It’s been nearly 20 years since Hutchinson released the original Python and now the popular tread pattern has been reworked into the new Python 2. Thanks to a combination of new tread and new rubber the Python 2 is poised to combine the tire’s beloved performance with modern advances in Hutchinson’s tire design. Nearly every facet of the tire has been reworked to provide better cornering, improved braking, and increased durability and traction.
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Designing a tire that has been in the line up for 20 years probably isn’t an easy task, especially when you consider how many changes Hutchinson made to the tire. Lateral knobs have been made lower for better grip under heavy cornering, the transitional “Pistol knobs” are back and offer improved grip when making the jump between the center tread and the lateral knobs, and the center knobs are closed and chamfered to offer excellent rolling resistance and improved braking. Center knobs have also been reduced in height for faster performance on dry terrain. All of the new knob designs should add up to improved grip, traction, braking, and efficiency.
Following suit from the Taipan, the Python 2 receives a triple compound rubber with a 94 Shore A base across the whole tire, and softer 50 ShA in the lateral grip area that sandwiches the 70 ShA center tread compound. Tires will be offered in the Tubeless Ready HardSkin 127 TPI reinforced casing, Tubeless Ready 127 TPI casing, HardSkin 66 TPI casing, and the standard 33 TPI casing. Hutchinson also will sell the Python two in all wheel sizes, and in 2.10 and 2.25 tire sizes for each wheel.