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PANARACER GRAVEL KING SK COLOR EDITION
Already one of the best deals in gravel tires and a longtime favorite here at PELOTON, the Panaracer GravelKing SK is now available in three limitededition colors: military green, Nile blue and ivory white. Additionally, each color has two sidewall color choices: brown and black. This tire uses Panaracer’s ZSG Natural rubber compound, which utilizes natural rubber to create a supple ride with low rolling resistance that we love. If the color options aren’t enough choice for you, this tubeless-ready tire comes in 32mm, 38mm and 43mm. So whether you dabble in gravel or ride some serious single track, Panaracer has you covered. $50 (ea.); panaracerusa.com
ORANGE SEAL VERSA VALVE
Trying to feel the magic of tubeless but only feeling deflated because your tire won’t hold air? Orange Seal is making tubeless setup easier with the new VersaValve. For tubeless, the right valve can make all the difference, and the Orange Seal VersaValve is the right valve. Its large and sturdy base can be fitted with two different rubber grommets, based on your rim bed’s profile, and the locknuts can be cinched down tight to ensure no leakage at the valve, eliminating one of the most common set-up headaches. The valves themselves are high quality with removable cores, making it easy to get both sealant and high-volume air into the tire after it’s mounted to ensure easy seating. The VersaValve comes in four lengths: 32mm, 48mm, 60mm and 80mm, making extenders unnecessary; and the lock nuts are available in six colors. Of course, we chose orange. From $24; orangeseal.com
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It feels like every bike company is racing to release gravel-specific gear—tire companies especially. Out of all the noise, IRC’s Boken is one of the more intriguing new designs to hit the market. Developed with help from cyclocross racer Jake Wells, along with a deep well of knowledge gained from working with Tom Ritchey on the first MTB tires, the Boken features a two-tread design with a grippy, diamond-file tread that is fast over smooth gravel sections or tarmac, with side knobs that provide traction when cornering on more serious terrain. The result is a versatile tire that’s at home wherever you take it. The Boken comes tubeless ready in 36mm and 40mm sizes and weighs in at 390 and 420 grams respectively. $80; ircbike.com