26″ x 32mm, and 700c x 35mm, Compass has a whole lotta new rubber to keep your wheels rolling down whatever terrain you want to take on. Head over to the Compass Blog for more information or just check stock at the Compass Webshop. Personally, I think those Switchback Hill tires look sick!
… thanks for the reminder, Richard.
My favorite all ’rounder tire is now available in 650b. Bruce Gordon’s Rock ‘n Road multi-surface tire is finally here for both 700c and 650b bikes. Available in a gumwall and blackwall now at Bruce Gordon.
In the world of true gumwall tires, the higher the TPI, the better. Maybe not for puncture resistance, but surely for the ride. Performance road tires, by definition should perform and the new Turbo Cotton tires from specialized sound like they’ll do the trick. Hell, they sure look like they’re willing to fill that role (roll). I can’t wait to try out a pair!
Casing: 320 TPI Polycotton
Flat Protection: BlackBelt
700 x 24; psi 115-125; approximate weight 210g