Panaracer Fire XC Pro UST Tubeless Tire

3.5/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 780 grams MSRP : $59.99


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Product Description

The Fire XC Pro UST was designed to offer excellent traction and cornering in just about any terrain without the penalty of high rolling resistance or soft, fast wearing tread compounds. The Torch Tread design offers multi-height hard compound knobs for outstanding performance on hard and soft terrain. The Burning Edge side knob pattern serves up predictable cornering even at hard angles.


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave-o a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2013

Strengths:    Traction

Weaknesses:    Tread wearing and Tire width

Bottom Line:   
After using this tire all I can say is that I liked it a lot. It gives you more than enough traction in multiple trail conditions (except sand, where width was an issue) and handles great in the corners. Overall construction is tough, air pressure did held well all I had to do was top it off to the desired setting (34 psi in the front and 38 psi in the back). The back tire will have to be replaced after one season as the tread is worn down in the center of the tire to a level that can make things a bit squirrel-y. The front tire has more than enough traction left to make through two seasons. I'm going to try a Continental Trail King next (why not) but if you are on the fence on buying the XC-pro... don't be... get it I think you'll be happy you did.

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Favorite Trail:   The full meal deal

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Purgatory


Bike Setup:   Specialized Stump Jumper

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Woofie

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012

Strengths:    Price good for a true tubeless, damage resistant., esp on technical trails

Weaknesses:    Seems to wear a bit fast but not too bad.

Bottom Line:   
I am on my second set of these and have two more full sets on the way. I run 30PSI front, 32-34PSI rear for all-round desert use in AZ which can mean sand, hardpack or serious rocks. Rides sand well but rear can dig in on really soft stuff. Very durable over rocks. I'm always amazed how many sticks, twigs and spines are in these tires when I change them, but the Stan's keeps them up. Some reviewers comment on them losing air. I have found one may need topping up (I am very fussy at keeping pressures spot on) but the other not -- go figure. I doubt the valve before I doubt the tire.
Handles very well. Front has a tendency to slide in fast turns on sandy hardpack; I have learned not to react and all is well.
I get a big laugh on Panaracer's advice not to use a tire lever for mounting. Good luck :-) Guy the gorilla couldn't mount these without a lever. I cannot imagine mounting these without my compressor and Prestaflator, but they seat easily enough. I lubricate the walls with Simple Green for first seat.

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Bike Setup:   2010 Trek EX9

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Montytian a Cross Country Rider from North East England

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2009

Strengths:    hold air perfectly, perhaps because the wheel--fulcrum red matel zero has got technology called "ultra fit UST"
good looking too!!!


Weaknesses:    weak grab, but means less rolling resistance on road.

Bottom Line:   
good tyre, worth money.
they are soft, wear fast, watch out when you brake rear wheel---don't let it lock and rub.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Trailraker 2.1


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by randonneur a Cross Country Rider from seattle, wa

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Strengths:    cheap, decent traction

Weaknesses:    doesn't hold air

Bottom Line:   
Tire handles fine, sheds mud beautifully. However, being forced to top up a tire mid-ride is not acceptable.

If you intend to "save" money by getting these tires, you might as well put in Stans liquid latex right away. Whatever rubber Panaracer chose for these tires simply does not hold air well at all. You can watch bubbles form all over the tire when holding it underwater.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Michelin, Conti, Hutchinson, Schwalbe, WTB, ...

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Id, custom build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from San Clemente, CA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2008

Strengths:    Excellent traction on hard pack, very good in loose dirt.

Bottom Line:   
I am really happy with these tires. I have had no problems with them losing air like the previous reviewer. I have them mounted on Mavic Crossmax Sl wheels with Stan's and they have been solid. No leaks either. I really like their performance on single track hard and loose conditions. Maybe not so great in really rocky conditions as they are not meant for that type of terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Continental Vertical Pro UST

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper S-works

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2008

Strengths:    cheap
tread works in most terrain, from hardpack to slippery stuff


Weaknesses:    won't hold air - poor rubber choice.
plan to reinflating your tires every morning


Bottom Line:   
I've used tubed Panaracers in the past with good success. Unfortunately, this Panaracer tire starts to leak like crazy after a few months of use. The problem is very porous rubber. Expect to lose about 5-10 psi in a 3 hour ride; they're flat every morning. The problem gets worse over time. After all the usual troubleshooting, i found the a submerged tire leaks through small pores everywhere under tread, sidewall, all over. You can mess with Stans to plug them, but I just forked over the money for a set of Michelins. Bingo - problem solved.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   Michelin, Continental, Hutchinson, ...

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Id

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony Senase a Cross Country Rider from Garland, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007

Strengths:    Great all terrain tire.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This tire merges old school square knobbies with high tech side treads. I really like this tire and will be replacing my Specialized Pro tubeless on my 06 Epic when they wear out. This tire has aggressive traction on all terrains, and especially when passing during a race on fresh cut grass. This is my 3rd tubless tire and prefer this tire overall of them. I do run this tire at 32lbs pressure normally and about 30lbs on the sand. It tends to throw a little more sand than the other tires at 32lbs, but at 30lbs seems not pick anymore than the others. I do not consider this a weakness since this tire has greater traction than all the other tires on all surfaces even sand. I have used this tire for XC riding and racing, but imagine it to be good for other types of riding also? Installed no problems with the Stans kit, reacts and seals well with the sealant as I rolled over several thorns and cactus needles. Overall this tire instills confidence on attacking the trail and on the loose fringes when you need to pass during the race.

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Favorite Trail:   Tyler State Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized 2bless Pro, Kenda Small block 8, Serfas Gators.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 06. Stans Kit on on stock Mavic wheels that came with bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007

Strengths:    Price. Fast rolling.

Weaknesses:    2.1 is the only width available in UST, much like other UST tires.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first UST tire. It sealed perfectly with a Stans rim strip and sealant. The tire has an aggressive tread pattern, and yet it is fairly fast rolling. The traction in the dusty, sandy desert it good. They are durable as well. On my last ride, I had seven Jumping Cholla needles stuck in the sidewall. When I pulled them out, there was no leaks. No hint of Stans goo oozing out either. I have no complaints about the tire, only its width. For the terrain I ride on and my size, I like a wider tire. I will give this tire 5 chilis, even though I will probably go back to Nevegals. Not because the Panaracer is a bad tire. Its a great tire for its intended purpose. I just think need a 2.35-2.5 width tire which Panaracer doesnt make in UST.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Blue Dragon and Yellow Kirin. Kenda Nevegals.

Bike Setup:   GT iDrive

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Where for Panaracer Fire XC Pro UST Tires?

These are great tires for the price. I thought I found them for about $20 at one point, but now they're about $40 cheapest from Googling. For $40 its not such a great price. Another $10 and I can get the Specialized GRID tires. Now these are the tops, but heavy. Anyone with leads for cheaper? ... Read More »

Mavic Crossmax/UST Fire XC Pro Burp/Pressure loss issue

I've been running Mavic Crossmax w/ UST Fire XC Pro tires & Stan's for the last 6-8 months with no issues ever. I run both tires right around 29-30psi. Today I'm running a x-country race at Estrella in AZ (very rocky) and somehow with about 4 miles left I rolled the rear tire on a downhill tech se ... Read More »

tubeless rim, non ust fire xc pro

Tubeless neophyte so I'm seeking guidance. I just got a pair of used Bonty Race Lite wheels ( to replace my superstocks) that are tubeless ready. Never used tubeless before. I have a brand new pair of PR Fire XC Pros (tubed version) which i think ive read can be used tubeless with stans. Quest ... Read More »

Panaracer Fire Xc Pro Ust Problem

I took my new to me bike out for a ride.. its got ust bontranger racelites with panaracer fire xc pro's - I ended up being about 5 k out and i could feel the rear end washing out.. flat tire. The pressure was set at 42 lbs front and rear. What happened to the tire was that one block has a nic ... Read More »

Looking for mate to Panaracer Fire XC Pro UST

Me: 165 pound weight weenie type. Not overly neurotic about weight but like to keep things lean if I can. My bike: Scalpel 2000 with full XTR, Mavic tubeless rims and Hugi hubs. Where I ride: Pacific Northwest(Portland, OR) - damp most of the year, dry as a bone in the Summer. My bike origi ... Read More »

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