Across almost their entire lineup, Hutchinson is bringing out wider tires. This includes road, gravel and mountain bikes, plus a new gravel tire and a recommitment to a cyclocross tread we thought might be dodo.
above are the new Taipan and Toro Koloss versions, which measure out at 27.5×2.8. The Taipan is their higher performance (meaning “faster rolling”) plus tire, and the Toro is more of a rocky/wet/muddy conditions tire. Both are aimed at the trail and enduro rider, including those on e-MTBs, with their Spidertech casing to protect against punctures and cuts.
The Taipan, left, has its knob height shaved drastically lower for this Plus-sized option compared to the standard 2.25 in the line. Here, it’s meant more as a rear tire, but can be used up front in dry conditions. Weights and pricing for all tires shown here weren’t immediately available.
Inspired by the old Cougar tread pattern, the Gila is a new mixed conditions trail tire with a lightweight tubeless ready casing. It’ll come in 2.25 widths for 26″, 27.5″ and 29er.
The Hutchinson Rock II is a lower end “recreational” level tire that emphasizes puncture protection and generally good all around performance. Available in a 2.0 for all three wheel sizes, and junior versions.
Transitioning into cyclocross is the rebooted Piranha II, a fast rolling dry to damp conditions tire that could double as a fast gravel tire, too. It’ll come in 32mm and 34mm widths, tube and tubeless ready versions, and gets a supple 127tpi casing. The tread pattern looks exactly the same as the version we saw a couple years ago when their U.S. reps said the design might be discontinued. It does seem to have left their lineup for a while, but it’s back now!
Completely new for them is the Veride gravel tire. It’s coming in 700×35 and 700×38, with tread height and shape subtly optimized between the two. It uses Hutchinson’s RoadTubeless technology, which should mean easy mounting and set up, or get it in a standard tube-type casing. Both get their Protect Max puncture and cut protection.
Already available is the Hutchinson Sector 700×32, which is only available in a tubeless ready option and gains their Hardskin protective casing. I’ve ridden their Sectir tires tubeless for years and been impressed with their capability both on and off road.