Developing the Original Supple Tires

The World’s First Tires with Noise Cancellation
2020

We teamed up with ultra-racing legend Lael Wilcox to develop the ultimate tires for bikepacking and ultra-distance racing. The Fleecer Ridge is the world’s first bicycle tire with noise cancellation. The frequencies of the knobs hitting the ground partially cancel each other. The Fleecer Ridge rolls quieter than almost any other knobby while offering the same speed and grip as our other tires.

Endurance Casings for the Toughest Race and Adventures
2019

Our extra-strong casings came out of a collaboration with gravel racer Ted King. These tires are toughened with extra protection against punctures and sidewall cuts, while maintaining the speed and supple ride that has made Rene Herse tires famous. Perfect for races and adventures where you don’t know what lies ahead.

Dual-Purpose Knobbies for Mixed-Surface Riding
2018

After revolutionizing the tires for all-road bikes, we developed dual-purpose knobbies. They roll faster and corner better than most road tires, yet offer superb traction on loose surfaces, in mud and on snow. With a round profile and large knobs that don’t squirm or fold over, these tires always put the same amount of rubber on the road, so they roll fast and corner predictably.

54 mm Wide Allroad Tires
2015

When we wanted to make ultra-wide all-road tires, nobody had ever ridden supple high-performance tires this wide. Would these tires work in the real world, or would they bounce like basketballs? In our testing, we discovered that they offered previously unimagined speed on gravel, but also gripped much better on pavement.

Hand-made Allroad Tire Prototypes
2014

When we started to develop the tires we wanted for our adventures, there were no suitable tire molds. So we used the tooling for a mountain bike tire to make knobby prototypes with extra-supple casings. Then framebuilder Peter Weigle shaved off the knobs. Now we had ultra-wide, ultra-supple tires that we could test on pavement and gravel.

Wide Tires Can Roll Fast
2007

When we started riding on gravel, we wondered: Would it be possible to combine the speed of racing tires with the go-anywhere ability of wide tires? Testing tires on real roads, we found that wide tires could be as fast as narrow ones, and that high pressures weren’t needed for optimum tire performance. That was the start of the “All-Road Bike Revolution.”

Discovering Hidden Gravel Roads
1990s

Riding in the Cascade Mountains, we discovered the joys of gravel riding. We realized that our narrow racing tires were reaching their limits on rough surfaces. We started dreaming of wide and supple high-performance tires that would float over the gravel, rather than grind through it.