Road Review: Panaracer Pasela #Fail
I have to say that I have to re-evaluate the tires in lieu of recent events. Laura and I have pushed off on our Big Trip and within a week of our launch we’ve had two tire failures. While wheeling around town I checked my sidewalls and found that there was a crack along the bead – not inspiring very much confidence. I went to CleverCycles and changed them out for a pair of Schwable Marathons.
On our second day of riding from Portland to Corvallis, Laura noticed a “hop” in her wheel. I checked the spokes and they seemed fine and we kept riding. During our lunch break, we checked the wheel again and found a huge bulge in her tire. The sidewall had split and the tube was pouring out. I booted it with two layers of tire tube and we rode it into Salem where we promptly changed her tires with Conti Touring tires.
My personal theory is that that extra weight of our load (85lbs – mine, 70lbs – hers) and the high pressure to keep the wheels from bottoming out on bumps caused the split in the sidewalls. The tires weren’t overly worn so it seems a bit too early to have a failure from wear.
In short, I cannot recommend them for any heavily loaded touring. The advantages of having a supple sidewall (adjusting pressure for suspension and terrain) is more of a liability than a feature when you’re on a bike with heavy touring weight. While I would still use them for day trips or lightweight touring, I wouldn’t use it for any tours that require heavy loads.