I think it's simply that his market demands this sort of tire. And I think
that there is a rather big demand for fat, supple 29er tires; I predict
these will be best sellers.

I both agree and disagree with Jan's views on wheel size, tire width, and
handling, meaning that "optimum" in reference to handling is a word that
has to accommodate so many different preferences. I can certainly tell the
difference between a 26er with light 55 mm tires, and my Matthews with 29
1/2" tall, 61mm actually wide tires; but given that these last seem to me
to handle sand (and small bumps too) better (Jan disagrees), I choose the
less nimble handling larger wheels, and find that these are really not bad
at all.

On the other extreme: very light, 24 3/4" (559 X 29mm) wheels on my Riv
Roads: is the handling of these wheels less "optimum" than 650B X 42?
Perhaps to some riders; perhaps even generally, in some theoretical way;
but in my own experience over very many different bikes over almost 50
years of assembling or modifying (and certainly buying and flipping) my
own, they set a benchmark for good handling -- Grant designed the frames to
accommodate such light and short wheels.

On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 9:54 AM, Kieran J <kjo...@gmail.com> wrote:

> He certainly did say that at some point. I think that was even prior to
> the 700x44 came out. Maybe his views have changed.
>
> Apart from Rivs and monstercross-type bikes, what else would these tires
> go on? 29ers? Seems like a very niche-within-niche product.
>
> KJ
>
>
> On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:25:57 AM UTC-7, John Phillips wrote:
>>
>> I'm really excited about these new tires, but I thought Jan believed 700c
>> tires this wide were less than optimal. Has he said anything about changing
>> his view, or am I just completely confused and off base here?
>>
>> John
>>
>> On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6:14:34 AM UTC-7, Bill Lindsay wrote:
>>>
>>> Compass posted a photo of a 700x55 Antelope Pass road tire. The post
>>> called it a prototype currently under test. That’s going to be an exciting
>>> option for many. Who’s going to put them on their Hunqapillar first?
>>>
>>> Bill Lindsay
>>> El Cerrito Ca
>>
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