Developed in collaboration with adventure cyclist Lael Wilxox and designed with the current generation of gravel and all-road bikes in mind, the new Rene Herse Hatcher Pass is a 700 x 48mm tire that they say hits the sweet spot between a narrow gravel tire and a more voluminous mountain bike tire.
After working with Lael on the 29 x 2.2″ Fleecer Ridge and 700 x 48mm Oracle Ridge tires, Lael asked Jan Heine at Rene Herse, “How about a smooth all-road version of the Oracle Ridge?” Not long after, this new tire was in the works, named after Lael’s favorite pass in Alaska. “It’s where I completed my Everest Challenge. The front side of it is paved and leads to Independence Mine (an abandoned gold mine that is now a state park). The backside is dirt. In August and September, there are plentiful fields of wild blueberries near the top,” she said.
The new Hatcher Pass is a clincher, folding bead tire that’s tubeless compatible and has a recommended tubeless pressure of 60 psi (4 bar). It measures 48mm on a 23mm internal width rim, with the extralight casing adding 1mm and tubeless configuration adding 0.5mm width. It’s available in three versions, outlined below:
- Supple casing
- Tan sidewalls
- 375 grams
- Ultra-light, ultra-supple casing
- The ultimate in speed and comfort
- Tan sidewalls
- 330 grams
- The same ultra-fine threads as our Extralight casing, but in a denser, stronger weave
- Protective belt under sidewalls and tread
- Ideal for rough gravel and tough conditions
- Dark tan sidewalls
- 425 grams
You can find additional details and purchase a set of Hatcher Pass tires at ReneHerseCycles.com.
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