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650B Tires

Grand Bois Hetre
650B x 42 mm

Comfort and Speed

  • Low rolling resistance
  • Excellent grip
  • Superior comfort
  • Light weight
  • Classic appearance
  • Clincher tires with the ride of a good tubular

"The Hetres are the King of Tires: fast on the road, plush as anything you have ever experienced in your life, sturdy and incredibly long-wearing."

    — S. P., Alexandria VA

The Hetre (pronounced ‘ATre’, French for beech tree) is constructed like a high-end racing tire, but with more than twice the air volume of a 28 mm-wide tire. On smooth roads, it rolls as fast as a good racing tire. When the road turns rough, it does not slow down significantly. You will be amazed at the speed you carry across rough roads, and at the comfort these tires provide. The best riding often is away from traffic on little backroads or even gravel. The Hetre opens up a whole world of possibilities.

Standard casing

412 g, clincher, folding bead. Available with black, red or white tread. Made in Japan.

$ 59


Extra Léger model
If you are looking for this tire with the Extra Léger casing, we recommend the Compass Babyshoe Pass 650B x 42 mm, which also features a tread optimized for performance and cornering.

We recommend Schwalbe SV12 or SV14A (Superlight) tubes for the Hetre.

Instructions for determining your maximum tire width.

Read more about our tires on our blog.

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