Qestionable for roads. YMMV.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: 32mm
After 1-1/2 pairs of these ranging from 32-35mm I'm going back to Conti 4 seasons, these just aren't worth the trouble on Colorado roads. After two seasons I can safely say these things have almost zero puncture resistance. Either that, or combined with the fact that the super-fine diamond file-like tread will pick up every insignificant piece of road debris like staples and tiny, minuscule pieces of glass that other tires would just shrug off. And you will have plenty of random gashes in the tires and mystery flats galore. I had one ride I got a flat before I finished the first climb (5 miles in due to a tiny shard of glass iirc).
So I originally had 2x35mm I got from Merlin, I purchased a 32mm from CC to replace the front and swap it to the back. Simple enough. Except the new tire had pock marks after one ride; like 30 miles or something. It was tiny little spots of rubber coming off the casing. I'd take photos and complain but I'm over it... I don't know if this is quality control with Panaracer or this particular batch from CC, but I never used those tires on a serious decent again, and I already ripped them off and replaced them with 4 seasons. I will not be buying these again. Ultimately the slash and puncture resistance seems terrible. Milage is OK, they lasted about 1,800 miles, but I fixed so many flats in that time, and the tires have so many tiny gashes and cuts I would be hesitant to use them the last 400 miles or so. I see Panaracer came out with a newer version of this tire with supposedly more resistance, but due to my experience with these I am hesitant to try those.
I have used them on mostly roads, but have also done several hundred on dirt/gravel both climbing and descending. The tires themselves are quite good in dirt, their intended purpose. But since they are billed as a hybrid gravel/road tire, and they fail miserably at half the equation I give them a 2. There's nothing particularly wrong with how they ride on roads, but they cannot withstand Colorado chip-seal garbage so IMO overrated. There are better tires for dirt and there are better tires for road, this gives you the best of neither world, but they are cheap - but so are 4 seasons. I can live with 32mm I think.