The Rock n' Road Tire is Back in ProductionAfter 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. Don't know about the original? Well, 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 do 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 a 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 post).While we're excited the tire is back, we made some improvements along the way. Most notably:
- It's bigger! The new tire measures out at a nice 43mm ( or 1.72" for the Imperial folks).
- It's lighter! The new tire is over 100g less per tire. While I'm no gram counter, that's a lot.
- It's higher quality! This new batch was built by Panaracer's Japan plant. It has a nice kevlar folding bead and a classic gumwall.
- It's more affordable than you think! We will announce pricing when the tire lands, but in the meantime, head over to www.bgcycles.com and sign up for our newsletter (sign up is at the bottom of each page). There will be an early bird special of sorts, but that's the only place it will be announced.