Reviews the Compass Barlow Pass

“A supremely grippy, comfortable, fast tubeless tyre with no downsides” is the verdict of the popular British web site Tester Mike Stead goes on to explain how he used the Barlow Pass tires: “After months of trying, I smashed a 1km Strava sprint segment, knocking five seconds off my previous best and setting a KOM benchmark that the previous holder is going to be hurting to regain.”

Of course, Compass tires aren’t just known for their speed, and Mike enthuses about the “supreme comfort” and “prodigious amounts of grip for cornering and braking.” Reading this, you might think that he’s a friend or relative, or that we paid him to review these tires. But no, all our British distributor Sven Cycles did was send a set of tires.

When Mike went “properly off-road into rooted and rocky singletrack,” he found that “the super-supple casing deformed around and gripped to trail irregularities with amazing ease.” When I read this, I really wanted to join Mike Steed on his rides. It sounds like he was having a lot of fun on his Compass tyres! But instead of telling you more about the review, why don’t you read it yourself?

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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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5 Responses to Reviews the Compass Barlow Pass

  1. Mike Stead says:

    Jan, you’re more than welcome to join me next time you’re in the Highlands. We’ve got rather a lot of gravel 🙂

  2. Thomas says:

    Hi Jan, good to know :-).
    Been thinking myself to replace my 40mm Schwalbe G-One on my Gravel Bike for some faster tires, although I’m quite happy with them – since we all know : ‘Das Bessere ist des Guten Feind’.
    Here a question: What exactly is the difference between the Barlow Pass compared to the Stampede Pass (apart from the size of course) and which one would you recommend for a 87kg rider who rides on tarmac like 99% of the time.

    • Both tires will be great. Apart from the size, there really isn’t any difference between them – all our tires are optimized for performance and comfort, while also offering very good longevity thanks to a little extra rubber in the middle of the tread.

      Personally, I prefer a 42-44 mm-wide tire for paved roads, as it handles cracks and bumps a bit better than a 38, but I am sure you’ll be happy with either tire.

  3. Phillip Cowan says:

    I’ve got a set of these on my dinglespeed. I’ve been nothing but delighted with them. They replaced a set of 35mm Schwalbe G-One’s. The Schwalbe’s were very good, supple and grippy but their soft compound makes them a one season tire for me. So far the BP’s are proving to be just as good and more durable too.

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