Capitalizing on the mid-plus trend, Minneapolis-based Teravail has launched two versatile new tires, a 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.6. Not ignoring the hardliner plus crowd, it’s also unveiling a 3.0 all-arounder.
The front-specific Kennebec and rear Cumberland come in two casings: “Light/Supple” (without sidewall protection) and “Durable” for more rugged trails.
Kennebecs offer burlier knobs for optimal leaning in, pounding and cornering. The Cumberland has mid-range aggressive side knobs but dramatically lower center tread for faster rolling and better climbing bite, especially at low psi.
Both tires offer a rounded profile and each can be run front and back on a bike according to rider preference and dirt conditions. Teravail is looking into a 2.6 version for 27.5 as well.
The Coronado’s 3.0 girth suggests more burliness than the tire aims at. If there is such a thing as XC plus, it fills the bill. Tread is widely spaced, with arrowed center and siped shoulder knobs. Side knobs are paddle shaped and proportionally raised rather than super aggressive.
Pricing for all tires is $70 for the light casings, $80 for the heavier. The tires were mounted with tubes on rims for show purposes and could not be weighed, but the company says they will be in the 800-900 gram range.
As the name suggests, Teravail wants to “avail” riders of all “terrain” options — while keeping choices simple enough to avert brain cramp. Rather than scratching their heads over confusing specs and mysterious icons, “we want our customers out on their bikes as much as possible,” said marketing manager Kurt Barclay. “Less deciding — more riding.”
Watch for info soon on their (quite literal) rollout at teravail.com.
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