CX/Gravel Tire Test: Panaracer GravelKing TLC

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 20.8 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 7 tread / 7 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 4.0 / 5 Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Panaracer GravelKing TLC
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Panaracer GravelKing TLC road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Panaracer GravelKing is one of the most requested tires in the CX/Gravel section. The bigger sizes of the GravelKing (32 and up) come with a TLC (tubeless-compatible) casing that should make it easy to set these up tubeless. You can choose between brown sidewalls for a classic look or black sidewalls for a more modern look.


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Just like pretty much all Panaracer gravel tires, the GravelKing uses the "ZSG Natural Compound" that, according to Panaracer, offers a low rolling resistance and high durability. The casing is an "Anti-Flat Casing" with an extra layer of puncture protective fabric that runs from bead to bead.


In the 622 (28") size, the GravelKing TLC is available in 32, 36, and 40 mm wide versions. Wider versions (38, 42, 48 mm) are available in the 584 (27.5") size.


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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Panaracer
Model GravelKing TLC
Year 2020
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number RF738-GK-B
EAN4931253016974
TPI -
Compound ZSG
Bead Folding
ETRTO 40-622
Specified Weight 340 grams
Max Pressure 75
Made In Japan
Available Sizes 32-622 (700x32c)
35-622 (700x35c)
40-622 (700x38c)
38-584 (650bx38)
42-584 (650bx42)
48-584 (650bx48)

Panaracer GravelKing TLC Test Results

Panaracer GravelKing TLC  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 340 grams
Measured Weight 337 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm
Measured Width Tread 34 mm
Measured Height 33 mm
Measured Knob Height Center 0.2 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 0.2 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall 0.70 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 1.80 mm
All size measurements are taken at low air pressure on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Cross28 (160 gr)
Measured Width 37 mm
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
33-35 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
36-40 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
High Air Pressure
17.3Watts
CRR: 0.00519
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 55 psi/3.8 bar
33-35 = 50 psi/3.4 bar
36-40 = 45 psi/3.1 bar
Medium Air Pressure
18.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00558
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 44 psi/3.0 bar
33-35 = 40 psi/2.8 bar
36-40 = 36 psi/2.6 bar
Low Air Pressure
20.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00624
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 33 psi/2.3 bar
33-35 = 30 psi/2.1 bar
36-40 = 27 psi/1.9bar
Extra Low Air Pressure
24.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00746
The CX/Gravel section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Panaracer GravelKing TLC  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Result (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 7 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 7 Points

Conclusion


  • Panaracer GravelKing TLC
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

The Panaracer GravelKing is a very fast gravel bike tire but be aware that it doesn't have any knobs to provide off-road grip. Puncture resistance and thickness of the tread is below average while the sidewalls offer average protection at best when compared to other tires in the CX/Gravel section. To us, the GravelKing looks a lot like a very big road bike tire.


If you don't need the knob height or puncture protection and your riding conditions suit the GravelKing, the GravelKing is one of the fastest and lightest choices out there. You can compare the GravelKing to other tires on the CX/Gravel overview page.


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RATING: 4.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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