Panaracer's blue and ginger tyres for your AfrikaBurn gravel bike

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Need to complete that Burn bike build? Some earthy tone tyre colours could help. (Photo: Panaracer)
Need to complete that Burn bike build? Some earthy tone tyre colours could help. (Photo: Panaracer)

The comfortable hybrid between road cycling and mountain biking, gravel biking remains the definitive ‘cool’ category in cycling.

Tyres are important for riders who wish to explore vast distances on fast-rolling gravel roads. Those first-generation gravel bike tyres were mostly too narrow and closely related to cyclocross tyres, but more options have become available as the market has grown.

Gravel bike tyres are generally wider than road bike rubber but not quite the size of lightweight mountain bike tyres. Designers borrow some of the puncture proofing principles used in mountain bike tyres, with various tread patterns – balancing low-rolling resistance and grip.

Panaracer is a Japanese tyre brand with a long history in cycling. The company has been making bicycle tyres since 1952, and it produces a broad portfolio of gravel bike tyres.

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The ginger tread and casing colour won’t show up any dust. And is pure Tankwa Karoo. (Photo: Panaracer)

Many tread patterns - and sizes

The most popular Panaracer gravel bike tyres are the Gravelking, featuring SK (semi-knob) and SS (semi-slick) derivates. These tyres are sized from 700 x 32c to 700 x 38c, and like most modern bicycle tyres, they are tubeless compatible.

Weight ranges from 190- to 410g, depending on the tyre size and speciation, and the limited-edition colours are very notable. Panaracer has a history of producing wild colour finishes for its tyres, in small quantities.

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These tyres are not some chemical formulation accident. Panaracer is an established brand and does them in limited quantities. (Photo: Panaracer)

Stock-up for that next Burn bike build

The brand is making a small batch of Gravelkings in Ginger or Astral Blue tread this season. At heart, all gravel riders are deeply fashion-conscious, and the ability to extend their bike’s colour theme to tyres is never without appeal.

These Ginger or Astral Blue Gravelking tyres will start shipping globally in the next week, which might be too late for that AfrikaBurn gravel bike. But that is no reason not to buy now, before they sell out on pre-order, and keep them for your next AfrikaBurn bike build.

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