Goodyear adds new gravel tire models and sizes, goes deeper with tanwall

by James Huang

photography by Goodyear


Goodyear’s collection of gravel tire tread designs has grown by one with the addition of the Peak, a more open-treaded pattern adapted from the mountain bike tire of the same name. The Peak is the most XC-oriented of that bunch, though, and so the relatively low-profile knobs, the ramped leading edges, and tight spacing are still meant to help reduce rolling resistance while improving traction on looser surfaces. 

The new gravel-focused Peak is being offered solely in a 700x40c size with a 120 tpi “Tubeless Complete” casing. Claimed weight is “to be determined”, and retail price is US$64 / £43 / €50.

The Peak tread design is adapted from the company’s mountain bike collection, but in sizes that are better suited for drop-bar bikes.

The versatile Connector and the more smoothly treaded County gravel models carry over, but Goodyear is adding a bunch of new sizes to both. 

Whereas the Connector was originally only offered in a 700x40c size, there’s now a 700x35c for riders that want something a little narrower and lighter, plus new 700x50c and 650x50c options for riders that want more volume. Meanwhile, the County used to only come in 700x35c, but now there’s a 700x40c and 650x50c as well. 

The County features a smooth-rolling center tread with a progressively more aggressive shoulder that should play well on poorly paved tarmac and light-duty dirt.

All of the gravel tires are offered exclusively with Tubeless Complete 120 tpi casings.

Claimed weight for the 700x40c Connector is 515 g; weight for the County is TBD. Retail price is US$64 / £43 / €50 for either.

I have to admit, at least on this bike, tan sidewalls look pretty sweet.

Finally, in a move that’ll surprise pretty much no one, Goodyear has also added more tan sidewall variants across the board. Weights and prices for those are unchanged from the blackwall versions.

More information can be found at www.goodyearbike.com.

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