What are tire casings and rubber compounds — and why should you care? And how do one brand’s casing and compound options compare to another’s? In this Gear 201 article, we answer those questions and more, and we’ve just added our thoughts on the latest rubber compounds and casings from Schwalbe, Specialized, & Hutchinson.
Climbing skins often receive less attention than skis, boots, & bindings, but the skins you stick to your skis can make or break your days in the backcountry. So in this guide, we go through the qualities to look for in a pair of skins, then directly compare 13 different skins from 5 different brands.
Fatter tires typically offer up a bunch of traction and a smooth ride, but often at the cost of weight, precision, and rolling resistance. The new Terrene Chunk 2.6” does a great job of minimizing those downsides and maintaining the main benefits of a wider tire, making it the best all-around 2.6” tire we’ve used.
While it might seem like they’re pretty much all the same, the fact is that the right tire can make or break a bike. So what do you need to know about tires, and how do you figure out which ones will likely work best for you given how and where you ride? We’ve got some answers, recommendations, and a whole lot of information.