At The Finish: Gravel Plus 38- by MG
I like the Gravel Plus more and more as time goes on. Especially as I get the perspective of riding other new tires competing in the same 38-42c width class. As noted earlier, while the tires are marked as a 38c tire, in reality they’re closer to 41-42c in width. This is only a problem if you’re trying to fit them to a frame that’ll only take a 38-40c tire, as I found out on the Singular Kite ‘cross bike I used for testing the tires. While the casings don’t have the most supple feel, the tubeless performance, both at installation and on the road, is top notch. They hold air very reliably, with no sealant weeping through the sidewalls (a common trait for a number of tubeless-ready tires). Rolling performance is very good as well, and the blocky transition and side knobs provide reliable traction in corners. As mentioned in my earlier review, they aren’t mud tires, but they do perform well in a wide variety of gravel conditions. I typically found 28-30psi was where I preferred to run the tires, which is lower than I prefer in most other tires in this size class. The lower pressure didn’t seem to affect rolling performance, but the bike stayed noticeably more composed over sections of freshly-laid white rock. A particular trait I appreciated was the consistency the Gravel Plus tires demonstrated in cornering. These are tires that can be confidently pushed to their limits. As you reach the limits, traction gives away in a predictable, consistent way. For my riding style at least, this is a good thing. The Gravel Plus is an excellent first effort from Arisun, and I suspect a lot of folks in many parts of the country will find it to be a great fit for their gravel adventures.