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Panaracer Pasela sidewall failure

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

On my way home from work yesterday, I noticed that my front tire seemed to be spinning a little funny. It seemed like it had a lump. A closer look revealed that there was a bulge in the sidewall. I just kept riding and made it home without incident.

The tire is a 700×35 Panaracer Pasela Tourguard.  The tread still has plenty of life left in it, so it’s rather disappointing that I can’t use it anymore. On the other hand, these tires are known to have rather weak sidewalls, so in that sense, I can’t say I’m surprised.

According to my records, I put this tire on the bike in December of 2009, and it has lasted 4361 miles (all as a front tire).  Those miles were on all kinds of terrain: pavement, gravel, trails, debris-strewn urban streets and harsh country roads. These are relatively inexpensive tires, so I feel pretty good about this. I don’t have exact records, but I think I got, at most, one or two flat tires that entire time.

I had an extra tire in the garage, of exactly the same model. I replaced the old one. We’ll see how long this one lasts …

15 Responses to “Panaracer Pasela sidewall failure”

  1. Bone Says:

    I had the exact same thing happen to one of my Paselas a while back. I switched to Schwalbes and haven’t had any problems since.

  2. the flat tire Says:

    I’d say 4000 miles is a bargain.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Flat tire: indeed, I feel pretty good about that lifespan.

    Bone: yeah, but Schwalbes are a lot more expensive, and given that I got over 4,000 miles out of this tire, I don’t really consider it a problem.

  4. Steve A Says:

    I didn’t get even 7000 miles out of either of my Contis so you did get a lot of miles per buck. Do you have any reason to believe that life between a Pasela and a Pasela TG would differ? It would be interesting to see how much further it would go if you patched the inside of the tire where the bulge is to reinforce it. Do it for science! OTOH, I’d hate to hear about a crash so get one of those expensive trainers and see how many thousands it will go before it blows. I have a Vittoria I have patched just this way, but I’m reluctant to ride it in the Texas heat because I’m a cyclist, not a walker.

  5. David Crowell Says:

    My non-TG Paselas didn’t last long before the tread area was thin enough that I was getting flats frequently. I’ve replaced them with the TG Paselas, but haven’t put many miles on them. Over 4000 miles would make me quite happy.

  6. Apertome Says:

    Steve: Yes, the TG Paselas should definitely last longer than those without the TG. The TG version has a thicker tread, including a kevlar belt for puncture protection and added durability. I feel like trying to patch the tire could be risky, so I won’t do it.

    David: The TG should last longer for you; I’ve been very happy with mine. I think they offer an excellent combination of good ride quality, low price, and durability.

  7. Tim Says:

    I love the ride qualities of the TGs, so I think 4000 is well worth it.

  8. robert Says:

    I loved the ride of Paselas, but I had a lot of sidewall failures at much lower than 4000 miles. I too switched to Schwalbes and while they are about twice as expensive I can see them easily lasting twice as long. My current set must have > 3000 miles on them and there is little sign of wear. They definitely don’t ride as smooth as the Paselas though, but not terribly either.

  9. Tracy W Says:

    Just sit back and grin that you got your money’s worth out of it. I would be very pleased…..

  10. Bill Lambert Says:

    I liked my Schwalbes, but they’re expensive. When I replaced them with the Paselas, at less than half the cost, I was happy, and even happier with the ride.

    Good things usually don’t last for ever.

  11. doc Says:

    I got 3500 miles out of my 37c TGs when I noticed that sidewalls fraying. http://gspiess.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/pasela-fail/ Still had 50% tread left, and I replaced it with the same. I’m happy with that kind of mileage, and even happier with the ride. If I ever make out for that extended tour, I’ll upgrade to the Schwalbes.

  12. Mark Shaw Says:

    I had schwalbe marathon plus on my last bike and did 2000 miles on them without a puncture expensive but worth the money when commuting, I got rid of the bike so will never know how far I would of got on them, they will be my next tyre when the ones I have on my new bike wear out

  13. Patrick Johnson Says:

    Nocando on Paselas (or TGs or Tservs). I’ve blown two 35s, both through the sidewall, both with far less than 4000 miles. You couldn’t pay me to take them on a loaded tour.

    I’ve had nothing but great experiences with Schwalbe, though. Both the “cheapie” Marathon and the Supreme. I also fully endorse the now discontinued Bontrager Galaxy Plus. Great roller, wicked stout. I’m sad to see them go. Heavy, though, if that matters to you.


    I’ve used paselas on both my 26″ commuter and my 27″ 12 speed both TG’S and regs I’ve had 5 side wall failures.Because they happened at different mileage ammounts I did’nt really think it was a problem w/ the tires but maybe me running a max psi.But after the 3rd one I ran lower psi and watched carefully.Unfortunately these tires don’t hold up well sidewall wise.The last one I had to trash only had 543 miles on it. the one before had 900.
    Schwalbes from on for me too.

  15. Bing Hypotenuse Says:

    I just had the same thing happen with a TG. I’d read about the sidewall failures, so I already have a set of Schwalbes on the shelf that I’ll put on tonight. But, this is my second set of TG’s and this particular tire did 4000+ miles on the front and another 1600 on the rear. I’m good with that. 🙂

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