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Ben Reviews: Panzer Tyre Inserts

Allowing you to run ultra-low pressures and adding additional puncture protection, tyre inserts are becoming the new must-have in mountain biking. Of course, there are a few brands on the market claiming to be the best, so our very own Ben put Panzer inserts to the test.

With extensive product testing around Europe, Panzer focuses on the enduro discipline with their tyre inserts. Promoting benefits such as rim protection, running lower pressures, unincumbered tyre behaviour and retains the ease of using standard valves.

Ben Reviews: Panzer Tyre Inserts

Anybody who knows me knows I’m a pretty big guy, and I have found on my regular trails that I have always had to run high pressures in my tyres otherwise I would often burp my tyres or feel like they squirmed too much under me. My normal tyre pressures were around 35 psi in the front, and 40 psi in the back, which I know to most people sounds crazy, but that seemed to be the only way they would stay on the rim.

I was given a pair of Panzers from ATB Sales and told to give them a try, and I have to say that I’m totally convinced. I’m now able to run my tyres at around 20 psi in the front and about 25 psi in the back, giving me so much grip and extra cushioning going over the rougher stuff but safe in the knowledge that the inserts are going to save my tyres and rims.

I have to say I have always ridden Maxxis tyres, but over the last year, I have been testing out loads of other options and have been really impressed. This year I have been riding on E13, V Tyres, Goodyear, Vittoria, and Hutchinsons which all offer a wide variety at similar price points. However, the significant differences between these tyres and some of the Maxxis tyres are that I have been able to run lower pressures and not have to worry about deforming the side walls. I even went for a quick spin before work this morning and thought my rear tyre was a bit soft and found it was running 13 psi, and it still rode fine even if it was a bit soft. I’ve even ridden half of our local trail on a flat from tyre thanks to my Panzer.

I know they seem expensive for what they are, but it’s a lot cheaper than having to replace your tyre and rim with a re-build.

Panzer tyre inserts are available in the shop for £55 each. However, we also stock other brands such as CushCore in varying sizes and widths for £80 each.

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