The name promises a lot but lab testing suggested that the Teravail wouldn’t be a contender due to its high rolling resistance and poor puncture resistance. Can the underdog turn over a new leaf in real-world testing?
Were you riding the Pirelli or Vittoria previously? Then changing over to the Teravail Cannonball is a bit of a kick in the teeth. Whether you’re on the road, gravel, accelerating or maintaining speed, this cannonball is not a quick tire and requires a lot of power input. When leaned over, this gravel tire also has issues and likes to drift wide. The widely spaced shoulder knobs only engage when crossing very steep slopes, where they demonstrate excellent grip. However, leaning your bike over far enough to benefit from them in corners requires a lot of skill and will only be possible for experienced gravel pilots. The Teravail Cannonball does prove its worth when braking and in terms of comfort. The tight-knit centre tread generates good braking traction and thanks to the excellent damping, it easily keeps up with the competition in terms of comfort. On compacted paths and asphalt, the Teravail starts to bob, which can’t be eliminated completely even after adjusting the air pressure.
A lead balloon! The Teravail Cannonball Light & Supple is the slowest tire in our test and can’t convince through the corners either. While braking, this gravel tire is a reliable partner and will be a suitable choice for less sporty riders who put a lot of stock by comfort.
- good comfort
- good braking characteristics
- high rolling resistance
- slow acceleration
- not much cornering traction
Made in Taiwan | Tested size 42-622 | Tire width in mm¹ 40.7 | Tire height in mm¹ 37.6 | Tire height + test rim in mm² 61.6 | Weight 537 g | Price € 52.99
1 messured dimension with 2.5 bar. 2 Test rim: Stan’s NOTUBES Grail 622 x 20.3 C (Rim height 24.5 mm)
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In our introduction of the best gravel tire on test you can’t just find our most interesting findings and our overall conclusion, but a good view on all tires tested.
All tires on review: Continental Terra Speed (click for review) | Continental Terra Trail (click for review) | MAXXIS Rambler SilkShield TR (click for review) | Panaracer GravelKing SK (click for review) | Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (click for review) | Schwalbe G-One Allround Evolution (click for review) | Schwalbe G-One Bite Evolution (click for review) | Specialized Pathfinder Pro (click for review) | Teravail Cannonball Light & Supple (click for review) | Vittoria Terreno Dry (click for review) | WTB Riddler TCS Light/Fast Rolling (click for review) | WTB Venture Road TCS (click for review)
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Words & Photos: Benjamin Topf, Philipp Schwab