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Hutchinson Piranha cyclocross tires could go wide for gravel road bikes

According to some of the folks at Hutchinson, the Piranha 2 cyclocross tire is fairly popular here in the States, but HQ in France (home country of the brand) might want to discontinue it. However, not only is the U.S. team lobbying to keep availability but to get the pattern expanded to 40mm widths for gravel road bikes. The tread pattern certainly looks well suited to that use.

Hutchinson Wet Track and Toro wet conditions cyclocross tires

Elsewhere in the line, the Wet Track cyclocross tire looks exactly like an aggressive cyclocross tire should when it’s name suggests very wet, mucky conditions. Yet, the U.S. team hasn’t promoted this one because of it’s similarity to the Toro. It’s available in 32 and 34 millimeter widths and is just a bit more aggressive than the Toro CX, with slightly larger knobs and more aggressive side knobs…and we kinda like it. If you like it, too, let your shop know to order a set.

Hutchinson Taipan and Python 2 mountain bike tires now shipping

Two mountain bike tires that were introduced quite a while ago are now finally in stock and shipping. The Taipan 2.25 is now in stock after being introduced more than 18 months ago. The narrower 2.1 Taipan has been available, just not promoted much in the U.S. The Python 2 launched at Eurobike last year and is also now available.

Hutchinson Fusion road bike tires will have new rubber compound and more tubeless in the near future

For road, the Fusion 700×28 will soon come in 26 and 32 millimeter widths, too. For 2016-ish, they’re working on an entiry new compound (likely Fusion 5) that’ll find its way across the line eventually for both tube and tubeless tires.

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Andy
Andy
7 years ago

While we’re talking wider, they should do a 29×3 Python 2. That tire is fantastic for gravel touring and they should have a part in the new off-road touring area unless they like to miss the boat still.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

If you need a 3″ wide 29er tire for gravel touring, I hope you’re pulling a 90lb trailer up hills, or your entire ride is perpendicular to a 30% slope

***I’m looking forward to the 32mm tubeless road clincher…it’ll probably measure 28 which is what I was looking for when I bought my 28s that measure about 24.5mm

dee
dee
7 years ago

Don’t drop the Piranha 2 CX, It’s one of the faster and best all around tire on the market. Just make the 34mm in tubeless ready so you can use it for both tube & tubeless. Yes. to the Piranha in a 38mm, no need for a 40mm….

Pistolero
Pistolero
7 years ago

I liked their Python, a lot, when they had an under 500g or so version, in 2.0 26″. After they went way too heavy, and i had to switch to schwalbe… Hutchinson, bring back a decent race Python, with lightweight and a good price, and you will be king. othrewise, you won’t.

John
John
7 years ago

I have had very bad luck with the new Hutchison 25c compound. Have had two tires with less than 200miles go bad and I am not talking about a bad puncture. One created a bump/bubble so big that it wobbled, when it finally gave it was too big to seal. The other one had the casing separate and become useless. I sent hutch a warranty email, so I am waiting. If they move all tires to the 25 compound they may be taking a step back. I have been running Atoms and Fusions 23’s with no issues for 3 years.
http://forums.roadbikereview.com/wheels-tires/hutchinson-fusion-3-25mm-tubeless-failures-324524.html

John
John
7 years ago

It looks like I comprehended that article wrong, and the compound will be entirely new. That I welcome, and hope that it takes what is great about the Fusion 23’s and Sectors and makes them better.

MattS
MattS
7 years ago

‘Gravel tires’ don’t necessarily need knobs. In dry conditions, or wet without any actual slippery mud and roots or rocks involved, a near slick herringbone tread, as used for classics tires for ages, works superbly. Knobs are only necessary when there’s something to actually cut into, or irregular shapes to grip. 40mm is great, but how about nice, low treads like Conti’s CX Speed’s flat ‘file tread’ with a little shoulder knob?

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