Rene Herse Compass Cycles Barlow Pass Tire 700x38
Casing Available in Standard Casing
Color Tan Wall
Size 700c x 38mm
Why would you run slicks on your gravel, touring, or cyclocross bike? Well, the Barlow Pass tire was named nostalgically after a beautiful gravel pass on the Mountain Loop Highway, for a reason. This tire will tackle roads (paved or not) with speed thanks to its low rolling resistance, contrary to the myth of wider tires being slower. Bicycle Quarterly looked into this myth:
It turns out wider tires have been tested and proven to only influence the feel of the bike, not the speed. With that said, you're free to choose whatever tire width you'd like. Just keep in mind if you like that whizzy, connected-to-the-road feeling, then choose a narrower tire. If you want more control and the ability to go fast when the road gets rough, choose a wider tire.