Mr. Heine's blog announced today a few new tires, seemingly based on the Grand Bois series.
I've been a fan of the GB since I first used them perhaps 5 years ago. It could be coincidence (in fact, it probably is), but my fastest brevet times for all distances from 200K - 1200K have been on GB 700x26 or 700x28. It's hard to say, but I think that I get fewer flats with these tires as well. I don't track such things, but tire life has certainly not been noticeably short.
Most of my bikes handle at best a 700x28, but the cross-checks have clearance for up to 700x42. Unfortunately, Compass has previously only sold GB in sizes up to 700x32. But the new series includes a 700x38 option, the Barlow Pass. I'm tempted to pick up a couple sets...
Yes. If 38 will fit on the Breakaway Cross, I am going with those. If not, 32s.
My experience has been the same as yours at all the longer distances -- I'd rather ride 28c Grand Bois than any other tire if I'm doing anything other than racing triathlon (and that caveat is because my bike won't take anything bigger than 23c). 26s work OK for long rides too, but they are not quite as plush.
The superlights are tempting but I worry about fragility.
Yes, there is no telling what might happen between Grand Junction and Moab.
I ordered 4x 32c Grand Bois for the new Breakaways. I was tempted by Compass's self-branded version of the same, which I assume is exactly the same tire, partly because of the name and partly because they are available in black sidewall. Unfortunately, the black walls can only be found on the SLs, which are in the tubular price range and thus out of mine.
I did find this useful tidbit: Compass wants ~$16.00 to ship two tires. Same tires are available from Harris Cyclery with an $8.00 tag for shipping.
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