New Year, new rubber! It’s that time of the year, the ‘cross season is over, the weather isn’t too bad, it’s time to venture outdoors again. Time for some winter miles and the odd early season race. To carry me through this part of the year I have two of the Hutchinson Fusion 5 tyre range; the All Season and Glactik; tubeless of course!
Hutchinson have been around since 1853 and have been ridden by some of cycling’s greats including Jacques Anquetil, Julien Absalon and now me… While my exploits will be less noteworthy, I look forward to trying them out on Sussex’s finest lanes
First up is the Fusion 5 All Season 11Storm, it’s Hutchinson’s wet weather, long distance tyre. Just the kind of thing for those long winter training rides. The All Season comes in three widths, 23, 25 and 28mm. I’ll be using the 28 as I get reacquainted with riding outdoors. The All Season 11Storm looks to tick all the training tyre boxes. It comes in plenty of sizes, including the pot-hole friendly 28.
The new 11Storm compound has been three years in development and promises improved rolling resistance, grip and wear over its competitors. There’s also an added layer of kevlar under the tread to protect against punctures. That all sounds just what I need in a training tyre, nobody wants to be stood at the side of the road in the wet and cold.
Next is the Fusion 5 Galactik 11Storm which is the “tire for racers eager for speed and performance”. These Tubeless Ready tyres only come in 25mm, you can can get 23mm in the Road Tubeless or clincher versions. The Galactik also uses Hutchinson’s 11Storm compound, with its claimed benefits of superior rolling resistance, grip and wear. I’ll be running them tubeless, but the Tubeless Ready versions can used with an inner-tube.
I’ll be putting both sets of tyres to the test over the coming months and will let you know how I get on.