Panaracer GravelKing Semi Slick Plus TLC review - all-round performance

Although a little challenging to initially inflate, these tires are a versatile jack of all trades once topped up to pressure

Panaracer GravelKing
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

This is a tire that can turn its hand to most things that a more knobbled gravel tire can (bar slippery mud). It rolls well on tarmac and excels in dry, hardpack situations off-road – and is even far from unusable when the going starts to get a little damp. It’s tubeless compatible and features enhanced puncture protection, though this didn’t stop us picking up one non-sealing puncture over our test period. This could, of course, happen at any moment to any tire, and wouldn’t stop us recommending it as a do-everything summer tire.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy to fit

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    Good on a wide range of surfaces

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    Well priced

Reasons to avoid
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    Jack of most trades rather than a master

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    Took several goes to seat it at first

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Many a gravel aficionado will be familiar with the Panaracer GravelKing name. It has been around for nearly 10 years now in one form or another, with the ‘Small Knob’ (SK) variety proving eternally popular amongst the best gravel tires for everything from hardpack trails to muddy singletrack.

The Semi Slick Plus TLC, says Panaracer, is designed for race days and dryer conditions. The bumf steers studiously away from mentioning tarmac, but for many users this tire is going to be perfect for rides where plenty of time is spent on the black stuff. It’s ideal for those longer tarmac link-ups between dry trails – and of course those trails themselves.

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