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.
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.