Rene Herse Barlow Pass Tire (Tan Sidewall) (Standard Casing)

Rene Herse Barlow Pass Tire (Tan Sidewall) (Standard Casing)
Price: $69.00


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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. If you're looking for a true dual-purpose knobby in the same size, maybe for your cx bike check out the Steilacoom tire.


  • Excellent grip
  • Superior comfort
  • Lightweight
  • Classic tan sidewalls
  • Clincher tires with the ride of a good tubular

Weight: 430g 
Tire Type: Tubeless Compatible   
Max Pressure: 75psi/60psi for tubeless 
Casing: Standard
Make: Japan   
Size: 700c x 38mm

Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 29 2020 (7 months ago)
Rene Herse Barlow Pass Tire (Tan Sidewall) (Standard Casing) (700 x 38)
These are amazing tires - supple and light with low rolling resistance. I use these on my all-around touring/commuting/errand-running bike and love them as they ride as nice as any road tire you care to name and are great on gravel or with a heavy load on the bike. Flat protection is always going to be a lower priority with tires of this sort, but this is my third set of Compass/Herse tires (different bikes) and I've never found them to be particularly flat-prone.
Verified Owner
Monday, May 18 2020 (11 months ago)
Rene Herse Barlow Pass Tire (Tan Sidewall) (Standard Casing) (700 x 38)
I love these tires. I have a Salsa Warbird, and ride a mix of paved and gravel roads (maybe 75/25 paved/gravel). Tires are set up as tubeless. Not having a gravel tread makes for nice rolling on paved roads, and they really don't feel much slower than my 28mm road tires on pavement, and they are more comfortable riding, and of course much better on gravel roads. The smooth tread is fine on gravel except for some of the steeper inclined hills may require a little more in-the-saddle climbing to prevent slipping, but really not a problem. If you ride primarily gravel roads, you may want a tire with some tread.
Wednesday, Apr 15 2020 (12 months ago)
Rene Herse Barlow Pass Tire (Tan Sidewall) (Standard Casing) (700 x 38)
Purchased these as a xmas present for myself and while I love the way they ride and how comfortable they are, they have absolutely no puncture protection. I started commuting 14 miles round trip daily in the last two months and have had no less than a dozen punctures of varying types. I really can't recommend these for that reason.