Gear of the Year Award for Fleecer Ridge

Gear of the Year Award for Fleecer Ridge

We usually don’t expect to get ‘Gear of the Year’ awards – we don’t advertise, since we prefer to spend our resources on R&D and high-end materials rather than marketing. And our products are expensive to make, so we can’t send out a lot of review samples, either. We’re especially excited that our Fleecer Ridge tires won Bikepacking.com’s Gear of the Year award for the best new component.

It’s one thing if we say that our tires are fast-rolling, tough and grippy. It’s nice to see that the testers from Bikepacking.com have continued to ride them even after the test was complete. Now they’ve ridden more than 2000 miles on them. They must like them…

Read the full Bikepacking.com article here, or head directly to their detailed video review.

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Comments (5)

  • Homer

    I’ve been riding mine for a few months now and have to agree that they are fast, grippy, and quiet. I purchased regular casings and they have held up perfectly, even in some sketchy stretches with pointy rocks.

    December 3, 2020 at 11:03 am
  • Ryan Witt

    Have a pair of Fleecer Ridge coming tomorrow! I’m excited to try these based on the past few months with Juniper Ridge. The dual purpose knobbies have been great for rides to trails in the Southern California mountains. They don’t give up anything on the road and still perform well on loose dirt over hardpack and gravel. The only thing I would change is the sound on pavement, and hopefully these new tires will do just that.

    I’m curious how many people will try the extralight casing on these tires, given the excitement over using them for bikepacking. I’ve been fine with JR EL on gravel, but decided to go endurance for bikepacking.

    December 3, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    • Jan Heine

      It really depends on the terrain and riding style. Many of us ride the Extralights everywhere, and they are very popular among our customers, too. It’s not just the speed, but also the feel that makes them special. On the other hand, there are places and riders who are much better suited to the Standard or Endurance casings. And we’ve got the Endurance Plus for rides where it’s either really rough or you really don’t want to flat (or both) – and you’re still rolling remarkably fast.

      December 3, 2020 at 1:47 pm
  • James December 3, 2020 at 10:51 pm
    • Jan Heine

      That is a good question! On the one hand, the rubber that gets abraded from bike tires is minimal compared to cars and trucks, but on the other hand, we do want to minimize our impact. We’ll look into this.

      December 5, 2020 at 11:42 am

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