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    http://terrenetires.com/elwood/

    I've sold a few sets of these now with positive reviews

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    I've been reviewing these Compass Barlow Pass tires on the tire loan thread, but this is probably the better place.

    I discovered the reason that my front tire was losing air slowly. Obviously these sidewalls are not the toughest barriers. Luckily it sealed up fine after shaking the tire a bit. I'm glad I'm not using these with tubes; I have a suspicion that I would have had a few flats in the rear tire by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Dan View Post
    http://terrenetires.com/elwood/

    I've sold a few sets of these now with positive reviews
    I've been tempted. I might try a set of the Light version for my next gravel tires.

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    So I think I'm giving up on the Schwalbe G-Ones and going back to the Clement X'Plor MSOs. I've now gotten large punctures on the rear tire twice in less than 1200 miles, both from riding through gravelly shoulder areas of the road. The one I got yesterday was pretty small, but I think the cold kept it from sealing and the tire went completely flat (it punctured in probably the last half mile of my commute) while sitting in the parking garage. The cold also caused the tire to shrink up when it lost air and my mini pump wasn't powerful enough to get it back on the bead. I'm going to bring the bike home and put a dynaplug in the hole and see how that goes, but I think I'm going to replace these tires with the Clements once they wear out or inevitably puncture again.

    The G-Ones seem great for actual gravel or clean pavement, but they just seem to be too soft to stand up to the type of gravel that tends to accumulate on the shoulders where I spend a decent amount of time during my commute. The Clements seemed much more durable in that regard, at the cost of a small amount of speed.

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    To circle back to this thread, I have been really happy with the Compass Barlow Pass tires for on and off pavement. They definitely do not have as much traction in loose gravel, compared to a G-One Allround (which is not a super grippy tire either), but for the gravel rides I have done around here that is pretty irrelevant for 97% of the time. And they are really fast on pavement. No flats on these in ~2000 miles.

    I picked up a set of lightly used Snoqualmie Pass (44mm) tires on eBay for $80, which seemed perfect to try out. These are actually the extralite casing too. Combined with my new carbon commuter wheels, the setup is both very plush and very light. So I've switched over to these for the summer -- or until I get frustrated by flats etc.

    The extralite casing is definitely harder to setup tubeless (needs more sealant - air just leaks out of the sidewalls until they get coated). But I was glad I had set them up tubeless, as my kids like to leave thumbtacks lying around the basement ...


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    These tires feel huge!

    After settling in for a couple days, they are holding air fine.

    They feel really nice. Probably those paper-thin sidewalls :-) Do they feel faster than the 38mm Barlow Pass? Not really, no. Do they feel faster than my Specialized Turbo S-Works 28mm tubeless tires? Definitely not.

    I would say that my impressions, contrary to the current trend-bucking trend, bigger is not faster -- at least beyond a point (with the tires I have tried that point is somewhere around 30mm). But big tires really do make rides fun and the speed penalty feels small in comparison to the added the versatility.

    I am gonna brave some gravel on these -- maybe this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Combined with my new carbon commuter wheels, the setup is both very plush and very light.
    Carbon commuter wheels you say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dplasters View Post
    Carbon commuter wheels you say?
    Yessir. Carbon rim prices keep coming down. These are some real box-checkers: 33mm deep, 21mm wide (internal), asymmetric, hookless, tubeless [of course]. These are by Yishun. They built up quite nicely, though their nipple drilling doesn't appear to be angled/offset, which makes some of the spokes enter at a bit of an angle. I might have used 12mm nipples if I'd realized that.

    I've got a set of inexpensive alloy wheels (DT R460db) for spare/winter wheels, but in general now I've become a believer in carbon being a stronger rim (especially hookless). (Which I realize is what people -- and science -- have has been saying for some time.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post

    but in general now I've become a believer in carbon being a stronger rim (especially hookless). (Which I realize is what people -- and science -- have has been saying for some time.)
    My trail bike came stock with carbon rims (and hopes -- woot!). I bent a spoke a few weekends ago (ok, technically I didn't, the 2" stick that got stuck in my wheel did) and I was worried until one of my mechanic friends assured me that with these rims, I could bend five or six spokes and not worry.

    That is a sweet looking bike. Love the yellow and blue.
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