Looking for a tire that's more tread aggressive and wider than the mixte-tread narrower Gravelking? The 32 might just be the tire you need for the more hardcore roads. Aggressive knobs, natural rubber compound, puncture protection breaker and a special low rolling resistance casing make the Gravelking a go-anywhere tire.
Bead : Folding / Aramid
Weight: 32c - 320g / 40c - 490g
Superb gravel tyres. Plenty of grip and the brown wall version looks mint on my Mason Bokeh
Tightest beads I can remember in years; I guess this should reassure most above and beyond the added hassle of fitting. Sidewalls not as supple as the tyres they make for Soma, Compass, etc. - this is the only disappointment, although I guess their partner companies would be pretty pissed if they were selling equivalent tyres at almost half the price. On a positive, there's no leakage, personally i'd rather suffer adding extra sealant and the faff that comes with it. Come up to size and weight as per manufacturer claims
Easy to fit, seem like a good balance of knobs and tread for both road and gravel. Roll on the road OK and on hard packed gravel OK as well. Have not tried on loose gravel or mud yet.
Excellent tyre! Used it in 38c for a 150 km long gravel, trail and mud race and it was really good on all the gravel parts and even gave me some grip in the mud. And no punctures :)
The Gravel King 700x43mm have proven to be a great purchase. Offered at a very competitive price and delivered promptly by Merlin, they've been on the bike for just over a week now. Set up tubeless, they were a tight squeeze to get on my Hope Tech XC rims. Out of interest I tried to seal the beads with a regular track pump, but couldn't. However, using the Bontrager Flash Charger they sealed first time and, other than dropping from around 40psi to 30-35psi after the first couple of rides, have held their pressure. They roll really well and reasonably quietly on tarmac and metal roads and, in my opinion, inspire more confidence than wider, chunkier pair of tyres (Nano 2.1") on my gravel bike which is used primarily on tarmac, metal roads, sustrans routes and only very occasionally anything that could be classed a trail.
Other reviews I've read indicate that durability will be as good as many other tyres. I'm seriously considering the 35mm version of these for the cross bike. My opinion is highly favourable. My only complaint is that I couldn't get them with the tan sidewalls!
Really happy with these tires. I ride on a mix of gravel and paved roads and they roll very well on both. The handling on gravel is secure and well footed. Big test will be how resistant they are to punctures, which was the main reason I switched. But they seem more rugged than the previous tires I was using.
Great tyres have them on two bikes now and great service from Merlin
I am running these as tubeless and they took several days to seal, but have since worked flawlessly. I have ridden them mostly on a mixture of pavement and gravel roads and I have been very impressed at the low rolling resistance and relative comfort. I have also used them on single track, but grip in the wet is poor and generally it is not a good idea. After about 500 km they are showing little wear so i am hopeful that they will last. Nil punctures so far.
Mr De Laurence
The best gravel tyres in the market
First foray into gravel tubeless tires...easy to set up, tread pattern perfect for on/off road jaunts and just the right width.
Great product fast rolling on road super grip in sketchy surfaces.
Decent tires all round, bit fiddly to get on to start but once on they work well. Not bomb proof against punctures.
Great tyres for mixed gravel and road rides. Low rolling resistance and do well on hard pack and light sand.
Great tyre to go on my crosser for a bit of gravel grinding. Went on easily with no need for anything other than my standard track pump & some soapy water.
Brilliant all rounder. Rolls surprisingly well on road but copes with rough off road
Great tire, I think this is the best in category. A good casing and uses a really great compound.
Can`t believe the difference between these and 32c tyres... They just fit my CX bike with a couple of mm to spare... ride quality is so much better... smooth...takes the bumps well.. still keep up with the roadies ... and no pinch flats.
The tires work as promised. Great grip on all types of gravel and low rolling resistance on the pavement.
Gravel King is a good name for these puppies. While many brands 40C gravel tyres run small, these run a tad large and measured 42mm on Hed Ardennes -- making them in truth more than 5mm wider than WTB Nanos. Given this the 475gm (measured) weight isn't so bad. They fit -- and nearly max out -- the rear clearance on my Kinesis ATR perfectly, and do the job on dry dirt sand and pebble surfaces. Have not tried mud yet but they should be OK. No problems with the tubeless seal either. Solid product.
I purchased these tyres to use for some riding on unsealed roads on my CX bike. If I'm honest the 32mm tyre doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of ride comfort nor are they confidence inspiring on the loose stuff. I'd probably go for the 40mm option if I had my time again.
Huge air chamber, meassures 43mm on DT460db rims (17mm internal). Can be ridden safely as low as 2.2bars, in the woods I would probably go upwards 2.8 or 3 bars to keep the tyre on the rims.
Easiest tyre ever to seal tubelss ever: I've tried tubeless ready MTB tyres from Michelin, Geax and Schwalbe + 35mm Compass road tires.
Grip: like glue on wet and slippery autumn surfaces.
Rolling resistance - not as low as on my 35mm Compass with exralight casing though. You won`t notice the diference between a herringbone thread and this SK on pavement. I doubt that Schwalbes more expensive G-ones can compete. Casing is really subtle and comparable to Vittoria`s Pave open and Pave tubular.
Weight: heavy due to the size. Affects acceleration but when setup tubeless you`re not far from a Compass or 32mm Gravelking with butyl tubes. Still lighter that a pair of +30mm Gatorskin, Durano's or Paelsa's.
Cost: dirt cheap for a tire this quality - that would cover all gravelking from the skinny slick 23mm throughout the range.
Durability: so far no punctures, based on my experience with compass tires suing same compound I'd say they will be really hard to wear out or puncture.
Wind resistance: probably the only drawback - but that`s unavoidable for a tire this size. It can really be felt in headwind or when exceeding 30-35km/h.
Merlin. please carry the slick 26, 28 and 32mm editions. This new pannaracer range is unbelievable in regards to rolling resistance smoothness, grip, durability and cost - while still keeping close to the weight of a top end clincher/tubless. And they are a hell of lot lighter than Swchwalbes less durable S-one / G-one range. The 23-32 slicks are identical to Compass's non-extralights.
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