Road Bike Tire Test: Panaracer Race A Evo 3

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  • Panaracer Race A Evo 3
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Panaracer Race A Evo 3 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Panaracer Race A Evo 3 is Panaracer's all-round version of their top of the line 'Race' series. Panaracer also offers a Race D (Durable) version which comes with a thicker tread, and a Race L (Light) (read review) version which is the lightest and fastest version. Although Panaracer calls the Race A an all-round tire, it does come with a puncture belt that runs from bead to bead. Take this into consideration as most other brands call their bead to bead protected tires something along the lines of 'protection' or 'endurance'.


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The Race A Evo 3 comes with Panaracer's 'Zero Slip Grip' (ZSG) compound which is a dual compound optimized for wet and dry conditions. The casing is made from an 'Ax-Alpha Cord' and a 'ProTite Shield' anti-puncture belt covers the entire tire from bead to bead. The Race A Evo 3 is available in the 23-622, 25-622, and 28-622 sizes.


If you're also interested in how the Race L Evo 3 and Race D Evo 3 perform, you can compare them side by side on the comparison section of our site here: Race A Evo 3 Vs Race D Evo 3 Vs Race L Evo 3

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Panaracer
Model Race A Evo 3
Year 2018
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number RF725-RCA-B3
EAN4931253013492
TPI -
Compound ZSG Dual Compound
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 240 grams
Max Pressure 140
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23c)
25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)

Panaracer Race A Evo 3 Test Results

Panaracer Race A Evo 3 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 240 grams
Measured Weight 247 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
347 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 24 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.7 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 67 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Weight. My sample of the 25-622 Race A Evo 3 has a weight of 247 grams while the specified weight is 240 grams.


Size. Just like many other 25-622 rated tires, the Race A Evo 3 has a maximum width of 27 mm and a height of 24 mm when inflated to 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17C rim.


Tire Thickness. The total thickness of the tire at the center of the tread is 2.7 mm. The sidewalls have a thickness of 0.80 mm which clearly shows us that this tire comes with a puncture belt that runs from bead to bead. Most other high-performance tires have a sidewall thickness of 0.50 - 0.55 mm.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
16.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00492
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
17.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00513
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

In the rolling resistance tests, the Race A Evo 3 doesn't come close to the fastest tires in this category. When compared to the Michelin Power Competition (read review) and Continental Grand Prix 4000S II (read review), the Race A lags behind by 4 - 5 watts at the highest air pressure. At lower air pressures, the gap grows to nearly 7 watts.


Comparing the Race A to the Michelin Power Competition and Conti GP4000SII might not be entirely fair as this tire has reinforced sidewalls and a much higher puncture resistance score (see below). When we compare the Race A to the Michelin Pro 4 Endurance though (which scores similar in the puncture tests), it's still lagging behind in the rolling resistance tests by 2 - 3 watts.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Panaracer Race A Evo 3 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall Members Only

In the tread puncture test, the Race A scores a very impressive 16 points which is higher than any other 'all-round' tire and even comes close to the Conti Gatorskin (18 points) (read review). The 'ProTite Shield' used by Panaracer seems to be doing a great job at protecting against punctures.


In the sidewall puncture test, the Race A sets the highest scores of any other road bike tire tested to date. This once again shows the Panaracer 'ProTite Shield' to be one of the strongest puncture belts available.

Conclusion


  • Panaracer Race A Evo 3
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Although Panaracer calls the Race A an all-round tire, it scores much higher in the puncture tests when compared to traditional 'all-round' tires likes the Conti GP4000S II (read review). Rolling resistance on the other hand, is higher than the competition even when compared to tires that nearly score the same in the puncture tests.


I have a feeling the Panaracer Race A (all-round) should actually have been marketed as a 'protection' or 'endurance' tire as it's a much stronger tire than many other all-round tires. I'm looking forward to testing the Race D (durable) to see how it compares to the already strong Race A. Rated 4/5 because puncture resistance is that good.

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RATING: 4.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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