Tire: 650b: Compass Babyshoe Pass 42mm
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The Compass line of tires is designed to offer optimum performance above all. They incorporate the results of eight years of tire testing by Bicycle Quarterly magazine. Their supple casing is key to making these tires roll faster than most. It also absorbs vibrations and shocks better, making these tires supremely comfortable. The tire tread was designed to offer optimum cornering adhesion and precision, both in wet and dry conditions.
Despite this focus on performance, Compass tires are sensible everyday tires. The tread is 3 mm thick to last many miles, unlike thinner high-performance tires which are best treated as “event” tires. Available with standard or extralight casings. The extralight casing not only reduces the tire’s weight, but is also more supple, thus increasing the tire’s speed and comfort even further.Babyshoe Pass (1330 m/4350 ft) runs between the great volcanoes of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams in the Cascade Range. This long climb on a gravel road provides a "back-door" way from Seattle to Portland, which avoids the crowded Puget Lowland. The road can be quite rough, depending on when it last has been graded. As you climb out of the dense evergreen forests, the mountain vistas open up and you see glimpses of Mount Adams. For this challenging ride, you will appreciate the ultimate tire, which will roll as fast as a racing tire on the paved lower sections of the climb, yet float across the gravel on the higher parts. The Babyshoe Pass also is a great way to transform the on-road performance of your 27.5" mountain bike.