What is the best tire size and tread pattern for gravel bikes?

We take you through how to (quickly!) determine which gravel tires will suit you best

Image shows gravel bike tire with intermediate tread pattern
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)

Choosing the right tire for your gravel bike isn’t exactly a straightforward task.

Unlike selecting one of the best road bike tires, where width options are limited and tread patterns are much alike, gravel tires run the full gamut in both width and tread choices. This is in response to the diversity of terrain that gravel encompasses. 

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.