We've been getting some more mile in here - but the roads in Boulder are a bit challenging at times. There is a bit more snow than we've been used to. So I was excited to get a call from the kind folks at Merry sales, with the offer to demo a new Soma tire they are introducing soon. This tire is a 650b x 38mm . I figured it with its modest tread, it might offer a bit more grip in the snow than the Grand Bois Hetre. We should have this tire in-stock in about 5 weeks.
The Soma tire is made from some of the tooling that is being used on the new Pacenti 650b road tire. The tire is made by National, the folks who make Panaracer. The tread should look familar, it is very much like the tread on a Pasela. Also featured on this tire is the protective layer that Soma uses, which they claim resists punctures extremely well, but without the weight of Kevlar.
So how is this tire? The upshot is Mikey likes it! Overall, the tire is very comfortable, much more so than I expected, and it feels great riding down the road. Actually really nice. Going over bumps at speed, the tire takes the edge off of road imperfections like a champ. Plus, the bike feels fun to ride with them installed. And how is it in snow? Really nice! With the Gran Bois Hetre, snow was more of a challenge than I liked. This tire seems to provide much more grip. We haven't priced this tire yet, but it should fall out just under $40 or so give or take. So this folding nice-riding tire is at a great price point.
M Kone in Boulder CO