I'd read accounts of this being a favorite tire for many commuters. I got a pair (tubeless) for upgrades to a new All City Space Horse. I've only taken a couple of rides since finishing that project and mounting the tires, but I can tell you that they have an excellent road feel. Yes, they are pretty tight and you'll need to get that firs bead in the center of the rim before trying to get that last 4-5 inches of the other side mounted, but it wasn't a problem for me. I don't have plans to run them tubeless right now, but I could if I changed my mind. Brown sidewalls look really cool with matching bar tape.
This is the best purchase I have made in a long time. I live in an area with really bad roads, debris, sand, cracks and just overall poor conditions. I frequently ride in a State Park (USA)that has no bike lanes and some rocky gravel portions on the trail. These tires handle so the poor roads so well. Loose gravel not an issue. Rain, you can feel the grip. Bumpy roads not so bad now with the 26mm tires. I will be buying a second pair and I am considering making these my permanent tires.
I am using this tire on my road bike. It is a great tire for the debris on the road services in the winter and does well on find gravel surfaces like the GAP Trail. No bro comfortable on dirt but obviously it is not meant for that service.
Pros: light, and easy to set up tubeless.
Cons: fast wearing, poor puncture resistance, and in my experience with 32mm size requiring higher pressures they don't seal reliably if they do get a puncture, and I have not had success using plugs (also because of higher pressure).
I was looking for a new set of tires to mount on my Enve 3.4 SES AR rims. Panaracer was listed as one of the compatible tires, plus a friend of mine had recommended them. I ordered a pair, mounted them tubeless on my rims and haven't regretted the move. Tires roll great, faster than my old Maxxis Refuze tires, softer ride as well. I would recommend these tires to anyone looking for a nice tubeless tire.
These tires are a great option if you do a mix of dirt and road riding, as they roll smoothly on road as well. Even though they dont have knobs, they do surprisingly well in dry dirt. Sand or mud may not be the best for these tires, but for hard pack they work really well, and for loosely packed dirt theyre good also. The tan sidewall is cool, and seems fairly tough. These tires are fairly light also, compared to some other tires with more tread or knobs. Time will tell if they last, but running them tubeless theyve been great so far.
Used on a go-for-coffee bike and general commuter on a route that includes some hilly grass sections and trails. Very nice riding and they feel fast.
No flats yet. If you are getting 5 flats in 100 miles, there is something other than the tire causing a problem.
Bought a set for my Specialized Sirrus. I wanted something that was wider and more supple. Im heavy and I wanted to ride some light gravel trails and not confined just to the road or smooth trails. These tires roll real well and give a lot of cushion without feeling sluggish. Ridden over some edgy gravel and no punctured. Great all around tire and it helped transform my fitness bike into a more versatile machine.
Although they are called Gravelkings I am riding them 80/20 road to gravel. They work great for both. Super smooth for the road, and tacky enough for gravel. I run them lower on the gravel and went tubeless for even less weight. They set up on tubeless really easily. I like the gum sidewall look but don't know about it's specs or longevity.
Gravel kings have been great! I was a little worried it would be too much tire tread for how much road riding I do but I love them. There's so much crap on the road this time of year they definitely provide some extra security. 28's are the way to go! No issues on group rides at all or holding my speed plus it's nice knowing if I want to take a detour on some fire roads i can link all kinds of new rides together. I've ridden them anywhere from 80 to 105 psi, no pinch flats or flats at all. I've put at least 500 miles on them already & they still look brand new.
I've been running this tire for three months, about 700 miles for commuting. They've had great grip in all kinds of weather. I just rotated the rear to the front since the rear was showing wear. I use my bike for commuting, and have two ortlieb gravel panniers on the rear with varying weights from time to time, so the wear is not unreasonable. Like others, I've had trouble getting the bead set and also since this is my first set of road tubeless tires, have had some flats from glassdebris which makes running tubeless a bit of a tricky proposition for reliability.
I've put a few hundred miles on my set, on mixed terrain.... 90% road and 10% dirtlight gravel. Comfortable tires on the road but was very surprised to get a puncture flat so soon. Time will tell if this was just a fluke but these tires are known to be puncture-prone. If they hold up I may consider them again in the future.
I rode these at the belgian waffle ride in 2017. Tire performed well during that event, but only a few rides later it punctured while riding in the rain. I know punctures are something that just happens and that when the roads are wet, you're more likely to pickup a piece of glass. But upon close inspection, it is obvious the tire is too thin. I love how these ride, but will get something different for my next BWR ride. I rode them with tubes, but have now gone tubeless. I will try something different next go around.
I bought 700x32. The tires are fast and super comfy, especially when compared to the Gatorskins I took off. The first few times I used them they put a massive smile on my face. Only problem is they are prone to flats, especially when they wear. With gatorskins I only flatted maybe about once year max with commuting everyday and could run the tires forever. But with the Gravelking, I got 5 flats in about 6 weeks after I'd had the tires about 6months, all in the rear. It was showing signs of wear but it wasn't worn out. I took the rear off and put my old gatorskin, which must have 7k miles on it and it is still going strong. No flats since.
Ive put about 1000 miles on these tires so far and Ive been extremely pleased. These tires are not quite gravel tires, they are more like road tires with some grit. Ive been riding on ruff paved road on a fuji SL and having just a little extra grit tread over a slick has been amazing. Great tire awesome look I would definitely recommend and would definitely buy them again!