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The top 5 best Panaracer 26 inch mountain bike tires

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best Panaracer 26 inch mountain bike tires.

Panaracer is one of my favorite tire brands, and I’ve bought various types to adorn my vintage builds. The reason I like them so much is that they offer a great variety of 26 inch mountain bike tires. And they offer them in tan-wall versions.

Panaracer isn’t that well-known for its mountain bike offering, losing to some of the bigger names like Maxxis and Schwalbe. But they do offer a number of great gravel and touring tires in a 26 inch package. And one of their biggest hits is the Panaracer Gravel King, which is also on this list.

The list features Panaracer 26 inch mountain bike tires starting at a width of 2 inches and up. So without further ado, here’s the list.

Panaracer Gravel King

Panaracer Gravel King
Panaracer Gravel King

The best option for gravel afficionados is the Panaracer Gravel King. I’m a fan of the Panaracer brand ever since I first used these tires on my Koga Miyata Adventure.

In all honesty, looking at the tread pattern, they are the only tires that are true to their name and 100% meant for pure gravel riding. So if that’s what you’re looking for, this absolute beauty of a tire should be your go-to choice.

I can’t find the 26 inch version of this tire on their website, but I know for sure they exist in a 26 x 2.1 inch version.

These ones are truly meant for hardpack and gravel only, providing practically zero grip in rougher conditions.

Panaracer Smoke

Panaracer Smoke
Panaracer Smoke

The Panaracer Smoke is a classic reissue of a very popular tire with the same name from the early nineties.

The tire comes in both a black and light tan wall option, with the latter being much more popular for obvious reasons.

The Panaracer Smoke is meant to be ridden with the Panaracer Dart. With the Smoke going on the rear wheel and the Dart on the front. This classic combination will serve you best if you go cross-country and light trail riding.

The Panaracer Smoke has the classic tread pattern of a rear tire, with horizontal knobbies for increased braking and traction. But it’s not uncommon to use them both front and back.

Panaracer Dart

Panaracer Dart
Panaracer Dart

The Panaracer Dart is the companion to the Panaracer Smoke. Where the Smoke can be used both front and back, that would be a less wise option for the Dart.

The Panaracer Dart has elongated knobbies that follow the rotation of the wheel. These knobbies are meant to dig deep into the soil, giving you that grip necessary for trail riding.

Panaracer RibMo

Panaracer RibMo
Panaracer RibMo

At 560 grams the Panaracer RibMo is among the lightest tires for its size on this list. Its minimal tread pattern moves it into the direction of being a slick tire, perfect for fast urban commuting.

For obvious reasons this is not the most durable tire in Panaracer’s lineup. The Panaracer TourGuardPlus is twice the weight and adds double the amount of rubber to protect you from flats. On the other hand, the tire will make your bike feel more nimble. So it’s a solid choice for racing through the streets.

Panaracer TourGuardPlus

Panaracer TourGuardPlus
Panaracer TourGuardPlus

The Panaracer TourGuardPlus is Panaracer’s most heavy-duty allround tire for urban and touring cycling.

Weighing in just over 1 kilo it has a nylon breaker which covers the entire width of the tire. An added 5 mm of rubber compound is laid in the center tread region, which basically means you can ride across thumbtacks without having a flat.

It makes for an extremely long-lasting tire with admirable puncture protection. Sidewall reflectors are optional should you decide to use this tire for daily commuting and in nighttime conditions.

Obviously the tread pattern has deep channeling for optimal water dispersement, making it the perfect companion for wet riding conditions as well.

Specifications Panaracer 26 inch mountain bike tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Panaracer Gravel King26×2.1054-559590BlackTanlinklink
Panaracer Smoke26×2.1054-559620BlackTanlinklink
Panaracer Dart26z2.1054-559620BlackTanlinklink
Panaracer RibMo26×2.0048-559560BlackBlacklinklink
Panaracer TourGuardPlus26×2.0048-5591080BlackBlacklinklink