Panaracer Driver Pro 29x2.2in tyre£44.99

Surprisingly grippy semi-slick

BikeRadar score3/5

Panaracer’s Driver tyres aren’t cheap, but they are a surprisingly grippy and reasonably fast-rolling dry condition rubber choice.

They’re not the fastest semi-slick 29ertyre we’ve used on roll down comparisons, but the tiny wide-spaced studs stay hooked up longer in mixed trail conditions. 

You need to remember to over-lean them to engage enough knob for confident cornering, but if you don’t want to commit totally to semi-slicks you can just stick one on the back.

Despite a low and lively 593g weight the tyre blows up fairly big for useful cushioning and the ASB strip helps stop rock to rim pinch flats.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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.
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  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
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