This Hutchinson Intensive Folding Road Tyre is no longer available although you may find similar or newer versions below:
The performance of the Fusion 2 tyre concept but in an ultra long distance version incorporating 'Hardskin' technology to resist cuts and perforations without loss of comfort or power.
|Puncture Protection:||Kevlar Hardskin|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
These tyres are for racing style bikes that use clincher/hooked rims, these are the most common fitment and hook onto the rim and require an inner tube. There is a wide choice of tyres within this category and the right choice is important. Lighter tyres will accelerate quickly, but will be more prone to punctures so getting a balance is extremely important. If you require a tyre for all round use look for something with puncture protection, an average TPI(Threads Per Inch) and average weight. If you require a fast tyre and speed is the only thing that matters look for a low weight folding tyre with high TPI. If durability is your priority and speed is not so important look towards the puncture resistant tyres and consider going for a wider tyre, these will be less prone to punctures and offer a bit more comfort. For wet road conditions a triple compound or winter tyre is a good choice, these use a softer compound on the cornering surface to maximise grip.
A player inescapable present in the two-wheeler tire market, Hutchinson has earned its reputation owing to the technical sophistication and to the great performance of its products.
Hutchinson, your best ally on any type of ground
An involvement at the highest level of competition
Whether it be in the hot pursuit of competition or a leisure ride, the Hutchinson name and bicycling are old friend. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Hutchinson Tires have accompanied the greatest cyclists down the road to championship and through different events such as the famous “Tour de France”. New products and concepts are the fruit of lengthy research and technological development in partnership with professional test riders. Thanks to this collaboration, Hutchinson guarantees the high quality of its tires.
Innovation: the way of development
Relying on its know-how and capacity of innovation, Hutchinson is in position to offer wide ranges of tires designed to suit all uses.
With an excellent command of mixtures, Hutchinson can offer the best product in term of performance, grip, resistance and riding comfort.
The Tubeless™ revolution
The Tubeless™ concept is an example of the Hutchinson know-how. The Tubeless principle results from a longterm collaboration with technological experts. This tubeless tire is now shaking up the world of road and mtb riders.
|700 x 18C||18-622|
|700 x 23C||23-622|
|700 x 25C||25-622|
|700 x 28C||28-622||28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8|
|700 x 32C||32-622||28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4|
|700 x 35C||37-622||28 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/8|
|700 x 47C||47-622|
|This is a generic size guide not all tyres will come in the sizes shown.|
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Everybody hates punctures, so the idea of a tubeless tyre that's claimed to be more resistant to flats than a tubed one (clincher) has considerable appeal.
Inflating a tubeless tyre usually involves wetting the tyre with a mixture of water and washing up liquid, followed by vigorous use of a track pump while simultaneously bashing the vertically held wheel on the ground to start the process of sealing the bead to the wheel rim.
The Intensive, though - the cheapest of Hutchinson's three tubeless designs - inflated to 100psi very quickly and without the need for wetting.
At a pressure that would normally spell trouble for a clincher - 90psi - a pair of Intensives resisted our best attempts to pinch-puncture by running them over stones at 20mph. They also felt faster than the best clinchers available, and cornering grip is second to none.
One of our tyres weighed 270g, the other 277g. If you want to convert your wheels to accept tubeless tyres, check out Stan's No Tubes kit.
Pinch-puncture proof, fast, grippy and easy to inflate
In our First Ride of Hutchinson's Intensive clincher, we suggested that the 230g tyre might not be a serious option for fast riding on account of its sturdy build and rugged tread compound. The immediate impression was of a stiff-walled, 'laggy' ride, but with a little wear it becomes apparent that the Intensive quickens up markedly while remaining quite exceptionally robust.
What this means in practical terms is that not only does the tread last an amazingly long time, but it is almost freakishly resistant to puncture. It is also grippy in the wet and, we now realise, not so slow after all.
In search of a tyre suitable for Juan Christen's nice, light Cannondale CAAD5, we fitted a pair of 25c Intensives. Previously, Juan was getting through comparable rubber from various competitors at the rate of a rear tyre per 1,000km; some 3,000km later, the rear Intensive had barely lost its moulding flash and had absolutely refused to puncture. This performance mirrored the writer's onw experience with the model.
It proved a great choice for fast Alpine descending wet or dry on a flying visit to the Tour de France, where Juan showed that downhill mtb skills can translate to the road, and was his tyre of choice for our recent face-off in the Festival RC road bike 10 mile TT, which he took by four seconds.
All is not, however, entirely rosy. This is a tyre that is fairly easy to fit, meaning a slightly loose fit on the rim. At a slimline 100kg, Juan runs his 25s at 110/120psi and, hitting a pothole recently in the dark, he blew the rear tyre off the rim. Lower pressures are fine but a tighter bead would be preferrable.
While not exactly a criticism, it is worth observing that the very robustness of the tyre might tempt the ridert to be less than careful when riding it, for while neither Juan not I have suffered a single penetration flat, he has pinch-flatted several covers and, at £26.99, they are not exactly a budget fitment.
They are, however, a good choice if value for money is a consideration, since 5,000km for a 240g (25c) clincher is good going by any standards.
Exceptionally robust tyre that performs well in any conditions
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