TeravailEhline Tire - 29in
Item # TVL000F
What do you think about this product?
December 7, 2020
Made a difference on my bike
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
I had been running Maxxis Ardent Races and Ikons on my XC bike for two sets of tires (both 2.2"), and wanted to try something a little meatier, so I rolled the dice with these Ehlines (both front and rear). I put a 2.5" in the front and a 2.3" in the rear, both are the Light and Supple model. They mounted easily on my DT Swiss X1700 rims. I used Stans sealant, and the rear doesn't seem to be losing air at all, on the front, the air loss is normal (1-3 psi a week?). The front tire measures 2.38" wide and the rear is 2.2" wide on my rims (22.5mm i.w.) after about six weeks at ~22psi. Teravail says the ideal rim internal width for these tires is 25mm, but the tire shape is fine on my 22.5mm rims. So they're materially narrower than stated on my rims, and I think they'd run narrow on 25mm i.w. rims as well. I've done ~20 rides on these tires so far on varied terrain. I put 22psi in the front and 24psi on the rear, and these tires have made a big difference on my bike. Yes, they are slightly higher volume than the Maxxis tires they replace, but these Ehlines feel more supple, and there was a very noticeable improvement in the overall suspension effect on the bike. The biggest difference is how much more confident I am in rougher terrain, and the bike sticks to the trail better in corners than the Ardent/Ikons. The tires grip better in rooty/rocky technical terrain, too. Yes, this comes with a small weight penalty, and maybe a small rolling disadvantage compared to the small block Maxxis tires, but I only race a handful of times a year, the rest of the time I do long XC style trail, so this tradeoff works for me. Assuming these tires hold up well, I plan to stick with this brand/model long term.