Panaracer Cinder Tire

4.42/5 (79 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.99


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Product Description

The Cinder isThe heir apparentToThe classic Fire XCTire. It incorporates Panaracers newest "ZSG Ultima" compound, a blend of Silica and CarbonThat delivers superior grip and dry and wet conditions. Multi-height knobs further help it stickToTheTrail, and allThis with rolling resistanceThat improves uponThe FireTreadToo. Type: Front or Rear Intended Use: Aggressive XC, All Mountain Weight: 26 x 2.1" - 650 grams26 x 2.25" - 78


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Capt Slow a Weekend Warrior from Cardiff, Wales

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive, good grip in most conditions, strong side walls

Weaknesses:    Not the fastest rolling tyre

Bottom Line:   
In the damp conditions of Wales this proves to be a 3 season tyre. Lots of grip, predictable and pretty much puncture resistant. It does slip in gloopy conditions and it doesn't roll fast in the dry hardpack, otherwise fab tyre!

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Favorite Trail:   Afan Argoed

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Interweb

Similar Products Used:   Fire, Maxxis Larsens & Crossmarks, Tiogas

Bike Setup:   '07 Spesh Epic Comp off the peg

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by MTBJong a Cross Country Rider from Logan, UT

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2009

Strengths:    2.25" Tire: Good grip in mud and soft soil. Clear well. Seem to resist thorns and flats. Last a while.

Weaknesses:    Very slow rolling. Really bad grip in loose terrain. Not a confident braking tire. Wash out in the corners. Very drifty. Bead strech.

Bottom Line:   
I am surprised how well reviewed these tires are. I used these for a year when I was learning to ride trail. They were fine for that. However, once I started riding faster and more aggressively they were unable to keep up. Just about every other tire I have used (even skinny XC tires) has been a better all rounder.

For overall use, the issues:
-The cinder is so slow, it makes a sticky nevegal seem fast.
-The side konbs are flexy and don't hold well in the corners.
-The main knobs are too far spaced and provide poor straight line traction for acceleration and braking.
-This tire on the rear, is so easy to lock up even with weak cable discs.
-Weight is high compared to similar trail tires with folding beads.

In loose stuff tire gives only mediocre grip for loose climbs. Skids all over the place on the way down and in corners, if you hardly tap the rear brake you will drift every one.

The rubber compound is pretty hard and should last a long time. However the center knobs are sparse and those that are there get rounded off pretty quick. After about 6 months I started noticing that the kevlar beads were stretching and started getting looser on my rims.

The tire is a ok value, but a poor performer overall. The only place the tire shines is soft dirt and mud.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Nevegal, Spesh Eskar, Purgatory, The Captain, resolution.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dnicholasr a Cross Country Rider from Las Vegs, NV

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2009

Strengths:    Zero punctures on both the 2.1 and 2.25. Long lasting. Aggressive and predictable.

Weaknesses:    Hard to find. 2.25 is a little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I am a 235 lb rider. I mostly ride western desert terrain which includes: pea gravel, lava rock, scree, sand and slickrock. The surface varies from loose to loose over hard pack. These tires grip. Because they grip so well so will find them a little slower. When using the 2.25 tires I usually use one gear lower during the climbs. When pushed really hard they will break loose but will reacquire the track if you don't over react. I have ridden the famous Gooseberry Mesa, UT and Boot Leg Canyon, NV with these tires without a single failure. It seems I am always in search of the right tire and always end up with Panaracer. The Nevegal rates high on many magazines but they can not hang here. Less than 100 miles (6 rides) before the sidewall fails. MTB Action must get a commission for pushing such a weak tire. I will end my search for the perfect tire by using only the Cinder for all my bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Dead Horse Loop

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC, Kenda Nevegal, WTB Raptors, etc

Bike Setup:   2003 Rocky Mountain Slayer, Marzocchi Bomber SL, SRAM X9, Sun Ringle wheels, Chris King and Raceface.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Apex a Weekend Warrior from Kingston, ON

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2009

Strengths:    Grip!Grip!Grip!
Very good in the wet too, but not wet mossy rocks
They just stick to almost anything


Weaknesses:    None really

Bottom Line:   
After riding on the Bontragers for a season and not being able to push it for fear that I'd loose traction and hurt myself I have glad I tried the Cinders out, these tires can handle just about anything. Considering that most tires suck in the wet I was pleasently surprised to see these tires do well in the wet, the Bontragers were like riding on ice in the wet, the Cinder's shed mud very well and can handle wet roots rather well too, but not perfect. In the dry they are flawless, climbing steep rocky, sandy and loose rock trails are easy with the Cinder's, they just bite down with no spinning. They also track well on technical decents which helps inspire confidence.

These tires are close to perfect in my books.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones XCR, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4

Bike Setup:   07 Gary Fisher Hifi with some upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doomrider a Cross Country Rider from Massachusetts, USA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2009

Strengths:    Traction over anything!

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I ride on technical East Coast trails, plenty of mud, water, leaves, grass, fallen logs, ROCKS, etc. I had Kenda Nevegals before I switched to the Panaracer Cinders. The Cinders feel GREAT, so much traction! I was able to bring my tire pressure up to 42+lbs for better rolling and I haven't slipped on anything yet. If you're worried about the weight, get over it, the traction is WELL worth it. Give these a try! You won't regret it!

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Favorite Trail:   Leadmine Trails, Sturbridge, MA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   CMB Online

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Maxxis Ignitor, Specialized S-Works.

Bike Setup:   2006 Trek Fuel EX6, Rock Shox Tora 318, Fox RP2, Mavic Crossride Wheels, Race Face Evolve XC Cranks, Easton EA70 Bars, Stem and Seatpost.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by xcblazer a Cross Country Rider from Ayr

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2009

Weaknesses:    Firstly, impossible to endo turn in even slightly moist conditions, very little grip on acceleration, little to no grip on rocks/roots, don't hold up on slightly technical terrain and can't handle quick turning.

Bottom Line:   
Useless for any rider racing or even riding in Scotland or any other potentially slightly moist conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Highrollers, Panaracer Trailrakers, Continentals (various)

Bike Setup:   Custom Cube Acid

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by przybyle a Cross Country Rider from Port Elgin, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2009

Strengths:    Good quality tire, climbs very well. Good grip in most conditions except mud. I am using the 1.95's.

Weaknesses:    Not the fastest tire. If buying it for an all around tire go for the 2.1's.

Bottom Line:   
Good all around tire for most conditions, but not likely a racing tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Three stages

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Home Hardware

Similar Products Used:   Specialized team control

Bike Setup:   2001 Rockhopper with several upgrades.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dennis R a Cross Country Rider from Las Vegas

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2009

Strengths:    Tall knobs, long lasting and not prone to snake bits when properly inflated. Great traction on the climbs and descents. Good traction during hard turns. Predictable handling. Rolls fast on the downhills and flats.

Weaknesses:    Not a race tire. That is why I like it.

Bottom Line:   
The Element has 2.1 tires. In almost two full seasons of riding I have had only one snakebit flat and that was from a hard flat rock hit. This tire climbs very well, and handles all the typical south west desert riding conditions with ease. I will not change away from the tire even if someone gave me free tires.

The Slayer has 2.25 tires. Do not let the size change mislead you. While the size change is minor the thread pattern is greatly increased. I just this tire on all the ugly trail rides including the ski resorts. Not one snakebite in two years.

I think many people who are experiencing snakebites are running to low a tire pressure to make up for poor suspension setups on their bikes. I see this problem all the time on the trails. Most prople do not spend the time to fine the sweet spot. It is really simple. A couple psi above the snakebite setting is a good place to start.

For the record, I weigh 235 pounds and while I am a skilled rider I do not shy away from the rough stuff. I like trails that rattle your bones. Let the smooth trails be for the tourists and the weekend riders.

Settings:
Element: 38 psi front - 40 psi rear
Slayer: 36 psi front - 38 psi rear

All of you big rider should give this tire a shot.

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Favorite Trail:   JEM Trail Utah

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Jensons USA

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegals, Fire XC Pro, Jones,etc.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Slayer and a Rocky Mountain Element, both with custom wheels, SRAM XO and RaceFace components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hungry for heaven a Racer from Canada

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2008

Strengths:    Really grips the corners .Cannot let the mind wander to much with these babies on. Climbs like a billy goat almost insane ,Goes over logs and stuff well because of the tacky grip.Really flys down switchbacks with incredible speed .

Weaknesses:    Mabey not a race tire cause the treads are to deep and they might be a little slow on sleepy long singletack.

Bottom Line:   
Great tires for speed on hills and technical track .Lots of confidence with thse tires below me.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   Niagra cycle

Similar Products Used:   WTB wierwof ,WTB Exiwolf

Bike Setup:   Specialized hardtail stumpjumper 2006. Very few modifications from stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Too Rass Goat a Weekend Warrior from Ruffs Dale, PA USA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2008

Strengths:    Outstanding grip in wet conditions. Excellent in mud, off camber rocks, roots, moss and everything else we encounter in Western PA. Best rear tire I've found to date even for dry, dusty conditions. Fast roller for a larger, heavily knobbed tire.

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls could be a bit stronger.

Bottom Line:   
I love this tire for all around use. I finally ripped the side wall out DH'ing last weekend and had to replace the tire at the resort with a Michelin as it's all that was available. I rode XC today and couldn't stand the slipping & poor performance on every off camber situation and the slow rolling. I came home and ordered another Cinder 2.25 for the rear. Best rear tire I've found for my style and Western PA conditions. The price is also very good at $30.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Gap

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Various WTB's, Kendas, Michelin and Nokians.

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg set up to ride technical XC and lift served.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jrethier a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento, CA

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2008

Strengths:    Predictable, cheap, durable.

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavey side.

Bottom Line:   
Great tires. They are very predictable in the corners and get great traction while climbing. You can ride with confidence through various conditions with these tires.

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Favorite Trail:   Slickrock, Flume

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   FireXC Pro

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Prophet w/ Rock Shox Pike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by methcohna a Cross Country Rider from Kendal

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2008

Strengths:    Quite good for climbing.

Weaknesses:    Proggresively thin tyre walls, prone to snake bite and punctures, loose on the rim.

Bottom Line:   
At first I thought this was a really good tire and I bought 4 of them because they where on offer.
I soon found weaknesses:
1. If you corner hard on the edges of the tyre they roll over and slip.
2. They have thin tyre walls that get worse the more you ride them. This means you always are getting snake bites.
3. The tyre was also loose on the rim and last night I killed my fourth (last) tyre. I did a bunnyhop with the slightest of tweaks and when I landed the tyre came off the rim, punctured the innertube and then the rim ripped straight through the sidewall.
4. Don't be taken in by the technical compound jargon it really isn't anything special.

I have been running a maxxis highroller 2.35 singleply supertacky upfront and have been stunned with its performance, amazing stabiltiy, durability and price. Also the super tacky is miles better than the Paneracer compound and it lasts longer than you would expect. The highroller roller comes in various sizes and weights too!

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Favorite Trail:   HP Woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   wiggle

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Highrollers, Specilized Tyres

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by eric whiteside a Cross Country Rider from Somewhere in South Korea

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2008

Strengths:    Traction, lots of it in almost all situations. Great cornering predictability, Feels like it will roll over ANYTHING

Weaknesses:    A little heavy, and I can never seem to get the bead to seat "perfectly" on the folding versions

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden this as a back tire for over 3 years and they have never let me down. I was riding a MutanoRaptor up front in conjunction with this but I got an impulse to just buy 2 cinders this time when it was time to replace the rear. Let me tell you...this tire works GREAT up front as well!!!! Rolling resistance is not nearly as much of an issue as you would think and it seems as if it just wants to mow over anything in front of you! Additionally, in corners where leaning the Raptor hard would cause it to hiss and scratch in protest the Cinder barely made a peep and just held the line through the corner. It was actually a bit unnerving because I wasn't used to being able to lean so far in my corners without the front nearly washing out on me.
Bottom line, this tire WORKS up front or on the rear...if you want lightweight, move along elsewhere, but if you want confident handling, THIS IS YOUR TIRE!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Uh...all of them?

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   JensonUsa

Similar Products Used:   Fire XC

Bike Setup:   2004 Cannondale Jekyll, Clydesdale Spec

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Warne a Cross Country Rider from Durban, South Africa

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2008

Strengths:    These tyres grip anything and I had no problems with rolling resistance, 'slowness' or slipping on dusty hardpack (everything slips on dusty hardpack people...).

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy so racing snakes will want to avoid this one.

Bottom Line:   
After a fall using Karmas, I stuck a 2,25 Cinder up front to get extra grip. I then did a 3 day MTB event and was hugely impressed by the cinder. Mud, singletrack, district road and tar were all handled well without the feeling I was having to work harder to keep the tyre roling. At the same time the grip was outstanding. This tyre surpised me - I wanted grip and expected the tyre to roll like a brick, but it was a pleasure to ride all 'round. And it was cheaper than most other tyres. I'd recommend this to anyone except the XC speed freaks who will have a tizzy about the weight and be terrified at the size of the knobs.

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Favorite Trail:   russellw@workgroup.co.za

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Pythons, Kenda Karma, Bontrager Jones XC, Larsen Mimos.

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance, set up for trail and XC

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Logan, UT

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2008

Strengths:    Good rear tire. Climbs well. Gives a fairly smooth ride and adheres to terrain very well. Has nice volume for its size. Good in moist environments and in technical terrain.

Weaknesses:    Rolls slow rolling and heavy. Side knobs don't give a lot of grip. When used as a front tire, it often has trouble hooking up consistently, especially on loose surfaces. Don't puncture easily, pretty durable.

Bottom Line:   
Used a set of the 2.25s as front and rear for about a year. Cinders work great in a wetter environment with loots of forest, log piles, roots, etc... The grip rock well and are nice in rock gardens. In mud they clear pretty well most of the time. The wetter the better for these. Its a a perfect tire for Western PA / Laurel Highlands.

When I moved to UT I noticed that the front simply wouldn't hook up consistently on anything lose. After about July, all the trails are loose packed out here, so I switched to a 2.3 Weirwolf within a month and it was much more consistent hook up in the front.

As a rear tire the cinder works well. Even after a year they still had decent grip for climbing. The rear tends to drift quite a bit on some turns, its fairly consistent and actually can help the bike maneuver. Heavy rear braking can be sort of a skidfest on these. After a few more months I put a 2.1 nevagal on the rear, a much better rear tire for the dry summer months. Rolls faster, lower profile contoured knobs seems to grip better on loose trails. Side knobs work better, less drift, more carve.

I still have the cinders around for use in the spring, but once the trails start to dry out, I will be switching back.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Spesh Resolution Pro, Nevegals, Weirwolfs.

Bike Setup:   Trek 4900, highly upgraded.

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