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IB14: Panaracer Debuts Gravel, Fat Bike, Cyclocross & New Mountain Bike Tires

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Remember back when Panaracer’s Smoke and Dart were competing with the WTB Velociraptor set for your hard earned dollars and only IRC’s Mythos XC gave ’em a run for your money? Yeah, it was a long time ago, but the brand used to be hot.

From the looks of their latest offerings, they could be again. The 2015 collection bringing options for all the hot categories, offering up gravel/dirt road tires, fat bike tires, cyclocross tires and an updated version of the FirePro that maybe, just maybe, could pass as an enduro tread.

Shown above are the Comet Hardpack (front) and Pacenti Pari Moto tires for adventure/gravel/dirt road bikes. The Comet has been available in 26″/27.5″/29er sizes ranging from 1.95 up to 2.25 widths, but now it gets a proper 700x38c size in both folding and wire beads. Claimed weights are TBA, but they have a rounded profile for predictable grip at any lean angle.

The Pacenti Pari Moto gets two versions of a 27.5″ slick. One’s for pavement, the other gets a puncture protection strip to guard against gravel and other off road pokey things. Width is 1.5″, and it’s available in all black or with gumwalls. Weight is 300g.

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The Gravel King is their third new tire for the category, and it actually has two completely different tread types. All are 700c, but widths of 23/26/28 all look very similar to the Pari-Moto, but with a nubbed center section rather than grooves.

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Jump up to a 700x32c Gravel King and the tread comes to life, offering nearly continuous sidewall ridges and closely spaced, neatly aligned knobs in the center. All sizes are folding bead, and weights range from 220g up to 320g.

Both the Pari Moto and Gravel King use their ZSG (Zero Slip Grip) natural rubber compound for the tread.

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The CG CX cyclocross tire was designed by Cedric Gracia and borrows much of the CG XC’s long bars of tread blocks. The idea is that it’s fast rolling without letting the knobs roll away in the corners. Fortunately, the CX model gets more traditional square knobs on the sides to bite into the soft grass. To further enhance grip, it uses their unique dual compound rubber that puts a firmer rubber on the outside with softer base rubber in the knobs. That supposedly lets them deform to the ground but makes them last longer. Size is 700×32 and weight is 300g.

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The other new CG tire is his DH beast. It’s a 26×2.5 monster weighing in at 1,220g. It’s been in development for two years and gets their “slow rebound” rubber strip in the sidewall and four-ply casing that they say reduces pinch flats by 40%. The knobs are a super soft 40a rubber. Wire bead only.

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Even wider is the new Fat B Nimble fat bike tire, which comes in a 26×4.0 size for under $100. It gets shaped center knobs for faster rolling that transition to block-cut edge knobs for cornering traction. They’re widely spaced to prevent getting gummed up in the winter. They’re also working on 27.5+ and 29+ versions that’ll be 3.0″ wide and retail for $60.

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The FirePro line isn’t new, but it’s grown over the years. There’s now a FirePro XC (shown), an XC UST, a TC (Tubeless Compatible) and FR (Freeride). The last one is the only version to get a 2.4 width, and it’s tall, spiky tread pattern could be just the thing for damp conditions…but they’re 26″ and 24″ only for now.

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The Driver Pro is their answer to the lightweight, low profile XC race tire. It’s dry conditions specific, but is available in 26×2.1 / 27.5×2.22 /29×2.2 with tubeless compatible versions coming. Weights are just 560g to 590g.

There are quite a few more new models for XC to Marathon on their website, more than they had on display at either Eurobike or Interbike, and the patterns look good.

Panaracer.com

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groghunter
groghunter
8 years ago

Fire FR has been around forever, get with it guys. currently converting my old steel rigid ’90s frame to 650b (to keep the same handling as 26x 2.0 tires, but with a narrow 30ish tire for road use) & the Parimoto is high on my list of tire choices, as is the Panaracer col da vie.

Frank Hassler
Frank Hassler
8 years ago

I think it went Dart/Smoke > Mythos > Velociraptor. Not a lot of overlap between the heyday of the Dart/Smoke and the Velociraptor’s prime.

None the less, Panaracer has been quietly making (sometimes for other brands) some of the best tires out there for years.

Offrhodes
Offrhodes
8 years ago

I have been running the 29er Comet for the past year. It is a reaaly nice tire for dry conditions. I also have the Fire XC 29×2.1 for my non-dry conditions. I have had at least one set of Panaracer tires in the mix for almost 15 years now.

Also, add the Ritchey WCS to the list of must have tires back in the day….and anyone who had the white Onza Porcupines as the coolest.

KinkiCycle
8 years ago

Panaracer have always been “hot”. As other have said above, they make some of the best tyres out there including the Bruce Gordon Rock n Road’s and the brilliant offerings from Fairweather.

cracked-frame
cracked-frame
8 years ago

I loved my 29 x 2.35 Rampage tire on the front. Rolled over everything/anything. Heavy as heck, but super durable. Set up tubeless on Stan’s no problem.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

I’m on my second set of Panaracer RiBMo PT tyres on the road / commuter bike, they literally last for thousands of miles, I don’t think i’ve had a puncture on my current set and I’ve been using them daily for nearly 2 years.

If you’re willing to put up with a slightly heavier tyre then I would not hesitate to recommend them.

wildbill
wildbill
8 years ago

I am running a set of the Driver Pros on my Giant Anthem 29er and they are awesome tires. Very impressive. Mine came in at 590 grams and 589 grams so close to their claimed weight.

Flip
Flip
8 years ago

This is a good step. I never understood how Panaracer could make some of the best tires in the industry under a dozen other brand names, while their own tires were consistently such dated turds.

Although in what universe is that 700×23/26/28 “Gravel King” tire actually for Gravel?

Flip
Flip
8 years ago

And why did I feel the need to capitalize the “G” in “Gravel”?

Jason
Jason
8 years ago

Have had good success with the Comet (29″) and Digging the Neo-Moto 2.35 on my 27.5″, incredibly light for the amount of grip and depth of knobs, but roll smoother than my maxxis did (ardent race/ikon)

Heffe
Heffe
7 years ago

The 32c Gravel King looks pretty sweet for some gravel riding. A bit strange that the other sizes are a completely different tire.

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