New Web Site for Compass Bicycles


We are pleased to announce our redesigned the Compass Bicycles web site.  The opening page is an interactive bike map, where you can select that components interest you (you’ll have to try the actual web page, since the links do not work on the screen shot above). The new site follows the simple navigation and clear organization that we developed for our Bicycle Quarterly Press web site earlier this year.

The product category pages allow return customers, who already know what they want, to order directly with a minimum of hassle. Clicking on the product image or name opens a page dedicated to that product.

There you find a description, technical specifications and even a link to blog articles related to this product. The new site also puts all the technical documentation in a single spot, so you can find it easily.

You can download instructions for products we sell, find the dimensions of hubs and rims that allow you to calculate spoke lengths, and even download the Bicycle Quarterly article that shows the optimal tire pressure for your tires, based on your weight.
The web site also features a few new products that we just received:

You can explore the new site by clicking here.
We worked with graphic designer Mark Eastman. We appreciate his website design that serves our needs and reflects the clarity and elegance of our print publications. Thanks, Mark!

7 Responses to New Web Site for Compass Bicycles

  1. InvisibleHand April 4, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Very nice Jan. Your descriptions of the products and supplementary information — for instance, your estimates of the best BB length for different bikes and cranks — are excellent.

  2. Bubba April 4, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Those Hutchinson tires look fun! Nice work on the site

  3. Lovely Bicycle! April 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    The interactive bike map is cute : )

  4. Paul Glassen April 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Much improved presentation. It makes a lot of difference when trying to compare products between a variety of sources. Well done.

  5. A New Bike April 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Very nice, looks sharp, clean.

  6. Charlie April 11, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    A chart like http://blog.harriscyclery.com/relative-chainline-bottom-brackets/ for the SKF BBs would be real nice.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly April 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      SKF bottom brackets are symmetrical, so it is easy to calculate how much the spindle protrudes on the drive-side: (spindle length – 68 mm) : 2. For Italian threading, use 70 mm instead of 68 mm.
      More useful is the BB/crank compatibility chart, which you find under “Tech Info” on the Compass Bicycles web site.