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Old 04-06-14, 07:35 AM   #1
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Where to buy the Panaracer Gravelking

I know these are new to the market, but has anyone found a seller with the 700x28 in stock?
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You should know all the usual online shops by now .. to check ..
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I saw them on some English site.... 28s in stock. I don't know if they'll ship them here. Haven't seen them anywhere else. I'm about to go with some Challenges. Pricier but available now.
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The 28mm GKs have just been delivered to distributors, so you should start to see them become available soon (if they aren't already available).
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Just checked with Panaracer, and QBP should have them next week. Any shop with a QBP account should be able to order them.
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Just checked with Panaracer, and QBP should have them next week. Any shop with a QBP account should be able to order them.
I will second this, we probably both got our info from the same exact person but I talked with Jeff from Panaracer at Sea Otter and he told me the exact same thing. QBP and Hawley both have them listed as available 5/16 but my guess is you will see them much sooner.

I just got back from my first ride on these and I can not speak for long term durability but they ride fantastic so far, can't wait to get more miles on them.
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I will second this, we probably both got our info from the same exact person but I talked with Jeff from Panaracer at Sea Otter and he told me the exact same thing. QBP and Hawley both have them listed as available 5/16 but my guess is you will see them much sooner.

I just got back from my first ride on these and I can not speak for long term durability but they ride fantastic so far, can't wait to get more miles on them.
Tread wear on mine has been very good, and despite several tread cuts (mine have seen lots of commute mileage), zero punctures.
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Tread wear on mine has been very good, and despite several tread cuts (mine have seen lots of commute mileage), zero punctures.
Awesome to hear, I got mine in just before I left so mine only have a quick 10 mile or so ride so far. Going out for a bigger day tomorrow to really get a feel for them.

Mine will also be doing commuter duty and we have lots of broken glass in the Springs so it will be a good test of their puncture protection. Any chance you have a rough idea on mileage so far?
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Awesome to hear, I got mine in just before I left so mine only have a quick 10 mile or so ride so far. Going out for a bigger day tomorrow to really get a feel for them.

Mine will also be doing commuter duty and we have lots of broken glass in the Springs so it will be a good test of their puncture protection. Any chance you have a rough idea on mileage so far?
I haven't kept track of the mileage, but I've found that most Panaracer(-produced) tires tend to hold up quite well.
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I haven't kept track of the mileage, but I've found that most Panaracer(-produced) tires tend to hold up quite well.
Similar experiences here as well, high hopes for this tire!
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Similar experiences here as well, high hopes for this tire!
The Gravelkings remind me of the Sector 28 (tubeless) from Hutchinson. Even with butyl tubes, the ride is super plush (and not slow by any stretch of the imagination).
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The Gravelkings remind me of the Sector 28 (tubeless) from Hutchinson. Even with butyl tubes, the ride is super plush (and not slow by any stretch of the imagination).
I have never rode those tires before but I will agree that the Gravel King surprised me with how plush the ride was, especially since I took off a pair of 40mm Clement Xplor MSO's which ride fantastic as well and dropped back down to a 28mm tire for the first time in almost a year.
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Word from Panaracer is that BTI now has the tires available.
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I had been checking the BTI website for a while but they keep saying they weren't in stock.

Is this the right place to be looking? BTI | Panaracer Gravelking K tire, 700x28c - black


I went ahead and bought some Challenge Strada Biancas and I am quite pleased. Maybe this summer when Gravelkings are available in 35s I'll give them a shot.


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And now the link says "YES" they are in stock....

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Hi Mark,

I hope you are well. I imagine you've put a few thousand miles on the Gravel King, any updates on the performance of these tires?

Compass has been marketing the 700x28 Grand Bois Cerf for a few years. Compass has recently introduced the Chinook Pass, a Ultralight tire.

I intend to use the tires for suburban streets and well maintained, good quality gravel roads.

Have you tried one or both of these tires from Compass? Any opinions on ride quality, rolling efficiency, flat resistance and durability?
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These look cool. I've been looking for 700 x 32c tires for my cross bike. I was set on buying the Panaracer ribmo in 700 x 32c but now I think I'll go with the gravel kings. Apparently they haven't quite hit the shelves yet in 700 x 32c so I may have to wait a bit on these.
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Hi Mark,

I hope you are well. I imagine you've put a few thousand miles on the Gravel King, any updates on the performance of these tires?

Compass has been marketing the 700x28 Grand Bois Cerf for a few years. Compass has recently introduced the Chinook Pass, a Ultralight tire.

I intend to use the tires for suburban streets and well maintained, good quality gravel roads.

Have you tried one or both of these tires from Compass? Any opinions on ride quality, rolling efficiency, flat resistance and durability?
I've not ridden any of the Compass or Grand Bois tires. If Jan/Compass wants to send tires for review, I'll happily test them.

Currently, I use only two makes/models of 'road' tires--the Panaracer Gravel King and Hutchinson's Sector 28 tubeless.
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These look cool. I've been looking for 700 x 32c tires for my cross bike. I was set on buying the Panaracer ribmo in 700 x 32c but now I think I'll go with the gravel kings. Apparently they haven't quite hit the shelves yet in 700 x 32c so I may have to wait a bit on these.
The 32mm Gravel Kings won't be released until (after?) Interbike.

Also, the 32mm size will utilize a different tread pattern (see: http://issuu.com/ivovydra/docs/panaracer-katalog-2015).

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Those independent tread blocks (Pg6) will squirm on pavement and that won't help rolling efficiency.

but no reason to leave them on the bike after the gravel meeting.

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I have the grand bois cerf blue Extra Léger model tire, the 26 mm ones. Love them. Unbelievable ride quality. Use them on my commuter and have had no issues with flats.
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The 32mm Gravel Kings won't be released until (after?) Interbike.

Also, the 32mm size will utilize a different tread pattern (see: http://issuu.com/ivovydra/docs/panaracer-katalog-2015).
Neat link! This is tangential, but I was interested to learn that Panaracer makes Pacenti's tires (I probably should have guessed) and is now selling 650B tires under their own name.
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I have only put about 100 miles on my 700x28 Gravelkings, but absolutely love them so far. Very supple for a tire meant to be durable on gravel. I'll probably outfit another bike with these before next spring.
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Here's what the 700x32 version looks like:

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