10 hours ago
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
This is the second Panaracer Pasala that has blown out a sidewall on me in the last few months.
The first one happened as I was riding. This one happened as I blew it up after mounting it. Judging by the monster hole in the tube, it looks as though I caught the edge of the tube between the rim and bead.
These are the cheapest Pasalas out there, so I'm not too crazy with angst, and pilot error is clearly the core issue here, but should that sidewall just rip out like that? I've never had other tires do that, and given the large number of flats I repair in a year, I end up pinching a tube between the tire/rim every now and then.
Whatever. I just put in an order for some Maxxis commuter tires. Well officially, it's a "training" tire, but it's a mostly-slick 28mm with a bit of puncture protection. I've become a Maxxis fan. I dig the Locusts for all-rounder trail/CX tires, the MaxLites for single-speed city cruising and Maddie-bike applications, the Aspen for dry trails, and the Ignitor for most mountain biking. Anyway, these new ones, the "Re-fuse" tires, will live on my 747 in fender-commuter mode. I'll report back on how they do.
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