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Panaracer Dart

The Panaracer Smoke Dart tire combination offer a nostalgic trip to the 90s with their classic design. They excel in dry conditions, providing reliable grip for both traction and braking. However, I advise you to consider alternatives for muddy or sandy terrains. The square profile may pose challenges in terms of sudden loss of traction during aggressive cornering. The price is reasonable for those seeking a blend of nostalgia and performance in trail tires.

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Panaracer Dart Review

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Johan van Seijen

July 26, 2022


Panaracer Smoke Dart tires, known for their reissue of classic 90s design, have garnered attention for their nostalgic appeal and potential performance. Here’s a comprehensive review based on my personal experience.

The Smoke and Dart combination is strategically designed for specific wheel placement. The Smoke, with its horizontal knobs, excels in the rear for traction and braking, while the Dart’s elongated knobbies are meant for the front, providing excellent grip during cornering. However, sometimes the front tire has a tendency for the square profile to break loose suddenly in corners.

Pedal Traction:
In dry and loose conditions, the aggressive tread pattern of these 26″ x 2.1″ tires ensures ample grip. The Smoke, as a rear tire, contributes to pedal traction, while the Dart’s lateral knobs enhance grip during pedaling, making them suitable for various terrains.

Braking Traction:
The Smoke, positioned at the rear for braking, delivers commendable braking traction. The tread pattern of both tires is designed to optimize braking forces, enhancing control during descents.

Rolling Resistance:
While the 2.1″ profiles may seem skinny by modern standards, both tires offer turf-ripping grip in diverse conditions. However, there’s a noticeable drag on hard surfaces, suggesting a compromise in rolling resistance.

Pricing for the Panaracer Smoke Dart combination is around 70 euros for the pair. This places them in the average range for premium tires. The cost is considered reasonable for the performance and the nostalgic value they bring.

Panaracer Dart Specifications

DiameterSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread colorSidewall colorCompound/CasingPuncture protectionTire bead