IRD Cross Fire cyclo-cross tyre review£36.99

Panaracer Fire XC Pro for skinny wheels

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The Crossfire, a joint venture between IRD and Panaracer, uses the tread pattern of the classic Panaracer Fire XC Pro mountain bike rubber but in 700x32mm cyclo-cross guise.

Its supple casing and multi-stepped blocks make it very predictable, and edge grip is impressive from dry to sticky conditions. It’s directional, but can be turned around to fine tune performance. It’s available in white/black, as well as white and black.

At 490g it’s not the lightest, the durable sidewalls are stiffer and heavier than some, and the closely spaced blocks add weight, but the Cross Fire grips and corners like a terrier, shedding mud well.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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