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EB17: Hutchinson Conec’Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB

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If you’re driving a modern car, every once in a while a little light may pop up on your dashboard that reads TPMS. That’s your Tire Pressure Monitoring System and it usually means your tires are in need of air – either just because they’re low, or you’ve gotten a flat (or you’ve installed your winter wheels and tires without TPMS valves. Guilty). The idea is a simple way to make sure you’re driving around on properly inflated tires, and it looks like the idea is about to come to mountain biking.

EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB

EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB

Unveiled at the Hutchinson booth, the rim inserts on display on the stand were still just 3D printed blanks. However, the tire mounted next to the display had a working prototype to prove the concept actually works. Hutchinson claims that when the inserts are completed, they will add just 12g to the weight of the wheels, and are liquid resistant to work with tire sealant, and will work with any valve – tubeless or tubed. Designed to nestle inside of the rim with the valve mounted through the gauge, it will supposedly fit all rims and will offer pressure readings that are +/- 1 psi.

EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB

Meant to pair with the companion app for Android or iOS, the sensor is both Bluetooth or ANT+ compatible and wakes up once the wheel starts spinning. From there, the app will have separate readouts for the front and rear tire, and based on the tire you’re running, will give you optimal pressure settings for your weight. Hutchinson says that obviously the system is designed to work best with their tires, but it will work with any tire you wish to run.

Benefits include alarms if you develop a slow leak or puncture, plus the ability to see the pressure in real time if you’re pumping up the tire trail side with a hand pump or co2. Hutchinson says to expect a production version by Spring or Summer of next year.

EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB

EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB EB17: Hutchinson Conec'Tires concept offers remote tire pressure monitoring for MTB

Hutchinson also had a new prototype XC race tire that is being developed in conjunction with their Racing Lab tire program. Simply called the XC prototype, the tire has already found its way to the podium multiple times in the French MTB XCO Championships and has been raced by the Belgian Elite Champion. Weighing in at 540g for a 29 x 2.15″ tire, it’s super light with a 127 tpi casing and their Race Ripost XC triple compound. Expect to see it next year in both 27.5 and 29″ sizes.

HutchinsonTires.com

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Jörg Löhken
Jörg Löhken
6 years ago

That is pretty cool, I could buy a pump without a gauge, which would save me a lot more than the 2 x 12g the sensor weighs, and I would get more exact readings to boot. On my cyclocross I always have the feeling that just a drop of 1 bar slows me down a lot when cycling on the road. Maybe it’s mostly psychologically, but what slows you down psychologically, will also slow you down physically.

Skip
6 years ago

I think I will just pump up before every and do the flite check at the same time.

myke2241
myke2241
6 years ago
Reply to  Skip

I think you missed “ride”. My pumps gauge is wildly inaccurate. It is nice to have something to add another level of accuracy

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago

It’s claiming 1% accuracy. Lots of things claim accuracy without having it. I wouldn’t jump the gun until it’s tested heavily by a third party.

SCCC120
SCCC120
6 years ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

It says “+/- 1 psi”, not 1%. With MTB pressures in the mid to low 20’s, that’s a huge difference and way more than 1%. That’s too much. Did they get that statement wrong in the article?

Frd
Frd
6 years ago

I see a small problem with this…tire pressure changes when the tire warms up from riding or leaving it in a hot car. I’m going to stick with my pressure gauge and pump!

sam
sam
6 years ago
Reply to  Frd

if the system ist smart, it will translate the pressure to a 20° celsius nominal. Or it lets you set the nominal temperature manually in your app… for even greater user experience 😀

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