Panaracer CG SC 2.25in mountain bike tyre£39.99

Technical winter rubber

BikeRadar score3/5

We love the Panaracer CG Soft Condition in winter conditions but have since found that the reversed logic rubber compound undermines performance in intermediate damp conditions.

The super-simple ranked square block tread grips like a football boot on soft mire or snow. Because it wraps round the whole carcass you can heel it right over without losing grip.

Its soft-compound-under-hard skin construction gives amazing grip in the dry, and means that the knobs wear relatively well and the tyre rolls faster than we'd have expected. It drifts well in deep loam or loose rock and is fat and supple enough to plough into piles of rocks without too much worry about flats.

Unfortunately the hard outer skin can let go suddenly and completely on slick roots and rocks, creating an unpredictable dual personality. As a mud tyre the CG SC deserves a four-star rating but judged as a winter all-rounder we've had to mark it down for its performance in the wet.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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