Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1 tyre review£29.99

Good all-weather choice

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Panaracer’s Fire XC tyre has been around for years, but tenacious grip and colour options keep it a popular choice.

Relatively tall, well spaced knobs mean it’s not as fast as Panaracer’s Cinder or Rampage tyres, but it’s light enough to feel limber, and it digs deeper into the mud and muck.

Prominent Burning Edge side lugs and the well buttressed stepped design of the tread give reliable traction under high braking, cornering and climbing loads. Even when it does go, it’s normally a predictable slide that it’s easy to save yourself from.

The reinforced ASB bead strip gives noticeably improved pinch flat protection making it a fit-and-forget tyre in terms of line choice. The 1.8 size makes a fantastic mud racing tyre too.

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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