Supple tires are the most dramatic change you can make to the feel and performance of your bike. They roll more smoothly over the irregularities of the road surface, making them more comfortable and faster. They also absorb less energy as they deform with each tire revolution, which also increases your speed. Most of all, supple tires make your bike feel alive.
With supple tires, you can run wider tires at lower pressures, making your bike more comfortable and sure-footed, with no loss in performance. Professional racers have benefited from this research, but the bike industry continues to lag behind this trend and still reinforces most wide tires with puncture-proof belts and sturdy casings.
Our Compass tires provide the amazing ride of high-end tubular tires, but with the convenience of clinchers: There is no need to glue tires onto your rims any longer to experience the wonderful ride of supple tires. Thanks to their wider sections and lower pressures, Compass tires roll over debris that gets hammered into narrower tires, making them remarkably puncture-resistant. The tread is thick enough in the center to make our tires long-lasting. The tread pattern is designed to interlock with the road surface, so our tires offer amazing cornering grip, both in wet and dry conditions.
Compass tires are available in a variety of sizes to fit most bikes. Once you ride them, you won’t be able to go back to “normal” tires!
“Rode the Babyshoe Pass EL’s on all the really long rides (600, 1000) last year. Fabulously comfortable, and fast. ”
– N. B., Arlington, VA
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Compass 650B x 48 Switchback Hill$63.00–$84.00
Compass 650Bx42 Babyshoe Pass$59.00–$78.00
Compass 650Bx38 Loup Loup Pass$59.00–$78.00
Grand Bois 650Bx42 Hetre$59.00
Grand Bois 650Bx32 Cypres$57.00–$76.00
Schwalbe Tubes for 650B and 26″ Tires$9.00–$16.00
Park Tool VC-1 Valve Core Tool$10.00