I was looking for tires that would work equally well on paved roads and gravel bike trails - on a 70's bike with straight sided rims. I purchased a pair of 27x1 1/4, and keep them at 80 psi. They're everything I could have hoped for. Awesome!
They have paper-thin sidewalls for a very comfortable ride. So if you live in an area where sidewall cuts are common, you might want to look elsewhere.
The only downside has been that I need to be extra careful when leaning the bike against an object (no kickstand for me). It tends to fall over much more easily than with my old tires with a raised center rib.
I ordered a pair for my circa 1980 Nishiki International road bike after reading positive reviews here. Upon receipt, I was initially concerned that the sidewalls were wrinkled and delicate-looking and the tires seemed rather insubstantial. Mounting the 27 X 1 tires on the original Araya rims was not too difficult and after inflation, the sidewalls looked fine and I was ready to put the Paselas to the test. 700 miles later I am happy to report that these tires have earned their stars. No flat yet despite varying conditions of use on rail trails, urban and suburban streets, and occasional wooden pedestrian bridges. Even had my first broken spoke recently, which put the rear rim a little out of true but caused no damage to the tire or tube. New spoke installed and the Paselas keep rolling. I run about 95 psi front and rear and like the road feel and performance on straights and when cornering (I'm 160 lbs). Some visible tread wear but based on the first 700 miles, I'm optimistic that these tires can last several hundred more. This tire is a very good value, and BTD is consistently excellent!
I used these tires to replace the old and cracked Kenda's that were included on my vintage 80s Japanese Miyata. I bought these because the Panaracers are also manufactured in Japan, and the number of people noting the quality of the tires.
I use these on the streets of Chicago for a 20 mile commute (mostly Clyborn to the Loop). One tire even survived a small piece of glass that punctured the tube, this was about 2 weeks after installation (bad luck). Wasn't much damage to the tire, so I installed a new tube and haven't had any problems.
3 months in and they are weathering the tough winter very well, haven't had any flats either. I try to keep them as clean as I can, but the gumball sides have tarnished a tiny bit... just too much salt and grime on the roads this horrible winter.
Pretty good grip in the snow and rain for a thin tire. Haven't been riding 27" long enough to know of the apparent shortage in this size, but I appreciate that quality tires are still out there. I'm saving up to buy another pair just so I have some great tires as a backup.
Even after reading the great reviews here, these tires exceeded my expectations. The 1 looks great on my 1981 Scwhinn Le Tour. Great commuting tire, light and comfy despite the 115 psi rating. Rolling resistance is greatly decreased and the tire performs really well. I ride 27 miles roundtrip to work along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and these tires make it so much easier. Highly recommend.
I bought these for the 2017 Cycle The Erie Canal tour. Using my road bike as a touring bike. These tires have a tread, which my Continental Gatorskins did not. Good thing because heavy overnight rains produced a lot of muddy spots on the trail. The Panaracers were okay in the much and rolled very fast on the road sections of the trail.
My complaints are not with the performance of these tires, but with the asthetics. The transition between the tan and black sections of the tired is uneven around the circumference of the sidewall, like icing on a doughnut. Not what I was expecting when I ordered. Makes the bike look sloppy and as old as it is.
This is the second pair I've gotten for my touring / winter commuter bike. They are very easy to install and have a nice, classic look. A quality tire at a nice price, also seem to be very durable. I will buy them again.
Been riding pasela's a long time, they look good on my 86 C-dale. They wear well and I ride on gravel a lot. No problem. For the money I highly recommend them. As 27 in tires are getting hard to find, you won't go wrong with these.
And thank you Bike Tires Direct for stocking them.
I bought these tires based on earlier positive reviews by others and have little new to add other than to state I hope these tires remain available for those of us who still ride 27 rims. They have performed perfectly on a commuter bike I built from a 70's Atala steel frame and a good wheelset laced with Wolber alloy rims. Inflated to 110 psi these tires hum sweetly on the blacktop, roll fast, and provide a comfortable and responsive ride. After nearly 1000 miles on pavement the tread is still great. And with Stan's in my tubes I've had no flats despite our prevalent thorns. I could ride any one of three better bikes for my commute, including a titanium-framed beauty rolling on sew-ups, but I end up riding the bike wearing these tires 90% of the time.
These Panasonic 27 x 1.125s are great. I was concerned about the width, as I was replacing 27 x 1s, but the extra 18 is barely noticeable. The tires fit my wheels perfectly and I am very satisfied with the 115 psi suggested inflation. The inflation along with unidirectional tread makes for great glide distance. Good looking as well.
Great tire. Love the gum wall look. Replaced ten yr old tires on my 28 yr old Cannondale. Holds 105-110 psi with no problem, and they are great in the rain and bumps. 500 miles on them. The rear tire is balding but, hey, 500 miles! I was so pleased with them that I bought two more and stored them in air tight container for when it came time to replace just in case they stopped offering them. Only two flats, both my fault. I use the Continental TOUR tube and they hang in there quite well. The gumwall cleans real easy and looks great among all the high tech hardware everyone else is riding on. Even fellow riders tease me in a good natured way about my gumwalls. I love this tire. Going to get a couple more. I would definitely recommend this tire.
If you have an older road bike, these new 27 x 1 tires are not the same size as the vintage 27 x 1 tires, even though the ISO numbers are identical. They are nearly 1 cm taller and they do not clear the brakes on my 1987 Centurion Accordo. In fact, no new 27 x 1 works for this bike any more.
So keep this in mind if you have a vintage bike with little brake clearance. I've had to scavenge some older Avocet 27 x 1 tires to keep my bike going for now.
The return process was very smooth.
These tires are on the old Univega that I use for summer commuting. They wear and corner well. Must be my 3rd or 4th pair. Peeled a patch off the last rear tire, skidding to a halt to avoid a mallard family on the road!
Here in New Zealand we don't have a supplier for these tyres. As others have said, I was looking for that classic, gum-wall effect, to complete a retro refurbishment. Previously tried Kenda, but they have a heavier tread, I'm sure that creates a fair amount of rolling resistance. These tyres fit the bill perfectly. Better quality than Chinese-made. They look right, and my bike really flies now. Dealing with Bike Tires Direct was painless.
If you have a bike that was built before terms like hybrid and composite were used to describe bikes , than your bike will probably love these tires. Basic Old School tread baby. Straight out of the seventies, these tires are the real deal. If you have an old Peugeot, Fiorelli, Fuji, Raleigh or Kabuki this is the replacement tire no doubt. New rubber for your old love.