First Ride: Teravail's New Ehline and Honcho Trail Tires

Mar 21, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  

Teravail, distributor QBP's house brand, announced today that they are expanding their line of mountain bike tires with two new options, the Ehline and Honcho. We've had the tires for a little while now and have been putting in the miles to see where they work best and how durable they are.

Both of the tubeless ready 60tpi tires are available in 27.5" and 29" versions as well as both 'light and supple' and 'durable' casings. The tires are more geared towards XC and trail riding than full on heavy duty all-mountain activities. While the name Ehline may seem best suited for a bike park tire, and Honcho seems like something built to slam into aggressive terrain, the tires are simply named after popular trails in the Midwest.

Historically, Teravail's tire options have been more geared towards mountain bike touring and all-road riding, and were available in mainly in wider widths, from 2.8"- 4.0". The Ehline and Honcho mark a pretty big departure from the previous designs, and according to the team at Teravail, these are just the start of what we're going to see in the future - there are likely going to be some aggressive trail tires on the way.

Prices are $70 USD for the light and supple construction, and $75 for the durable casing. The weight for the 29 X 2.4" LS Honcho with tan sidewalls is a claimed 866 grams, while the 29 x 2.3" LS Ehline with tan sidewalls is 794 grams. The weights for all tires in the lineup can be seen here.

The Ehline is the faster rolling, more tightly spaced tread of the two tires.

Tire Details

The Ehline is the faster rolling, more tightly spaced tread pattern of the two tires. Its ideal terrain is hardpack trail. The tread pattern is made to allow the tire to roll quickly while still having stout corner knobs. It's made in both a 2.3" and 2.5" width, with the tires being designed around a 24mm and 29mm internal rim width, respectively. Both casings are available in the black sidewall, while the tan sidewall is available in light and supple only.

The Honcho is the more aggressive of the two tires and is available in slightly larger widths.

The Honcho is the slightly more aggressive sibling to the Ehline. The knobs offer some extra bite and are made to work well in loose, rocky, and rooty terrain. The tread pattern is a little more open than the Ehline and the knobs are larger. The tire is available in a 2.4" and 2.6" version with those also designed around a minimum inner rim width of 24mm and 29mm as well. Both casings are available in the black sidewall and again, the tan sidewall option is only light and supple.



Ride Impressions

I've had several of the tires for a few months now and have managed to put the miles in on them in a variety of terrain. They are set up on a Specialized Epic EVO Expert and Reynolds carbon wheels.

The first test of any tire is how easy it is to set up tubeless. Fortunately, I had zero issues, even using a low volume pump to get these tires on the rims. After inflating the first set-up I tested (a 2.4" Honcho on the front and a 2.3" Ehline on the rear - both with light and supple tan sidewall casings) one evening several months ago, I managed to get one ride in, hung my bike on the wall, and then it snowed.

I didn't ride for nearly a month, and to my surprise, I came back and the tires were still well inflated. There had been a slight amount of leakage, but far less than any other bike I had sitting around.

I rolled out for my second ride in the wet, and went searching for the limits of these very much XC-oriented tires. The light and supple casing is exactly what it says it is, light and supple. The tires do best in the terrain they are advertised for, especially the Ehline. When I got into wet and snaky slick rocks and roots, the tires got a bit slippery. With the sidewalls being supple, they do need a decent amount of pressure, more than you're going to run in a heavier sidewall tire, in order to stand up. Dropping pressure to try and ride in sloppy and slick conditions helped with traction, but I lost a lot of the sidewall support, and the tires wanted to roll a bit in the corners. Limitation found, but let's be real, that was outside of what the tire is designed for. With the tougher casing, I had much more success in these conditions, and didn't experience the loss of support. The difference is pretty drastic.

With conditions getting better as time went on, I was able to get out on some more hardpack singletrack, just what these tires - especially the light and supple edition - were designed for. I kept the set up of the Honcho up front and the Ehline in the back, and ran 25-26 psi in the front tire and 27-29 psi in the rear tire. On hardpack dry trails, the tires performed flawlessly. They stayed predictable, and transitioning from the center to the side knobs in turns was smooth and confidence inspiring. There are few things more deflating than a torn sidewall, and after a few hundred miles on both casings, the tires I've been testing are still rolling with no issues.


bigquotesJumping into an already saturated tire market full of reliable options is a tricky leap, and Teravail have made that jump. After riding their XC tires, I'd say that they've successfully landed and are onto something good. If the more aggressive tires Teravail produce in the future complement what they already have with the Ehline and Honcho, Teravail will be a strong contender in the running for reliable and good feeling rubber.Daniel Sapp



40 Comments

  • + 13
 So your tires dont measure out to a true 2.35 or 2.5. So what. Its not like you never asked for Magnums at the counter when there was a hot chick in line behind you, when all you needed was the "extended performance" small ones.
  • + 10
 True widths? One of the most frustrating things these days is a 2.4 that looks more narrow than a 2.25.
  • + 3
 Agreed. I don't know why tyres aren't only quoted in their metric ETRTO number, which, although not entirely accurate, is always much closer to the real width
  • + 7
 Because men always lie about the true size of the rubber
  • - 2
 true width of what? The casing size or the width of the Knobs.... need to get specific... and would you rather it measure 2.4 and then rub your frame or be a little smaller and not compensate for small dick syndrome.
  • + 4
 I don’t usually comment on price but when I read QBP’s house brand tires I was thinking more like $35. I guess they are nice?
  • + 4
 We've had some of the higher volume tires in through the shop, and the quality seemed pretty on par with other high end brands, just not the name recognition. No complaints from our customers thus far.
  • + 2
 Is the anything that distinguishes these from the dozens of other tires in this category? I mean, besides whitewalls and the Ehline having a clever name?
  • + 3
 Yes, they're 100-150g more than the best XC tires by Maxxis, Schwalbe, or Specialized. I'll buy them precisely when hell freezes over.
  • + 4
 Brb, gonna go scrump a honcho.
  • + 3
 No 26".... yawn! "Here's 2/3rds of a product range"
  • + 4
 That's called a business plan. When you invest in a new product line you don't invest in a dying market. #26aintdeadyet
  • + 2
 @watermouse: still more 26 in bikes than the others in the world- probably always will be too
  • + 0
 @watermouse: I just changed my 650b to 26, now both my bikes are, with the omnipresence of dj & slopestyle, 26" is not going anywhere, stop repeating the marketing catch phrases
  • + 2
 @ctd07: you guys are living in the past man. Good luck even getting 26 tires where I live.
  • + 3
 No 26, no love
  • + 2
 @clink83: plenty available to me, admittedly not full product ranges from the likes of Maxxis and Michelin, but still most offerings, kudos to Schwalbe for offering a full line up!
  • + 1
 @watermouse: it might actually be a smart strategy. Take a large share in a market segment that is largely abandoned by competitors, but is of significant size. Gain a reputation there and expand from a stronger position.
Starting in a saturated market without a strong reputation or other clear advantages is suicide. Building a reputation in a less competitive segment and expanding from there might be smarter.
  • + 2
 Onza had a tire named Honcho back in the day! sigh... how soon they forget.
  • + 2
 Specialized should file a lawsuit on Onza’s behalf.
  • + 2
 Canadian distribution yet?
  • + 2
 Yup. QBP is distributing Teravail in Canada and you'll be able to order through your LBS.
  • - 1
 @adrwshry: Last time I did QBP orders, it was something ridiculous like a $500 minimum order.
  • + 2
 @senorbanana: lots of stuff QBP carries is blocked for purchase in Canada due to Canadian Dealer agreements. Making a QBP order just because some guy wants some tires is harder than it would be I'd LTP or one of the other actual Canadian distros carried them.
  • - 2
 Can someone educate me on this:
If someone is going to have both an aggressive tire and a faster rolling tire on their bike, then to me it makes more sense to have the more aggressive tire in the back (added traction when climbing)/

However, I see everyone does it the opposite and I follow along but it would be nice to understand the sense behind it.
  • + 4
 Because after every climb there's a descent - and that's what we like!
  • + 6
 Because a slip in the back can be corrected. A wash out in the front nearly always leads to a crash.
  • + 4
 There's also more weight on the back tire typically, which offers more mechanical grip on that tire, reducing the need for added bite. Due to more weight on the back tire, shorter tread allows for more rolling efficiency. Running a more aggressive tread out front allows for more traction with less rolling resistance penalty.

Short answer: drifts r awesome.
  • + 0
 I’m hardly unique, but I can ride a Maxxis Aspen and rarely, if ever, get rear tire slip. Mountain biking is about the proper application of pressure, whether it’s to your hands, feet or hips/saddle.
  • + 1
 More aggressive in the back than the front, would pay dividends if you climbed on slippery tough for traction accents and then decended on easy roads and never road on flat trail. This is like a dirt hill climb motorcycle set up. There is so little weight on the front wheel during a climb the more aggressive tread adds very little rolling resistance during the climb, but let's you have fun on the decent. I prefer semi slick rear and a minion or something similar up front and don't have problems climbing in the northwest unless it is the dead of winter, raining for days, then I'll slap a Vittoria Morsa on the back and a Shorty up front
  • + 2
 Is Q gonna make these available on AMAZON?
  • + 1
 "reliable and good feeling rubber"...
*Grinning like a 12 year old*
  • + 1
 Where's that disc golf basket?
  • + 1
 Reliable and good feeling rubber...... pick one.
  • + 1
 Our new line of tires is 'eh'
  • + 1
 I just want them for style.
  • + 0
 Why no durable tan walls?
  • + 2
 Real tan walls are actually a thing, not just for aesthetics or fashion. The carbon black is left out which is supposed to give the sidewall more flexibility so it is or feels more supple. The first step to make a tan wall more durable would be to add carbon black, therefore no more tan wall.
  • + 1
 tyres. ha.

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