When two brands embody the same ideologies, sometimes it just makes sense to combine forces. Over the past decade, Compass has worked extensively with René Herse Cycles and now the two brands will combine to become René Herse Cycles. You can read all about it at the Bicycle Quarterly Blog.
Touring bikes and randonneuring setups are great ways to get out and spend some time bicycle touring or camping. The problem is when your bike is loaded down and you’re on a busy road, it’s sometimes hard to look over your shoulder safely. Now, there are dozens of mirrors on the market, but none look as clean or as minimal as the new Mkii Gilles Berthoud mirror. It inserts into your drop bar end and is made from aluminum. Safe and stylish!
… and I can’t stop eyeing it on their Flickr. Seriously, this is amazing. Everything about this build is wild. Discuss…
Got a bike with rack mounts but having a hard time finding a rack that will work? Maybe it’s a disc brake bike and the caliper is in the way? Whatever the reason, the gents at Compass have designed a rack, dubbed the UD-1, that will work with *most* bikes. Head over to Compass to read up on it.
The tire label says it all: Compass design, Panaracer construction in a width we can all get behind. Check out the Compass Bicycle Blog for more information on these sick tires!
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.
Finding a strong, lightweight, chromoly rack ain’t easy. Especially one that has the light mount on the correct (for US riders) side. That’s why Compass went straight to the source: Japan’s Nitto to fabricate their new rack. It’s got a 22lb carrying capacity, comes in at 167g and yes, has the light mount on the road side, not the shoulder side.
After vigorous testing, a full run at PBP and seeking out Japan’s Nitto for production, the Compass Randonneur handlebars are now available. These Extralight bars are light. More light than any of Nitto’s current offerings, yet strong enough to take on fire roads, cobbles or whatever you can throw at them. They are available in widths of 400, 420, 440 mm and are in stock now at Compass.
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!