In this article I’m going to offer you what I feel to be the best 27.5 gravel tires currently available.
Gravel riding is one of the fastest growing disciplines in cycling, and with it came an explosion of new tires to choose from. But if you know what to look for and you know your own personal preference when it comes what you enjoy riding the most, picking a suitable set of tires becomes much easier. And this article was written to make such a choice as simple choice.
Different gravel tires cover a range of road surfaces. From flat tarmac to even light trail riding, and everything in between, hardpack, dirt, fire roads, forest trails, from dry, to wet, to downright muddy.
Each gravel tires is best in only a couple of those conditions, and you need to choose what conditions you prefer. A slick or semi-slick tire, with great rolling resistance, low weight, for hardpack and tarmac, or a knobby tire, with a widely spaced tread pattern, should you find yourself on loose or muddy offroad sections, heavier, but more puncture-resistant as well, with sidewall protection to boot.
Whatever you choose, this list of the best 27.5 gravel tires has got you covered.
Continental Terra Trail
If summer gravel riding is one of your favorite pastimes the Continental Terra Trail will prove to be a more than adequate comnpanion.
It’s a typical allround gravel tire that scores well with respect to puncture protection, grip, and weight. But stay away from muddy trails, for the tread will clog up quickly and with it any grip you might be looking for.
That’s fine so long as muddy rides is not your forte, and even it was, you’d rather stay dry. The tire excells on dry hardpack, gravel, and fire roads.
Kenda Alluvium Pro
The Kenda Alluvium Pro is great summer gravel bike tire for dry conditions with just enough bite to tackle rougher conditions, should you encounter them.
A traditional-looking gravel tire has a rather smooth center tread and raised side knobbies. Such a design ensures a low roling-resistance when going straight, but increased cornering confidence when you find yourself on rougher and twistier roads. The Alluvium pro has such a design and as such is a great allround option, that performs well enough when you start to demand more from your bike.
With its single ply casing it shouldn’t be the most puncture resistant when compared to its heaver brother the Kenda Flintridge Pro, but really rough and or wet and muddy conditions is not where you should take this tire anyway.
The Maxxis Recepter is a great-looking option for people looking into 650b slick tires with gravel characteristics.
Just as with the Continental Speed King it has hardly and tread pattern to speak of, but has small side knobbies for added grip when cornering.
It’s an lightweight performance tire sitting at 485 grams for a 1.85 width version.
The Recepter also comes with Maxxis’ tried-and-true EXO protection, which is hardly a luxury when taking your bike on rougher roads.
It means that this tire is a perfect companion for fast-riding on dirt roads and hardpack.
Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus
It’s hard to beat a winning formula but I believe Panaracer has done just that with their Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus.
The original Gravel King is one of the best if not the best gravel tires in the market, and with the SS or semi-slick they cater to riders who want that plush ride and some extra speed with an improved rolling-restance.
Besides that, all Panaracer tires are known for their extreme supple nature and low weight, and this tire is no exception to that rule.
And I know from experience running multiple Panaracers that the ProTite Protection ensures thousands of miles without flats.
A big thumbs up for this fantastic addition to the Gravel King lineup.
Panaracer Gravel King SK
The Panaracer Gravel King SK is my favorite gravel tire in the market. In my mind there are two brands that stand out from the crowd, and those are american-made WTB and their Japanese counterpart Panaracer.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Panaracer and I feel when the gravel-craze took hold of the bicycle industry they created the tire that would serve as the de facto standard for gravel tires with the Gravel King.
The tire has just the right weight, just the right tread pattern, just the right puncture protection, and all wrapped up in a beautiful package, both in black and tan-wall options.
Deservedly so the Panaracer Gravel King SK is in my mind the true fit-and-forget, all-weather, all-season option for gravel afficionados.
Schwalbe G-One Allround
The allround in the Schwalbe G-One Allround refers just as much to its application as to its tread pattern.
It’s a fantastic grippy tire meant for riding in dry conditions. It has a pattern rather than easily discernable knobbies, making this the faster allround gravel tire of this list. That’s why it performs exceptionally well on tarmac as on gravel.
The Super Ground carcass is found on tires that need to perform well into various conditions, and offers great rolling-resistance, durability and weight characteristics. The ADDIX SpeedGrip compound obviously favors speed above traction.
The tread pattern, the compound and tire carcass, all of those components make this one helluva speedy gravel tire for dry conditions.
Schwalbe G-One Speed
If you’re a person who likes fast plush rides on pavement and slightly course roads the Schwalbe G-One Speed is probably the best tire money can buy.
It’s an exceptional big volume road tire that’s light, nimble, and let’s you rip down the road with a big grin on your face. It’s a step up in width from your average road tire, which means you get an incredibly supple and plush ride and loads of grip. Sure you have to sacrifice a bit in the rolling-resistance departement when compared to a 25 millimeter road tire, but this tire is simply more fun to ride and much, much more comfortable.
And this tire doesn’t shy away from light gravel riding as well, broadening the range of application beyond very fast commuting.
WTB has been at the forefront of providing high-quality gravel tires and the WTB Byway is another great example of why the brand reigns supreme in that department.
The slick center line ensures this minimal gravel tire is fast when going in a straight line. But the pronounced side knobbies allow for enough confidence in dry summer conditions when riding hardpack and dirt roads.
Even a great tire such as this one has it limits, and the minimal tread pattern won’t fair wel in wet and muddy conditions. Also grip on steep inclines with loose gravel might be less optimal because of it’s semi-slick nature. But to be fair that’s not the intended purpose of this tire.
So if your average ride includes pavement and gravel and speed is at the top of your list, this is a gorgeous option to choose.
The WTB Horizon is a gorgeous and supple 650b slick tire, that’s available in both black and true tan-wall options.
The 47 millimeter width tire comes in both a single ply 60 TPI and a more supple 120 TPI version. The center tread has no pattern whatsoever and is flanked by dual herringbone patterns to provide a modicum of traction when riding anything else but smooth tarmac and pavement.
It’s fully tubeless compatible and the round tire ranging between 515 and 571 grams for the various versions will make a plush ride indeed for any type of light gravel riding or urban commuting.
The WTB Resolute is an allround all-weather all-season gravel bike tire, or so WTB claims.
And this claim does make sense, with WTB basically applying a baseline of solid gravel tire characteristics into this product offering.
It’s both a lightweight tire which enhances acceleration. And it sits in between slick tires and the aggressive tread pattern of the WTB Sendero, ensuring good grip and traction in all kinds of conditions, while going in a straight line or in corners, going uphill or downhill.
So does that make the WTB Resolute one of the best allrounders in the gravel department. The answer is a resolute yes, pun intended.
Specifications best 27.5 gravel tires
|Name||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread Color||Sidewall Color||Buy at Amazon|
|Continental Terra Speed||27.5×1.50||40-584||450||Black||Cream||link|
|Continental Terra Trail||27.5×1.60||40-584||430||Black||Cream||link|
|Continental Terra Trail||27.5×1.90||47-584||460||Black||Black||link|
|Kenda Alluvium Pro||27.5×1.80||45-584||514||Black||Black||link|
|Kenda Flintridge Pro||27.5×1.80||45-584||543||Black||Black||link|
|Kenda Flintridge Pro||27.5×1.80||45-584||533||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus||27.5×1.90||47-584||590||Black||Tan||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus||27.5×1.90||47-584||590||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King SK||27.5×1.90||47-584||600||Black||Tan||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King SK||27.5×1.90||47-584||600||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King SK||27.5×2.10||54-584||640||Black||Tan||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King SK||27.5×2.10||54-584||640||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Slick||27.5×1.50||38-584||320||Black||Tan||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Slick||27.5×1.50||38-584||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Slick||27.5×1.75||42-584||360||Black||Tan||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Slick||27.5×1.75||42-584||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King Slick||27.5×1.90||47-584||520||Black||Tan||link|
|Schwalbe G-One Allround||27.5×1.50||40-584||450||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe G-One Allround||27.5×2.25||57-584||650||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe G-One Bite||27.5×2.00||50-584||535||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe G-One Bite||27.5×2.10||54-584||615||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe G-One Speed||27.5×2.00||50-584||515||Black||Tan||link|