Newcomers to the tire market Terrene are dropping new tires left and right. The latest in their diverse lineup being these new Honali touring tires. Realizing that despite the fact that cycle touring is seeing a renaissance, many tire manufacturers are discontinuing their traditional touring tires. Enter the Honali; a purpose built tubeless tire meant for loaded touring.  Click past the break to see how this rubber meets the road…

Recognizing that many tourers are venturing further from the pavement, Terrene drew much of the inspiration for the Honali from dual sport motorcycle tires. The center of the tread features many tightly packed micro-file tread blocks to roll smoothly on asphalt maintaining grip, while the many horizontally opposed sipes on the sides of the tread offer plenty of bite on gravel or dirt. Designed with the utmost of durability in mind, the Honali is available in either Tough or Expedition casings, the former featuring Tekshield cut-resistant sidewalls, and the latter boasting Tekshield armoring from bead to bead across the entire casing, with additional puncture resistant reinforcement underneath the tread as well.

The Honali will come in two sizes initially; 700x40c and 700x50c, both available in either casing option.  With so many intentional design touches, it only made sense to add a true tubeless casing to the list. Terrene want their new touring tire to be robust and hearty enough to be ridden across entire continents with no fear of punctures. No word on weights, but figure they will be at the heavier end of the spectrum. Retail pricing will begin at $60. For more, check up on Terrene over at their Facebook.

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12 comments

  1. AngryBikeWrench on

    Honest question, as I have limited experience with both touring and tubeless: is tubeless reliable enough now to put on a touring bike? I’m just picturing a horror story of heavy, spilled sealant on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, or the traditional alternative of just putting in a new tube or patching the old.

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    • Alex on

      If you get a flat with tubeless you can just put a tube in. The chance of a flat is lessened by the sealant and rolls better. It doesn’t replace the tube fully

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    • Micah on

      Definitely. Although you will still carry spare tubes. But starting out tubeless doesn’t really present any issues. If you get a flat, take out the valve and put in a spare tube. You are likely to have far fewer flats with tubeless so I would say it’s worthwhile. It could also depend on how long your tour is… If it is more than a few weeks the sealant will likely dry out.

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    • Darth on

      I have gone on three tours set up tubeless. I have had zero flats in about 2.5 months on the road. I did Belize on Terravail Cannonballs, Ireland on Schwalbe Marathon Almotions, and Mexico on Maxxis plus bike tires. I would never tour with tubes on purpose.

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  2. Beat_the_trail on

    I’ve done thousands of miles on tubeless, road, mountain, and gravel touring. I’ve had to install a tube exactly once and that was after the sidewall was cut out of my tire by some loose shale on a gravel tour if I had been running a tube, I would have had the same result. Things happen, but I’ve found that I have greater reliability on tubeless.

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  3. BMX on

    Install tubeless well with a decent amount of sealant like orange seal endurance and unless you slice the tube open you wont have any punctures. In my opinion tubeless for road is one of best recent additions to road tech. Rolling resistance is less as less rubber to deform and they feel better with lower pressure so less vibration transfer. The initial set up can be a pain in the swiss role but if you have the tubeless tape and valve properly seated you can get it inflated with a track pump -and some sweat.

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