Panaracer Gravel King SK+ Quick Review

Panaracer Gravel King SK+ Quick Review

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PANARACER GRAVEL KING SK + SPECS

Panaracer 

Gravelking SK TLC (Folding)

Multi-Surface, Mixed Terrain, Gravel

700 x 26, 32, 35, 38, 43C 27.5 x 1.75 (650B x 43), 27.5 x 1.90 (650B x 48)

320 – 500 g

Tubed: 60 – 100 PSI (4.13 – 6.89 Bar) Tubeless: 60 PSI max (4.13 Bar)

Japan

DETAIL

Looking for a tire that’s more aggressive than the mixte-tread GravelKing? The GravelKing SK might just be the tire you need for the more hardcore roads. Aggressive knobs, ZSG Natural rubber compound, puncture protection breaker and AX-α special low rolling resistance casing make the Gravelking a go-anywhere tire. And tubeless compatible up to 60 PSI! The Gravel King SK + model has side reinforcement with Protite and bead-to-bead nylon puncture belt, resulting in a 4ply, super tough casing.1

Japanese tyre company Panaracer Gravel King SK + has been quick to offer a range of gravel-specific tyres, becoming a significant player in the burgeoning market. Measuring 43mm wide, these GravelKing SK tyres are tubeless compatible and feature a tread pattern that excels both on and off road, with a tough carcass that can withstand some abuse.

The GravelKing comes in a variety of widths and tread patterns, but this SK (Small Knob) is probably the pick of the range for the latest generation of adventure bikes like the Kinesis Tripster AT, Mason Bokeh or Open UP. As well as the 43mm tested here (which was called 40 but actually measures 43, and is now labelled as such), the same tread pattern is offered on 26, 32 and 35mm width options if your frame doesn’t offer enough clearance.

WEIGHT

  • The sample 700c x 35mm Gravelking SK tyres weighed 382 and 384 respectively, just a tad over their advertised weight.
  • The sample 700c x 40mm Gravelking SK tyres weighed 496 and 504 grams respectively, again a small amount over their advertised weights.

Mounting the Panaracer Gravelking SK

The 700c x 35mm and 700c x 40mm versions of the Gravelking SK are very easy to mount. The best way to demonstrate the ease at which this process happened is to link to the video review (below) of the Topeak Joe Blow Booster Pump I reviewed earlier. The video below will jump directly to the spot where I inflate the Gravelking.2

SIZE & COLOR

Sizes Available:

700X32C

700X26C

700X35C

700X38C

700X43C

27.5X1.90″

Colours Available:

BLACK

BLACK/BLACK

BLACK/BROWN

The Gravel King is available in two distinct flavors:

  • Gravel King – The regular file-tread version, available in 700c x 23mm to 700c x 32mm – mostly suited to pavement and some of the nicer gravel roads around the world.
  • Gravel King SK – Featuring a more aggressive tread and wider casing for the demands of true gravel cycling. This model also happens to be tubeless ready and is available in 700c x 32mm, 700c x 35mm and 700c x 40mm widths. Featuring Panaracer’s ZSG Natural rubber compound, puncture protection breaker and AX-⍺ special low rolling resistance casing make the “Gravelking a go-anywhere tire.”3

PROS

  • 1,600+ miles of intense riding with no flats (set up tubeless)
  • Great traction and performance on nearly all surface conditions
  • Solid wear resistance
  • Competitively priced
  • Mostly positive online customer feedback
  • Low rolling resistance, despite chunkier tread4

CON

  • With additional air volume and tread comes higher weights (with any tire)
  • Tackier rubber compound might wear faster than non-knobby competitors5

WHERE TO BUY

REVIEW

Derek Lakin

My Overall Impressions About the Gravelking SK Tires

Should you invest in a pair of Gravelking SKs? Choosing any tire is a deeply personal decision and includes factors like where you ride, the surface conditions you favor, preferences, and so forth.

But, after riding with three sets of these tires across more than 8,000 miles, they’ve performed almost flawlessly and are reasonably priced compared to the competition. As a result, I can’t recommend them highly enough. I’m always excited to ride them and see how they’ll perform in different scenarios and conditions.

But, if you ride in wet conditions with lots of mud, their tight central tread pattern might not deliver optimum performance.6

Jarno Bierman

Our results show that the GravelKing SK is made from the same materials as the regular GravelKing. As expected, the rolling resistance is higher because the SK has a more aggressive tread pattern than the regular GravelKing that is nearly a slick tire. All other test results are almost the same.

We think that the GravelKing SK is a great tire for gravel use, although we think that the puncture resistance is not great, which is why this tire scores slightly lower. Visit the CX/Gravel overview page to see for yourself how this tire performs when compared to other cx/gravel bike tires.7

Grannygear

At The Finish: This is a very, very, good tire for the way I use a gravel bike.  We are just a couple of years into the gravel scene where tires and what not have become specific to the genre, but even so the title of ‘classic’ can be used here I think. And the fact that the SKs have stood the test of time and still pretty much rock, shows that someone got it right from the beginning. The even more classic WTB Nano seems to be talked about in reverent tones, but I have found that tire to be pretty awful actually, doggy on pavement and odd feeling off road.
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So some old stuff is just that…old.  There are golden oldies and moldy oldies.  The GK SKs are gold.8

Matthew D.

The Best Gravel Bike Tire – Absolutely awesome tire. I just got back from a 63 mile gravel/road ride in Northern NH. They handled great, plenty of speed, very quiet and most of all soaked up the off-road riding. I pounded these tires over loose, jagged granite rock with no issues. Jumped of the road and they act like straight road slicks. Very light and held air, with tubes mind you with no issues. I’ve had several different brands of tires in my gravel bike and these by far are my favorite. Also, they’re available in a multitude of sizes which is really nice. Highly recommend these tires.9

J. T. Gotsick

A good choice for hybrid and gravel riding
I’m on my fifth one of these tires, in varying widths, on my gravel-oriented bike. The tire construction itself is quite good, reasonably supple but durable on a wide range of surface from pavement to gravel to single-track dirt. They set up as tubeless quite easily, and the seat seal is quite secure (I’m using Stan’s tubeless sealant). This is the widest version I have used, and it gives great traction and a smooth ride, particularly on gravel. You can run the pressure down nice and low (I’m between 2 -2.5 bar) without any danger of bottoming out, and except on the most demanding of paved turns, it doesn’t feel squirmy. I suspect I could run down to 1.5 bar on unpaved surfaces without a problem, but my typical ride involves everything from jumping urban curbs to steep singletrack, so I go with the higher setting for versatility. One odd note about these is that I have found the versions with colored tread (they come in green and red too, or used to) seem to have less tread life. This is just a suspicion, but I’m going to stick with the traditional black versions from now on.

RATING

4.8/5

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  1. https://road.cc/content/review/panaracer-gravelking-sk-tyre-227022
  2. https://gravelcyclist.com/bicycle-tech/review-panaracer-gravelking-sk-35mm-and-40mm-tires/
  3. https://gravelcyclist.com/bicycle-tech/review-panaracer-gravelking-sk-35mm-and-40mm-tires/
  4. https://www.treadbikely.com/panaracer-gravelking-sk-review/
  5. https://www.treadbikely.com/panaracer-gravelking-sk-review/
  6. https://www.treadbikely.com/panaracer-gravelking-sk-review/
  7. https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/cx-gravel-reviews/panaracer-gravel-king-sk
  8. https://www.ridinggravel.com/components/panaracer-gravel-king-sk-tires-quick-review/
  9. https://amzn.to/36UYZDk

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