Today is our kick-off in a new series that features the art of Richard Pool, aka Bicycle Crumbs. In this new column, Richard illustrates his favorite products and writes about them. We’ve been longtime friends with ‘Crumbs and are stoked to present you with this new column, so enjoy!
Can we be honest about tire reviews? Even the best reviewers have to base them on anecdotal experiences as there’s nearly no way to minimize the variables. Rim width, depth, amount of sealant, tire pressure, roads, and weather are just a few things that play into tire reviews. The most significant factor of all is just plain old dumb luck. Flats simply happen and most of the time it is not on the tire.
So let me start by saying, this is my personal experience with the 700x47c Rutland. These tires were highly recommended to me by a trusted buddy. Who is by all means a tire dork. I was hesitant as I tried the initial tires Teravail launched about six years ago and was not super impressed, I wasn’t really bummed out either. They were just meh… Because of that, I wrote off the brand a little bit, becoming a firm WTB tire rider.
The initial Cannonballs seemed overbuilt on the flat protection side, hard, and didn’t feel great. This was 2015 ish the early “gravel” days, and the word Supple hadn’t become prominent. Teravail these days is lightyears ahead of where they were. With options for light and supple or durable casing, both are 60tpi. The light and supple gum wall casing weighs 530g compared to the durable casing at 620g.
Now, 700×47 is a BIG tire; I’ve found my sweet spot for the type of riding I do in Portland to be 32-40. Gravel roads are about 20 miles of road riding in any direction so big sluggish tires bum me out on the way to the good stuff. I would rather sacrifice on the gravel than have the boring road miles eat up too much of the day.
Here’s a short video featuring Richard’s DeSalvo…
From the gun, the Rutlands were easy to set up tubeless on my Hunt 35 x wide wheels (so far everything has set up really well). The tread pattern is a familiar one. In the gravel world, similar to others but different. It tends to be more open than a lot of tires (at this size) and there’s some definite road buzz on pavement, but at the same time, it doesn’t really feel slow. The ride quality was pretty lively and I was able to run right around 37 psi with no tire fold issues. During the nearly 4 months I was on these I had zero real flats, and 2 small glass punctures that sealed up great with just sealant and riding.
Sometimes I feel like weight numbers can haunt a review. By no means are these “light”. These spin up great and never once did I think about trie weight or wish I had something different mounted up.
Now, if you love the WTB Resolutes or Maxxis Ramblers, these could be a good option for your next pick up. About 70 grams heavier than the 700×42 Resolutes, similar tread pattern but more volume. I was a big resolute fan and put these tires on very even ground.
People don’t really think of tires like these as commuter tires but I think there is a good argument for them. To me all bike rides should be some extent of fun, it’s hard to have fun on shit tires. With these, I always took the weirdo cut-throughs and alleys, making mundane commutes much more fun. I’ll be picking up smaller versions of these for the warmer months here, as now I’m a big Teravail fan.
Teravail Rutland Specs:
- TPI: 60
- Rim Diameter: 622 / 700c / 29″
- Rim Width: 23
- PSI: 50-80
- Weight: 470
- Construction: Durable Bead-to-Bead
- Retail: $75
See more at Teravail.