CX/Gravel Tire Test: Panaracer GravelKing TLC 32

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  • Panaracer GravelKing TLC 32
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Panaracer GravelKing TLC 32 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The 32 mm version of the GravelKing has been added to the database to make it easier to compare them to other tires. This tire was originally tested for the GravelKing 32, 35, 40 mm Comparison special article that is only available to Pro Members. The 32 mm version also has been added to the database which means you can find test results of the 32, 35, and 40 mm versions of the GravelKing on our website and compare them to any other tire.


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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.


Just like pretty much all Panaracer gravel tires, the GravelKing uses the "ZSG Natural Compound" that, according to Panaracer, offers 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, 35, and 40 mm wide versions. Wider versions (38, 42, 48 mm) are available in the 584 (27.5") size.


Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Panaracer
Model GravelKing TLC
Year 2022
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number RF732-GKS-B
TPI -
Compound ZSG
Bead Folding
ETRTO 32-622
Specified Weight 290 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 95
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 32-622 (700x32c)
35-622 (700x35c)
40-622 (700x38c)
38-584 (650bx38)
42-584 (650bx42)
48-584 (650bx48)

Panaracer GravelKing TLC 32 Test Results

Panaracer GravelKing TLC 32  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 290 grams
Measured Weight 283 grams
Measured Width Casing 31 mm (un-round)
Measured Width Tread 31 mm
Measured Height 28 mm (un-round)
Measured Knob Height Center 0.1 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 0.2 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 2.30 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall Members Only
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 31 mm
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
33-35 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
36-38 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
39-42 = 50 psi/3.4 bar
High Air Pressure

(66 psi / 4.6 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 55 psi/3.8 bar
33-35 = 50 psi/3.4 bar
36-38 = 45 psi/3.1 bar
39-42 = 42 psi/2.9 bar
Medium Air Pressure

(55 psi / 3.8 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 44 psi/3.0 bar
33-35 = 40 psi/2.8 bar
36-38 = 36 psi/2.6 bar
39-42 = 33 psi/2.3 bar
Low Air Pressure

(44 psi / 3.0 bar)
22.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00683
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 33 psi/2.3 bar
33-35 = 30 psi/2.1 bar
36-38 = 27 psi/1.9 bar
39-42 = 25 psi/1.7 bar
Extra Low Air Pressure

(33 psi / 2.3 bar)
27.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00821
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 32  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 51 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.30 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Hard Surface Static Grip Test Results


Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 59 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Measured Knob Height Center 0.1 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 0.2 mm
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100
Wet Grip Test and Off-Road Tires (info)

Conclusion


  • Panaracer GravelKing TLC 32
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

The small 32 mm version of the Panaracer GravelKing TLC has a different construction than the bigger versions (35 mm and up). It looks like the 32 mm version of the "regular" GravelKing is actually a "Plus" version as it comes with an additional layer of puncture protective material under the tread. The obvious result is better puncture resistance and higher rolling resistance than the bigger versions of the GravelKing


Panaracer probably adds the extra layer of puncture protective material only to the smaller versions as the pressure per mm² of surface contact area is higher with smaller tires. The higher contact pressure can be a problem when riding on gravel as the gravel has a better chance of cutting through the tires when the contact pressure is higher.


Compare on the comparison section: GravelKing 32 vs 35 vs 40 mm.


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RATING: 4.0 / 5
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