Tires Have Landed – Pre-Order Now!

We try to keep our products in stock. For us, bicycles are necessities, and their parts should be available at all times. So we are really sorry that some of our tires have been out of stock. We simply hadn’t planned on demand in Europe taking off as it has. And making tires by hand takes time, so we couldn’t just ask Panaracer in Japan to make more at the drop of a hat. Fortunately, our most popular sizes have been in stock all along.

We are glad to report that the NYK Nebula that carries the container with our latest tire shipment from Japan has docked in Tacoma. After unloading and customs’ clearance, the shipment will arrive at the Compass warehouse next week. Then, Compass tires will be in stock again in all sizes, including the new tubeless-compatible Barlow Pass 700C x 38 mm.

Many customers have asked to be alerted when the tires arrive. We are now taking pre-orders, so that you can be among the very first to get your tires. Your credit card will be charged now, and your order will be shipped as soon as the tires arrive. At that time, you’ll receive a shipping confirmation, so you know your tires are on the way.

Or you can just wait until the tires are in our warehouse. We’ll make another announcement then.

Click here to order your Compass tires.

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

Spirited rides that zig-zag across mountain ranges. Bicycle Quarterly magazine and its sister company, Compass Cycles, that turns our research into high-performance components for real-world riders.
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22 Responses to Tires Have Landed – Pre-Order Now!

  1. Sean says:

    It’s worth taking a moment to comment on this post because I want you to know how refreshing it is to see a company like yours keep it’s customers in the loop about product status. Not only the when/where but the why. I’ve had far too many bad experiences in recent years with small-batch productions that never live up to promises (cough-cough-Rawland)…followed up with abysmal communication. Production problems are to be expected to a certain extent, considering all the variables and unforseeable factors involved, as you mentioned. However, when customers are then left in the dark, it absolutely ruins good-will and loyalty. Cheers to Compass for recognizing these pitfalls and putting the customers first with this detailed update.

  2. Adamar says:

    Few questions, hope they’re not too dumb.
    You mentioned in the comments under the previous article the Barlow got a little heavier, looking on the shop it’s now listed as heavier than the Snoqualmie, which is a wider tyre. Seems a bit odd?
    Do you recommend standard over ultralight for running tubeless, or does it not particularly matter?
    And finally, any hints as to which tyre is getting upgraded next? 🙂

    • The weights for the Barlow Pass are still the old weights. As we refine our tires, we try to make them lighter… The 44 mm Snoqualmie Pass are newer than the old Barlow Pass. Beyond that, there is some variability between production runs. Compass tires are largely handmade, and how much rubber coats the sidewalls can vary a little depending on the settings of the machines.

      Both standard and Extralight casings work fine with tubeless. We recommend using Orange Seal for the initial setup, and it seals the sidewalls better. After that, we’ve had good luck with Stan’s for replenishing the sealing, but the Orange Seal Endurance formula should work equally well.

  3. Conrad says:

    Lots of demand for these tires. We could see piracy in the Puget sound.

  4. I love your tires , keep it up !

  5. Niels Lillevang Hansen says:

    We still need a european stockist. Your tires become very expensive when you sum up freight, inport duty and vat. VAT alone is 20-25% in most european countries…

  6. Jay Epstein says:

    I’m going to take the plunge this summer and try your tires for commuting.
    Which width would you recommend for 100% urban pavement on a Rivendell Sam Hillborne with P45 SKS Longboard fenders? I can get a 35 or maybe even 37 mm tire under there, but I remember you writing that 32s were the optimal size for 700c on pavement. I’ll be using Stan’s in Schwalbe extralight tubes if that makes any difference.

    Thanks. I’m looking forward to finding out for myself that these tires are as good as everyone says.

    Jay in Tel Aviv

    • I’d go for the widest tire you can safely fit. Wider tires run at lower pressures, which greatly reduces the number of flats you get. Yes, for ultimate handling, you’d want to reduce the wheel size a bit, but I’d rather ride a bit with wide tires that resists turning a bit than one with narrower tires and optimized handling.

  7. hello Jan !
    where can I buy your tires in the U.K online or elsewhere on the net in Europa ?
    thanks

  8. Frank says:

    Hi Jan.
    I know you have answered this before … but I can’t seem to find it.
    Do you know how well your tyres store? If i keep them in a box (not in the sun or anything) will they still be okay after eight months? How about a year or even 18 months? (I remember you recommend keeping them away from the fridge as ozone degrades them)
    Thanks. All the best, Frank.

    • A year or two won’t be any problem. If you keep them out of the sun, and away from ozone, they’ll last for many years. Two years isn’t a problem at all. Many professionals “age” their tires that long. When you install the tires after a long period of storage, examine them carefully and don’t use them if the sidewalls are dry and/or cracked.

  9. Heather says:

    Will there be any 650b x 32 brought back? I am still hoping that 30, 28, 26mm become available some day. If super wide 700cc road tires can exist for all roads adventure, then surely…
    Conversions: my husband’s conversion theoretically has room for 650bx38 but in reality not so he is looking for 32mm. Aside from the hutchinson or grand bois nobody is making 32mm tires. I’m looking at converting my 700cc bikes to more proportional for me 650b, but even 32mm might be too wide. I’d have to settle for 650c’s narrow options or be stuck with 26mm at most 700cc tires.. The trend is wider is better, but many small lighter riders can find even 32mm x 650b too much. I’ve read many a bike builder insist that smaller riders would be better off on 650b x 28. 650b x38 was a mush fest in my experience for example.
    There are four 650 sizes as you know. 650b can do the job for all these sizes if more tire and rim width options exist. It would make conversion decisions easier to get beloved bicycles with lack of clearance for 32mm+ back on the road.
    You do have some nice 26″ options, but I’d have to be given a very nice high end vintage mtb bike to try that again.

    • I can see your point. A very light rider doesn’t need as much air volume as a heavier one. Unfortunately, there is almost no demand for narrow 650B tires. Making a new mold for them would be cost-prohibitive.

      You can change the feel of your tires very easily by increasing the tire pressure. My Firefly has 54 mm-wide tires, and it feels totally different when I am running 40 psi for the road, or 25 psi for gravel.

    • Jacob Musha says:

      Even if the tires existed, dropping to 650b in such a narrow width would likely lower the bottom bracket to a dangerously low height. For example, going from a 700×23 tire to a 650b x 30mm tire drops the bottom bracket 24mm, or roughly an inch. Unless your frame had a very high bottom bracket to begin with you will likely have pedal strike issues. Plus, you are going through a significant conversion for very little gain in tire width.

      If your frames really have such limited clearance, my only recommendation would be to get different frames. As painful and expensive as that may be.

      Personally, I have three 26″ bikes riding on Rat Trap Pass tires and I’m extremely happy with all of them. One is a 700c -> 26″ conversion, one is a vintage MTB with drop bars, and one is a custom built frame. So there are many ways to run wider tires. I weigh 140lbs and I don’t find the super wide tires “mushy” at all. I just run them at a pressure that feels appropriate for the conditions.

  10. Jim says:

    Jan
    You rode the Oregon Outback on Baby shoe’s were they adequate for the conditions or should I go with Rat Traps on my 26 in bike. Thanks Jim

    • The idea for the Rat Trap Pass came during the Oregon Outback. 42 mm tires were OK, but I realized that I could have gone a lot quicker if I hadn’t sunk so deep into the gravel… So I’d go with the wider (54 mm) Rat Trap Pass.

      • Gugie says:

        +1

        Here in Oregon we have the North Trask route, popularized by Velodirt. From Forest Grove to Tillamook, it’s about 50-50 paved/gravel. I’ve ridden it three times, the first with 650b x 42 Cazaderos, the second with 650b x 42 Hetres, and the third with 26″ x 54 RTP tires. I found that the Jan is dead on: the tread on the Cazaderos didn’t give me much better traction, if any on the gravel/dirt portion, and slowed the bike down a bit on the pavement. On some fairly fresh gravel along the Barney reservoir I was washing out quite a bit. I didn’t feel completely comfortable speeding down the gravelly downhill sections. My third trip was done on a the Rat Trap Pass tires. I felt like I was floating on the gravel rather than digging in, and never felt out of control.

        Write up on the last ride from the bike forums: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1064834-ready-epic-c-v-ride-north-trask-route-forest-grove-tillamook.html

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