Panaracer rolls out Gravelking SS and SS+ tires

New fast-rolling tubeless gravel tires available in a wide range of sizes

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The Gravel King SS and SS+ are fast-rolling tires designed for pavement and hardpacked gravel/dirt roads.

The Gravel King SS and SS+ are fast-rolling tires designed for pavement and hardpacked gravel/dirt roads.

Building on the success of the standard Gravelking and the Gravelking SK, Panaracer has developed the next generation of the gravel tires in the Gravelking SS and SS+.

The SS and SS+ feature an all-new tread pattern consisting of a smoother, diamond pattern center with more aggressive side lugs. This tread pattern allows the rider to keep speed going into corners and maintain control throughout any transition a gravel ride could present.

“As more and more races and events appeared on the gravel calendar with a wider variety of terrain, it became apparent that we needed a tire that sat firmly between the slick version of the Gravelking and the more robust Gravelking SK,” said Jeff Zell, Panaracer’s Global Go-To Guy.  “We performed extensive testing with our gravel team in events like The Mid South, The Hondo, Georgia Grinduro, and others where the SS tire really shines.”

The SS and SS+ feature an all-new tread pattern consisting of a smoother, diamond pattern center with more aggressive side lugs

The SS and SS+ feature an all-new tread pattern consisting of a smoother, diamond pattern center with more aggressive side lugs

The Gravelking SS incorporates a supple 126 TPI casing with a nylon puncture-resistant belt and Panaracer’s proprietary ZSG (Zero Slip Grip) compound.

The SS+ uses the same build as the SS but adds a bead-to-bead layer of Panaracer’s ProTite puncture material for even more protection against tread and sidewall cuts for those extra demanding courses or rides with sharp flint rock.

Both SS and SS+ tires will be available in black and brown sidewall options and in the following sizes: 700 x 28, 32, 35, 43c or 27.5 x 1.9 (650b x 48).

The SS will be available in early June 2020 and the SS+ in early July, 2020. Pre-sale for both tires is open now on panaracerusa.com.

About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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Comments:

  • Ron says:

    I’m not complaining about more options, but it really is getting tough to keep up with all the tires out there, especially with standard clinchers and now all the tubeless options. Went to look for some Vittoria Corsas over the weekend for a road bike of mine. They used to offer 4-5 options…now there were 10+. Two young kids these days, so less and less time to stay up on bike tech…so I feel like I’m growing out of touch.

    Love GravelKings, have them on a few different wheelsets.

  • Ben Gustafson says:

    “The SS+ … adds a bead-to-bead layer of Panaracer’s ProTite puncture material for even more protection against tread and sidewall cuts”.

    I like the additional protection against sidewall cuts. I had the GravelKing 38mm slicks running tubeless and loved them, but a nasty sidewall cut sunk the rear tire. Not much you can do after a sidewall cut to a tubeless tire except make the Call of Shame.

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