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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.


  1. onerSeptember 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    The quality of flat resistance is very poor. Ive been riding these on and off for the past few years. Flats occurred within just a few months of riding. Try the crosstown for better flat resistance. I would say the Tserv rides alot better and with the same amount of protection as the RiBMo. I do think the RiBMo would preform much better with lager sizes.

  2. Ride your Bike More - The 5th FloorSeptember 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

    [...] I can truly endorse these tyres, the Panaracer Ribmo; i have them on all my bikes, 25c on the Brooklyn, 23c on the Leader and a 25c folder at the bottom of my bag on long rides. The best wearing tyre i’ve found to date. Glad Urban Velo agrees. Nice little review and imagery of them over there, check it out. [...]

  3. Mike CSeptember 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Still riding RiBMo 26 x 1.5 tires from new on my bike, close to 2000 mi now. 2 flats — piece of glass, staple. Lighter than Schwalbe Marathons in this size, acceptable flat protection. I used to ride T-Serv, but they seem to be thinner, more prone to flats. I’ll probably try something different next, out of sheer boredom not because I don’t like the tires.

  4. ericSeptember 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    i burned through the RiBMo on my polo bike in 3 months. have yet to find a tire that will last me longer then 3 months. whine whine cry cry. they good tires but not polo tires.

  5. LGSeptember 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I love this tire. I’ve had a 700 x 28 on my polo bike for so long I don’t remember when I put it on there… even with a lot of thread showing now, it still has never had a flat. I had a crash that destroyed my rear rim, and the tire didn’t even go flat.

  6. straverseNovember 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Been riding the 700×28 version of this tire daily in DC for 3 years. Best combo all around commuting/ light touring/ riding tire I’ve found.

  7. PhatLipMageeNovember 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Doubt this will get noticed since it’s so far back, but I wanted to post a RiBMo update of my own. I wanted to comment when this was first posted, but didn’t want to jinx myself.

    I’ve got RiBMo’s on two of my bikes, 28s on my previous commuter. I experienced no puncture flats in the ~9 months that it was my main ride and had the RiBMos. I still use it for shorter trips from the house and still no flats.

    I got my first puncture flat on my 32s today. It took a very sharp, .25″ sliver of metal to end my 7 month, 2200 mile no puncture flat streak.

    That’s pretty damn impressive. I don’t know of anybody who can make that claim for any other tire. Gatorskins are tough, Hardshells tougher, but they cost $15-25 dollars more than the RiBMo’s.

    Pretty clear choice for me.

  8. PahbsJuly 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    This might be close to two years late, but im going to write my review for those bike geeks who read ALL the reviews before buying a product.
    Im a mechanic, which means I spend lots of hours a week changing, selling and recommending tires. The Ribmo (its a stupid name, but who cares) is by far my favorite tire and Im impressed by other reviews, it seems like people either love’em or hate them, thats understandable, but let me tell you why this tire is so good. Both my commuter and my training bike are fixed gear brakeless and I love to skid (get over it) and I tried Armadillos, Thickslicks, Eversquares, Gatorskins, Conquistares, etc. The shaping of the Ribmo is designed to improve cornering traction (Panaracer uses that technology on all their road tires) and that “egg” shape adds extra rubber which comes in handy when skiding. As far as flat protection, Ive never had a flat in about year and a half, thats both my trackbike and my commuter and thats good enough for me. Rolling resistance? They might not be the fastest tires out there, thats because they are street tires, not racing ones. Bottom line, Panaracer Ribmo is an excellent tire, offers great flat protection, covers fixed gear riders necessities and its very well made. I love it, you might hate it, buts thats fine. Everyone has a favorite.

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