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I had almost the exact same experience as you, but I never even hit the road. I tried mounting these same tires, also in size 700x32, to my Surly Cross Check with Alex DA16 rims (which I would guess are very similar to your DA13's). The first tube blew up as I was inflating the front tire, a first for me after countless tire repairs and installations over the years. Not wanting to experience a second ear-ringing blowout, I very carefully mounted the second tire, on the rear wheel this time. I checked all the usual pitfalls (rim tape check, debris check, tube pinch check, proper seating check), inflated the tire halfway, rechecked the seating, then inflated to 80psi (15psi BELOW the recommended max). Ten minutes later, the second tire blew out as the bike was mounted, untouched, on my workstand.
Since 2007, I've been using other tires of the same size on these wheels without any issues (Continental CityRide 700x32, and the stock Ritchey Speedmax 700x32). After the Panaracer failure, I reinstalled the old Contis, and all was well again. On the other hand, I tried mounting the Panaracers to another wheelset with different rims (WTB DX23) and everything seemed fine (although I only test rode them around the block), and it's obvious that others have used these tires without issue. So, I'm not entirely sure if I should point the finger at Panasonic or Alex. At the very least, there appears to be a compatibility problem between these tires and Alex DA series rims. At any rate, having both of these tires immediately blow up on me does not instill confidence, no matter what rim they are mounted on.
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