A nice light and supple tire for a gravel tire. Pretty easy to get on the rims but I had a little difficulty transitioning to inflated with the sealer added. Ultimately, I had to inflate with my compressor but then leaving the compressor connected for 20 minutes or so while I rolled the wheel around to distribute the sealer. A nice cushy ride at 35psi. Surprisingly fast rolling for 43mm width. Time will tell how well the hold up but highly recommended so far. I will definitely buy these again.
This is my 7th or 8th set of Gravelking SS tires (28-43mm!) and I couldn’t recommend them enough for the casual city cyclist. Using them almost exclusively on horribly paved city roads of San Diego and wide open packed gravel trails, the semi-slick tires are premium. For this 2023 color, I went up to 43mm from 38mm (astral blue). Does it ride heavier? Sure. Could it be the extra few oz of sealant I use for new tires? Maybe. But after a 10m test ride over pot holes, curbs, and sidewalks I wouldn’t want any other rubber on my rims. The rolling resistance of a road tire, the bite of an off-road tire on turns, and a snazzy new color… it’s all that I was looking for. You can’t go wrong with Gravelking. If only they had more colors!
Used to run SK's but made the switch to SS this year. They have amazing grip in all terrain and are incredibly fast rolling. The sunset orange colour really pops and makes my bike stand out. Love them.
Unfortunately, I did not have a great experience with the limited edition gravel king SS 38s (Orange). Starting with the only pro (imo), they look absolutely stellar. I wanted a tire that would help my diverge stand out from typical NPC front range Specialized owners. Transitioned from 42mm Pro Pathfinders as I have more road oriented events scheduled this summer. Sadly, purchasing these helped me realize how well rounded PFs are. I usually ride a mix of road/singletrack/gravel/bike path. The oranges did alright off-road (still more jarring than PFs) but on road I lost 2-3mph off avg speed. Lots of people love them and they look great too, but I switched back to Sworks PFs (so light, supple, and fast) and couldn’t be happier! Thanks