Panaracer CG XC 29er 29er Tire

4/5 (5 Reviews)

Product Description

CG XC was designed exclusively by Cedric Gracia for when you need a fast rolling, soft to dry conditions tire that pushes you farther and won’t let you down in the corners. Specially developed sticky compound incorporates our newest technology, “Combo Compound”. Combo Compound is specially formulated to give you unparalleled grip and greater durability than other sticky compounds. The CG excels at XC, short track riding in in dry to softer conditions. NOW in a 29 x 2.25.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by karatemonkey a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2012

Strengths:    fast rolling, great cornering grip in dry conditions. Hooks up in the rocks up and down, PRICE, DURABILITY

Weaknesses:    mud, root, sand traction

Bottom Line:   
This tire is the epitome of a good value. With mtb tires costing more than vehicle tires and wearing out in a hard weeks riding, the CG XC is a refreshing reprieve. This tire holds in demanding conditions (as long as it's dry), wears at a fantastic rate, and rolls fast on hardpack. I've got over 200 miles on mine and the rear looks like it's still got 60-70% of it's life left! I haven't ridden a tire with this caliber of durability in a long time. Surprisingly, this durability doesn't equal a lack of grip. The tire holds on in all dry conditions as long as it doesn't get too soft (deep sand is slippy)

Buy this tire if you are looking for a tire that will last, roll fast, and hold on in dry conditions.
Don't buy this tire if you live in wet areas with mud, roots, and smooth rocks.

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Favorite Trail:   Prenup-Puckerup-Moto, Horsethief Bench

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Grassroots Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ardent, Schwalbe Little Albert, Nobby Nic, WTB Bronson, Stout

Bike Setup:   Transition Bandit 29

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pa rider a Cross Country Rider from mechanicsburg pa

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2011

Strengths:    great tire in muddy conditions. Over all grip in rocks and hard pack terrian.

Weaknesses:    side walls tear (seem thin)

Bottom Line:   
Great tire if you're not in real sharp rocky trails. i thought they were heavy but seem to roll nice for the weight. Had no problem riding in mud or sticky trails or rocky trail on fall rides. Even did well up raystown trails (huntingdon pa). Felt tire roll fast than rampage or nevegal tire.

I took shiggy's advice for ramp directions on this site. Always had great traction with tire in muddy or loose dirt.

Rode down michaux forest on old enduro motor cross trails and got 6 rips on front and rear tire (had cg on both wheels). That when I discovered sidewall not so strong. I rode the tires for 7 weeks.

Need a better sidewall protection like maxxis ignitor exo (had 4 rips but never came through tire for 500 miles on tire).

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Favorite Trail:   rcst

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   online bikeman

Similar Products Used:   1st 29er bike 2011, so only used 6 brand tires (I mtb since 1990). I ran all 29er tires for wtb, panaracer (rampage and cg), kenda (sb8, sl6, nev), maxxis (ignitor), geax (aka, gato), and bontrager 29-4.

Bike Setup:   salsa el marchi hard tail 2X9 speed hope II velocity blunt wheel.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mkk a Cross Country Rider from CO

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2011

Strengths:    Easy to set up up tubeless (very tight on the rim, though), great traction, rolls fast & quiet, tough.

Weaknesses:    kinda heavy

Bottom Line:   
I only have a few longer (2+ hrs) rides on this tire- I'm using it as a rear tire- so these are my initial impressions. It was a little bit of work to get on the rim, but inflated easily. An earlier review noted a lot of pinholes and seepage, but I only noticed a little bit the first two days- not bad, IMO.
In comparison to the Racing Ralph (2.25) that this replaced, it is noticeably heavier, but traction is at least equal, it seems to roll as fast as the RaRa, and it is way more cut resistant.
I've ridden on hardpack, loose gypsum dust, soft loam, rocks, and roots and I'm very impressed by the traction. I only broke it loose once standing on a loose over hard steep climb... with my weight forward- my fault.
I wish it were lighter, but my lightweight RaRa only lasted 2 months. This seems like it will last a good long while, and with comparable performance, the weight penalty seems well worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $41.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Nobby Nic & Racing Ralph, Conti Race-King, countless 26 inch tires

Bike Setup:   Steel HT 1x9

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RandyBoy a Cross Country Rider from Mammoth

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2011

Strengths:    Very durable, good tire on hard pack, rolls quite fast, rubber feels like it will last many miles, 1000+ as a rear tire.

Weaknesses:    Constant pin holes and weepage of Stan's / Slime mix in the sidewall. The rubber tread will squirm laterally on the carcass under hard turns on pavement riding to and from the trails/fireroads/ singletrack. Might be because I am a 225# Clyde, though, not Cedric G with the finesse.

Bottom Line:   
It's a new tire, good for XC rides, endurance rides, no flats yet, not the heaviest but not the lightest either. Your legs will feel the weight over a set of Racing Ralphs on a good long 3000+foot fireroad climb with acceleration /deceleration based on change in the grade you climb an change in your speed. Much less expensive than anything Schwalbe. Value would be based on your individual budget/need for the best or good enough.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   BTI

Similar Products Used:   most of them 29"

Bike Setup:   Niner Jet, Stans Flows, DT Swiss 240S, Thomson stem and seat post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by francois a Racer from Saratoga, CA

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2011

Strengths:    handling and control
smooth rolling
consistency during cornering
climbing and descending traction

Weaknesses:    not the lightest or biggest volume

Bottom Line:   
This is a good looking tire with noticeable Japanese construction. It's fairly rounded in profile and has some 'CG' looking design in the center knob.

I used the 26er version before and was impressed with the cornering. But I wasn't ecstatic about the climbing traction.

The great news is the 29er version is awesome in climbing and braking traction as well. I believe the reason is the long contact patch of the 29er overcomes the long center knob bars. Thus there's no parts in the rotation that allow the tire to slip easily.

The handling is very good and consistent. There's no dead spots in the tread pattern and the side knobs are solid. The tire is quiet, consistent and it just grips.

It's not the lightest tire out there but it is very round and I feel it's robust enough for rocky terrain and it's going to last a long time.

I mounted it tubeless btw on an Easton rim and it holds pressure nicely.

I love the fact too that it feels good quality and it's only $36.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   many 29er tires

Bike Setup:   Niner MCR Rigid

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