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    High Volume Slicks

    I'm training for a century ride that will be in September and using my gravel bike. A couple weeks before the event, I plan to mount a pair of road slicks for the event, just to take advantage of a more efficient tire.

    I've seen that Continental is making a GP5000 in 700X32, but can't seem to find any available at the moment and would like to have some other options, given the price tag.

    Just to be clear, I'm looking for a true slick. Many gravel tires these days are listed as slicks, but they have some kind of micro knobby tread. I'm looking for a slick, endurance/speed tire in greater than 30c size.

    Any ideas?

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    High Volume Slicks

    Bontrager R3 700x32. Iím running these on my Domane. Itís a true slick.




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    There's a Schwalbe Pro One in 700x30. On a 22mm internal rim it's measuring at 32mm. I am currently running that set up and it rides really nice (especially down hill).
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    Isnít the Regular Panaracer Gravel King (not the SK) a semi-slick tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j102 View Post
    Isnít the Regular Panaracer Gravel King (not the SK) a semi-slick tire?
    It's a file tread. It and it's bigger brother are extremely popular tires around here, good quality and decent price. Both Compass and Soma tires are made by Panaracer.

    https://www.panaracer.com/lineup/gravel.html

    Supple Vitesse SL 700c Clincher Tire | SOMA Fabrications

    https://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-511-139-re-fuse

    https://www.goodyearbike.com/product...gle-all-season

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    You can find GP4000IIs in 28 and 32 on great discounts right now.

    I love the Schwable G-One Speed (30mm) for Century's and such. It's not a slick, but the tread are very small nobs that are not really noticeable. It's a good balance of fast rolling, comfortable ride, and puncture resistance.

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    Challenge Strada Bianca Race are available in 33mm and 36mm:

    https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...iABEgIfBPD_BwE

    I have the 36mm version. Good rolling tire.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Forgot to mention that I would also prefer to run tubeless, so that new Gravel King file tread actually looks pretty decent in 700X35.

    I also found that Challenge Bianca TLR tire in 700X36, which is also a "file tread", but getting pretty close.

    I wish the new Continental Grand Prix Urban was TLR as it looks pretty perfect...

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