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the ORIGINAL fast rolling 650b x 47mm tire that set the trend for wide-tire drop-bar bikes in motion!
Rene Herse (formerly known as 'Compass Cycles,') has been bringing high performing tires to market since the beginning! Rene Herse is THE name in supple, fast rolling tires and we are proud to say that we are now stocking a wide array of their tires here for your riding pleasure. Hand-made in Japan by Panaracer to Rene Herse's specifications, there's no better way to bring your riding experience to life than by choosing these tires.
What René Herse says about the Switchback Hill:
"The original supple tire that started the ‘Road Plus’ segment. Inspired by the legendary Oregon Outback and named after the first climb of that epic 360-mile gravel ride/race, the Switchback Hill remains the lightest, fastest and most comfortable ultra-wide 650B tire.
On the Oregon Outback route, the gravel is quite loose in places, and the extra flotation of the Switchback Hills gives you more speed and security when the going gets really rough. 30% of the Oregon Outback is on pavement, so we designed this tire to roll as fast and grip as well as a good racing tire. The tread has enough thickness in the center to last many miles, but it’s thin and supple on the shoulders where it doesn’t wear. With this tire, you truly have the best of both worlds.
All the Rene Herse tires we stock here at the Outpost come in 3 or 4 different casings. Choose the Standard for a high-quality baseline, Extralight for the fastest and most comfortable tire possible, Endurance for additional sidewall protection, and Endurance Plus for when you need the ultimate in reassurance and are far in the backcountry.
**When it comes to colours, Standard is tan sidewall only, Endurance and Endurance Plus is dark tan only, and Extralight comes in black or tan.**
For more information about René Herse tires check out this article:Which Casing Is Right For Me? - Article or reach out to our customer service team. We're always happy to help!