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Panaracer - GravelKing Tire - Clincher

Panaracer GravelKing Tire - Clincher

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$39.99 Original price:$49.99
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    • Black, 700c x 28mm
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    • Black, 700c x 32mm
      sale $39.99
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      sale $39.99
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    Tech Specs

    Compound:
    ZSG Natural Compound
    Size:
    700c x 28mm, 700c x 32mm
    Type:
    clincher
    Casing:
    Anti-Flat (anti-puncture reinforcement)
    Protection:
    puncture protection breaker
    PSI:
    [max, 700c x 28mm] 105psi, [max, 700c x 32mm] 95psi
    Claimed Weight:
    [700c x 28mm] 270g, [700c x 32mm] 290g
    Recommended Use:
    gravel

    GravelKing Tire

    Leave the beaten path behind with the gravel-crushing confidence of the Panaracer GravelKing Tire. Optimized for adventurous tours and gravel grinds, the GravelKing is reinforced with an Anti-Flat casing that protects it from inconvenient flats across remote areas where help is a long way off. The ZSG Natural Compound and grippy tread pattern promote confidence along off-road stretches and gravel roads—all without compromising rolling efficiency when you encounter some asphalt on the way back to town. Please note, the original GravelKing isn't the best option for muddy off-road stretches, as Panaracer has a mud-specific version of this tire for these sloppy conditions.

    • Reinforced for gravel grinding along rough stretches
    • Grippy tread for added confidence across gravel roads
    • ZSG Natural Compound balances rolling speed with durability
    • Anti-Flat Casing prevents inconvenient flats and punctures

    Qestionable for roads. YMMV.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 32mm

    After 1-1/2 pairs of these ranging from 32-35mm I'm going back to Conti 4 seasons, these just aren't worth the trouble on Colorado roads. After two seasons I can safely say these things have almost zero puncture resistance. Either that, or combined with the fact that the super-fine diamond file-like tread will pick up every insignificant piece of road debris like staples and tiny, minuscule pieces of glass that other tires would just shrug off. And you will have plenty of random gashes in the tires and mystery flats galore. I had one ride I got a flat before I finished the first climb (5 miles in due to a tiny shard of glass iirc).

    So I originally had 2x35mm I got from Merlin, I purchased a 32mm from CC to replace the front and swap it to the back. Simple enough. Except the new tire had pock marks after one ride; like 30 miles or something. It was tiny little spots of rubber coming off the casing. I'd take photos and complain but I'm over it... I don't know if this is quality control with Panaracer or this particular batch from CC, but I never used those tires on a serious decent again, and I already ripped them off and replaced them with 4 seasons. I will not be buying these again. Ultimately the slash and puncture resistance seems terrible. Milage is OK, they lasted about 1,800 miles, but I fixed so many flats in that time, and the tires have so many tiny gashes and cuts I would be hesitant to use them the last 400 miles or so. I see Panaracer came out with a newer version of this tire with supposedly more resistance, but due to my experience with these I am hesitant to try those.

    I have used them on mostly roads, but have also done several hundred on dirt/gravel both climbing and descending. The tires themselves are quite good in dirt, their intended purpose. But since they are billed as a hybrid gravel/road tire, and they fail miserably at half the equation I give them a 2. There's nothing particularly wrong with how they ride on roads, but they cannot withstand Colorado chip-seal garbage so IMO overrated. There are better tires for dirt and there are better tires for road, this gives you the best of neither world, but they are cheap - but so are 4 seasons. I can live with 32mm I think.

    Fast, smooth, comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My go-to road tire is the GK 32c. Haven't had the opportunity to run them tubeless yet, but even with tubes these roll very well. Given the 32c size, they're actually pretty light while remaining durable. These tires can rail turns pretty hard, climb without feeling sluggish, and sprint without feeling saggy.

    Excellent

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I’d always overlooked the Panaracer gravel king slicks. Well I was wrong these are super sweet tires, imagine older Vittoria Corsa in a 35 but grippier and 10x better puncture resistance, and tubeless. TLC version tho.

    good all road tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I run these in 28mm on my road bike with rim brakes. The first set I ran with tubes and tried to convert to tubeless after several months of use but the tire was stretched out too much and blew off the rim on a test ride. The second set I setup tubeless from the start and have had very little issues. I know these are Not Tubeless tires and as such they take a bit extra sealant to seal the sidewall and need to be checked/topped up at the beginning of each ride.I love these for rough roads and they give me a little more confidence on fresh chip and seal and the occasional gravel road. I would not run these on a gravel grinder, but they are great for well maintained gravel roads and trails. I don't feel like these slow me down to paved roads and tubeless or not the extra width allows lower than normal road tire pressures and helps prevent punctures, and absorb the bumps in the road. I'll be installing my 3rd set tubeless (Ultegra wheels) and running them this starting this spring while training for and riding the Double Triple Bypass in CO.

    Gravel Kings for the win

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    A great tire for dry dirt roads.

    TLC

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I had to do a bit of researching to see if this tire can be used Tubeless as the title says ' Clincher'. I found an article in which they have used this tire tubeless and decided to give it a try. Happily surprised when the tire arrived and the labeling was updated from the product images here. It clearly says TLC and max 400kpa (58PSI in tubeless format). First ride felt good and now time will tell how good the tire performs. Cheers

    TLC

    I ordered the 28mm version and it is not tubeless compatible. It looks like the 32mm version and up are so please be aware when ordering.

    I ordered the 28mm version and it is not tubeless compatible. It looks like the 32mm version and up are so please be aware when ordering.

    A bit too delicate for ...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Texas roads. Have a pair of these in 32mm width. I chose them for our county and farm to market roads, which are primarily chip-seal. Love the suppleness but on my last ride noticed two cross gashes on the front tire. Was concerned with getting home with some tricky descents. May give them another shot

    Great, hard to beat at discount prices

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After slicing sidewalls on multiple GP4Ks, Corsas and Pro Ones, I swore off "racing" tires and decided to give these a try. I run them tubeless. The set up was painless. They measure a bit over 33mm on 20mm (internal) rims. Ride quality and traction is great (I usually run them around 50/55 psi). Very durable - no punctures in 1,500mi. One negative is a relatively short lifespan - the wear dimples are almost gone at 1,500mi. But it's to be expected from such a lightweight tire -- there just isn't that much rubber under the tread (though durability does't seem to suffer).

    Great everyday tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had these for a bit over a year on my road bike and have had only a few flats. At first they seemed very thin and I was questioning their ability to stand up against gravel but they seem do do quite well.

    The king.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm running the 32mm with brown side walls. Looks great and they are fast rolling and durable. Construction is first rate and each tire weighed exactly the same, which generally bodes well for the brand's QC. Excellent grippy pattern, I've been riding them on roads with on again/off again snowfall with sand, gravel, and slush and they feel very secure cornering at just under 50psi. Knock on wood, no flats yet and my ride times are even faster than on my 700cx25mm road tires.

    Nice looking, classy tire, grippy, tough

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought in 32c and with brown side walls. Super classy looking and well engineered. Nice, strong/tight bead. Excellent grippy pattern, and has survived about 25 miles of some really tough fire roads with fist sized rocks, sharp bedrock, sand, etc. I do feel they may be a bit slower on the road, compared to the Compass tires I had, and the specialized roubaixs. Call it 5% slower. Maybe it is just me though. But the build is much sturdier than the Compass tires, which suffered flats from minor stuff on the road (though they were more supple. And I didn't love the bead/rim connection on them).

    Nice looking, classy tire, grippy, tough

    Thanks for the review!
    Did you had ultralight Compass tires, or the standard? Looks like standard Compass Stampede Pass are pretty much the same thing as Gravel King...

    Thanks for the review! 
Did you had ultralight Compass tires, or the standard? Looks like standard Compass Stampede Pass are pretty much the same thing as Gravel King...

    I did have the ultralights. On paper they look like the same thing, but after using both, they are only close in looks. Compass were much more supple and bead was much less firm. Maybe you are right on the standards.

    I did have the ultralights. On paper they look like the same thing, but after using both, they are only close in looks. Compass were much more supple and bead was much less firm. Maybe you are right on the standards.