Category Archives: Components

Berthoud Bags: Straps for Elastic-Loop Closure Models

  Berthoud handlebar bags are wonderful, and we’ve been selling them for years now. I even wrote once that they were “unimprovable”. It turns out that they can be improved after all! The model most riders prefer is the “standard” … Continue reading

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The Enduro Allroad Bike

Last year’s Oregon Outback was a great test for the ultimate gravel bike. The course consisted of 1/3 rough and soft gravel, 1/3 smooth gravel and 1/3 pavement. The situation is similar to our favorite local rides: We leave from … Continue reading

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Compass Tires: Standard vs. Extralight

Compass tires are available in two versions: standard and extralight. What is the difference between the two? The difference is in the casing. The standard casing is already quite light and supple, but for the Extralight, we worked with Panaracer … Continue reading

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Why not “Made in U.S.A.”?

At Compass Bicycles, we think a lot about manufacturing. We know what we want to make, but how should we make it, and where? We are not looking for the lowest cost, but for the highest quality. The conditions under … Continue reading

Posted in Rene Herse cranks, Testing and Tech | 86 Comments

Research & Development

Over the last decade-and-a-half, I’ve thought a lot about product development. Long before Bicycle Quarterly and Compass Bicycles, I was involved with several companies as a technical writer and translator. Part of my job was writing instructions, so I got … Continue reading

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Tire Pressure: Data and Details

A little while ago, I wrote about how new scientific research has allowed us to design wide, supple tires that offer the speed of narrow, high-end racing tires. The key finding is that above a certain threshold, increasing tire pressure … Continue reading

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Compass Centerpull Brake Specs

The new Compass centerpull brakes have been very well received. Numerous builders have asked for the complete specifications for the brakes, since many riders plan to use them on their new bikes. We sold so many of the centerpull braze-ons … Continue reading

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