Long Term Review: Compass Switchback Hill
In this review I take a look at the Switchback Hill tires from Compass that I used to convert my Vaya from 700c to 650b.
Ben Handrich October 31, 2017 at 7:16 pm
Thanks for the helpful review. I’m looking at potentially putting the Snoqualmie Pass tires on my gravel bike to ride the Oregon Outback this summer, but was wondering whether you tried to set up your Switchback Hill’s tubeless and, if you did, whether they truly are a tubeless ready tire. Thoughts?
Russ November 2, 2017 at 6:47 am
Yes. They are in fact tubeless ready. Just mounted them on our Vaya. Haven’t had much chance to ride with them though yet, but I can attest they will mount tubeless.
James December 7, 2017 at 10:04 am
Hi, how you finding the stans rims with the switchback hills? What pressure are you running them at?
Russ December 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm
They hold the tires well. Generally running 30psi in the front and upper 20s in the front.
Nelson February 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm
Did you used standard or EL casing?
Richard Goldfinger April 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm
What tire pressures can you go down to (using tubes). I weigh 165 lb and was wondering how far below the “max pressure recommended” for them of 55 PSI it would be safe for m to use.
Russ April 29, 2018 at 8:33 am
I weigh 175 and normal running pressures for 650×47 would be around 35 – 40. But would lower to 30 on occasion.
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These tires are truly wonderful!
I put them on my 650B Rawland rSogn to replace the 42mm Grand Bois Hetres I had been using on my “road wheels”
They make me want to ride that bike more!
I like that they’re closer in size to the knobbies on my “dirt wheels” making the handling more consistent when swapping wheelsets. I’ve done a lot of commuting on them in thorny Albuquerque and they’ve been impressively flat resistant. I’m using the standard casing ones with standard inner tubes.
I don’t like them on dirt and gravel however. I know the Compass folks disagree but I need knobs for dirt.