Panaracer Trailraker 2.1 UST tyres review£34.99

Aggressive traction

BikeRadar score4/5

The Trailraker is an out-and-out traction tyre. With a narrow profile and tall, angular knobs, it rips into and holds onto even the most slippery of British slop. 

Panaracer’s offering climbs exceptionally well and is superb on wet, slick off-cambers. It is UST-ready and has quite a thick sidewall, meaning you can get away with lower pressures for yet more grip, without risking the tyre folding in corners or getting sidewall tears. 

We ran them on a set of Mavic Crossmax STs with Joe’s No Flats goo, at around 30psi, and they excelled in the slick, clay-based mud around our UK base in Bath. To be able to ride usually unrideable trails and keep upright was a revelation.

The mud-shedding brilliance comes from a combination of multi-height knobs and centre square knobs that offer low rolling resistance and good acceleration. The downside is that the aggressive tread can clog in heavy, sticky 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: 45
  • 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 than 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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