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The top 13 best 650b tan-wall tires

In this article I’m going to give you a list of the best 650b tan-wall tires.

The list can be roughly divided into two categories. The first category is more mountain bike oriented, with well-known brands like Maxxis and Schwalbe being represented. The next category is what you could call gravel tires, with WTB and Panaracer stealing the show.

Naturally both categories are markedly different from each other, which is reflected in the tires you can see. But both categories cover the a great spectrum of bikes and riding conditions. From everyday commuting on slick or semi-slick slim tires, to enduro, and downhill racing on wide mountain bike tires.

I already know you like tan-wall tires or else you wouldn’t be reading this, and I can assure you your bound to find what you’re looking for in with these top picks of the best 650b tan-wall tires.

Maxxis Ikon

Maxxis Ikon
Maxxis Ikon

The Maxxis Ikon is one of the best if not the best lightweight allrounder. It’s perfect for cross country and trail riding in normal conditions, though you might want to look to the DHF or DHR II for more cornering grip.

Compared to those trail tires meant for rougher conditions, the Maxxis Ikon is extremely lightweight, with weights ranging from 590 to 700 grams, depending on the size and chosen compound.

It’s tread pattern is versatile enough for the tire to be mounted both in the front and the back. And it also means it combines good cornering characteristics with braking power and traction.

The EXO compound means the tire is pretty durable compared to competition, and all in all it means that as far as lightweight allrounders is concerned, the Ikon is at the top of its game.

Maxxis Minion DHF

Maxxis Minion DHF
Maxxis Minion DHF

When you’re looking for a mountain bike tire it’s almost impossible not to have heard of the Maxxis Minion DHF. The reason being it’s like the ultimate fit-and-forget mountain bike tire on the market. That means that the tire is just about perfect for any local trail riding, to enduro and downhill races.

The tread pattern shows that this tire prefers to sit on your front wheel. You can opt to put another fan favorite, the Maxxis Minion DHR II, at the back. That tire has horizontally aligned knobbies for increased braking power.

On its own, or paired with the Minion DHR II, the Maxxis Minion DHF is such a no-brainer that it’s hard to not recommend it to anyone for allround trail-riding and downhill.

The DHF comes in a tan version.

Maxxis Minion DHR II

Maxxis Minion DHR II
Maxxis Minion DHR II

The DH in DHF and DHR stands for downhill. The F and R for front and rear respectively. The downhill in the name is a bit misleading, because the horizontal tread pattern of the DHR not only aids breaking but also gives more traction when going uphill. Both tires have the same side knobs to maximise grip while cornering.

Maxxis intended these two tires to be used together as their go-to allround solution for trail riding. And these tires are in some many lists that its probably the best allround no-worries solution money can buy. The reason is that the combination is extremely versatile for a huge number of riding conditions. Both dry and wet, trail, enduro, downhill riding, the combination is as yet unmatched.

Maxxis offers a huge range of this tire, both in widths and compounds. So you can choose the tire that suits your riding style best. Whether its maximising speed or caring more for longevity.

Together witth the Minion DHF, the Maxxis Minion DHR II is a fantastic and confidence inspring tire that will take your mountain bike rides to the next level.

The DHR II comes in a tan version.

Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Schwalbe Nobby Nic

The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is more of an allround tire than a cross country one. And one look at the tread pattern reveals why.

It has considerable more pronounced knobs that are much higher. The side knobs are twice the size of Continentals Cross King.

If youre looking for a solid allround setup, meant for every conceivable condition, dry and wet, hardpack and forest trail, and you want to ride a tan version, this is the tire for you.

Be sure to either buy the Super Ground or Speedgrip version (with the blue line in the tread) to take advantage of the increased rolling resistance. Or alternatively, the Super Trail (red line), which is softer and gripper. They are more expensive but the advantages are extremely noticeable and absolutely worth the money.

The tire widths range from 2.25 to 2.6 inches which is more than adequate to cover rider’s wishes. The weight ranges from the mid 700’s to just over one kilo for those riding in rougher downhill conditions.

Panaracer Gravel King SK

Panaracer Gravel King SK
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.

Panaracer Gravel King Slick

Panaracer Gravel King Slick
Panaracer Gravel King Slick

Starting with the amazing Gravel King, Panaracer quickly decided the gravel bike was here to stay and made several adaptations to their popular gravel tire.

The Panaracer Gravel King Slick is one of the most obvious choices for such an adaptation, though as far as gravel riding is concerned, it’s a tire meant for the lightest of conditions. The tire is covered from side to side in a minimalistic herringbone and diamond pattern. I admit that such a pattern provides a modicum of grip, but don’t expect this tire to outperform any other tire with knobbies in the cornering.

When you would use this tire for rougher gravel riding, the tread pattern will quickly diminish, giving your center tread the look of a true slick. But that’s not what this tire is meant for. It’s a very fast, voluminous, and durable road, or commuting tire, that doesn’t shy away from the occasional dirt or hardpack.

Anyone who reads my articles on tires knows I’m a big Panaracer fan. I own a set of these tires for my daily driver and can attest to the qualities ascribed to them.

Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus

Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus
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 Pasela ProTite

Panaracer Pasela ProTite
Panaracer Pasela ProTite

Panaracer makes very nice mid-level priced tires. And they also offer some of the best-looking ones for retro builds. I choose the Panaracer Pasela ProTite over the normal Pasela, because its lighter, comes in a folding version and has a better looking badge.

In general the Pasela ProTite are very light tires with the 27.5 inch version weighing just 480 grams, thatll look great on your bike.

WTB Horizon

WTB Horizon
WTB Horizon

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.

WTB Resolute

WTB Resolute
WTB Resolute

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.

WTB Byway

WTB Byway
WTB Byway

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.

WTB Sendero

WTB Sendero
WTB Sendero

The WTB Sendero is what I would consider to be a cross country or trail tire in a gravel package.

It’s combination of center- and side knobs ensure allround good grip in loose conditions. Obviously the width is less than a mountain bike tire, but in return you achieve a much lighter weight and the ability to turn your gravel bike into a tool enabling aggressive offroad riding in much rougher conditions.

So if you’re someone who rides his or her bike in the most demanding spectrum of gravel riding, this is the perfect tire for the job.

WTB Venture

WTB Venture
WTB Venture

The WTB Venture is a gravel tire specifically meant for all-day hilly offroad usage.

It’s low rolling-resistance characteristics demand this tire is used on anything that’s not smooth pavement. Where it loses in the weight department, it makes up in cornering proviciency, with the center tread pattern aiding in above-average breaking and the raised side knobbies providing confidence while cornering.

Both abilities come at the forefront in more tactical downhill sections, where weight doesn’t matter at all, and you need to be able to rely on your bike in tight corners.

Specifications 650b tan-wall tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at Amazon
Maxxis Ikon27.5×2.2056-584590BlackLight Tanlink
Maxxis Ikon27.5×2.2056-584668BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.3058-584880BlackLight Tanlink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-584956BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.4061-586940BlackTanlink
Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick Plus27.5×1.9047-584590BlackTanlink
Panaracer Gravel King SK27.5×1.9047-584600BlackTanlink
Panaracer Gravel King SK27.5×2.1054-584640BlackTanlink
Panaracer Gravel King Slick27.5×1.5038-584320BlackTanlink
Panaracer Gravel King Slick27.5×1.7542-584360BlackTanlink
Panaracer Gravel King Slick27.5×1.9047-584520BlackTanlink
Panaracer Pasela ProTite27.5×1.7542-584480BlackAmberlink
Schwalbe Nobby Nic27.5×2.4062-584920BlackBronzelink
WTB Byway27.5×1.8547-584535BlackTanlink
WTB Horizon27.5×1.8547-584515BlackTanlink
WTB Resolute27.5×1.6542-584440BlackTanlink
WTB Sendero27.5×1.8547-584568BlackTanlink
WTB Venture27.5×1.8544-584555BlackTanlink