Teravail Tires: Rutland, Cannonball, Ehline- Getting Rolling – by Guitar Ted
Recently, Riding Gravel posted this review on the Teravail Rutland 42mm tires, and it got noticed by the folks over at Teravail. In that review I mentioned that I had ridden the previous iteration of the Teravail Cannonball, and that I did not like that tire all that well. Teravail has reached out to say that the Cannonball, and all of the Teravail range, has been redesigned since I had ridden those first Cannonballs. So, it was agreed that I should try that Durable cased Cannonball again, and along with that, we requested a set of the 700 X 47mm Rutland ‘Light and Supple’ cased tires. Since we are also looking at tires for the folks using MTB’s as gravel bikes, Teravail also has sent a set of 29″ X 2.3″ Ehlines.
It looks like I’m going to be very busy riding Teravail tires for a while! Let’s take a closer look at each model here. Subsequent posts will break out each set of tires into their own, separate reviews.
What It Is: Teravail has a wide range of gravel and mountain biking tires available, but these three represent some of their better choices for gravel travel, along with the narrower Rutlands already reviewed. First, let’s take a quick look at the Ehline, a 29″er tire:
Teravail markets the Ehline a a fast XC trail tire. Fast XC oriented 29″er tires are a top choice for gravel travel for those using mountain bikes for their gravel needs. Obviously, bike packers and off-pavement tourists should be looking at tires like these as well. Teravail has the following to say;
“The 29 x 2.3 Ehline is a lower volume version of its 2.5” counterpart to decrease weight and decrease rolling resistance for a faster, more responsive XC experience. ”
The Ehline comes in a Light and Supple casing and the Durable casing with the extra puncture protection belt. The Light and Supple comes in skin wall and black wall while the Durable comes in only the black wall. There are several versions of this tire in 27.5″ and in a 29″ X 2.5″ as well. Teravail claims this Light and Supple 2.3″ version should weigh about 805 grams and on our scale we measured 810 grams each. Good enough.
First Impressions: The Ehline seems like a similar tire to the Hutchinson Kraken we are testing now. Tightly spaced center blocks in the middle of this tire should prove to give this tire a fast roll. I’m looking to see if this tire has a supple ride and if it can out-roll the Kraken. Stay tuned….
The Rutland in 700c X 47mm presents an interesting choice for gravel riders and even those who may want to go skinny on their MTB’s. Here’s what Teravail has to say about this particular size of the Rutland:
Our 700c x 47 Rutland has the longest outer diameter of the Rutland traditional 700c and 650b wheel options allowing it to easily roll over larger debris in your path. The 47c width fits fewer frames than the 42c option. So, be sure to double-check your measurements before diving in.
The Rutland, like the Ehline, comes in a variety of sizes including a 29″ X 2.2″, in case you really want to go wider on an MTB. As you probably know, we liked the 42mm version which was a Durable cased type Rutland. This time we chose the Light and Supple. The 47mm Rutlands weighed in at 521/502 grams each versus Teravail’s claim of 530 grams. That’s lighter than the Durable cased 700 X 42’s which were 540 grams! Impressive!
First Impressions: Yep! Like I said, the weight is amazing for a 47mm wide tire. The sidewalls feel a tic thinner and definitely more pliable in the hand. The tread pattern is obviously similar to the 42mm version of the Rutland, but just ever so slightly magnified in size, so each block and knob are slightly bigger here. I am expecting a really good ride out of this tire with good available grip and rolling feel. I’ll also be looking at how these do tubeless, because with that mass, there isn’t much material there for a tire this big.
Now for the Cannonball. This was the tire Teravail originally hung its hat on in terms of the gravel scene when the brand debuted. It is for coarse gravel, so essentially tailor made for Iowa gravel conditions. The Durable bead to bead protection is here, so this will be similar to the style Cannonball I first tested, and which I did not like at all, but with the promise from Teravail of a better ride quality.
As with the other Teravail examples here, the Cannonball comes in several sizes in 700c and 650 with both Durable and Light and Supple casings with tan or black wall side walls.
First Impressions: The side walls are definitely thicker and stiffer than the Light and Supple Rutland side walls are. I am expecting a better ride, similar to the Durable cased Rutland 700 X 42mm tires I wrote about, but with added volume of a 47mm casing. I’ll be looking at tire clearances, as I am putting these on a bike rated for 42mm tires. (Yes- I test fit them already) I’ll show you that and let you know if indeed these do ride better than the old Cannonball tires did.
Overall Impressions: Teravail has an impressive line up of tires for the gravel and bike packing enthusiast. I’ve ridden the aforementioned Cannonballs before as well as the old version of the Sparwood, a 29″ tire meant for things like Tour Divide. So far, I am impressed with the changes Teravail has made and that mainly by the Rutland 700c X 42mm tires. My hope is that I also find similar results with the Cannonball and Ehline tires. My expectations for the Light and Supple 700c Rutland is that they will even be better yet than the Durable cased Rutland was, and that tire was fairly impressive. Stay tuned as I break each of these models out in their own “Checkpoint” posts coming soon.
Note: The Teravail Rutland 700c X 47mm tires, Ehline 29″ X 2.3″ tires, and the Cannonball 700c X 47mm tires were sent to Riding Gravel for test and review at no charge. We were not paid, nor bribed for this review, and we will always strive to give our honest thoughts and views throughout.