Teravail Kennebec and Cumberland tires debut

More interesting mini-plus options for 27.5 and 29er set-ups

27.5 29er Sea Otter Classic Tires

2017 Sea Otter Classic

Teravail Light and Supple

You want light and supple? It says so right here.

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.

Teravail Kennebec

The Kennebec’s burly knobs and aggressive pattern make it front-end ideal.

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.

Travail Cumberland

The rear-preferred Cumberland has a low-profile, fast-rolling center.

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.

Teravail Coronado

XC plus? The 3.0 Coronado can go front and rear for a variety of terrains.

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.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Paul Andrews

Dividing his time between Seattle and Santa Cruz, career journalist Paul Andrews has more than a quarter century of mountain biking under his belt, which he wishes had a few less notches.

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  • I'mRight says:

    Some one pinch me, the lighter bike part costs less than the heavier one!

  • “The front-specific Kennebec and rear Cumberland…..”
    “Both tires offer a rounded profile and each can be run front and back on a bike….”
    Wait, are they front/rear specific or can they be run on either front and back?

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