Cazadero Tires (700c/650b x 42mm)

A mixed terrain tire for a new era of riding. Gravel, dirt, asphalt. Yes please.

The Caz features a raised center for fast rolling on asphalt, with specially designed that corner well on dirt and maintain traction on the street.

In a hard to find 42mm size that bridges CX and mountain biking.

The 700c will fit our Soma Double Cross, Saga and Wolverine. The 650b can be used on the Grand Randonneur, Soma ES (650b conversion), or San Marcos.

Skin wall or black wall.

Weight: 510g (700c) and 470g (650b)

Made in Japan by Panasonic.


Cazadero Tires (700c/650b x 42mm)

  • Riding Tubeless on Cazadero

    “Today we are covered with snow in the upper midwest, but yesterday we weren't. I was able to get out for a good ride on my new Cazaderos.

    They seated and mounted tubeless maybe easier than any tire I have yet tried, without sealant. A little tighter fit than some, but that seems to help the bead seat and seal well.

    I rode them about 40 psi front, 44 rear, same as other 38 to 40 ish tires I have been using. I think Soma knocked this one out of the park. Great ride on the streets, nice feel and damping, and fast with low rolling resistance. Dropped down into the river bottoms and was able to sample some gravel, dirt, sand, mud. Then back up to the roads, and home. I was really impressed. They truly seem to be an all terrain tire, and handle them all really well. Really surprised how great they felt through the sand. I like them alot, and highly recommend. ”

    B. Sloma, City, State

  • Jayme's Testimony on Google Groups

    “Hey all, Thought I would write up a few thoughts on a new tire I'm using the Soma Fab Cazadero (650b). Ordered through my LBC soon after they became widely available (owner had an early release set that he was riding). First impression was that the casing construction reminded me a lot of the Pacenti Pari-Motos I was taking off with a bit more rubber on the sidewalls. The casing seemed pliable but stiffer than the Pari-Motos. My goal was to mount these tubeless on my Pacenti SL23s. The Cazaderos are super tight on the SL23 and they took a fair bit of effort to mount. Unfortunately, they are so tight from the factory that I was unable to get the bead to set tubeless. I decided to try and give them a good stretch before calling tubeless setup a failure. I inserted a tube and pumped to 85-90 PSI and the beads snapped into place with a satisfying pop pop pop.

    After a day or so resting at 90 psi I gave the tubeless setup another try. I removed the tube, inserted the valve stem and gave them a good shot of air from the compressor, I was delighted to again get a satisfying pop pop pop of the bead snapping into place. Inflated each tire to 60 psi and let them rest again. The tires held air for around 8 hours without sealant. I call that success and added sealant, inflated and mounted them on the bike.

    I've put just shy of 100 miles on them so far. A combination of pavement on my daily commute and backroad mixed surface (gravel of all types, dirt, grass). My seat of the pants impression is that these are a winner. They roll surprisingly quiet on road for a nobby, which I really appreciate (my riding buddy's Rock n Roads sound like a freight train). They are also pretty compliant over chunk gravel at 30/35 front/rear pressures. As for rolling resistance, unscientifically they seem comparable to the Pari-Motos or at least not so dramatically different that I can tell. Only question remains is how well they wear. As a benchmark my riding buddy with the Rock n Roads is getting just short of 1000 miles out of his rear. Cheers ”

    Jayme, ,

Cazadero Tires (700c/650b x 42mm)

  • - Cazadero 700c Review

    The ride was very nice. First off, the center smooth section of the Cazadero’s tread is very effective at allowing the wheels to roll freely. In fact, on pavement the sound is of a wider, slick tire as you cruise along. Out on gravel, the supple casing has enough damping to allow for a more calm experience at the handle bars and saddle, much like other good, supple casings do on tires like the 120TPI Clement MSO or the Challenge Tire Gravel Grinder.

    I was using lower pressures at first, (40-ish psi), but decided to try out something a bit higher to see where I might lose that nice, damped feel with the Cazaderos. I went up to around 50 psi, then closer to 60psi and I feel that for the current conditions, (Winter, cold temperatures), and my weight, (230lbs), I have an answer. In my opinion, the ride becomes noticeably more harsh at close to 60psi. I might feel differently about that if the temperatures were warmer though. However; for now I would probably run 60 psi if the course was smoother and/or mostly paved. I feel a loss of stability and grip on looser surfaces and especially on gravel at those higher pressures, so I would push that pressure back down into the 50’s psi for that. I felt the best balance of speed/grip/comfort in that range for pressures on gravel. Keep in mind I am running these tires tubed.

    Now as for the Cazadero on other surfaces than gravel roads, I have found the tire to be an exceptionally fun tire. On the one hand, you have that centralized smooth sector of the tread, which acts like a narrower tire when you are just cruising along, but the tire has volume that no “skinny” road tire has, and with the quality of the Panasonic casing, the road faults become less of an issue for sure. So far....I give Soma high marks for hitting the weight and width specs for the tire with these samples. The casings work nicely over the gravel roads and the center raised tread section does what it is advertised to do. On pavement the theme continues and this makes for a versatile tire if it fits your bike.