Panaracer Race Evo 2 tyre and R-Air lightweight inner tube - just in

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Japanese tyre manufacturer Panaracer have sent across a couple of their latest products to BikeRadar towers. We take a closer look at the new Race Evo 2 road tyre and light weight R-Air inner tube.

First up is an all new version of their Race A clincher tyre. Now referred to as the Race A Evolution 2, the new model gets a new ZSG dual compound rubber, a new cord material for the body of the tyre along with a revised bead design. These changes add up to what Panaracer claim to be a 20 percent increase in both puncture protection and durability over the last generation Race Evo. 

Rolling resistance is also supposedly down 15 percent on the previous tyre whilst a new bead design is also said to make installation easier. Available in 23 and 25mm sizes, these retail for £39.99/$54.99.

Panaracer Race A Evo 2 road tyre

Panaracer also sent across a few samples of their new R-Air lightweight butyl inner tubes. The 32mm short valve version weighs just 65g, even a 60mm valve example tipped our scales at just 68g. The butyl compound used is said to be twice as flexible as a standard tube, providing better shock absorption, lower rolling resistance and increased durability. If you're looking to lose a little weight without breaking the bank then these could be a good bet. Suitable for 18-23mm tyres these are £9.99 each.

Look out for reviews of both these products coming soon to BikeRadar.

Panaracer r-air lightweight inner tube: panaracer r-air lightweight inner tube
Panaracer r-air lightweight inner tube: panaracer r-air lightweight inner tube

Interestingly, Panracer are now proudly displaying their parent firm Panasonic's logo on both their packaging and products.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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