After years of being locked away in a dusty corner of the shop, we have decided to bring back the original Rock n' Road tire - along with a host of improvements. Built by Panaracer in Japan, the new tire is ideal for all-purpose riding. Not a full road tire, not a full dirt tire, but a great all-arounder.The things you need to know:
- The new tire measures out at a nice 43mm ( or 1.72" for the Imperial folks) x 700c.
- It's lighter than the original. Our 43mm x 700c samples all weighed right about 540g.
- We paid extra for top quality! Japanese-built by Panaracer, the tire has a nice kevlar folding bead and a classic gumwall.
Try and find a tire this nice for $50/ea. The tire is in stock and ready to ship.
Don't know about the original tire? Then here is a quick trip down memory lane:
The original tire was designed by this mountain bike guy named Joe Murray (you might have heard of him). It was designed to be a large volume, fast rolling tire that could handle all conditions - jack of all trades master of none. That's not the most interesting part. What made is tire unique (and of the reason it wasn't as popular as it should have been) is that it was built for 700c wheels. That's right, this was a 29er tire before 29ers became all the rage. How early? Try 1988...
Few imported bikes from that era would fit such a wide tire due to import duty issues. While that sounds ridiculous, it made sense to some as the only other bikes that could fit such a big tire were Dutch bikes. The logic was simple: to protect a US manufacturing segment from overseas competition (or just a company that started with an "S" and ended with an "N"), create an import tax (based on certain dimensional criteria) so high that it prevents the import of a competing product (before their production was sent to the far east...but that's another story).