Named after an iconic ‘cross course near Seattle, the Steilacoom combines the supple Compass casings with a knobby tread designed for all conditions. It offers amazing performance and cornering on paved roads, yet its knobs dig into the surface when it gets slippery. Unlike most mixed-terrain tires, the Steilacoom’s knobs are big enough so they don’t squirm. There is much space in between to clear mud, so they don’t clog up. We distributed the knobs so that the tire always is supported by the same amount of rubber, whether it’s rolling forward or leaning into a turn. This gives you uniform grip at all times – whether on a muddy cyclocross course or during a paved descent with ultra-fast hairpin turns.