We’ve been seeing prototypes of the new Panaracer Romero and Aliso for a while, and now we finally have official sizes and specs, plus a few more details on the rubber. The Romero is their all-conditions tire with a triple-compound, DH-oriented rubber outside of a 60tpi casing. Inside is their bead-to-bead Anti-Flat Plus puncture protection belt with additional rubber around the bead to help prevent pinch flats.
It’ll be available in 27.5 and 29er in both 2.4 and 2.6 widths with a claimed (average) weight of 1,130g. Retail will be a reasonable $59.99 when it drops in November. Following in January will be a lighter, more supple enduro/trail version with a 120tpi casing that puts the puncture protection only under the tread. Claimed weight for that one is 930g.
The Panaracer Aliso (shown directly above without a hot patch) uses the same casing options but with a slightly revised tread pattern that makes it more suitable for softer, looser conditions. Weights should be similar, and it’ll launch in November also, with the same sizes…except the 29×2.6 will come in February 2019. Also $59.99. Following that in March will the 120tpi enduro/trail versions, too.
Those will join the DriverPro (foreground) XC/trail hardpack tire, which will come in big 2.4 and 2.6 widths (29er is 2.4 only) with their Anti-Flat casing and 60tpi construction. It also has a triple rubber compound, but with a more XC-ish blend than the knobbier ones up top. It, too, should get a lighter 120tpi build some time next year.
The limited edition colored Gravel King tires in the background are still available, too.