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shoota

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I know there is lots of info out there already, and I've read most of it I think but be kind to a newbie here [smile]

I'll be moving to western Iowa soon and looking to get a set of tubeless tires to go on my Raleigh Tamland. The roads where I'll be are quite varied in condition, some are hard packed dirt, some loose and kinda deep big chuck limestone, and some are a healthy mixture of both. Add in non-stop 10-12% rollers that tire has to bite into without slipping and you can see why I'm struggling to decide. 

Here's a pic of the most common road I'll see:


I'll be training alone mostly so speed isn't the biggest factor, I'd say durability is BUT I will probably be traveling to Ames and/or Des Moines to do some group rides and their gravel is much more uniform and fast so I don't want to be slowed down by my tire with them. 
I saw Panaracer has a new GravelKing SK in 38mm which looks promising. I'm guessing on my wide rims (22mm ID) they'd be closer to 40-41mm. Or should I go with the narrower (and presumably faster/lighter) 35mm GK SK knowing it will balloon out to ~38mm? 

So, yeah, what do you guys think? Thanks!
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Your Tamland will fit a pretty big tire. Up to a 45mm, so sizing won't be a factor.

I'd suggest that you go with that 38mm Gravel King. They are pretty fast, and they will handle most conditions very well. In regard to Central Iowa gravel, especially south of Ames, your wider tire will not slow you down and may be an advantage, since the gravel can be sandy and loose down that way.

Another fast tire that is worthy of consideration for you is the WTB Riddler 37mm.

You didn't say what you weigh, but if you are 180+ I'd take a hard look at the Gravel King 40SK.

Good luck.
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Your Tamland will fit a pretty big tire. Up to a 45mm, so sizing won't be a factor.

I'd suggest that you go with that 38mm Gravel King. They are pretty fast, and they will handle most conditions very well. In regard to Central Iowa gravel, especially south of Ames, your wider tire will not slow you down and may be an advantage, since the gravel can be sandy and loose down that way.

Another fast tire that is worthy of consideration for you is the WTB Riddler 37mm.

You didn't say what you weigh, but if you are 180+ I'd take a hard look at the Gravel King 40SK.

Good luck.


Hey GT, I was hoping you'd chime in. I decided to go with GK SK 40. I ordered one from ebay last night and now have to find another. I see that Panaracer is going to only make them in 38 and 43 now, why would they cut out 40s? That seems like the perfect width for most people..
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