Panaracer GravelKing SK Colour Edition TLC
Don’t worry if the colour doesn’t match your bike, you can get plain black GravelKings but, with the red and orange on my bike, I’ve grown to love the Heinz Baked Beans aesthetic. On the road, the fairly closely packed square tread rolls impressively well. For me, it’s all about a tyre not feeling sucky or draggy and that it’s not sapping significant watts. The GravelKings certainly surpass this benchmark. On hard-pack and gravel, they’re up there with other top performers and have proved themselves to be extremely resilient to punctures. Their grip on softer and wetter surfaces has also impressed and, on a steep grassy climb on the Pennine Bridleway, they put in a slip free performance. The SK, which stands for Side Knobs, means that you can also corner them on looser surfaces with confidence. Like most gravel tyres, they come up short on real mud but they clear surprisingly well and are there cheapest on test.
A colourful and affordable tyre that excels across a wide range of surfaces.