Panaracer 1.8 Fire XC Pro Tire

3.96/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $40.00


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Panaracer 1.8 Fire XC Pro


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Carl Brell a Cross Country Rider from Barrington, RI, USA

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2008

Strengths:    (I'm reviewing the 1.8" width with aramid bead.) Fast and corners well on slightly technical rolling terrain. Versatile enough to use on harder or easier terrain. Very light; great on hardpack climbs and fire roads.

Weaknesses:    A little fast-wearing, but less so than other, faster tires. Bounces on technical climbs and especially downhill, though it'll manage.

Bottom Line:   
These tires excel at what they're designed for: slightly technical rolling terrain like fire roads. Less grip and "bouncier" than the Mythos 1.9 or Exiwolf 1.9, but definitely faster than either. Slower than the Mosquito and Twister Pro, but more grip and definitely longer wearing. I'm 140 lbs and a good technical rider but not so strong. This tire enables me to keep up with stronger riders but still outperform them on technical stuff. I use a second set of wheels for sand, mud, rocks, etc.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos 1.9, WTB Exiwolf 1.95, Hutchinson Mosquito, Continental Twister Pro. This tire is right in the middle.

Bike Setup:   Dean TI frame, SID World Cup Fork, mostly XT components, XTR wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Baltazar a Cross Country Rider from DAVID BALTAZAR

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2008

Strengths:    LIGHTWEIGHT, GOOD TRACTION

Weaknesses:    HARD TO FIND. NOT READILY AVAILABLE.

Bottom Line:   
I personally like the Panaracer Fire XC Pro 1.8 tire because of the light weight and good traction. The 1.8's are nearly 100 grams lighter than the 2.1's. I ride mostly dry, single tracks & fire-roads with moderate, technichal trails. My bike is set up with the Panacer Fire XC Pro 1.8's on the back (for lower rolling resistance) and Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1's on the front (for better traction on the steep decents).

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Favorite Trail:   MONTEBELLO, CUPERTINO, CA

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   PERFORMANCE

Similar Products Used:   RICHTEY WCS

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Moab, XTR Rapid Rise rear derailer, XTR index shifter & remote bar-end shifters, XT front derailer, Cane Creek Cronos wheels, Race Face cranks, Richtey clipless pedals, Rock Shox T2 fork with Englund Air dampers, Schwinn Stingray MTB saddle with TI rails, Kore stem, Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1 & 1.8 tires.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bill Palermo a Cross Country Rider from Willowbrook, IL

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2006

Strengths:    Good fire road tire. Fast roller.

Weaknesses:    Deflects off of everything! Washes out on anything slightly loose.

Bottom Line:   
Bought these tires for a 40 mile xc race. Some grass, mostly fire roads and snowmobile trails and a little sand. Tire was fast and handled all but the sand pretty well. Got home and rode them on local trails and they flip me off the bike regularly by deflecting off rocks, roots and anything else on the trail. If you dont square up to roots the back wheel will slip out and take you down. Caught a tiny little rut maybe 2 inches deep in a turn and the back tire just would not climb out and again I was down. Washes out easily in sand or loose gravel. These are real confidence killers. I'm taking them off immediately. I will save them for the right kind of conditions. I accidentally posted this review on the 2.1 board so you can ignore that one.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos Forests

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   City Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Bontragers, Kendas, etc.

Bike Setup:   Fuel 70, SID Race fork, fire xc pro 1.8s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RVM a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2004

Strengths:    Light, fast rolling, and grippy

Weaknesses:    Wears out rather quick.

Bottom Line:   
This tire rolls quick and compared to the 2.1 Fire, the 1.8 cuts through sand like nothing. With the 2.1 on the rear, I'd float and squirm around searching for traction on sandy patches.

I find it amusing how Panaracer has a picture of the 2.1 and the 1.8 side by side on their website. On that picture, both the 1.8 and 2.1 look almost the same except for the fact that the 1.8 has less knobs. Well, the 1.8 is a lot smaller than the 2.1 in terms of width and volume (sidewall height). The 1.8 makes the 2.1 look like a 2.4 tire.

I'd recommend this tire if you're looking for something light, fast rolling and grippy on the rear. If you seek something more durable and plush, I'd suggest the 2.1.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Fire XC Pro 2.1

Bike Setup:   steel hardtail

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by spike a Racer from Rome

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003

Strengths:    weight,traction

Weaknesses:    Knobbies tore off

Bottom Line:   
Dont buy this tire, Knobbies tore off , 3 knobbies tore off,after second trail 4 5 knobbies tore off.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $29.00

Similar Products Used:   irc, ritchey

Bike Setup:   DBR ZETEC team

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam a Racer from Toronto

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2003

Strengths:    Light weight, low rolling resistance, hardpack traction and cornering.

Weaknesses:    Not the best in mud.

Bottom Line:   
I just realized today that if you want a good mud tire or slightly muddy condition tire you need a tread with spikes to dig into the mud. The fire XC 1.8 only has kind of pointy spikes on the sides, and the only thing the square knobs in the centre of this tread design do is increase forward traction and braking.

What made me realize this is that I'm using a Conti Explorer on the front and most of it's knobs are like spikes and I'm getting better traction in all directions with this tire, even in the mud.

So what I'm saying is the Conti Explorer is an all round better tire, and I'm going to replace my Fire XC with an Explorer.

The Fire XCs are still a good tire, but there are better and more versatile tires out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Don Valley

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   40

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Revolt SS front (good semi-slick for dry and long distance events), Panaracer TrailBlaster (crappy), Michelin Sprint (good semi-slick like above), Conti Explorer (really good)

Bike Setup:   currently Conti Explorer up front, Panaracer Fire XC 1.8 on the rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam B a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2003

Strengths:    Weight, low rolling resistance, traction.

Weaknesses:    none that I can tell so far...

Bottom Line:   
This tire is a really good back tire, it can be considered as a really agressive semi slick. It's centre knobs are big enough to give you climbing and braking traction but they are not so big that they slow you down too much. The huge side knobs definitely give you a lot of confidence when you're going through corners. This is a good front tire but I personally prefer a bigger more extreme tire on the front.
I find that mud isn't a problem with this tire, and I think that's mainly due to how widely spaced the knobs are. These tires a little expensive here in Canada at $40 dollars but I haven't had any problems yet with it so I give it 5 flaming trail rodents.

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Favorite Trail:   Don Valley (west side)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   30

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos (crap), Conti Explorer (really good), Panaracer TrailBlaster (crap)

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Big Sur with lots of upgrades.
Conti Explorer up front the Panaracer Fire XC 1.8 on the back.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bird a Racer from nc

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    light and fast,hooks up in mud surprisingly well,handles wet roots better than anything ive tried.

Weaknesses:    none found so far.

Bottom Line:   
great tire,and its cheap,raced it this weekend in the monsoon sh!tfest this state has become.rocked.nothing should have worked in this kind of slop but this tire did the job well.not showing any signs of wear as yet.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   ?

Bike Setup:   fuel,with several toys attached.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by buck rogers a Cross Country Rider from Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    Decent cornering. Ok mud clearing.

Weaknesses:    Terrible rear traction on muddy uphill.

Bottom Line:   
I was looking to replace my Bonty Revolts with something that would clear mud better. My Bonty's seemed to really hold on to the mud; therefore rotating weight increased tremendously. I got a pair of the XC Pro 1.8's in hopes of better mudding. I did a WORS race (Devil's Head) where the mud was terrible; thick goopy mud all through the course. These tires seemed to clear mud alright, but on even slight climbs in the mud I was loosing traction, and when it got steeper I had to dismount. And on these steeper climbs other people were riding. I know it's not my abilities, because in other races with similiar conditions using the Bonty's I was able to climb things others were not able to (I just had 6 pounds of mud attached to each tire!). They seemed to corner well and did ok on wet rocks & roots. I may keep the front tire on, but will have to try something different in the back for traction on muddy climbs...any suggestions?

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Favorite Trail:   Devils Head

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bonty Revolt's

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 98. Stock everything except the tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Zuke a Cross Country Rider from Los Osos, CA

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2003

Strengths:    Very fast, very light rollers. The red sidewalls look great.


Weaknesses:    Narrow width is disconcerting to look at and tends to wash out in thicker gravel or sand. Not as much bite going uphill. Rim pinches!



Bottom Line:   
I was really hoping this tire would work out for me, as I've heard great reviews about the FireXC Pros and it's a great looking tire on my blue/red Jamis to boot. Unfortunately, I think the lower traction is unavoidable given the tire's narrow width. I also suffered quite a few more pinch flats when slamming over rocky shale sections, etc, even though Panaracer makes a big deal over their Anti-Snake Bite (ASB) feature. A positive word though, is that they were noticeably faster rollers compared to my Hutchinsons. Better suited to road riding or less technical trail riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Montana de Oro - Ridge Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Alligators, WTB Velociraptors. (hmm, I just noticed the animal name theme...)

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Expert: XT shifters, XTR/LX derailleurs, Hayes hydraulic discs, Manitou X-Vert front shock, Fox Vanilla-R coil-over.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Warren Steele a Cross Country Rider from Durban South africa

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2003

Strengths:    Light weight
Fast roller
Cornering traction


Weaknesses:    Directional stability in soft sand
Traction on steep climbs


Bottom Line:   
When one gets used to the thin looks the true character of this tyre can be appreciated. It is light and rolls exceptionally well. To achieve this the tyre has moderate sized centre knobs which lose traction on steep slippery climbs especially if body weight is badly distributed. However, reduced climb performance is an acceptable pay off. Cornering ability is good and predictable with the rigid side knobs. Being a narrow tyre the ride is hard in rocky terrain and rim protection is reduced. However, the tyre enables the rider to handle rough sections confidently. In soft sand the tyre is directionally unstable due to the narrow width but sheds mud well and offers loads of clearance. The compound is hard but only time will reveal the wear characteristics. Overall the tyre is a huge improvement over other products I have tried and its narrow width is no indication of its true character. Looks good too. No tyre has it all but as an initial assessment this seems to come close.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Evans London

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockster Pro 1.9
Specialized Endure 2.2
Specialized Roll X 2.0


Bike Setup:   Tyres mounted on Mavic X221 on 2002 Specialized FSR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill Liu a Weekend Warrior from Hongkong

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2003

Strengths:    Light, beautiful, easily to install, grip up to almost all terrance. It is also fast, low resistence and quiet too.

Weaknesses:    Seems no sign of weakness up to present.

Bottom Line:   
All five of my bikes are using IRC Mythos now. Once I thought they are cheap and high performance not until I try the Pannaracer 1.8 fire XC tires. This tire is really good in all respects. It work out pretty good even on ice surface although not recommanded by the manufacturer. Durability is the only thing uncertain. Only time will tell. I highly recommand them.

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Favorite Trail:   Kam Ma Luen trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $78.00

Purchased At:   Hung wan bike store

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, Huchinson wild grip ss, Brontraga revolt ss etc.

Bike Setup:   Trek 8000

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Eug from Australia

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003

Strengths:    Nice, Fast rolling, Great Traction

Weaknesses:    First ride today on them and two pinch flats in 10 minutes (they were pumped hard too, will after the first flat anyway)

Bottom Line:   
Nice tire, very fast, lots of traction, look great but has anyone else been getting pinch flats on them even when they have that A.S.B Chafer??? thingo.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from California

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    Light, low rolling resistance, great traction.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Great set of tires! Excellent off-camber grip. Very good climb performance. Acceptable deep sand performance. Considering the very light weight and low rolling resistance, I doubt I'll ever go back to 2.1+ tires. An excellent all around performer. Highly recommended, although not the most cost effective tire out there.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Specialized ground control (you guys even remember these?), Bontrager Jones

Bike Setup:   K2 Zed Team frame, zoke z3 bomber, rhyno lites, xt/xtr 8spd biopace.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shane Gouldthread a Racer from Weedville,PA,USA

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2002

Strengths:    nice tread pattern, roll fast, move good on paved roads

Weaknesses:    lil heavy( im kinda a weight freak), dont do to good goin down ski slopes when wet or big tec. hills.

Bottom Line:   
i bought the for my old GT 2 yrs ago. but now i put um on my trek for the summer time. im goin to get a new pair of slicks or nobbys soon for racin. but they work great on dirt roads n packed in trails or paths. work good for climbing when dry, when wet just hope u can put an other pedal in fast when u spinout cuz they tend to for me. they dont grab good on wet roots. but i liked um for as long as had them som draw backs but hey nuthins perfect get use to it.
lata

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Favorite Trail:   fawnskin,claundite,resivor

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   all the other

Bike Setup:   trek with manitou. all XT. good racing bike

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