Best gravel bike tires 2024 for extra grip, volume and speed

Here's our pick of the best gravel bike tires on the market to suit different terrain, conditions, frame clearances and budgets.

One of the best gravel bike tires mounted on a rim
One of the best gravel bike tires mounted on a rim
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The best gravel bike tire choice is a topic of conversation whenever you gather together a bunch of off-road drop-bar riders.

The best tread pattern, 700c or 650b, tubeless setups, or the tan sidewall debate - there's a lot to take into account when selecting a new set of the best gravel tires. 

The fact that tires do wear out means that you get more opportunities to experiment and try different options. Switching between different tubeless setups might be a bit of a faff, but what works for you might not necessarily be the preference of the next gravel rider.

Regardless of personal taste, there are a few things that everyone wants on their list: puncture protection, grip, low rolling resistance, low weight, and good value.

Of course, like anything, it might not be possible to get all of these at once, so a compromise is required, based on your priorities, riding style and conditions.

If you're reading this in anticipation of getting your first off-road steed, you'll want to check out our guide to buying your first gravel bike. Equally, if you're a seasoned campaigner but are looking to update your riding quiver then our guide to the best gravel bikes has you covered.

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Best gravel bike tires: our picks

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Below is our pick of the best gravel bike tires. Head to the bottom of the page for more about what you should look for when choosing the best gravel tires for your bike, the terrain and your riding style - you won't regret it, it's one of the best gravel bike upgrades you can make.

Best gravel bike tire for speed

Schwalbe G-One RS gravel tire mounted on a rim

Schwalbe G-One RS gravel tire

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Best gravel bike tire for speed

Specifications

Sizes: 700 x 35, 40, 35mm
Tan sidewall option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Super easy to set up tubeless
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Wickedly fast tire
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Reliable grip for a semi-slick tire
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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Spendy
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Look for something with more knobs for muddy conditions

Billed as Schwalbe’s fastest gravel tire yet, the G-One RS gravel tire has 20% less rolling resistance than the already quick G-One R and 35g less weight as well. 

A semi-slick tire, the G-One RS is described as delivering "road speed with cyclocross grip", the tire marries the semi-slick pattern of the Schwalbe X-One Speed cyclocross tire with a more substantial outer knob design.  

We praised the tires for the 'easiest tubeless setup experience yet' and for sheer speed and durability despite the tire's thin casing. 

"In my time on the G-One RS tire, I feel confident to name it among the best race-ready, speedy all-rounder gravel tires on the market today" we said.

"Even if you’ll never line up to race it, you’ll enjoy the fast-rolling, supple quality paired with a reliable grip in most hard-packed or mixed-terrain conditions." 

Read more: Schwalbe G-One RS gravel tire: a season-long review

Best Gravel Bike Tire for All-Round Performance

Schwalbe G-One Overland gravel tire mounted on a rim

Schwalbe G-One Overland gravel tire

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Best all-rounder gravel bike tire

Specifications

Sizes: 700x40c, 700x45c (tested), 700x50c
Tan sidewall option: No

Reasons to buy

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Set it, forget it all-rounder
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Surprisingly swift
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Durable
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Good grip in dry and moist conditions
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E-bike rated

Reasons to avoid

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Spendy
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Limited sizing
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Knobs are too tightly spaced for muddy conditions
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Tad heavy

Schwalbe’s G-One Overland is designed for gravel riders, commuters and e-bikers alike - especially for those riders who combine asphalt, gravel and a bit of dirt all in one ride, as the Overland strikes an excellent balance between off-road grip, on-road speed and all-round robustness.

The Overland has a fairly aggressive tread for an all-rounder, with quite high profile, elongated lugs on the outside for cornering grip and a tighter, horizontal center tread with a little bit of bite, but also some swiftness. We found these tires to be pleasantly quick for knobby tires, whilst also impressing with their uphill bite and cornering grip on both gravel and dirt.

Underneath, Schwalbe’s Super Ground carcass, taken from the Racing Ralph mountain bike tire, is there to deliver three-layer puncture protection - we didn’t experience any air leaks, punctures or even any visible scrapes or cuts during the testing period, and so in our experience, the tires stand up well to off-road use.

Read more: Schwalbe G-One Overland gravel bike tire full review

Best Gravel Bike Tire For Speed And Grip On A Budget

Hutchinson Touareg gravel bike tire mounted on a rim

Hutchinson Touareg gravel bike tire

(Image credit: Future)
Best gravel bike tire for balancing speed and grip on a budget

Specifications

Sizes: 700c x 45c (tested), 700c x 40c, 650b x 47mm
Tan sidewall option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great grip in the dry, 
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Confidence-inspiring
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than claimed

Hutchinson's Touareg gravel bike tires have a shallow chevron-style tread down the middle, with intermediate knobs on the shoulders. Larger still, there is a more widely spaced tread next to the sidewalls.

On review, when replacing a set of lightly treaded Schwalbe G-One tires, we immediately felt more confident on more technical and steep terrain, and these tires really excelled on dusty dry and chalky surfaces. They're definitely more for off-road orientated riders seeking to tip the road/off-road balance in favour of trails, but if you're riding in conditions in the wet and mud, you might want something with more aggressive tread.

They retail at £33 / $64.99, although the claimed weight was some 80g heavier than we measured in our review.

Read more: Hutchinson Touareg gravel bike tires full review

Best Gravel Bike Tire For Speed And Grip On Dry Trails

Schwalbe G-One Bite SuperGround SpeedGrip gravel bike tire mounted on a rim

Schwalbe G-One Bite SuperGround SpeedGrip gravel bike

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Best gravel bike tire for fast rolling speeds and grip on dusty trails

Specifications

Sizes: 700c x 40, 45, and 50mm; 650b x 50 and 54mm
Tan sidewall option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up tubeless
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Good speed on the roads
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Good grip in dry and dusty conditions

Reasons to avoid

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Low profile centre knobs can be quickly overwhelmed in muddy conditions

The Schwalbe G-One Bite SuperGround SpeedGrip gravel bike tires are easy to set up tubeless and offer good amounts of highly predictable grip on hard surfaces and those with a layer of loose debris over the top. 

The rolling resistance felt quite reasonable to us too, so longer stints on the tarmac won’t prove to be a drag. It’s worth noting that the tread pattern can be quickly overwhelmed by sloppy mud, so this isn’t a one-tire-all-year solution.

Read more: Schwalbe G-One Bite SuperGround SpeedGrip gravel bike tires full review

Best gravel bike tire for grip in soft loam

WTB Resolute TCS SG2 gravel bike tire mounted on a rim

WTB Resolute TCS SG2 gravel bike tire

(Image credit: James Bracey)
Best gravel bike tire for grip in soft loam

Specifications

Sizes: 700c x 42c (tested), 650b x 42mm
Tan sidewall option: No

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of grip, good rolling speed,
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Puncture protection
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Ease of tubeless set-up

Reasons to avoid

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Only available with a black sidewall

The issues of puncture protection and weeping sidewalls have been roundly addressed in this new casing for WTB’s Resolute platform. The two-pronged attack saw the thread count increase from 60 TPI (Threads Per Inch) to 120 TPI, improving the suppleness of the carcasses and the way it deforms around bumps. A nylon insert with flattened fibres provides protection while also keeping the weight down - only 20 grams are added over the standard version.

We liked that the tall knobs provided ample grip on loose terrain, such as loamy pine forests or sloppy singletrack, but it still rolled impressively well. The only downside of these tires is that they're missing those trendy tan sidewalls.

Read more: WTB Resolute TCS SG2 gravel bike tires full review

Best gravel bike tire for hard-packed gravel

Hutchinson Overide 50mm gravel tire mounted on a rim

Hutchinson Overide 50mm gravel tire

(Image credit: Tom Couzens)
Best gravel bike tire for hard-packed gravel

Specifications

Sizes: 700 x 35, 38, 40, 45, 50 & 650b x 47
Tan wall option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Large contact patch for comfort in 50mm width
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Very puncture resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Semi-slick tread lacks grip when it gets slippery
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Heavy at 610g
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May have clearance issues in some frames

We tested Hutchinson's latest 700 x 50mm width for its Overide tires, which also come in narrower options down to 35mm and as a 650b x 47mm. The 50mm width weighs 610g, thanks to its reinforced design, which helps to ward off punctures.

Pay attention to frame clearance - we measured the tires at 49mm, which may be too broad for some gravel bikes. This does mean that they can be run at pressures as low as 25psi though, which provides plenty of ride comfort.

The central tread is smooth, which leads to low rolling resistance on hard-packed gravel and tarmac, while raised side knobs add grip through corners. The tires don't fare too well in slippery conditions though.

Read more: Hutchinson Overide 50mm gravel bike tire full review

Best gravel bike tire for suppleness

Challenge Getaway gravel bike tire mounted on a rim

Challenge Getaway gravel bike tire 

(Image credit: Stefan Abram)
Best gravel bike tire for suppleness

Specifications

Sizes: 700x40c (tested)
Tan sidewall option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Extremely supple
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Fast rolling

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to mount
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Limited size options

Challenge’s handmade Getaway gravel bike tires are extremely supple, providing a ride of comparable smoothness to that of a much wider vulcanised tire – but with less rubber in contact with the ground, the Getaways feel significantly faster.

The downside to this is that we found the highly flexible carcass made it quite a bit harder to mount the Getaways onto the rim than with a more rigidly U-shaped vulcanised tire. Also, although the suppleness of the Getaways is comparable to that of tires much larger, they do still only have the volume of a 40c tire – so there’s still a need to be cautious about rim strikes.

The tread pattern is quite open, allowing mud and debris to be cleared very quickly. However, with the knob height being fairly low, there isn’t much bite to dig into deep mud and loose rocks. 

This makes the Getaway gravel bike tires best suited for all-weather riding in late spring, summer and early autumn when the ground is mostly hard but the top coating is still a little claggy. The low knob height keeps rolling resistance nice and low for when the conditions are dry, hard, and fast. 

Read more: Challenge Getaway gravel bike tires full review

Best gravel bike tire for loose, rocky conditions

Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite gravel bike tire mounted on a rim

Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite gravel bike tire

(Image credit: Stefan Abram)
Best gravel bike tire for loose, rocky conditions

Specifications

Sizes: 700c x 40, 45 and 50mm; 650b x 50mm
Tan sidewall option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Good grip in rocky terrain
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Surprisingly fast given the tread
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Very easy to set up tubeless

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks grip in off-camber mud

These are superb for loose and rocky terrain as well as having good mud-shedding capacity for when the slop covers the hardpack. Despite the aggressive tread, the Ultrabites do roll surprisingly quickly on the tarmac, albeit still slower than a more moderately treaded gravel bike tire. 

The one downside is that in off-camber pure mud, the horizontal knobs of the centre tread don’t offer much in the way of lateral grip, so there's a tendency to sideslip.

Read more: Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite gravel bike tires full review

Best gravel bike tire for value for money

American Classics Aggregate gravel tire mounted on a rim

American Classics Aggregate gravel tire

(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Best gravel bike tire for value for money