In this article I’m going to delve into the best tan wall road bike tires currently available.
As almost every other kid, I loved riding my bike. But my journey into cycling really began after I started my dad’s bike. Sadly enough he passed away at a young age, so I was still a teenager when I took up road cycling.
The bike is a Koga Miyata Gents Luxe S from 1979, and apart from the bar tape and tires, it’s all original.
Tan wall tires in general and tan wall road bike tires in particular have really mad gone through somewhat of a revival. But even if that wasn’t the case I would say it would be a sin to not put tan wall tires on this bike, which has been hanging in my mothers garage for close to two decades.
Luckily for me with the resurgence of tan wall road bike tires, there are plenty of options to choose from. So without further ado, here are my picks for the best tan wall road bike tires.
Continental Grand Prix Classic
The only road bike tire from Continental with a tan sidewall. With the revival of retro road bikes and tan wall road bike tires, Continental decided to jump the bandwagon and made this Continental Grand Prix Classic with a tread pattern reminiscent of eighties road tires.
The tire comes with their patented BlackChili compound, which offers above average puncture protection and durability. Just like Panaracer, my other favorite brand of bicycle tires, Continental are well-known for making very light tires, and the Grand Prix classic is no exception with just 235 grams for a 25 mm version.
Offering one middle-of-the-road size of 25 mm, this gorgeous tire is the perfect companion for any classic road bike, which will ensure you can enjoy the open road for many miles.
Michelin Dynamic Classic
I’ve seen vintage road bike resellers dress their entire lineup with Michelin Dynamic Classic tires. The reason for this is that it’s a perfect match for any vintage road bike at probably the lowest cost for a tan wall road bike tire.
In the quality department this tire will not be top of its class, but it does come in an affordable package. And with prices ever going up that’s always a good thing.
Panaracer Gravel King
As the name implies the Panaracer Gravel King is a tire meant for gravel bikes. It’s one of the most popular mid-range high-quality choices for gravel riding.
The tread pattern varies immensely between tire widths, with the 28 mm version looking more like a slick tire, than a true gravel tire. It has a more weight to the tire than the Pasela ProTite, with the 28 mm version tipping the scales at 340 grams. And if your rims can handle it, the tire is tubeless ready as well.
It means this is not the fastest road bike tire on this list, but it is the one that’ll prove to be one of the most durable. So If you feel you might occassionally veer off the beaten path, the Gravel King is a solid choice in the durability appartment.
Panaracer Pasela ProTite
The Panaracer Pasela ProTite comes in an incredibly vast range of options, including a 23, 25, and 28 mm version. Even though this tire is not a slick tire, it’s incredibly light with the 23 mm version at a mere 220 grams.
This is incredibly light for this true skinwall tire. This tire is a perfect option for fast commuting and touring, because it has both great puncture protection, without adding unnecessary weight.
But it will look fantastic as well on any road bike, both old and new.
Panaracer Race C Evo 4
The true racing offering from Panaracer in a tan-wall jacket. The Panaracer Race C Evo 4 is quite a mouthfull, for one of their lightest road bike tire offerings. The 26 mm width is just 220 grams.
The Race C Evo 4 is meant for speed. Besides the weight, the tire has a tread pattern light enough to provide just a bit more grip than a true slick would have. It’s faster, grippier, and more durable than previous iterations of the tire.
Panaracers look good on any retro build, and this tire is the must-have choice for people looking for speed.
If you ask me the Pirelli Cinturato‘s understated design is one of the best on this list. This tubeless-ready tire is far more robust than the P Zero on this list, going in the direction of a gravel tire.
These tires are truly all-weather condition tires, offering great grip and puncture resistance all through the year. That added protection does mean they will tip the scales at 300 and 340 grams for the 26 and 28 mm versions. So it’s no weight-weenie tire.
Pirelli P Zero Race
Yes, there are Pirelli P Zero’s you can put on your car. But there are also Pirelli P Zero‘s meant for road bikes. And this very Italian and very premium offering has speed written all over it.
Just as the Gravel King the Pirelli P Zero is a tubeless ready tire. Although claimed to be an allround tire, the tire doesn’t have any noticeable treading to support such a notion. So expect less grip in sub-optimal or wet road conditions.
Schwalbe Lugano II
The Schwalbe Lugano II is an entry-level road tire that comes in a 25 mm tan wall version as well.
I’m not the biggest fan of Schwalbe, having run many of their tires through the years. But I know some of you are, so this single tan wall road bike entry cannot miss from this list for people looking for a premium brand option without a premium price.
The Vittoria Corsa tops many lists as one of the best road bike tires in general. And lucky for us, they also offer a tan-wall version of this beauty of a tire.
The Vittoria Corsa is a tire for the current generation of road bikes. It’s much less vintage-looking than the entire Panaracer offering, with a smooth sidewall. So it will make a great addition to, let’s say, a mat black full black road bike frame, and will give such a bike a Tron-like appearance.
The Corsa is a very fast tire, but won’t prove to be as durable as others listed here, which is the usual trade off.
Vittoria Corsa Control
If you want a bit more puncture protection but still have Vittoria emblazoned on your sidewall, the Vittoria Corsa Control will suit your needs.
It’s obviously heaver than its other namesake, but with it comes extra protection. It has an extra tread inserted into the tire, which adds control and durability for less than optimal road conditions like cobblestones and rougher roads.
It’s also a perfect companion for those who don’t mind riding in wet conditions. So choose this tire over the normal Corsa if rough and wet is what you like.
The Vittoria Corsa Control is also the only tan-wall road bike tire on this list that comes as a tube. So if you have a very premium vintage road bike or a very premium set of modern-day wheels you can take advantage of everything tubes have to offer as well.
Specifications best tan wall road bike tires
|Name||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread color||Sidewall color||Tire bead||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Ebay|
|Continental Grand Prix Classic||700Cx25||25-622||235||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Michelin Dynamic Classic||700Cx20||20-622||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Michelin Dynamic Classic||700Cx25||25-622||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Michelin Dynamic Classic||700Cx28||28-622||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Panaracer Gravel King||700Cx28||28-622||340||Black||Tan||tlr||link||link|
|Panaracer Pasela ProTite||700Cx23||23-622||220||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Panaracer Pasela ProTite||700Cx25||25-622||250||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Panaracer Pasela ProTite||700Cx28||28-622||270||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
|Panaracer Race C Evo 4||700Cx26||26-622||220||Black||Tan||foldable||link|
|Panaracer Race C Evo 4||700Cx28||28-622||230||Black||Tan||foldable||link|
|Pirelli P Zero Race||700Cx26||26-622||270||Black||Tan||tlr||link||link|
|Pirelli P Zero Race||700Cx28||28-622||295||Black||Tan||tlr||link||link|
|Schwalbe Lugano II||700Cx25||25-622||365||Black||Tan||wired||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||295||Black||Tan||tube||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx28||28-622||350||Black||Tan||tube||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||265||Black||Tan||foldable||link||link|
And those are my top picks for the best tan wall road bike tires!