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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Quick review of the 700x38c Compass Barlow Pass:
    - measure 37.5mm on 19mm internal-width rims (Kinlin XR31)
    - very easy to mount and seat tubeless. One tire did lose its air overnight, but I also didn't shake things around much and it was fine riding in to work. The bead is very stretchy, which seems wrong for tubeless (but probably fine at these low pressures?).
    - smooth ride. I haven't played with pressure but started with 35/40 (f/r), which seems fine.
    - not faster than a road tire, but feels faster than the G-One tires I was using before (makes sense).
    - can't comment on durability yet.
    To follow up, I've put around 800 miles on these tires.

    Quick notes:
    - Haven't gotten any flats. Have not tried riding on Lake Fairfax singletrack, but after riding a fair bit of gravel this morning, I'm not actually afraid to do that.
    - They do, however, tend to leak a bit of air when the bike sits for a long time. I suspect at some point I punctured my rear tire and it is being sealed with Stans; during work day pressure would drop to around 30psi (instead of 50psi) -- so, rideable, but a little sloshy. I added more sealant and past couple days it hasn't dropped significantly. But in general these feel like they need more frequent top ups.
    - Wear seems very minimal at this stage, which is good. A lot less wear than I see on my G-One tires after riding them this long on pavement.

    I'm embarrassed to admit how eye-opening these tires have been. There are some nuanced differences between different treads and widths and tube material on road bike tires, but comparing these tires to something similar in size and fast-ish like a G-One Allround is an apples to oranges comparison. These feel like big, soft road race tires. So far the data says this setup is not quite as fast as my road bike wheels/tires (28mm Schwalbe Pro One on 50mm rims), but they feel very fast. I haven't taken them to Hains Point Hammerfest to see if I could hang onto the A group, but I suspect I could (especially in the off season). So they really are close enough in speed to a road tire, that I think these are my standard tires now for this bike. They certainly feel a whole lot nicer than the 30mm G-One Speed tires I had been using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    I'm embarrassed to admit how eye-opening these tires have been.
    And these are the standard casing, not the black extra-light? I think I'll have to ask Santa for some!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    And these are the standard casing, not the black extra-light? I think I'll have to ask Santa for some!
    That's right. I am sure the extralite are even softer, but these are an entirely different planet from anything else I have tried. (Even the big 47mm WTB Horizon tires didn't feel this plush.)

    I did some riding on the Towpath (Chain Bridge to Great Falls) on Sunday, as I feel increasingly braver to ride them off-road.

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    I like the Horizons a lot for the towpath between Georgetown and Great Falls. They really eat up the bumps. I recently got some 700x42 Soma Cazaderos that I think should also do nicely there, and perhaps in light snow.

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    Would love to hear more feedback on Soma tires. These -- esp the supple vitesse -- sound like they are probably pretty similar to Compass (also Panaracer-made, I believe?). Of course, those at least aren't any cheaper ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Would love to hear more feedback on Soma tires.
    Maiden voyage is tomorrow's commute, so will have first impressions soon. I got the Cazaderos mainly to max out my frame's tire clearance, for the slippery-er parts of the Fairfax CCT, and to see if a kinda-knobby 700x42 tire would feel too stable or unsporty on pavement. I've been running 700x38 Panaracer Paselas (cheap, wire bead, no flat protection) and am satisfied with them. I think they are a fine tire for the price, and the sidewalls are surprisingly flexible. If the Cazaderos don't feel noticeably slower than the Paselas and offer some grip, I will be pleased.

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