In this article I’m going to give you my list for the best best allround 650b gravel tires.
There are many, many tires out there. Even when you distill them to 650b only, you still might not see the forest for the trees.
However a lot of those tires have specific appliations associated to them. I cover them all in other articles, but this article concerns itself with the more allround versions of the bunch. Tires which will perform more than adequate in most conditions, or better said the highest value for money for the average gravel rider.
That means, good rolling-resistance, good puncture protection, fairly lightweight, but grippy nonetheless. I refrained from adding tires that perform good in wet and muddy conditions, because I dedicated an entire article to those type of tires, and I assumed that the average rider prefers sunny rides versus the wet and drizzle.
So without further ado, here’s my list of the very best allround 650b gravel tires.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specifications best allround 650b gravel tires
|Name||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread Color||Sidewall Color||Buy at Amazon|
|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|
|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|
|Schwalbe G-One Allround||27.5×1.50||40-584||450||Black||Black||link|
|Kenda Alluvium Pro||27.5×1.80||45-584||514||Black||Black||link|