The 50's have enough clearance to run them as a FRONT only on my old cantilever CX bike. Crazy. The wheel is a Mavic Ksyrium with a tube. So if you're curious...they fit. With a little room to spare.
After several friends HIGHLY recommending these I thought id give them a try.
First, they are a pain in the ass to mount tubeless
Second, they are slower than molasses!
two rides in and I will be pulling them off, cleaning them up, and selling them
what a waste
I was planning a tour on a crushed limestone rail trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota on our older road tandem. Unfortunately, our tandem frame did not have clearance for large tires. I had tested the bike with road tires on gravel and the front end skittered about quite a bit, sometimes edging toward hard to control.
I tried to fit several gravel tires, and (only) the 700x32 Gravel King SK barely fit the front. I had little gravel tire (or gravel) experience and was skeptical that the Gravel King's modest lugs would help improve control much. I was very pleasantly surprised - the Gravel King tremendously reduced front-end skittering and vastly improved control.
The tour was successful thanks in part to this tire. It rode well on pavement, with only a little buzzing, though I didn't try any hard cornering on pavement. On the gravel - which was sometimes much coarser and deeper than the better crushed limestone parts of the trail - I always felt solidly in control - a vast improvement over road tires.
I'm pretty sure a more aggressive tread (or a larger tire with the same tread) would have been even better, but due to frame clearance, those were not options for me. I was very happy I had tried the Gravel King.
I put a set of the 26mms on my Cannondale EVO road bike to see how it would do on dirtgravel roads. Great performance and traction, even with the narrow width. Nice to have these as an option.
Great gravel tire! I've ridden these on dirt, gravel, grass, and pavement. They mounted tubelessly quite easily on Iron Cross rims. I have the 32 mm width and they are about as wide as most 35 mm cyclocross tires on my other bikes. It has a nice supple ride feel and rolls quite fast on pavement. The only downside I've found is that the tread does throw quite a few rocks if you have any small gravel (between sand and pea-size) in your local roads. It's time to replace my rear tire, but I got 3000 miles out of it, not too bad! I will replace it with another GravelKing SK.
I've found this to be a fast rolling gravel tire. I purchased the 38mm tire and mounted them on a rim with internal width of 19mm, the mounted tire measured 38mm. Fairly easy to mount and inflate on a DT swiss rim. The tire held air when first mounted. With the addition of sealant the tire barely looses any air between rides. The tread pattern is unique. The center tread pattern help this tire rolls fast and provides very good traction when climbing. The side knobs are a bit unconventional. Each knob is linked to the next knob with solid strip of tread. its basically on continuous patterm with knobs interspersed. The tire corners ok compared to a cyclocross tire. I guess gravel tires probably don't have to corner as good as cx tires.
Unfortunately i got a sidewall cut after only 200 miles. Sealant could only hold pressrue around 20 psi, so I am now running the tire with a tube. The sidewall cut happened when I was riding a pretty rocky section of gravel so that may just be normal wear and tear. I would still recommend this tire.
Needed a tire to run through the winter on these debris filled PA roads. Grip never stops with these and my confidence at speed is back! Don't roll too much slower than my race slicks. I'll be running them every winter.
I got these for my road bike after tearing a hole in my sidewall. These tires held up great off and on the road. I got them in their thinnest size and immediately felt the difference between my bald road tires and these which earn their name. As a side note these unfortunately got stolen after a few weeks of use so I can't speak to their longevity.
Been using these tyres for two years now, super tough. Durability very high. I finally looked at them today lots of cuts and cracks from everyday riding road/trails almost time for new pair Theyï¿½re the best when going tubeless no flats yet after seeing what they been through
I got these tires in 35mm for my road bike to take it on gravel trails and am very happy with them. Iï¿½ve gone at least 500 miles on them, mostly offroad on dirt and gravel. Excellent tires, good puncture protection. Only got one small thorn through them once. I donï¿½t run tubeless, but I could so thats nice to know for the future. Excellent purchase.
A little slow on the road vs slicks, but thats the way friction works.
Swapped a pair of Mavic tires for the Panaracer GK SK in size 38. All I can say is wow! Faster rolling on the pavement, grippier on the technical dirt climbs, floats through sand like butter, and I feel like Im in more control of the bike. If I had anything negative to say it would be theyre a challenge to mount on my wheels, however, I was impatient and probably should have let them sit out in the sun for awhile instead of ripping the package off and going to town on them. Buy these tires, theyre awesome!
Got the SK Gravel King 32mm tires for gravel riding and am very pleased. They ride great and offer good traction at around 320 grams each. No problems with flats and durability - good tire for the money.
I needed a gravel tire that would fit a set of rims that did not adhere to the standards. I had tried others that would not fit and the Panaracer Gravel King worked great. The seal on the tire is allot easier as well for tubeless rims.