For those who usually end up frightened of ploughing into bushes, you would possibly wish to rethink your tire alternative, and the portfolio of the US tire model Teravail might have what you want. We put the Teravail Kessel Extremely Sturdy by means of its paces as a part of a long-term evaluation. Can the underdog disrupt the European tire market?
Based in 2015, Teravail are a US-based firm providing eight totally different mountain bike tires. The Teravail Kessel on check is offered as a 27.5 x 2.5″ model or a 29er, which is offered in 2.4 or 2.6″ widths. Every of those provides you a alternative of two totally different casing thicknesses and a Tan version that includes mild brown sidewalls and the lighter of the 2 casings.
The 2 totally different casings – Sturdy and Extremely Sturdy – each depend on a 60 TPI base with two nylon layers. The extra strong Extremely Sturdy model depends on a further 120 TPI layer and Apex inserts within the sidewalls. As such, it’s much less more likely to endure a puncture or snakebite, which frequently occurs whenever you’re operating low tire pressures. The Teravail Kessel Extremely Sturdy tires on check weigh 1,273 g every and thus correspond to in regards to the weight of a MAXXIS DHF DoubleDown or Schwalbe Magic Mary with the Tremendous Gravity casing. For the rubber, Teravail depart you no alternative however to go for the Grip Compound. Sadly, we couldn’t discover actual particulars in regards to the rubber hardness, however we’d say it’s on par with the MAXXIS MaxxGrip compound.
On the path, the two.4″ Teravail Kessel carried out excellently with its Grip Compound and Extremely Sturdy casing. It gives loads of traction and grip on dry hard-packed floor in addition to free loamy surfaces and dust. For those who push the tire to its restrict, it feels predictable and controllable because it slides out, making it straightforward to get again on observe. As such, it’s a great all-rounder and saves you from having to swap your tires round. We ran the tire at an identical stress as we’d with a MAXXIS DoubleDown or Schwalbe Tremendous Gravity casing, which we have been capable of do with out risking punctures or burping by means of the corners on our check rides. Nonetheless, it nonetheless gives suggestions from the bottom in addition to adequate rebound when leaping or popping off obstacles to assist an energetic driving type.
To date, we’ve had no flat tires on our in depth check rides on numerous trails and haven’t broken our rims after slamming into roots and rocks. The superb sturdiness of the tire has confirmed itself over the past three months and it’s a great different to direct rivals such because the MAXXIS Minion DHF or Schwalbe Magic Mary. On the finish of our check interval, after placing the tire by means of its paces on very demanding trails, saving them no torture from exhausting braking, it doesn’t present any extreme put on and tear, proving to be very sturdy. Contemplating the important thing specs and the sturdy casing, the Teravail Kessel Extremely Sturdy performs excellently as a tough enduro tire.
For those who dare to provide the underdog within the tire enterprise an opportunity, you received’t be disillusioned: the tires provide plenty of grip and wonderful puncture safety. They’re very sturdy too. Nonetheless, at nearly € 90, you’ve received to achieve deep into your pockets for the Extremely Sturdy model, although you possibly can relaxation assured that the tires will final fairly lengthy.
- strong casing match for enduro use
- all-round capabilities
- lengthy service life
- hefty value
- no alternative for the rubber compound
Phrases & Pictures: Peter Walker