It’s been a year since Panaracer signed a long-term deal with Cedric Gracia, and now the new line of revamped tires developed with his input is available.
According to marketing manager Jeff Zell, it’s been a while since the Panaracer MTB line got any love. But by the looks of the new rubber, it could have been worth the wait.
Zell says the new 26×2.1 and 26×2.35 CG tires are the first of what will be a large series of tires. The 2.1-inch tire is designed with cross-country riding and racing in mind, patterned to excel in conditions from damp to super dry. At a claimed weight of 670 grams, it’s not ultralight but should be durable. The 2.35-inch all-mountain tire has more aggressive tread and, at 810 grams (claimed), is beefy enough for all-day epics, light DH duty and even 4X.
Both tires have widely spaced, well-supported knobs that shouldn’t clog in the mud and won’t fold under pressure. Also, both tires have a round profile for even tread contact as the tire is leaned from center knobs to the side knobs in corners. Both will cost $50 each.
But the really big news from Panaracer is their Combo Compound, which appears on both new tires. Panaracer calls it a radical new approach, because it’s not a side-by-side, dual compound. Nor is it a blend of different compounds. At the base of each knob is a proprietary soft compound mixture, which is both low durometer and long wearing.
In fact, Panaracer says it lasts twice as long as soft rubber from other tire manufacturers. Over the top of this softer compound, Panaracer adds a hard “shell” style compound to lock in the control and add longevity and performance. They say the result is optimal knob responsiveness and control with long wear.
We should have a set of tires within weeks, and as soon as the trails dry we’ll get out there and report back. Stay tuned!