Category Archives: Tires

Tires

The Trouble with “Road Tubeless”

It’s always interesting when bike industry people talk among each other, off-the-record. On the ride from the airport to Paul Camp a few weeks ago, one bike tester was still visibly shaken when he related: “My tubeless tire blew off the … Continue reading

Posted in Testing and Tech, Tires | 131 Comments

Tubeless-Compatible Barlow Pass 700C x 38 mm

First, I want to apologize that several Compass tire models are out of stock. Orders from our distributors in Europe and Japan have exceeded our expectations, and tire production has to be scheduled long in advance… The tires now are on … Continue reading

Posted in Tires | 34 Comments

A True Dual-Purpose Knobby

“Don’t do this on knobby tires!” would be most cyclists’ advice when looking at the photo above. Everybody knows that cornering hard on pavement and knobby tires don’t go together. And yet, the photo shows me on Compass Steilacoom knobby tires. And I … Continue reading

Posted in Testing and Tech, Tires | 28 Comments

Panaracer: Hand-Made Tires

A highlight of my visits to Japan is going to the Panaracer factory. It’s a magical place, where some of the world’s best tires are made largely by hand. It resembles a storybook factory: Huge machines emit hissing steam. Skilled hands assemble casing, beads … Continue reading

Posted in Tires | 42 Comments

When to Use Knobby Tires

Compass has long championed the use of “road” tires on gravel. More and more gravel racers agree: When gravel is sliding on gravel, knobbies are of little use. So then why does Compass offer a knobby tire, the Steilacoom 700C … Continue reading

Posted in Testing and Tech, Tires | 33 Comments

Why We Don’t Make “Gravel” Tires

At Compass Cycles, we love riding on gravel roads, so it may come as a surprise that we don’t make “gravel” tires. Compass tires are road tires, perfected for use on paved roads. The rubber compound is optimized for grip on pavement, … Continue reading

Posted in Tires | 97 Comments

Steilacoom Tire Testing

We thoroughly test every Compass product before we release it. We also seek unbiased evaluations from experienced riders who weren’t involved in the development of the products. For the new Compass Steilacoom cyclocross tires, we gave them to a number … Continue reading

Posted in Testing and Tech, Tires | 10 Comments