Panaracer RiBMo Long Term Update
Since I first reviewed the Panaracer RiBMo back in September 2008 they’ve remained a favorite city tire of mine, particularly due to the flat resistance. They are not race tires, and don’t ride particularly well when it really comes down to it, but in the city keeping tires inflated is normally of much more concern than the finer points of tire ride quality. They handle predictably, and wear slowly even if you skid frequently on a track bike or playing polo. The pictured 26″ x 1.5″ tire was just retired this past week, after six months of constant use on the polo court. No penetrating flats the entire time, but after skidding through the first layer of threads it was time to replace it. Six months of use skidding on the back of my polo bike on our relatively rough courts works for me, I can’t say I’d ever expect much more from any tire out there. Still a favorite, I swapped it out for the exact same tire model. Available for around $35 each in a variety of 26″ and 700c sizes, see the whole lineup at www.panaracer.com.