Clearance for wider tyres
The first change we’re going to address is clearance for wider tyres. Much wider tyres, in fact. Brands like Trek, Enigma and Vielo boast up to 42c in 700c and 47c in 650b nowadays, all without having to switch bikes. For this reason, a majority of riders now solely own gravel bikes and two sets of wheels with different tyre setups. One set for road riding, one set for gravel riding.
The type of tyre you choose depends on your riding style and what kind of terrain you want to ride on. If you’re looking for a do-anything, go-anywhere tyre, you’ll need something between 40c and 47c and a more aggressive, deep-mud friendly tread. The more aggressive the tread, the heavier the tyre will be, though. Some things to think about here.
Most tyre setups in the cycling industry are now tubeless friendly, and if you’re looking to head out for bikepacking adventures and taking everything but the kitchen sink, you should look to set yourself up tubeless. Not only does it virtually eliminate punctures, but ensures you don’t have to carry spare tubes, just a tubeless puncture kit. Less kit = more space for snacks. The dream ratio.