René Herse – Compass Tires 650B




Rene Herse tire development has been based on decades of experience of riding road and gravel.  They have been proven to perform in racing (Top placings in Arkansas High Country Race, Grinduro, Mid-South, Steamboat Gravel, etc.), endurance events (Paris-Brest-Paris, French Divide, Oregon Outback) and adventures worldwide (Cascade Mountains, Pyrenees, Japan, Peru, Mexico).  Rene Herse works with leading rim makers (Enve, Zipp, HED) to ensure compatibility of the tires.

We use René Herse – Compass Tires on many of our custom Mariposa Bicycles (cyclocross, touring, road, randonneur, city, all-road, and adventure bikes), as they are fast and handle well due to the tread pattern and supple casing. There are a variety of tread patterns for all applications whether racing, touring or riding on the dirt. We stock the range (Standard, Extralight, Endurance and Endurance Plus, as well as different widths and tread patterns).

The Casing

The casing determines the ride and performance of your tire. Rene Herse tires are available with four casings:

Standard – Supple Workhorse
  • Comfortable and fast
  • Strong enough to survive considerable abuse
  • The most economical choice
  • Tan sidewall
Extralight – Ultimate Performance
  • Speed: among the world’s fastest tires
  • Comfort: amazingly smooth ride
  • Weight: lightest tires in their sizes
  • But: Ultra-supple sidewalls less resistant to cuts
  • Tan or black sidewall
Endurance – Strong and Supple
  • The extra-fine threads of our Extralight in a denser, stronger weave
  • Protection layer against punctures and sidewall cuts
  • Same speed as Standard casing, but with extra protection
  • Easiest to set up tubeless
  • Works well with hookless rims
  • Dark tan sidewall

Tread Pattern

The tread pattern makes your tire grip and roll well. Rene Herse offers two tread patterns:

All-Road -Road and Gravel
  • Great on pavement
  • Chevron ribs interlock with the road surface
  • Superior traction, especially in the wet
  • Great on smooth and dry gravel
  • Longitudinal center ribs serve as a wear indicator
Dual Purpose Knobby – Mud, Snow and Adventure
  • Large knobs don’t squirm on pavement
  • Knob pattern puts always the same amount of rubber on the road
  • Rides and corners like a good road tire on pavement (really!)
  • Open tread doesn’t clog up
  • Performs like the best knobbies in mud, dirt or snow
  • Noise cancellation (Oracle, Fleecer Ridge) for a quiet ride
  • Why don’t we ride knobbies all the time?
    • wear a little faster
    • less straight-line stability

If you are installing tubeless tires for the first time, you will find this video on how to install tubeless tires helpful.


Rene Herse

Additional information


Rene Herse Switchback Hill 650B x 48, Rene Herse Baby Shoe Pass 650B x 42, Rene Herse Loup Loup Pass 650B x 38mm, Rene Herse Pumpkin Ridge 650B x 42mm, Rene Herse Juniper Ridge 650B x 48mm


Standard (Tan), Extra-light (Black), Extralight (Tan), Endurance (Dark Tan)


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