Gravel Wheels and Tires
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303 for SBT GRVL
The SBT GRVL throws everything at you, and that is why it’s so much fun. Speedy descents and tactics in the pack. Tricky corners where loose gravel awaits. Hours in the saddle where you’re in search of nothing more than comfort and efficiency (and a Coke). All of this makes wheel choice crucial, and all the demands of SBT GRVL point to the Zipp 303. Zipp’s 303, Firecrest or NSW models, is engineered for everything: aero efficiency, durability, light weight, and all-day comfort. Ted King, who won last year’s SBT GRVL aboard Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless wheels, proved that.
The 303 NSW and Firecrest —with its 45mm depth and wide rim/tire bed—is Zipp’s most popular rim-depth model, and that in part is driven by the growth in gravel. The Zipp 303 features a wide max, 28.9, and internal width, 21mm, to provide sure handling and comfort when paired with gravel tires. The 303 Firecrest 650b Tubeless Disc-brake’s smaller rim size provides the option to run a larger tire.
The Zipp 303 originally was engineered to be the go-to wheel for the Spring Classics, light and responsive for climbs, aero for flats and descents, and durable to absorbed cobbles. The wheelset now has been ridden to victory in multiple editions of Paris-Roubaix and also has been the winning wheelset at cyclocross worlds. Gravel is next.
You cannot go wrong with the Panaracer Gravel Kings! These tires are durable and offer the ability to run pressures that can add a level of comfort to traversing gravel roads. The slicks will allow you to handle dirt roads like a champ. If you are looking to rally the corners a bit more, the SKs will give you a more aggressive tread and added traction. We recommend either in the 35c for the SBT courses.
Check out the full tire line up HERE