Named after a remote ridge in the Olympic Mountains, Rene Herse Cycles’ latest dual-purpose knobby tire, the Humptulips Ridge 26″ x 2.3″, is now in production. According to Rene Herse, the new 26er-specific tire has undergone months of testing all over the Pacific Northwest prior to production. The Humptulips Ridge speaks to Rene Herse’s commitment to the 26″ wheel size and looks like it could make a nice, modern option for folks updating or renovating classic mountain bikes…
Similar to the Fleecer Ridge we tested this past summer, the Humptulips Ridge features a round profile and large knobs designed to roll fast, avoid folding on pavement, and yet still dig in on loose terrain and corner confidently. They also have the same noise canceling tread design that employs staggered knobs that result in a quiet ride. While this may seem a little like snake oil, I was surprised how well it actually works with the Fleecers.
Like other Rene Herse tires, the Humptulips Ridge is available in three casings: Standard (560 grams, $74), Extralight (530 grams, $89), and Endurance (560 grams, $89). The new tire will be available in January 2021 from dealers and directly from Rene Herse Cycles. Watch the Rene Herse website and @reneherse for updates.
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