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700×45 Panaracer Fire Cross

January 26, 2011

The 700×45 Fire Cross is a super-voluminous tire with aggressive tread that fits surprisingly well on a wide variety of bikes.  It’s the kind of tire that can really expand the abilities of  a bicycle.

I recently installed a pair on a customer’s Kona Dew, and then took the formerly mild-mannered hybrid out onto some local singletrack where it performed freakishly well.

In fact, it was the existence of these tires that finally convinced me to build a Surly Traveler’s Check.  A traveling bike that can handle pavement or trails with a simple tire swap is an amazing thing.  Now I just need to find time to travel.

Tire availability update (3/1/11): These tires suddenly disappeared from the QBP catalog a couple weeks ago, which had me worried that they had been discontinued.  After talking to a Panaracer rep, it turns out that there was a sudden spike in interest and they’re just back ordered for a few months.  Hang tight, they will return.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Patterson permalink
    January 26, 2011 2:55 pm


    Great post as I was going to inquire about putting 26″ wheels with mountain bike tires on both Matt and Ginger’s Kona Dews so that they could do some mild singletrack. I will pass this on and suggest they get the tires instead of new wheels.

    • January 31, 2011 11:21 am

      Hey Steve,

      I’ve got one pair of these tires in stock. If Matt and Ginger are both interested in putting these tires on their bikes, give me a head’s up so I can get a second set.



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