Pros: Awesome grip especially for being only 2.1. Can easily feel what the tire is doing. When losing traction around a turn it is very controlled.
Cons: Road noise. Wears quickly on pavement. Local trails are only 2 miles from my house so I usually just ride the road over but have stopped since I noticed some wear already. Now that I'm riding them only on the trail I haven't noticed any wear.
Recommendation: Great tire that is fairly inexpensive. I was running a small block on the rear and nevegal 2.35 prior and this is definitely a better set up. More traction and more controlled with the Fire XC Pros
Pros: - Made by Panaracer
- Agreesive tread
- Look badass on a bike
- durable tire that can take some abuse
Cons: - heavy
- rolling resistance
Recommendation: Used these tires for a season after I rode on the Dart/smoke combo for a couple seasons. These tires were hellaiously durable and gripped well even on the wet rocks and roots in New England. They are a rougher ride than many of the other tires I have ridden when not on a trail. They are alsmot as difficult to get off a rim then the Conti Mountain Kings. Only reason I do not continue to use these is that I discovered Nevagels!
Pros: These are the tires I use on my both my hard tail, and full suspension TREK bikes. The Panaracers are reasonably priced, and provide great traction and durability. As soon as the stock tires on my two bikes were replaced by the Panaracers, the traction gained going uphill on loose dirt and rocks was immediately noticeable. Additionally, these tires come in a red, yellow or blue trim, which really adds some color to my black bike.
Cons: A bit hard to get on and off the rim when changing a flat, but once you are up and riding again, its well worth the struggle!
Recommendation: I would definitely recommend the Panaracer Fire XC Pro tire. Great tire for the money.
Pros: Tires grip and handle well in average conditions. Have been able to run lower pressure due to its anti-snakebike. One of my regular trails is VERY rocky so the anti-snake bite is a big plus. Turning, climbing and braking is awesome. You never have a doubt as to what is going on. Haven't run in heavy mud but the wet areas I've hit have not cloged the tread. Heavy suck mud will foul every tire.
Cons: Haven't found any yet.
Recommendation: I would recommend the tires. Back in the day Panaracer Smoke and Dart were the best and the fire XC Pros are top notch. Buy 'em you'll like 'em.
Recommendation: I've used several other tires in my XC days and have been on the Fire XC Pro's for over 9 years now. Bar none...the best all-round tire on the planet. The grip is so sick it actually pushes you to new heights. Durability and flat/pinch resistence is superb. Personllay, I think they look pretty bad-ass too. Plus, multi-directional tread let's you customize your ride. Rolling resistence is there naturally for such an aggressive tread..but the the center-line knobs allow amazing speed for this tire. If you want a tire that does it all very well and won't let you down when the going gets tough...get these. Oh yeah...get the 120tpi for sure...don't bother with the 60tpi. Not the same tire.
Pros: tire works for front or back (reverse treads), good across conditions, color options if you like.
Cons: pay attention to the kind you get - no complaints for the 120 tpi.
Recommendation: Replaced my rear stock tire (wearing out) with this and after my first ride I am super stoked. Traction was great across conditions on the trail, climbed like crazy and just let me fly. I didn't notice any huge rolling resistance issues others have mentioned - but that might be apparent on smoother trails. For me, felt like a solid all around tire, price was great, and it got me flying on the trails - job well done!
Pros: Aggressive pattern, great tire for value minded.
Cons: It's not the 120 tpi, but that's ok.
Recommendation: Bought this tire to replace the poorly worn out Bontrager Trail Connect the came with my G.F. hard tail. This is my first pair of new rubber on this bike since I got it new in Nov 2008. I have replaced most of the Bontrager parts with better after market.
Pros: tread pattern, last long time, light, cool colors,
Cons: make sure you get the tires made in Japan! They are 120 tpi and are lighter and last longer than the cheaper tiawan 60 tpi tires. make sure you ask... Usually the 60 tpi's are $20 or below (Pricepoint), and the better 120 tpi's are $25 + (Bike nashbar carries both, Jensen)
Recommendation: I have used these tires on 2 of mt bikes and they are the bestyfor Floridas sand and even some of the clay trails. The tread pattern is perfect and grips very good for the trails I ride.
Pros: Decent traction. Slow wearing. Light tire in certain versions. Color choices.
Cons: Some of the side knobs will shear on rocks. Takes a little while to figure out the correct psi to eliminate pinch flats but still allow the best traction. Some "bootleg" versions out there on the market to watch out for.
Recommendation: I've gone through two pairs of this tire and I have to say I was pretty satisfied, especially when I factored in the cheap price. (~$20 per tire) It's not going to give you the BEST traction, tread life, or flat protection but it does do well in each of those categories. A good all around tire that does well on many surfaces and does so at a reasonable price.
Pros: Traditional knobs hook up well, good in the wet, good on roots, I can run it at 25psi with no pinch flats, pretty light for the size
Cons: too many different versions out there and some of them suck
Recommendation: You have to be careful when buying these, there are lots of OE versions with 33 tpi casings that just plain suck. Get the better 66 tpi casing and this is one of the best all around condition tires out there.
Pros: Pretty good traction at a cheap price. Fairly light. OK for buff single track.
Cons: Not good in technical conditions. I live in colorado Springs and this tire equals pinch flat for me. Does not do well in hard turns at fast speeds. You really loose lot of side traction.
Recommendation: This is a good tire for anyone who is just starting to find their mojo and doesn't want to blow a lot of cash on their tires. If you want to lean into turns without hitting the controls, or ride trails with sharp obstacles, look somewhere else for a tire.
Pros: All conditions tire, matching F/R compatible, excellent flat resistance, excellent wear resistance, fairly lightweight alot of knobbies for under 700g. Run good on rocky trails - had the best performance on slickrock at DuPont Forest(see NC trails).
Sharp looking tire, compliments your ride with the broad stripe and large logo - more tires should have a bit more bling...don't you think?!?!
Cons: I'm not an expert on "rolling resistance" on a mountain bike tire...but I just recently switched to different model tires after having owned three sets of FireXC's over three years...now I think the FireXC's were a little suspect in the rolling resistance category.
This is a good normal conditions tire...but in either extreme, you might want to look elsewhere: The tight knob pattern holds mud when the tire rotation is slow(ie-climbing...when you need it to shed the most). On the other end, In dry conditions when hardpacked trail yields a little dust on top especially in the turns I've had a couple wipeouts when my front tire jacknifed at speed.
Recommendation: Great middle conditions tire with alot of features at a decent weight. Probably a very good training tire given what I noticed with the rolling resistance(consistently with three sets). The price of this tire continues to become more affordable - first set I bought were about $25/tire...last set I paid under $35 for the pair.