This calendar year, we are celebrating 85 many years of Rene Herse Cycles. In late 1938, René Herse constructed the environment&#8217s lightest bikepacking bike and entered it in the prestigious Concours de Devices, the levels of competition for the best bicycle, to showcase the ground breaking components he experienced developed. Drawing on his experience of producing areas for report-location prototype aircraft, Herse used the hottest aluminum alloys to produce cranks, brakes, stems and pedals that were lighter and much better than any some others at the time. He before long went on to make full bikes that had been regarded the best of their time, ridden to environment championships and amazing adventures.

Hand-produced tires have been portion of the Rene Herse story from the starting. René Herse&#8217s superlight bike rolled on supple, vast tires to maximize overall performance and lower excess weight. This wonderful machine (above) weighed just 7.94 kg (17.50 lb) with fenders, rack, generator lights and even the pump. Take off all those sections, and Herse&#8217s 1938 bikepacking bicycle would have been shut to nowadays&#8217s 6.8 kg UCI restrict for professional bikes.

Back then, hand-made tires have been incredibly highly-priced, but René Herse deemed their convenience and velocity critical for levels of competition success. Riders on his team got a set of supple hand-designed tires prior to essential events—but they experienced to return the tires immediately after each race! The picture higher than demonstrates René Herse (in again) and his team on the eve of the 1955 Poly de Lyon hillclimb race. They are switching out their &#8216coaching&#8217 rubber for hand-designed &#8216celebration&#8217 tires.

Below René Herse is viewing his riders during the Poly Lyon race the following day. The Herse workforce dominated all the vital occasions like Paris-Brest-Paris, the Poly hillclimb races, and the Diagonales, routes from just one corner of France to the other exactly where his riders set data and FKTs. His daughter Lyli was a powerful racer who received 8 French championships.

When producers stopped presenting hand-made clinchers for the duration of the 1960s, René Herse worked with a compact maker of tubulars to make supple clincher tires accessible all over again to his riders and prospects. In my discussions with Herse&#8217s mechanics and staff riders, as nicely as his daughter Lyli, I listened to time and once more how hand-manufactured, supple clincher tires were being vital to the magic of Herse&#8217s popular bikes.

When Rene Herse Cycles was reborn in Seattle at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, tires ended up the primary reason we began to make bicycle components yet again: Again then, nobody was earning the vast, supple tires that we wanted—needed!—for our adventures as we explored forgotten mountain passes. That&#8217s why we started earning our very own tires. The knowledge of René Herse and his riders gave us an superb starting off issue for figuring out how to make tires that had been quick, at ease and resilient. This year, we are celebrating 10 years of contemporary Rene Herse tires in addition to 85 a long time of our firm.

What superior way to rejoice than with a assortment of Constrained Edition tires? We&#8217ve experienced many requests for black Rene Herse tires with Endurance casings. Now we are offering a variety of our Stamina styles in all-black. These consist of our most well-liked 700C / 29&#8243 street, all-highway, gravel and bikepacking tires, as well as decide on 650B and 26&#8243 versions. They arrive with a particular &#821785 Several years Limited Version&#8217 symbol. Even so, Minimal Version doesn&#8217t necessarily mean more costly: The Anniversary Version tires are priced the exact as our common styles. Portions are limited, and after they are absent&#8230

We&#8217re presenting the pursuing products in the all-black Anniversary Version. All feature our extremely-difficult Stamina casings and are tubeless-compatible.

Sleek all-street tread:

  • 700C x 31 mm Orondo Grade
  • 700C x 35 mm Bon Jon Go
  • 700C x 38 mm Barlow Move
  • 700C x 44 mm Snoqualmie Pass
  • 700C x 48 mm Hatcher Pass
  • 650B x 42 mm Babyshoe Pass
  • 650B x 48 mm Switchback Hill
  • 26&#8243 x 2.3&#8243 Rat Lure Pass

Dual-purpose knobbies:

  • 700C x 38 mm Steilacoom
  • 700C x 44 mm Manastash Ridge
  • 700C x 48 mm Oracle Ridge
  • 700C x 55 mm Fleecer Ridge

We&#8217ve got a compact range of Anniversary Version tires in inventory correct now, with much more scheduled to get there in early Might. The moment the inventory at the moment on hand is offered out, the internet site will let you to back again buy your tires. (This will be plainly marked.) If you&#8217re fast, you&#8217ll get your Restricted Version all-black tires in just a several days. In any other case, you&#8217ll have a little something to glimpse forward to for your late-spring and summertime adventures. You locate the 85th Anniversary Minimal Editions on the identical product or service pages as the regular versions of every single tire design.

Extra information and facts:

  • 700C / 29&#8243 tires
  • 650B / 27.5&#8243 tires
  • 26&#8243 tires
  • Our book Rene Herse: The Builder • The Bikes • The Riders tells the interesting tale of René Herse on 424 webpages with hundreds of historic shots.
  • A quick overview of 85 several years of Rene Herse Cycles.