Category Archives: Testing and Tech

Allroad Bikes Hit the Mainstream!

The big news in the bike world this week is Cannondale’s introduction of an Allroad bike, which will be equipped with 650B x 42 mm tires. And those tires have a file tread pattern, and generally look very much like our … Continue reading

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Compass Tire Prototypes: Really Big Tires!

Our very first Enduro Allroad prototype tires started out as knobbies with supple casings – then we had the knobs shaved off by Peter Weigle. We wanted to test the concept of a very wide, supple tire before committing to … Continue reading

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10 Most Important Innovations in Cycling

A while back, another magazine published a list of the “10 Most Important Innovations in Cycling”. The list included things like electronic shifting and Lycra, but left out pneumatic tires… This got us thinking: What are the ten most important … Continue reading

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Not A Museum Piece

When bikes are as stunningly beautiful as the machines from René Herse, Alex Singer and other French constructeurs, it is easy to dismiss them as “beauty queens” or “show bikes.” This would be a mistake: The performance of these bikes … Continue reading

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Fun with Compass Brake Parts: Twin-Blade Skates

My daughter’s science project this year was an interesting one. She had seen a photo of a scooter with two front wheels. She wondered whether she could make an ice skate with two blades. Would it offer better grip in … 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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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

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