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That is the second set of Gravelking I order since I liked them so much. So I ordered 2 MPR Gravelking 700X28 from the same seller. The first tire took >>2 days<< to arrive to my place in perfect condition, mounted on the wheel, no problem. The other one took >>1 MONTH<< to arrive and had a slash cut on the sidewall, tire has been shipped in a white plastic envelope and it was not damage at the opening of the envelope, it looks like an exacto cut (or a defect in the rubber) on the sidewall that was well away from being cut since those tire are folded when shipped.
So I returned for an exchange and the second tire took >>2 WEEKS<< to arrive WITH A DEFECT in the tire, a crackly patch of black glue on the side of the tire strangely on the sidewall just like the second tire was slash cut. It is not a cut now but it look like a defect in the tire rubber and they tried to fix it with a sloppy glue job that crackled... I can't beleive a product made in Japan would have pass inspection like that...
I LOVE those tires, grippy, smooth on dry/wet pavement and especially roll well on fine gravel or smooth path trail. They are the perfect tire combinaison for road/smooth trail in my opinion, I use them on a Giant AnyRoad 2016, chose the 700X28 which is a tiny step down size from the original tires 700X32 to have better road riding performance, the difference in rolling resistance and comfort ride from the original Giant tires that came with the bike is exceptional ! I could not beleive how much better the ride was after I tried my first set of Panaracer Gravelking.
But this time around, the handling/shipping of the second and third tire take sooooo long to receive and the product quality on the third exchange makes me wonder what to do now...
El tiempo de entrega ha sido formidable, como ya es costumbre, ha llegado 4 días antes de la fecha programada. Felicito al conductor en turno, se comunicó conmigo para agilizar la entrega y optimizar sus tiempos. Después de haber realizado una meticulosa búsqueda de neumáticos en tiendas locales y online, encontré esta ganga. Y he quedado muy contento con los resultados. Las he instalado inmediatamente en mi bicicleta, los rines son Shimano WR501, y aceptan neumáticos (700Cx19mm-28mm). Ya estaba interesado en cambiar mis neumáticos Challenge Forte Race Series de 23mm (que por cierto son sumamente delicados y no los recomiendo para nada en uso rudo, grava, terracerías y menos en calles con baches). Así que instalé las Panaracer Gravelking y rodé 50km por caminos alternos (adoquín, grava, terracería, carretera y para ser sincero, ni un solo rasguño en las paredes de ambas llantas. Espero que puedan durar mucho más que los anteriores.
El único inconveniente que quiero compartir es que PEDÍ NEUMÁTICOS 700Cx28mm. Me llegaron unos 700Cx26mm en donde la etiqueta externa se anunciaba como 700Cx28mm. Sin embargo decidí quedarme con los neumáticos. Le pido al distribuidor que sea claro con las tallas, compré las 28mm porque tenía la clara intención de ensanchar mis llantas. Concuerdo con uno de los comentarios anteriores sobre el producto, las que se anuncian como 28mm, las entregan 26mm y miden 25mm. Para que lo tengan en cuenta. Sin embargo, no puedo quejarme por el costo-beneficio del producto, sólo por ese pequeño detalle le pongo cuatro estrellas ¡Amazon, no dejas de sorprenderme para bien!
Estas llantas son una de las mejores opciones en el mercado, ruedo diario alrededor de 1200 km. Al mes, la traigo tubless y funciona de maravilla, uso la misma marca en mi bicicleta de Cyclocross y funciona muy bien La recomiendo por encima de cualquier otra marca.
Light weight, kevlar bead folders. They stick like glue. I think they are a little bit expensive, but not insanely so. Mid level++. They feel pretty good on the bike and corner very confidently (asphalt) Definitely would be leery of throwing the bike into a gravel corner hard on these. They are basically a file tread tire with a folding bead and casing which feels pretty good.
The tire seems a little undersized. I think 700x28 (the size I bought) would fit on most bikes with road calipers. To me, that 700x28 on the Mavic rim looked like a 23
The fit...crazy tight. Pinch flatted an inner tube struggling with these and plastic levers.
Hint for future purchasers, Mount and dismount the tire without a tube a time or so, then install with a tube. In my case with my rims, that seems to have stretched out the bead enough that I could just barely force the bead over the rim with my hands, thus avoiding the pinch flat.
If they hold up to commuting, maybe would buy again cause they do feel very fast. Hoping these hit the sweet spot for speed and road hazard resistance.
These are fantastic tires. I recently purchased a new [to me] bike that came with 23c summer tires, but after skidding around a few times during my daily commute - over random stray rocks, dirt clods from landscaping trucks driving across the bike path, loose gravel, sprinkler run-off , and road-side trash - I decided to just change my tires now. I feel so much more stable, the extra few mms provide a much smoother ride, and I am experiencing way less skidding. I have also gone over some nasty small rocks, random pieces of metal, and even a AA battery with no issues whatsoever! I've been riding 3-5 miles on them daily for three months now and see no signs of wear yet.
Everyone is right though: These tire are TIGHT to get on and off. I snapped a tire level trying to get these off of my last set of wheels (wasn't using any lubricant - my fault for trying too hard) so either get some lube or just fork over $10 for a shop to do it for you.
Picked up a set in 700x28 to replace some Compass/Herse tires that are nearing the end of their run. First ride with the GKs was a 65 mile semi-classic with 4000' of climbing and 15% gravel/hardpack. I'm about 180 lbs. I started the day with the tires inflated to about 85psi. They rolled just fine on the smooth roads, muted less than perfect asphalt, and were adequate on the few gravel sections. Not quite the float that I've come to expect from wider tires, but the tires felt planted and offered good feedback when the gravel was loose. On a 19mm rim, the tires set up noticeably narrower than the Compass 28c. No matter. The GKs deflected well. And I know the rear tire saved me at least one flat I should have had when I tagged a hole. It's a fine tire at a great price.