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Gravelking SS

Old 06-13-22, 08:14 PM
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Gravelking SS

Are the panaracer gravelking SS easy to put on and take off ? I will be running with a tube. I currently have the gravelking SK and they are really difficult to put on and take off.
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Old 06-13-22, 09:24 PM
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I have never had the sk to compare them to the SS. I have the gravelking SS I don't remember them being any different than other tires I have mounted. gp5000 ( sizes 23, 25, 28, 32), VITTORIA RUBINO, Schwalbe G-One gravel tire, giants factory gravel tire.

The rim though..... My gf has a
SCOTT Speedster Gravel 10 Bike
Rims Syncros Race 24 Disc 28 Front / 28 Rear

those rims for what ever reason I used the Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack to help install the tires. Luckily that bike is now mounted on her trainer.
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Old 06-14-22, 06:25 AM
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I think it's really going to depend on your wheels. I've had several pairs of SS and SK tires and they have not been hard to install on Hunt wheels.
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Old 06-14-22, 06:26 AM
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I have the SKís and the SS - both 38ís. Have had no trouble installing on A23ís or Giant P-X2ís although Iím running TL. I donít use levers - most tires go on fine if you keep the beads in the channel while installing. If new (just unfolded) tires, let them sit in the sun at round shape beforehand to make it easy. Really like the SS.
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I had SK and SS+, and for me on 3 different bikes, they were pain to install. Had to use soapy water. First install will be hard, but later on if you have to take them off and install them again, it should go easier since tire will stretch on the rim.
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Old 06-14-22, 10:00 AM
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Totally dependant on Rim (and probably other factors).

the OG GP5000 was impossible for me to mount - bead was too tight. The GK SS was too easy to mount - too easy in that the bead was too loose to easily hold air and pump up with a hand pump.

But anecdotal stories are worth the paper they are printed on here.

ETRO has published new specs for tires and wheels. So, in theory, going forward everything will be much more compatible than the **** show that was tubeless pre-2022.

But as a consumer, good luck knowing if your tires or wheels meet the new ETRO specifications. That data is top secret. For instance, the new GP5000 is clearly built to different specs than the original, but is conti going to tell you that??? No....
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Old 06-14-22, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by ksdog View Post
Are the panaracer gravelking SS easy to put on and take off ? I will be running with a tube. I currently have the gravelking SK and they are really difficult to put on and take off.
I've had both the SS and SKs and I'd say they're equally difficult to put on. On my rims (WTB Kom i25) it's not that difficult.
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Old 06-14-22, 12:32 PM
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Thanks for the responses. I have 2 different bikes with different rims and the SK's are kind of a pain getting on and off. Was hoping the SS's were easier. I do like those SK's and assume the SS's would be for the rides that just take in miles involving more asphalt than gravel.
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SS was easy to install and remove on my tubeless setup.
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Old 06-14-22, 08:48 PM
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I run GK SK and SS with tubes on a couple of bikes. No install/removal issues ever, but as many have said, it depends on the rims.
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I've run SK, SS, and the slicks. The first mount can be not bad to a little snug..as others have said..depends on the rim. After they've been mounted once, then they go on/off fairly easily.

Invest in a tire jack, they're not expensive..very handy to have around and makes life easier.
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Old 06-15-22, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by fishboat View Post
I've run SK, SS, and the slicks. The first mount can be not bad to a little snug..as others have said..depends on the rim. After they've been mounted once, then they go on/off fairly easily.

Invest in a tire jack, they're not expensive..very handy to have around and makes life easier.
oh, good point. I almost assume everyone has one of these. Worth ever cent!

https://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tir.../dp/B001AYML7K

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Old 06-15-22, 06:44 PM
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yeah I have to use that tire jack almost 90%+ of the time on my gf rims she got on her scott gravel bike. gp5000 and some gravel tires. I can't remember which models been a while now. that bike was become her zwift bike.

The other 20+ rims I have done I can put on by hand or use a tire lever with not much force.

I also have the small version of that tire jack when I go riding incase someone else's bike is PITA to put back on.



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Old 06-15-22, 07:27 PM
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It really depends on your rims. I have a tubed, steel beaded Panaracer RibMo that has notorious rep for difficulty getting off and installing on the rim. On my rims however, I can easily get it off and on without using any tools, just with my hands and fingers.
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