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Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tire - Tubeless

Price: $52.99 - $110.00
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  • Claimed Weight: 290 g
  • Bead: carbon
  • Foldable: yes
  • Type: tubeless
  • Material: [tread] triple compound rubber, [casing] 127 tpi

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Product Description

While the Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tire may look like a regular clincher, its secret is hidden inside the outer layers of the its special casing. What makes it different is a design that's intended to be used without a traditional inner tube. Like other folding clincher tires, the Fusion 3 forgoes a steel bead for something lighter and more flexible. However, the specific needs of Road Tubeless dictate that Hutchinson use a bundle of unidirectional carbon fiber instead of the normal Kevlar found in other folding clinchers. The carbon bead is required to give the Fusion 3 a more stable structure. It's more resistant to stretch, allowing the tires to stay seated on your rims in the absence of a tube.The Fusion 3 is a few grams heavier than their lightest Road Tubeless tire, the Atom, but it has one important property that make it a better tire for many folks. Namely, it has a higher puncture resistance due mostly to the triple rubber compound and the harder rubber in the center section of the tire. In addition to resisting cuts, this also allows it to have excellent rolling characteristics. The 127tpi sidewall is built intentionally to be a little resistant to flex. This gives the tire some structure of its own to help support you and your bike. It allows the Fusion 3 to be ridden at lower operating pressures than traditional clinchers -- typically 80 - 90psi. The lower tire pressure provides a better ride and conforms better to the road, actually absorbing and rebounding from irregularities in the road surface. The idea is that the rebound helps give back the energy that it cost you to run over each bump in the first place. Compare that to riding tube-type clinchers, with a rock hard 120psi "skipping" off the bumps and on a tiny scale, releasing that energy up and away from the road. It's an easy assumption that getting some energy payback is a good thing, and if you hit a million little bumps during your next race or long training ride, the Fusion 3 wi...

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 3 inches ; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004DM04EI
  • Item model number: Hutchinson
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,961 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

I inflated with a floor pump but the bead did not set properly and it lost air.
I installed the Hutchinson tires, added Stans Sealant according to the instructions, inflated the tires, and they immediately seated and sealed.
The smoother ride and lower rolling resistance really make riding and racing so much more enjoyable.
Steven Patak

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Homer on March 29, 2012
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 700 x 23mm Verified Purchase
I read multiple reviews about tubeless tires and using self sealer. I went through every web site, product review and bike site trying to decide if I would take the plunge. It was time for new wheels and I was thinking about the Fulcrum racing zero wheels which are designed for clinchers with tubes or tubeless.

Well, I took the plunge and bought the Fulcrum wheels. i went to Stans tubeless site and read about self sealers and what to use.

I installed the Hutchinson tires, added Stans Sealant according to the instructions, inflated the tires, and they immediately seated and sealed.

I typically ride 1500 miles during the riding season and usually get 2-3 flats per season.

This year, riding my typical routes, I got ZERO flats that prevented me from finishing a ride. I got no pinch flats, no snake bite flats and the only indication that I did get a hole was the loss of some air during a ride that did not stop me from getting home.

The tires hold 90 PSI without any loss for a week. I still check each ride but rarely find any air loss.

I carry a spare inner tube, just in case of a catastrophic tire cut. And I also have CO2 and a mini pump. But, the tubeless with Stans self seal has worked flawlessly for this past year.

I read the review that one person had a side wall cut and a mess. Any tire cut that destroy a side wall is obviously irreparable and is exceeds the self seal capabilities.

But, for any other type of pinch flat, puncture flat, snake bite or just bad luck flat, this seems to be perfect.

So, based on my personal experience, having had more flats than I can ever want to recall, these tires appear to be the cure.

Update, 2013.
Another season...over 2000 flats..
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BoiseBob on August 1, 2012
I've been riding these and their Fusion 2 predecessors for over five years on my Shimano Dura-Ace tubeless rims. I'm very impressed with these tires, but they take some getting used to and there are some tricks you need to know. Most of the complaints in these reviews come from not knowing some of these tricks.

Riding about 4,000 miles a year I have had only three flats. The first, I hit a roofing nail and it penetrated the sidewall. The second I got a sidewall cut almost a half-inch long from an unknown object. The third was caused by a razor blade that peeled over an inch of tread off the rear tire. I do not expect any tire to stand up to this kind of damage. Around here we have a desert plant called puncture vine that throws off thousands of seed pods we call goat heads because of their shape. These are the bane of cyclists here and on every club ride we have to stop a couple of times for people to fix the punctures caused by these monsters. The Hutchinsons with sealant, though, are immune to them.

Ride is great. Stable at speed and fast curves in downhill descents. A set of Fusions lasts me an entire season.

Now, let's talk about those problems. The first is these things are expensive. The price through Amazon is the best I've found this year, but at about $63 per tire, that's a lot more than most regular clinchers.

The sidewalls are incredibly stiff, which allows them to run at such low pressures (I'm 155 lbs and run 90-92 pounds in each tire). This also makes initial installation really hard. Here's what I've learned about this. First, warm the tire. In summer I put them out in the sun until they're soft. In winter I heat them in the oven to about 110 degrees.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Jojo on May 10, 2011
If you use sealant (I use Caffe Latex) you won't have to worry about flats with all but the worst punctures. Today on a short ride I apparently hit something sharp and noticed the sealant bubbling out while I was stopped. This only lasts 10-15 seconds and then it's sealed. I rode another 12 miles and had only lost 10-20 psi (estimate).

These tires are comfortable to ride on, and you can ride at lower psi. I've been riding 95 front and 110 rear but I know I could go lower. I did not notice a night-and-day difference from regular clinchers, so don't buy these for comfort alone. Also, don't buy them for weight savings. They are 312g and once you add the sealant they are likely heavier than a lightweight clincher tube/tire combo. You can run without sealant (which Shimano recommends) but they lose 30-50+ psi in about 24 hours (depending on how well the bead seats and if there are any tiny punctures or valve leakage). With sealant they hold air better than tubes, losing under 5 psi per day by my estimates. I would not recommend running without sealant since it will be a massive headache to try to remove the tire and patch from the inside while out on the road!

I have mine mounted on Shimano Dura Ace 7850 SL rims, which are specifically designed to work with tubeless tires. Do not try these with regular clincher rims since the bead is more square and needs an appropriate rim shape to seat properly. However, due to the stiff carbon (rather than kevlar) bead on the Fusion 3s, they were a huge pain to install. I had to buy a special large tire lever and actually spent several hours getting them on. Once on the rim, the bead sealed perfectly with a manual floor pump.
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