How To Choose The Right Tyre Size For Gravel: From Road To Off-Road Riding

How To Choose The Right Tyre Size For Gravel: From Road To Off-Road Riding

Choosing the right gravel tyre for your bike can seem like an overwhelming choice at times, with all of the tread, tubeless and pressure options available. In this video Jeremy explains the key points you should use as a guide to match the right kind of tyre to the type of off-road riding you do.

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50 Comments

  1. Darth Father on February 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Its so complicated to find spesific tyre for gravel…. for same reason is even harder to chose the tyre for MTB where it matter even more! no, it actually is not that hard when they do it all on one… Roadies so whiny..

  2. Mark Sclafani on February 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    For the 4.0 stuff, I don’t even think I’d take my gravel bike on it. I’m thinking hardtail with plus size tires. But then again, I’ve never seen a road like that.

  3. Rueicheng Kuo on February 25, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    I have been watching cycling related videos on youtube for more than ten years. THis was the best presentation I have ever seen, you master the jargon, you are full of passion and you share experience. GCN can never fire you after this! Unless there is some hashtag metoo thing going on

  4. Sergio Cristancho on February 25, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    JPow… 700 or 650 what could be the better chosing ?

  5. John Lindsay on February 25, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Personally I’d sacrifice grip for longevity and go with a Michelin Continental. Or a continental touring Tire Town & Country you see a lot of videos of touring people using these tires but no flats or little minimum flats and 6000 km or more on these tires

  6. Chris Sharp on February 25, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    40c with 35psi perfect!

  7. stefis6 on February 25, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Gravel 2-3, Gravelking 38c tubeless. Fine file tread, more or less a slick. Run on Mavic All Road Pro. Easy to fit, great ride.

    Gravelking+ has more puncture resistance
    Gravelking SK is small-knob tread.

    Then there’s SK+ = small knob trhead with more puncture-resistance.

  8. John Kerr on February 25, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I’m running Kenda Flintridge Pros (38) on a
    specialized Diverge E5 Comp, and they’re terricfic in everything but mud. I find the mud sticks to them like velcro. Contrary to some reviews, they roll fine on asphalt. I’m not out to set speed records, and I know there are likely gravel tires that roll way better (Pathfinder 2bliss or WTB Biways?) but tires are all about compromise. There is no one tire that does it all; if there is, let me know, please. I will, however, try the Contis next, just out of curiosity.

  9. Lord ofNosgoth on February 25, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    I love this video! Thanks for the information. This is precisely what I was looking for.

  10. Thales R. Silveira on February 25, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Super clarifying, cool

  11. Maahd Shahzad on February 25, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Isn’t 33mm max for CX? I agree on the "go big" part though.

  12. Tobi H on February 25, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    OK Roadie

  13. Eþan Block on February 25, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    My wife and I are doing to Barry-Roubaix this April (our first race). Does anybody have any tire suggestions? I can fit 38mm (bodyweight around 215), my wife can fit 32mm (bodyweight around 145).

  14. elaichiChai on February 25, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Really liked it.
    But please tell, for single bike owners, how many mph slower do these different gravel tires get on tarmac flats/ hills compared to slick tires?

    Hope bike companies did give options to choose tire for the type of gravel we need!
    Hear that Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Canyon?

  15. Adam Mills on February 25, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Best gravel video ever!

  16. Nicolai Find on February 25, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Don’t forget Graveking..!!

  17. Héctor Coss on February 25, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Great video Jeremy and super useful! The thing is, in Mexico City, we ride a very mixed type of terrain. we start in the city in pavement, same as our road rides and then we enter a 4.0/5.0 to then cross some 2.0/3.0’s then some 5.0/6.0’s to get to the gravel 1.0/2.0’s… The MTB and XC people just look us pass by in estrangement and I believe more and more with a little bit of envy haha… many MTB’s are asking questions and wanting to learn more. As roadies we go fast on climbs with our gravel/cx bikes and then we end up going down in the same single-tracks as MTB’s. It’s super fun. Hope you come to Mexico soon and have a go! Cheers.

  18. Seann Woolery on February 25, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    My 29×3.0" brain is melting from calling 42 big and meaty and 35 psi low pressure… Maybe I need to dust off my CX bike and use it for more than a beater commuter.

  19. Robert Baiko on February 25, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Was this a sponsored video?

  20. Tommy Freckmann on February 25, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    What’s the actual wheelset model of the 303?

  21. CEMIII70 on February 25, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    That bike is NICE!!!!

  22. ww gg on February 25, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    so what’s that in kg?

  23. Global Cycling Network on February 25, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    What tyres are your go-to?

  24. Geoffrey Anderson on February 25, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Dropper post on a cross bike is also helpful in the bumpies you showed yourself riding in because a dropped seat is much better when standing for riding over uneven parts than jamming your arse with a high seatpost.

  25. Remco van Egmond on February 25, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    When would you go for 650 wheels with 2.1 inch mountainbike tyres then?

  26. Paula Rinaldi on February 25, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Help Re PSI for gravel in smaller riders! I weigh 115# !

  27. Johnny Gunz on February 25, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Serious question coming from a mountain biker.

    If I buy a gravel bike do I need to buy the silly spandex to go with it?

    I’m generally a cargo shorts sort of dude.

  28. Nanez ferrer on February 25, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    How about the trek checkpoint with 40mm tires ?
    or the domane with 38 tires ?

  29. The Meech on February 25, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    1:56 casually steps over tree trunk

  30. Jason Patrie on February 25, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    I appreciate that J-Pow runs a stable of alloy wheels and not only $2K+ carbon hoops. A man of the people.

  31. Chris Jong on February 25, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    ✌️JP for president ✌️

  32. Sergio Cristancho on February 25, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    10:39 regarding your tables … am using my 35 C way to high on tyre pressure but my rides are 85% road 10 % off road 5% like cobbles or other stuff. my weigth in is about 70 or less but I estimate always for 70 kgs because the load of stuff like food watter and a emergency mechanical kit. … am riding acording the tyre table on 4.5 BAR or even close to 5… but 2.8 should I go that lower ?

  33. Kenneth Wren on February 25, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    What tires for the BWR? What is your recommendation for Belgian Waffle Ride?

  34. William Kujanpaa on February 25, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    What brand are those shoe covers? They look really warm. My toes are always freezing.

  35. Julio Vieira on February 25, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Excellent video!

  36. H R on February 25, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    What a great video! Brilliantly informative and well detailed. GCN 👍

  37. Daniel Wolfson on February 25, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Way to go, J-Pow

  38. Antonio Ambrosino on February 25, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Hi I am going to Toscany to ride on strade bianche next few months what size tyres I can use ?
    thank you
    regards,
    A Ambrosino

  39. Pete Boraso on February 25, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    people are getting too soft… hop on any bike and fucking ride it. Quit being a pussy.

  40. Remi Folz on February 25, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Very clear and good explications ! Bravo 🙂 I liked the ranking of the different trails and paths (1.0 to 5.0)

  41. David Softley on February 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks JPow, great content, fantastic delivery.

  42. Sergio Cristancho on February 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    this video comes in the best timming ever … great stuff but yet again there is a debate rolling around, 700 35 C or 650 42 B … then… what is diferent in the bead for the letter change from A to B to C … size matters? 700 over 650 or is 650 over 700 … and how can I know if my frame and gears 105 on 700 would be better on 650 in the same 105 gears.

  43. Mr Blue.tit. on February 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    The absolute best answer I have heard is this: buy a reasonable good tyre, put it on, ride it.

  44. TheGotauno on February 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Hi, these Conti Speed Ride are tubeless ready?

  45. Earthian on February 25, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I didn’t get "tired" of watching this. Thanks!

  46. Lisbon Bike Rentals ® on February 25, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Nice vid, With great nature plans. (:

  47. Andrew Bedford on February 25, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    always ride over 40mm for the crap tracks we have in the UK

  48. Alfredo Chofre on February 25, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    That derailleur really hurts…

  49. espero7757 on February 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Conti only?

  50. DilbertMuc on February 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    So, if you want to avoid hassle and go everywhere regardless of 1.0 … to 5.0 gravel you just put on the good old standard Schwalbe Marathon and you are good to go. Millions of kilometers on Marathons all over the world prove that it is the tire to go. Works everywhere. :D))))

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