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René Herse: 27.5″ x 2.2″ Umtanum Ridge TC Tire in Stock Now

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René Herse: 27.5″ x 2.2″ Umtanum Ridge TC Tire in Stock Now

The long-awaited 27.5″ x 2.2″ plump and knobby Umtanum Ridge TC Tire is now in stock at René Herse. Ever since Rene Herse Cycles has worked with Lael Wilcox to develop the 29″ / 700C Fleecer Ridge dual-purpose knobbies, they’ve been deluged with requests for 26″ and 650B versions with the same noise-cancelling tread pattern. They launched the 26″ Humptulips Ridge late last year. Now they are introducing the 650B / 27.5″ version, the Umtanum Ridge.

Pick up a pair now in Standard, Extralight, Endurance, and Endurance Plus casings at René Herse.

Jan’s PBP Bike: Derailleurs

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Jan’s PBP Bike: Derailleurs

“Why would anyone make custom derailleurs when modern electronic shifting works extremely well? It’s a bit like driving a car with manual transmission even though the latest automatics are very sophisticated. It’s about being involved in the operation of my bike, rather than just pushing a button. There’s a joy in feeling the gears engage perfectly because I – and not a computer – timed the shift perfectly.”

Head on over to the René Herse blog to read all about Jan’s PBP bike and for some tech insight into rear derailleurs!

New René Herse Humptulips Ridge 26” x 2.3” Tires

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New René Herse Humptulips Ridge 26” x 2.3” Tires

Got an older 26″ MTB frame and want some tires that are a little sprier? Check out Rene Herse Cycles’ latest dual-purpose knobby tire, the Humptulips Ridge 26″ x 2.3″, named after a remote ridge in the Olympic Mountains that offers some of the best riding in the PNW. Like most Rene Herse tires, the Humptulips Ridge is available with three casings, so riders can choose performance and durability to suit their needs: supple Standard (560 g; $ 74), ultra-fast Extralight (530 g; $ 89), and extra-tough Endurance (560 g; $ 89).

Check out more at René Herse.

Fear Not: Rene Herse Chainrings are 12 Speed Compatible

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Fear Not: Rene Herse Chainrings are 12 Speed Compatible

The thing I love seeing is a modern road or ‘cross drivetrain with vintage-inspired or straight-up vintage silver cranks. If you’ve wanted to mix up your SRAM or Shimano built bike with something classier than the supplied cranks – which are designed to look good with carbon bikes, not steel frames, IMO – then check out this tidbit of information Jan from Rene Herse just announced.

In designing the Rene Herse chainrings, they anticipated the arrival of 12-speed, so the ramping design on these rings and the ring’s teeth width themselves have been engineered and now confirmed to work with 12-speed systems. I’m not talking “shift and it’ll eventually drop, ‘work'” I mean shift and it’ll smoothly engage.

Read more over at the Rene Herse blog.

-Low Q factor (142 mm for a double)
-Weight (598 g)
-High strength – pass the highest ‘EN Racing Bike’ test for fatigue resistance
-Available as single, double and triple, even for tandems
-Three lengths from 165 to 177 mm, each based on a dedicated forging
-Chainring choices from 52 to 24 teeth
-No worries about spare parts in the future

René Herse: 700C x 44 Snoqualmie Pass with the Endurance Casing

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René Herse: 700C x 44 Snoqualmie Pass with the Endurance Casing

For those wishing to sacrifice a bit of that plush and supple ride quality for more flat resistance, René Herse just made another product announcement. To follow up with their Juniper Ridge Endurance Casing tires, René Herse just announced their 700x44mm Snoqualmie Pass tire, an all-road slick, now comes in a more resilient casing as well. Also available in an Endurance casing is the 700x42mm Hurricane Ridge that were ridden to 8th place in this year’s Dirty Kanza by Ted King. The knobbies are 2mm narrower to allow for mud clearance.

See more at René Herse.