First announced last summer, Hutchinson’s newest ElevenStorm rubber compound was said to at once improve grip, puncture resistance, and lower rolling resistance. Originally only available in a select few tires, now the new rubber comes in road tubeless, tubeless-ready & tubed tire options for road racing, daily riding, and training.
Fusion 5 Galactik 11Storm road race tires
Hutchinson makes a lot of bold performance claims about ElevenStorm, so it’s good to see that the new top-level compound won’t see limited application. The claim a 6% reduction in rolling resistance, 14% longer wearing, 6% improved wet surface grip, and 2% better dry grip against what was already their top Fusion 5 Galactik road race tire.
Those tires now come in three casing types – a 240g, 25mm version of the newest & highest performance Road Tubeless Ready, designed to be used with sealant; 23 & 25mm Road Tubeless tires that have a butyl-sealed casing and don’t require sealant (285g in a 25); and the lightest 23 & 25mm Tubetype versions for use with regular inner tubes (190g in 25).
Fusion 5 Performance 11Storm road race tires
The Performance tires for all around competition and recreational riding on the road make even bigger performance gains versus their prior version, with 14% lower rolling resistance & 19% longer wear.
They also come in the full three casing range – a 255g, 25mm Road Tubeless Ready version; 23 & 25mm Road Tubeless versions (315g for 25); and 23, 25 & 28mm Tubetype versions (205g in 25). Performance Road Tubeless Ready tires in 28mm are expected this spring.
Fusion 5 All Season 11Storm road race & training tires
Focusing primarily on longer wear (improved 22%), the All Season is a training and racing tire to put on your bike and forget about. It still drops rolling resistance by 11% and improves grip by 6%/3% on wet/dry surfaces, making it a solid all-around tire. All Seasons are available in the same sizes & options as the Performance tires, with the 25mm Road Tubeless Ready tire at 260g, the 25mm Road Tubeless tire at 295g, and 25mm Tubetype at 210g. All Season Road Tubeless Ready tires in 28mm are also coming soon.