The new Panaracer Race C is a retro style racing tire that’s been available as a tubular, but soon will come in a clincher version that gets a supple, tubular-like 120tpi cotton. It’ll also get their Protite Aramid-based casing, which is a proprietary blend of resins and fibers to create better puncture protection. It’ll come in very modern 700×26 and 700×28 widths and retail for just $59.95. They say it’ll probably end up around 225g to 240g per tire.
It’s a tube-type tire, not tubeless ready. Look for it to hit stores later this year.
The Gravel King and Gravel King SK (for Side Knobs) get limited edition colors. Look for Nile Blue and Military Green for both, with black and brown sidewalls for both, too. Available in August, $49.95, limited quantities thru shops and direct on their website. Sizes offered will be 700×32/38/43 and 650Bx1.5/1.75/1.9.
The Panaracer Driver Pro mountain bike tire gets updated and adds 27.5×2.4, 27.5×2.6 and 29×2.4 widths.
Final weights and specs are TBD, but the current range of 27.5×2.1 to 29×2.2 widths weigh in at just 560-590g, so we expect these should be a very lightweight option for both XC and light trail.
Coming up soon is the Panaracer Aliso, a burly enduro mountain bike tire based on downhill designs. In it’s toughest form, it’s estimated to come in at 1035g for 29×2.4, and add 50g for 2.6. That’s with a triple compound rubber and tread section and their DH casing.
For courses without a lot of sharp rocks and pointy things, they’re also working on a lighter weight Trail Casing version that loses the reinforced sidewalls. They’re still testing things like puncture protection and other features that will give it the performance they want and hit a 780-800g target.