Panaracer RiBMO tyre... discuss

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  • Just got one of these on the back and am loving it.

    Just wondering if anyone else had tried them and had an opinion.

    It has a reasonably high profile in the centre of the tyre meaning
    less contact with the road, which feels fast and certainly makes it
    an easy skid.

    Feels grippy and seems to be a pretty good compound.

    Panaracer blurb.

    bikeradar.com spiel.

    urbanvelo blah.

    Yet to see how hard wearing they are.

  • I'm considering switching up my randonneur for a ribmo, any update on how they ride and last? is it worth a tenner more?

  • They last well and offer good puncture protection (used off road and on road)
    But they feel slower than even a Travel Contact I tested against, this may have been because the tyre was a few mm bigger so raising gearing or may have been in my head but something about them feels as though they are slowing you down.

    Worth noting that they really are the size they state so bear in mind if clearances are tight.
    My 35c is 35mm wide and 36mm high (compared to a 37c Continental that is 32mm wide and 30mm high!)

  • thanks man, nearly made the mistake of ordering a 28c, when a 28c randonneur barely fits my frame (and they come out small!)

    hopefully it'll last longer though eh!

  • These tyres are a complete disaster.

    I've been running folding Gator Hardshell 23c on my fixed gear commuter for about a year. I'd estimate that they've done at least 3000 miles (16 miles a day for an average of 3.5 days a week + a few leisure rides). I'd had two punctures in that time. They were looking a bit worn and I thought I'd try something different - in particular something with a bit more grip going into the winter months.

    I'd been umming and ahhing and wondering whether I should just stick with the Hardshells, weighing up all kinds of alternatives before pulling the trigger on a couple of Ribmo folding 23c which were £22.99 each.

    I fitted them yesterday afternoon and rode in this morning in admittedly poor conditions, but no worse than the heavier rain last Monday which didn't trouble my old Hardshells.

    Within the first couple of miles I suffered a pinch flat from a dropped manhole cover that I have to ride over every single day and which hasn't troubled me with a flat before.

    Then, within the next 1/2miles, I had a second flat caused by a huge gash in the tyre from a piece of glass (see attachment).

    The literature says that, with these tyres, "the protection offered against penetration and pinch flats is 300% better than standard tyres" and the Ribmo "offers unrivalled bead to bead puncture resistance".

    Well, that is nonsense. I'm writing this off as a waste of £45 and will be putting these straight into the bin as soon as my new Hardshells arrive...


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  • complain. I bought a set of panaracer paselas - rode them 3000 miles on a tour, was plagued by punctures. got home 5 months later and complained - was offered a new set of tyres or a refund.

  • 6000 miles on my Ribmos, yet to puncture.

    Bad luck?

  • Within the first couple of miles I suffered a pinch flat from a dropped manhole cover that I have to ride over every single day and which hasn't troubled me with a flat before.

    Pinch flat isn't really the tyres fault, unless you run tubeless/wide rims.

    Then, within the next 1/2miles, I had a second flat caused by a huge gash in the tyre from a piece of glass (see attachment).

    Happen to us all, the law of punctures is exactly that, sometime you go for thousand of miles on a shitty tyres, yet get punctured on the second day of using the Marathon Plus*.

    *That did happen, a large nail managed to gorged it way into a customer's 2 days old Marathon Plus, took me a while to convinced him that shit happen.

  • Yeah, I'm just annoyed that it says it has '300%' better protection against pinching/penetration and I flat from both in one (and the first!) journey.

    Thanks for the replies - I will see if the retailer (Total Cycling) might consider sending out a replacement for the affected tyre.

  • I'm sorry to says that it's likely they won't, unless it's an obvious defect (deforming), they'll says the same as I unfortunately.

    If you want serious puncture resistant, get something like a Durano Plus, tyres like the RiBMOs, Gatorskins, ReFuses, Palesas, etc. offer compromise (weight saving + puncture resistant), they'll resist most debris, but will fall short on some unavoidable debris.

    The other solution is to run a lower pressure to reduce chances of debris getting gouged into the tyres.

  • Ace trolling, recommend lower pressures to someone complaining of pinch-flats

  • Lower pressure can prevent a sharp glass from getting embedded.

    Riding over a dropped manhole cover everyday thought...

  • Rides into obstacles, complains tyres didn't magically levitate over it. Much LOLs

  • Not sure how a tyre is supposed to resist pinch flats, unless it has a totally inflexible sidewall.
    ribmos are great, on the podium with the other top fixie skidder tyres, gator hardshell and refuse .

  • Well that's not really my fault as I can't avoid this obstacle as I don't fancy swerving into a bus (thanks to Hackney council not fixing it). I have ridden over the same obstacle hundreds of times with Hardshells - ride over once with Ribmo and they flat. I can only deduce that they are an inferior product.

  • Well that's not really my fault as I can't avoid this obstacle as I don't fancy swerving into a bus (thanks to Hackney council not fixing it).

  • Or, it could be that you didn't inflate a new tyre enough. Perhaps you were in a hurry, perhaps you didn't notice the range of pressure differed from the old tyres. Perhaps it was aliens.

  • Definitely aliens. Reptile aliens.

  • Fucking magnet.

  • +rep hippy and ed

    Made me chuckle

  • How does work?

  • Haven't fitted these tyres in a while... can anyone think of a tyre which is tougher to squeeze onto a rim?! Catches me out every time as I shred the fingerprints from my thumbs.

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