Road Bike Tire Test: Panaracer Race L Evo 3

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 13.9 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 14 tread / 6 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 4.0 / 5 Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Panaracer Race L Evo 3
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

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

The Panaracer Race L (Light) is Panaracer´s fastest and lightest road bike tire. When compared to the Panaracer Race A (All-round) which comes with a puncture belt that runs from bead to bead, the Race L comes with a puncture belt that only covers the tread area. To save some more weight and also lower the rolling resistance a bit more, Panaracer reduced the tread thickness from 2.7 mm to 2.2 mm. It does look like Panaracer uses the same rubber compound as used on the Race A which means grip wise, there shouldn't be any large differences.


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Although this is Panaracer's lightest tire, it doesn't compete with ultra-light tires like the Continental Grand Prix TT (read review) and Grand Prix SuperSonic (read review) as those tires have an even thinner tread and a very thin puncture belt, or no puncture belt at all. As I've already mentioned in the Panaracer Race A review, the Race A is a much stronger tire than the all-round name indicates. The Race L is also a much tougher tire, it's best to compare the Race L to all-round tires like the Grand Prix 4000S II (read review).


If you're also interested in how the Race A 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 L 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-RCL-B3
EAN4931253013621
TPI -
Compound ZSG Dual Compound
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 200 grams
Max Pressure 140
Made In Japan
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23c)
25-622 (700x25c)

Panaracer Race L Evo 3 Test Results

Panaracer Race L 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 200 grams
Measured Weight 199 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
299 grams
Measured Width 27 mm
Measured Height 25 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.2 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 0.5 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 69 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 30 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Weight. With a measured weight of 199 grams, my sample of the 25-622 Race L comes in a tad lighter than the specified weight of 200 grams.


Size. On a 17c rim, at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars, the Race L has a maximum width of 27 mm. The measured height comes in at 24 mm.


Tire Thickness. The total thickness of the tire at the center of the tread comes in at 2.2 mm which is 0.50 mm less than the Race A. The sidewalls have a thickness of 0.50 mm which is 0.30 less than the Race A. The thinner sidewalls clearly indicate this tire doesn't have reinforced sidewalls. The 0.50 mm sidewall thickness is very similar to other fast road bike tires.

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
13.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00417
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
14.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00438
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
16.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00492
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
19.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00570
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.

Just like the Race A (read review), the Race L doesn't perform all that great in the rolling resistance tests. With a rolling resistance of 13.9 watts at the high air pressure of 120 psi / 8.3 bars, the Race L lags behind the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II (12.2 watts) by 1.7 watts. At the lower air pressure of 80 psi / 5.5 bars, rolling resistance comes in at 16.4 watts which is 2.7 watts more than the Grand Prix 4000S II (13.7 watts).


When we compare the Race L to ultra-light tires from competing brands, the gap widens even more as you can find light tires that come in somewhere around 10 watts at 120 psi / 8.3 bars. If you're looking for a really fast no-compromise tire, the Race L, unlike the name might suggest, doesn't seem to fit the bill.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Panaracer Race L Evo 3 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 14 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 6 Points

In the puncture resistance tests, the Race L performs much better than what we would expect from a 'Light' tire. In the tread puncture test, the Race L scores 14 points which is higher than most other 'all-round' tires that usually come in somewhere between 11 and 13 points.


In the sidewall puncture test, the Race L also scores higher (6 points) than many other all-round road bike tires with a similar sidewall thickness (4 - 5 points). It looks like the casing material used by Panaracer is stronger than what's used by other manufacturers.

Conclusion


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

Just like the Panaracer Race A, the Race L scores much higher in the puncture resistance tests than the name suggests. Unlike its low weight, the Race L provides a better puncture resistance when compared to heavier tires from competing brands. Unfortunately, rolling resistance also comes in higher than what we would expect from a 'light' tire. Compared to light time-trial tires from competing brands, the Race L is uncompetitive in the rolling resistance tests.


The conclusion here is pretty much in line with the Panaracer Race A (All-round) (read review) which I've suggested to be more of a 'protection' or 'endurance' tire. Yes, the Race L is a light tire with a measured weight of 199 grams, but its performance in the rolling resistance and puncture resistance tests is more in line with all-round tires from competing brands.

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RATING: 4.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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