Teravail's Kessel is a tanwall enduro tyre

Teravail Kessel enduro tyre
Kessel has a retro bike friendly tan sidewall option too (Image credit: Teravail)

Teravail has expanded its tyre offering with the Kessel, available in no less than nine sizes.

The American tyre brand’s new product is aimed at trail and enduro mountain bikers who prioritise cornering grip and technical trail confidence from their tyres. For the Minnesotan tyre company, this is by far the most aggressive tyre design in its product portfolio.

Teravail will be marketing both 27.5- and 29-inch versions of the new Kessel, with a generous spread of tyre widths and casing types.

The Kessel is not a lightweight cross-country racing or trail tyre. It has been designed for technically proficient mountain bikers who seek that ultimate challenge when descending.

Sidewalls are the most vulnerable part of any high-volume mountain bike tyre and to guard against cuts, Teravail is offering riders two casing options with the new Kessel.

A nylon composite reinforced casing at 60 TPI specification is marketed as Teravail’s Durable sidewall, whilst the Ultra-Durable version added a half-ply of 120 TPI material to make it even more puncture-proof when rushing through rock gardens.  

Riders who desire the retro aesthetic of a tan sidewall will be heartened that Teravail is offering this with the new Kessel range, in all sizes, but only with the Durable casing.

As mentioned, there are Kessel range is nine tyre derivatives strong. If you prefer the agility and lower rolling mass of 27.5-inch wheels, Teravail offers three Kessels in that diameter, all 2.5-inches wide, with a selection of Durable and Ultra-Durable casings.

Riders who roll the more popular industry-standard 29er wheel size, will have a choice between 2.4- and 2.6-inch wide Kessels. The 29er tyres also offer Durable and Ultra-Durable casings, in addition to the tan sidewall option.

Pricing for Teravail’s new Kessel enduro bike tyre range is $85, with the Ultra-Durable casing variants set to retail for $90.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for MBR.com, Off-Road.cc and Cycling News.