Panaracer RiBMo Tires
Flat tires are the bane of an urban cyclist’s existence. For years manufacturers have been making flat resistant tires, using all sorts of means to prevent punctures and pinch flats. Typically these tires end up being heavier and stiffer than traditional tires with ride performance suffering in turn. But in all honesty, city riding isn’t about the finer points of tire handling characteristics, it’s about staying moving. Panaracer is no stranger to the game, having made Kevlar belted tires for years, but has stepped it up with the RiBMo (Ride Bicycle More) line of tires featuring their newly coined Protex Shield fabric layer.
I’ve been riding a set of 700x28c RiBMo tires for a few weeks now on what amounts to my around town and polo bike these days. So far so good, I’ve had no puncture flats and the tire’s pinch flat resistance is pretty impressive. This is one stiff sidewall, even completely flat the tire holds its shape and is somewhat rideable. By the numbers according to Panaracer, the RiBMo is 2.5x more resistant to pinch flats and 140x more resistant to punctures as compared to an unbelted regular tire. Unlike some other tires of this ilk, the RiBMo’s rubber isn’t so hard as to be slippery when wet. The tire grips the road well in my use, absolutely predictable. Time will tell if the impressive flat resistance numbers hold up.
Typically, I use Panaracer T-Serv tires on my bikes for their flat protection, reasonable weight and overall ride quality. The 28c RiBMo tires are a full 100g heavier than the same size T-Servs, and while the RiBMo tires ride well enough, I wouldn’t put them in the same category of performance. These are most definitely commuting tires, best suited for daily use to work and the grocery store rather than weekend road rides. Available for about $30 each, the RiBMo can be had in both 700c and 26″ wheel sizes in a variety of widths, 700×25-35c and 26″x1.25-2.0″. Ride your bicycle more.