Panaracer Smoke Classic Tire

4.31/5 (108 Reviews)
Weight : 570 grams <br>(26 x 2.10) MSRP : $28.90


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A classic rear-specificTread with 3D multi-angle knobs for grip. about 660 grams 30-50 PSITry it with Panaracers Dart frontTire


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RossJamis

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2013

Strengths:    Good traction, lower rolling resistance. Also I paid $20 plus shipping for a folding tire!

Weaknesses:    As most say the tire is undersized I wish it was a 2.3

Bottom Line:   
Bought the smoke to replace a Panaracer Fire XC pro. I was not impressed with the fire. The first thing I noticed was much lower rolling resistance. This surprised me but it was very obvious that I was not feeling the same drag. Now the Smoke is narrower but I placed the two tires together and it is a very slight difference. I have not had a chance to give them a full work out but I definitely saw improved handling and climbing ability right off the bat.

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Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC pro, Panaracer Rampage

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar PRO

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by johnstone3

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2013

Strengths:    1. Excellent traction. 2. Lightweight. 3. Easily convertible to tubeless --- sidewalls don't leak. 4. Inexpensive. 5. Fast on road too.

Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness for me, but the actual width is about 50mm according to my calipers, which equates to 1.98.

Bottom Line:   
I used these tires many years ago and recently came back to them a few years ago as my rear tire. I really like this tire. Up until a month ago, I was running it about at about 33 psi on a cross country 26er without any pinch flats and very good traction. I weigh 165 to 170 lbs. Now I have converted the Smoke to tubeless on a Mavic 517 rim and run it at about 28 psi with even better traction. I took out the existing rim strip and tube and replaced it with Stan's yellow rim tape and sealant, saving about 107 grams in the conversion. These tires are great conversion candidates; they really hold the air!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jsmith75 a Weekend Warrior from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2012

Strengths:    Affordable, Very good traction in wet trail conditions. Handles and sheds mud well. No tube punctures yet,


Weaknesses:    May have rapid wear compared to more expensive tires.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this with the Panaracer Dart Front Specific Tire to replace the stock Bontragers on my Trek. These tires do not slip. If they do it is because I am not balanced on the tires correctly. Stable on cornering, does not fishtail. I usually run mine at 45 PSI. The paddle wheel design really helps climb up banks even after a thunderstorm. If you log a lot of miles you may find a need to replace them more frequently or opt for a higher end tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Canal Loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Center of Cl

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager LT3, WTB Velociraptor

Bike Setup:   Trek 3700 Disc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marquism1 a Cross Country Rider from Costa Mesa, CA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    Pretty good tire when new and relatively inexpensive.

Weaknesses:    Never great on off-camber stuff, but pretty poor after some wear.

Bottom Line:   
I have used the Smoke/Dart combo on many bikes over at least 10 years. I used to like these tires better than I do now. I have found traction to fall off quickly after even a little wear. When these are new they're pretty grippy, but as soon as the edges on those center blocks of rear tire tread get rounded off they just don't hold very well anymore. And they round off pretty fast. At least with the Smoke rear you can flip it around and get a little more wear out of the other edges. If you don't ride slippy loose over hard or wet or lots of off-camber stuff these are still OK. I used to swear by these tires, but there are better tires out there for trickier riding. Not sure if I expect more now or the tires aren't as good as they used to be. Either way, not my favorite anymore.

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Favorite Trail:   If I told you, you'd ride there and I can't have that...

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Every other tire

Bike Setup:   Had these on multiple bikes over the years

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wanga a Weekend Warrior from Deep River, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2010

Strengths:    traction, control and super lightweight

Weaknesses:    may lose edge under heavy leaning

Bottom Line:   
I have tried so many of the new high-tech tires and have not found a tire better than these. Panaracer has not only a classic, but a work of art. So many friends of mine ride the Kenda Nevegals and swear by them, but still slip more than I do. I also tried the Bontrager Big Earls and found that the Smoke has better traction than they do!

Definitely the best rear tire ever for XC.

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Favorite Trail:   Chatfield Hollow

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   unknown

Similar Products Used:   tons of other tires

Bike Setup:   Hardtail XC/Trail/Marathon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ocguy2004 a Weekend Warrior from irvine ca

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2009

Strengths:    great grip for climbing.

Weaknesses:    a little narrow /needs a 2.2 or 2.5 version

Bottom Line:   
great tire. gives my awesome traction when climbing. only wish there was a 2.2 or 2.25 version.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Jackson a Cross Country Rider from Cedar park tx

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2009

Strengths:    i will agree, with the durability of this combo,& the traction that come from no where. hard to torture. you name it, they'll hook on to it like a leach!!

Weaknesses:    too far back to remember back in 89 or 91.

Bottom Line:   
back in the daywhen when farmer john tires were around, and when knobs on a tire were the thing. I got the combo on a old GT Karakorm steal frame (I miss that frame)these tires came on the bike when I baught it. these two tires where amazing. climbing, at time my front wheel would lift from the traction I'd get even on loose gravel, sand, loose on hard pack what ever was rolled over. And even tore some knobs off the rear and still had casing left. now I'm hearing that these things are still around. i've been waitng to get this set up again, and thy're affordable. time for my old favorite combo. That I've not been able to duplicate in any way.

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Favorite Trail:   Green belt, walnut creek. Emma long etc.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   all kinds of tires

Bike Setup:   Alot of good stuff XT.XTR.mavic tubliss rims(to lazy to go to the garage)Marzzocchi xc pro front shock,fox float rear Hollow tech 2 XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by old school dave a Racer from Shelby Twp., MI

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight, awesome tread pattern, rides over and through everything!! Wet...Dry... Rocks...Roots...Whatever!!! Awesome humm on pavement, on your ride to the trail.

Weaknesses:    Not made in tubeless form yet. My 2.1 actually measures 2.0, but for a rear tire, no mas...

Bottom Line:   
I've rode these for 20 years. Used to ride these on front as well, before they came out with the Dart. I've tried some other tires, but always came back to these. THIS IS THE BEST REAR TIRE EVER MADE...EVER!!! It alway's wears well, and I've never had a flat issue with these, or any other issue as a matter of fact. And after 20 years of hammering on these, through EVERY type of midwestern terrain and weather condition, I think, is quite a testemant to their performance and durability. If your still running tubes this is the only rear tire I would use. All for only $25- incredible!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Potto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey z-max, Fire xc pro

Bike Setup:   Ibis steel Mojo, Rocky Mountain Team Only Vertex, xtr, mavic, other high end stuff...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by norseman a Cross Country Rider from alta loma, ca usa

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2009

Strengths:    Great traction. Light. Climbs extremely well.

Weaknesses:    Wears out fast. Last two tires were junk. See narrative.

Bottom Line:   
I orginally bought these tires to replace the more expensive and heavier Velociraptors on the rear. Where I live is ALL hills. I ride one block to the trails of the San Bernardino Mountains where it is mostly gravel and rocks, loose conditions over hardpack. They wear out a lot faster than most other tires but they get tortured up steep loose climbs followed by fast downhills. I was ok with the wear since they work so well in those conditions but the last two tires had defects. Ive used about 7 of these tires over two years with no problem but a tire I got in Oct 2008 developed tears ahead of each center knob that went straight thru to the innter tube. Performance Bike replaced it for free but the second tire developed a bulge in the sidewall followed by the same tearing problem. I dont even want to go back for another free one so Im switching back to my Velociraptors... That is, as soon as Im done trying to set a world record for the longest rear wheel skid using a Panaracer Smoke.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire, Continental Vertical, WTB velociraptor

Bike Setup:   2005 Trek Top Fuel 110. All stock.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by AndrwSwitch a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2009

Strengths:    Decent grip outside of mud, climbs well

Weaknesses:    poor manners in a skid, not brilliant in mud, a little narrow for a 2.1", sits a little funny on wide (22mm internal) rims.

Bottom Line:   
It's definitely an upgrade from the Specialized Resolution, but I think I'll try something else when I buy my next tire. The performance is pretty good when it's dry, and it rolls well enough at low pressure for me to keep it at 25psi (I'm 145 lbs) without being frustratingly slow. I'm into "all conditions" tires because I don't want to change my tire every time I go for a ride. This tire is just a little weird. It definitely climbs well, including pretty bad surfaces, and it stays hooked up better than the Resolutions or my Cross Country did, but when it loses grip it can be a bit of a surprise and quite hard to recover. I've noticed, glancing back at it, that it tends to accumulate mud between the side knobs. It also has a very square profile on the rims I have.

People with narrower rims than mine will probably like it a lot more. People who climb a lot will be into it. People who go at a fast enough pace to need to lean into their turns a lot are likely to have some problems with it on bad surfaces at either extreme - dust and grit over slick surfaces and mud.

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Favorite Trail:   St. Ed's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Mythos XC rear, Continental Cross Country, Specialized Resolution

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock with stock wheels, Panaracer Dart up front

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Barkleyfan a Cross Country Rider from Iowa

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2008

Strengths:    traction, wear

Weaknesses:    recovery

Bottom Line:   
The Smoke is the best climbing tire I've used in 16 years of mountain biking. It hooks up on any surface, in any conditions, even ice. For a front tire, I tried the Dart up front, but I have to say the Ritchey Z-Max worked better for me. The only issue I had with the Smoke is that once you actually do break traction with it (which takes alot of effort) it is skechy in the corners. It slides, then gets grabby, making a slide unpredictable.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   to many to list

Bike Setup:   several

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by beedubs a Cross Country Rider from BG, KY

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2008

Strengths:    Timeless design, long lasting (stay off pavement), clears well, grips great.

Weaknesses:    Panaracer has reduced availability internationally, lite combos are apparently no longer available.

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding for over 15 years (semi-pro back in the day... before I got fat and lazy!). I've tried a dozen or so different tires over the years and have always given them away or thrown them out... except for the smoke/dart combo. They are eventually worn down (on dirt) and used for rail/trail or riverside riding with the gf before being tossed out. I've never ridden downhill and don't do much technical or jump. I'm basically hard-pack singletrack and this setup is the best that I've found. I'll never buy another combo. Best of all, they're perceived as cheap now.
BW

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Favorite Trail:   Sal Hallow

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Tioga, multiple others

Bike Setup:   Old school V2000 Cannondale, Stumpjumper, Giant Warp, now Marin Mt. Vision Pro 05 full gear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pos51 a Cross Country Rider from Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, UK

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2008

Strengths:    Great all round performance

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
First used the Smoke/Dart combo 8yrs ago. Took me 6 months to track down somebody in the US to ship them to the UK as they no longer sell them here!?!?!
They were well worth the effort.
Cant fault these tyres at all.
Grips on everything i ride on, great in really muddy conditions.
Best tyres ever!!

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Favorite Trail:   Bathpool

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   Tioga, Maxxis

Bike Setup:   Claud Butler Ravana, full disc conversion, Suntour XCM's. SRAm cassette.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bart a Weekend Warrior from Florida, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2008

Strengths:    Price, weight, price, and price.

Weaknesses:    Nowhere near stated width of 2.1", maybe 1.95"... with me on the bike.

Doesn't seem to grip all too well in more hard packed conditions.


Bottom Line:   
This is a decent tire... for the money. I replaced the old stocker Bontrager Jones tires on my bike with the Dart/Smoke combo and am more happy with the grip increase in the front, but have seemed to have lost a bit of grip in the rear, and that's even when swapping from a worn tire to a new one. The only thing that I can come up with to explain the loss of grip is that the few times I've ridden on the new tires since I've gotten them have been more hard-packed conditions than normal. Though, in the loosened-up sections, it seems to grip well. So, maybe I just haven't gotten it in it's element yet. The weight seems decent, but the whole 2.1" width thing is way off. This could be another attributing factor to the bit of lost grip. Ironic, I go from a 1.95" Bontrager Jones that measured 2.1", to a 2.1" Smoke that measures 1.9". Ugh.

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Favorite Trail:   Technical Roller Coaster Rides

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   PerformanceBike.com

Similar Products Used:   Old stock Bontrager Jones.

Bike Setup:   Old Trek Hardtrail w/Manitou fork, XT components, Crank Bros pedels, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Andover, NJ

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

Strengths:    Durability, grip and confidence

Weaknesses:    Wet surfaces, rocks and roots.

Bottom Line:   
Looking for new tires as I have thoroughly have gotten my money's worth out of these by being able to rotate my tires. Looking to try a Dart/Smoke combo this time.

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Favorite Trail:   Kitatinny Valley

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LHS

Bike Setup:   Yokota - Yosemite Comp Hardtail, Smokes FR & RR

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Panaracer Smoke Classic

What do you think of this tire? I ride on rocky/rooty eastcoast singletrack. My Specialized Resolution rear tire has been shredded and I need a new rear tire. I want a lot of grip to get up hills, but need something with sidewalls which can withstand the rocks. I know the Smoke is an oldie but g ... Read More »

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