As gravel bikes evolve into ever more capable off-roaders, demand for gnarlier tyres is growing. The Teravail Rutland is a tyre that has been designed to fill this gap by offering grip in loose and muddy conditions. The Rutland’s tread pattern features large ramped, tightly spaced centre lugs to reduce rolling resistance and more aggressive knobs on the shoulders to provide grip in the loose. It’s somewhere between a WTB Resolute and a Sendero in terms of knobblyness (is that a word?).
On test here is the premium ‘Light & Supple’ compound which as the name suggests, is a lighter alternative to Teravail’s ‘Durable’ compound. This tubeless ready casing keeps the weight down by scrimping out on puncture protection belts. Not that we found any issues with punctures on the Rutland or for that matter, the Teravail Cannonball which we tested earlier in the year. Omitting the protection belt also makes the tyre feel a lot more pliable than its 60tpi casing would suggest. Should your riding take you to some seriously rocky places, the extra protection offered by the ‘Durable’ casing would be a sensible move. If you are not a 650b fan or your bike can’t fit them, the Teravail Rutland also comes in 700c in 38 and 42mm widths.
There is little to report as far as fitting the Teravail Rutland goes. There was no wrestling with the beads while mounting to our Light Bicycle 650b carbon rims and they inflated with a regular track pump. The Rutlands have held pressure well also, not losing more than a couple of psi over several weeks.
Designed for the rougher end of the gravel spectrum, but the Teravail Rutland is also extremely capable in mud. And in the last few months, the Rutland has been a saviour for my riding. Usually once it gets muddy, I’m either confined to roads, or dusting off the mountain bike. The Rutland finds surprising levels of bite in slippery trails and can hook up in the corners… If you have the confidence to make them dance! Get them muddy and they’ll shed the load quickly rather than morph into chocolate coated hula hoops.
Hitting the inevitable tarmac to link up the trails wasn’t the drag fest I was expecting, those ramped centre knobs exhibit little rolling resistance. There is some tell-tale thrum of knobbly tread on tarmac, but the Rutland rolls far better than many similar aggressive gravel tyres.
The Light & Supple casing lives up to its name and feels great when run at low pressures. 32 – 38psi was my operating range during the test, depending on the terrain I was riding. Riding with low pressures in flinty conditions is a risky pastime but the Rutland tyres survived unscathed and without any punctures.
Everyone loves to moan about the price of tyres and unfortunately, the Teravail Rutland will make a few eyes water on that front. The Light & Supple version is £50, while the extra puncture protection of Durable adds £5 extra. The closest performing tyre to the Rutland is WTB’s Sendero at £45. Is it worth the extra? It’s easily the best aggressive gravel tyre we’ve had on test at ADVNTR.
As with all of Teravail’s tyres, the Rutland is available in both traditional black sidewall and in tan. There is no premium for the current trendsetters choice of sidewall colour. Get the best value for money from your purchase and go tan – they weigh 70g less than the black variant at 465g.
For those looking for a quasi-MTB singletrack ripper, the Teravail Rutland ticks that box. It also performs exceptionally well in muddy conditions and gives buyers a higher volume alternative to CX tyres.
Last modified: 25th November 2019