Panaracer RiBMo PT - A Review

Hello people. As we told you in one of our early August tweets, one of our members purchased  Panaracer's RiBMo PT tires for his CX bike and we can now report back his experience on them. His main reason for the tire purchase was that he wanted more puncture resistance than his normal CX tires were providing him for off dirt urban riding. Two of his main requirements when he was considering a tire was its availability in 700X35 mm size and its ability to be inflated above 80psi. Given those two requirements, he decided to go with the Panaracer RiBMo PT. 

His usually daily rides take him through the city of Brockton, Easton, West Bridgewater and Bridgewater, so this leaves our member with some pretty rough roads he must travel on. He was happy to report back to us that he never once experienced a flat throughout the month of August, where he was experiencing a flat weekly when he was riding on his normal CX tires. He went on to say that these tires rolled much faster than his normal CX tires. Of course this faster tire experience is due to the high psi and smooth tread leading to lower rolling resistance. Mounting the tires was not difficult, but they did not mount with ease. Our member did express that the tires looked far bigger than a normal 700X35mm tire, but we cannot confirm this since we did not measure them ourselves and have a much higher center line than other tires he has ridden. We guess this higher center area of the tire tread is to help reduce the contact area of the tire to the road, leading to less rolling resistance making the tire travel faster with reduced effort. 

In all, our member told us he would purchase these tires again and has been very happy with the their performance thus far. His only gripe is that the tire looks larger than the usually 700X35mm tire, but they fit with no issue on his CX bike. He would recommend these tires to anyone looking for a fast rolling tire for urban riding that would like to reduce their likelihood of flats. 

Ksyrium Equipe S - A Review

Hey group members and those that follow our riding adventures. As we told you, one of our members upgraded his wheelset from Mavic Aksium to Mavic Ksyrium Equipe S and we would fill you in on his experience, well here is what our member had to say about his new wheels. He stated that he has been enjoying the ride they provide him immensely, but hasn't noticed much of a difference in ride quality over his old wheelset. Of course this can be contributed to the high quality of wheels Mavic makes at all price points. He then went on to explain the wheels accelerated with ease and spun smoothly as would be expected of a Mavic wheelset. The Ksyriums has no trouble handling urban riding and took on potholes and road debris without losing their trueness. On climbs they didn't seem to offer any weight savings, but of course added no additional weight to the bike. On descents the new wheelset held their line and cornered like a champ. Aesthetically the wheels complimented the look of his ride, giving his bike a pro look like you would find on the grand tours. When all is said and done, he is happy with the new wheels but wished he had spent the coin for the Ksyrium Elite S. 

So there you have it. When purchasing a new wheelset, try to go at least two levels up from where you are to gain noticeable difference in ride quality and experience. Velo Urbano thanks our member for his review of Mavic's Ksyrium Equipe S. Remember folks, keep checking our blog page to hear product reviews, ride experiences, and how cycling amenities can be improve in Brockton and her suburbs. Enjoy the ride!