The Panaracer RiBMo PT tire is possibly one of the best training, commuting and harsh condition tire ever made. The reason is simple: it handles better than any tire in its class. It's not hard to make a durable tire that has long lasting tread, but try to produce a tire that has those qualities, yet has good handling manners. That is where the RiBMo shines. Simply put, when you compare the durability:performance ratio this tire has no equal.
Panaracer borrowed the AC/All Contact technology from the Race Type tire range to enhance performance. All Contact features a steeper angle and profile/shape of the tread from the center of the tire to the bead. When the tire rolls over to a lean angle, you get complete contact or All Contact for superb grip and stability. Special inverted grooves offer flex tread flex for added grip and proper syphoning in wet and inclement conditions. The tread compound itself is Panaracer's Mile Cruncher variety. It offers a good amount of grip and fast rolling properties while still offering the rider many, many miles of wear time. The combonation of All Contact and Mileage Cruncher tread is the secret to the RiBMos great performance.
For Durability, the RiBMo has a an 800Dpolyamide cord casing. It is almost twice as strong conventional tire casings. The 800D has good rigidity which decreases pinch flats and makes catastrophic sidewall cuts a thing of the past. Working in tandem with the 800D casing is the PT shield. The PT shield is a fabric layer that covers the casing protecting it from road debris. It is very similar to Kevlar, but with 3 times the puncture resistance and more flexibility, so it will not impede performance.
If you are in the market for a bomber training or commuting tire that offer excellent performance and technology the RiBMo is a great choice. Just because you want a durable tire, doesn't have to mean you have to be stuck with sub-standard performance anymore.
Very puncture resistant tires, better than Gatorskins. However they are also stiffer, and less compliant. The tread grip is lower but treadwear is better. They are excellent for riding through unsafe urban areas as they resist glass punctures very well. Schwalbe marathons are a better all around tire but are much more expensive.
Pros: Puncture resistance
These tires cut my number of commuting flats by more than 50 vs. Continental Gator Skins.
Pros: best commuting tire ever/good performance/price
Awesome tire. Grips really well and last s a long time. I got about 7k out of my rear. Been through two sets, used both of them for commuting, would actually recommend them for a performance tire too.
Pros: long lasting
Best training tire ever made. I used to use the Specialized Armadillo, which are pretty durable, but they handle like crap. The Ribmo are incredibly durable, as much as the Armadillo, but handle great. I have commuted and winter trained mostly in Colorado with dirt roads, wet group rides, you name it. These tires rock. Oh yeah, I also got about 6-7k out of the rear tire. Booyah!
Pros: Cheap, durable and handle great
Picture this: You are riding at night through a bad part of town. The potholed, poorly lit street is strewn with glass, rocks and debris. Not a good place to repair a flat. Or you are riding loop in the desert, and trying to make it to your car after dark, when suddenly the pavement ends and the surface turns into rutted washboard strewn with rocks and broken glass. You crave a set of highly puncture resistant tires, with enough cushion and structure to protect you and your bike from impacts from small rocks and pinch flats. Well, here they are! I have a set of 28 mm RiBMOs on my light touring wheels. Very comfy, low rolling resistance, and total confidence. I love these tires, and you will, too! A bit on the heavy side, but worth every extra gram. NB:They are larger than most 28 mm tires, and will not fit my road bike fork. They easily fit my touring fork. Suggestion to Panaracer: a reflective strip option would be nice!