Panaracer's RiBMo (that stands for Ride Bike More, fact fans) offers good puncture protection and reasonably low weight along with good levels of grip. For light touring, Audax, or commuting, it's a good choice.
We tested the previous incarnation of the RiBMo predominantly as an urban tyre, and it did very well. This time around it was put through its paces on longer rides, up to and including a 400km Audax. And once again, we've been very happy with the performance.
The RiBMo is touted as a tough tyre, with bead to bead puncture protection thanks to an 800D polyamide cord carcass, which Panaracer claim is twice as strong as a standard tyre, and an additional layer of PT Shield fabric. On top of that is Panaracer's Mile Cruncher compound, which is a harder-than-usual rubber for longevity.
You might look at all that and think that it'll add up to a pretty slow ride, but it doesn't. Well, it depends what you compare it to: obviously these tyres don't roll as well as a lightweight set of 25s but they're a lot sprightlier than most other rubber you'd consider for touring, and they're plenty fast enough for Audax-type rides; at 370g for the 28mm version they're hardly heavyweights.
The tread shape, which is ovalised a bit like the pointy end of an egg, is designed to decrease rolling resistance while still offering good grip when cornering. I can't say that I ever had any problems with grip, even with the hard compound.
One of the reasons for this is that with a bigger air chamber you can afford to run the tyres at a lower pressure. I'm 100kg and normally put 100psi into a 25mm tyre; I found I could run these RiBMos at 85-90psi without any more danger of pinch-flatting than I'd have with a thinner tyre. That means more grip and extra comfort too, and it didn't noticeably affect the tyre's ability to roll.
I've managed to puncture them twice: once was a pinch flat when I was experimenting with how low I could run the RiBMos – so not the tyre's fault – and the other was a needle-sharp piece of metal swarf that I think would have breached pretty much anything.
Other than that, they've been trouble free, hard-wearing and comfortable. Panaracer offer the RiBMo in a wide range of sizes right down to 23mm, although it's difficult to imagine why you'd want them in anything less than a 28.
Hardy tyres that are just the job for commuting or light touring.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Panaracer RiBMo folding 700x28c
Size tested: 28mm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
RiBMo tyre from Panaracer is the tyre commuters and touring cyclists have been waiting for. Using revolutionary Protex technology, the RiBmo offers unrivalled bead to bead puncture resistance thanks to the strong 800D cord interwoven with super tough Vinyl thread. The protection offered against penetration and pinch flats is 300% better than standard tyres. Panaracer's new Mile Cruncher rubber compound ensures long life durability, fantastic grip and great ride comfort. The All Contact tread shape optimizes tyre performance by minimising rolling resistance and maximising cornering contact with the road.
When you need to arrive safely at your destination, RiBmo will be sure to take you there.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Long lasting, comfortable tyres
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? yes
Would you consider buying the product? yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.