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Felt VR and Gravelking SS 700x35

Old 01-06-22, 05:34 PM
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Felt VR and Gravelking SS 700x35

Hello.
So, anyone with a Felt VR (I have a 2016 VR5) tried to mount Panaracer Gravelking SS 700x35?
The chain-stays look tight, so just wondering if they will fit.
Thanks!
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Old 01-06-22, 06:19 PM
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This 2016 article in Bicycling says the clearance is 30mm.

https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear...-ride-felt-vr/

Felt uses the BB386 bottom bracket on the VR, which helps increase tire clearance from 25mm on the Z-Series to 30mm on the VR.

But later in the article they write this:

My test VR2 was production spec except for its 3T carbon wheels and Challenge Paris-Roubaix 27c tires; they were outfitted because the standard Mavic Ksyrium Elite Disc Allroad wheels and Yksion Elite Guard 28c tires were not yet available. I’m a big fan of high-volume tires, especially on a bike like this, so I feel like it could benefit from something even larger, particularly if you're frequently riding rough and/or dirt roads. Tires up to 35mm wide do fit, but they do not meet ISO clearance standards, so they're not officially recommended.
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Old 01-06-22, 06:49 PM
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Thank you for the reply.
I found on-line people saying the 35mm will fit, but they were all road tires like Gatorskins.
Since this is a gravel tire so may be wider than road, and then even manufacturers' may vary slightly, I was just wondering is anyone had specific experience with the Gravelking SS.
I appreciate the reply...
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I have a 2019 VR5 - although don't have specific experience to share as I currently run 32mm road tires. I did have a conversation with another VR owner about tire choices - he indicated that he maxed out at 32mm tires when I asked his experience on gravel. (he used the bike for cross, and gravel riding at the time) I no longer remember for certain the specific tire he was using, although I may have a picture that could maybe help. Will double check.
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Old 01-07-22, 11:27 AM
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I have a 2019 VR5 - although don't have specific experience to share as I currently run 32mm road tires. I did have a conversation with another VR owner about tire choices - he indicated that he maxed out at 32mm tires when I asked his experience on gravel. (he used the bike for cross, and gravel riding at the time) I no longer remember for certain the specific tire he was using, although I may have a picture that could maybe help. Will double check.
The pics I have were from his sale post - he switched to a Kona Rove. Turns out he swapped the tires back for the sale. Sorry.
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Old 01-10-22, 12:30 AM
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Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it.
And mine is a Felt 2017 VR4.. I had forgotten.
I went ahead and ordered the tires, so we will see!
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I have a Felt VR40 and I run 35mm Gravel Kings. Last year I did a muddy UnPAved gravel race and didn't have any clearance problems. That said, 35mm is the limit at the chainstays.
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Originally Posted by jerman View Post
Thank you for the reply.
I found on-line people saying the 35mm will fit, but they were all road tires like Gatorskins.
Since this is a gravel tire so may be wider than road, and then even manufacturers' may vary slightly, I was just wondering is anyone had specific experience with the Gravelking SS.
Looks like you have an answer above!

The largest Conti road slicks are the Gatorskin 4-seasons tires in 32mm. Printed width does not mean anything.
I have some old 32mm Gatorskins that measure 29mm (a touch smaller than the 28mm GP4000). I have some that are closer to 32mm, and then my 32mm 4 season measures 36mm (on 22mm inner rims).

So what is roughly the same tire measures 29-36mm.

That and rim with can make a big difference. I have not seen much of a difference between 12c and 19c, but above 19mm internal, the with of the tire increases something like 0.5mm increase in tire width for a 1.0mm increase in rim width.
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Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it.
And mine is a Felt 2017 VR4.. I had forgotten.
I went ahead and ordered the tires, so we will see!
Please post back how you make out. Would be good info to have!
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Originally Posted by jwls View Post
Please post back how you make out. Would be good info to have!
The Panaracer Gravelking SS 700x35 tires fit on my 2017 Felt VR4. About 1.5mm clearance between the tire and chainstays.
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Originally Posted by jerman View Post
The Panaracer Gravelking SS 700x35 tires fit on my 2017 Felt VR4. About 1.5mm clearance between the tire and chainstays.
Thats about what I have. As I said, I did a very muddy gravel race at the end of the season and didn't have any fouling issues. If the conditions/course calls for for than that, I ride an original gravel bike, a hardtail mountain bike.
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The Panaracer Gravelking SS 700x35 tires fit on my 2017 Felt VR4. About 1.5mm clearance between the tire and chainstays.
With that small a clearance I would put helicopter tape on all the close places. Many hours in the mud later and you won't have any paint left there if it is not taped.

Here is my low-clearance front fork after a muddy ride:




You can see the helicopter tape barely under the mud there.

Note that I had GK SS 35c on this bike (Spesh Roubaix 2020) and the clearance was similar to your GK clearance, 1.5mm. I decided to use these Conti Terra Speed instead, they have more like 3.5mm minimum clearance. Note I have 25mm internal width rims which makes tires quite a bit wider, these are 37.2mm wide measured.

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