I might have a problem. I’ve tried to get help, but nobody understands. I age my FMBs loosely wrapped in my office desk drawer. Why? When I need comfort or just want to relax, I can open the drawer slightly, slide my hand in, and fondle them ever so gently. No other tire, even Veloflex, has the same feel…


…and until now, no clincher even came close.

Today, I received a pair of 32 mm Grand Bois Extra Légère tires from Compass Bicycles, and the feel in the hand is pretty damn close to FMBs. At 232 grams they are lighter than many 23 mm tires and most 25 mm tires. They are going on the cross bike tomorrow, and next week I’ll be taking them off again to mount them with Challenge 28-35 mm latex tubes (finally found a place with them in stock!)


I have high expectations.

Now, Jan…give me a true 25 mm Extra Légère tire, please. Or even just produce the 26 mm tire in an extra light version. The Grand Bois Col de la Madeleine also comes in an Extra Légère version; I may just have to satisfy myself with that until I can get something a little wider.

In any case, this is as excited as I’ve ever been for a new tire (aside from my yearly FMB restock, of course!) As far as I know, this is a limited edition tire until further notice; hopefully if the demand is high enough they’ll make them a regular part of the program.

Oh, and by the way, I’m really not a tire fondler. I was exaggerating for effect. Plus, I’ve made an effort to control myself since the second time my girlfriend caught me late at night, hand in drawer.


3 thoughts on “Confessions

  1. Stevep

    Any thoughts on the Extra Leger tires yet?
    I’ve not ridden my pair yet, but I agree that they appear to be something special.

    1. John Ferguson Post author

      I only have a hundred miles on the tires so far, but my immediate impression is that they’re the finest tires I’ve ridden outside of FMB tubulars. I have a long ride planned for Friday, I’ll report back after that.

  2. Patrik

    Ha ha ha, this is so funny. I’ve read it three times since yesterday. I can absolutely understand you even if I don’t own any FMB’s myself.
    Googling around trying to decide on what tires to choose for my new 23 mm rims, that’s how I found you. Nice blog. Will follow it. Keep it up!


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