Panaracer CG AM/4X mountain bike tyres£39.99

Decent dry day rubber

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Panaracer have teamed up with French racer Cedric Gracia to create a dry weather and trail centre tyrethat’s genuinely as fast and loose as he is.

The tyres’ flat-topped tread rolls well once you’ve kicked their 800g weight up to speed. The harder compound top coat over a soft base compound means our set is still looking fine after several months.

Plenty of knob coverage and reinforced sidewall edges give the AM/4X impressive rock resistance (only one pinch flat so far), which partially offsets the high price.

While most Panaracer tyres have a reputation for all-or-nothing carving grip,the soft centred flat-top and twangy side knobs of the CGs make them real drifters.

When you combine them with a slack-angled bike, they’re permanently gagging for you to get sideways through every corner. Don’t go too crazy on them in the damp though, because the slide soon turns into a snap when you’re on wet roots and mud.

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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