Hutchinson Fusion 3 Tubeless Road Tyre
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I am on my second set of Fusion 3's, in part because I enjoy the smooth ride at lower pressures, and in part because there is not much choice for tubeless road tires. I mount them on DuraAce scandium wheels and recommend using soapy water and an air compressor to get the beads to seat the first time you install.Report this review
I have been running a set of these on 2-way fit Shamals for over twelve months. These tyres are pretty good, the ride quality is excellent, great grip and very durable. Punctures are easy to fix with the proper puncture repair kit (the hole is fixed on the inside of the tyre). The only two slightly negative things to say is that you need to check your pressure every ride, which most people do anyway, and the weight is a bit more than the published weight.Report this review
I've finally worn one set out. I'm running Fulcrum 2 way fit. I have had 3 'penetrations' and rode home on all three. Two sealed immediately and the last puncture was through a tyre that needed a refreshed sealant but I was able to ride it home flat at moderate speed (less than 20 kph.) Not to be recommended, but as the tyre had reached the end of its life, it didn't matter.
The ride is soft and I haven't noticed any reduction in speed compared to Michelin Pro Race. Weight is comparable to tyre/tube combinations.
They are hard to fit on my rims and require CO2 to seat them. Pressure loss is a little faster than tubed tyres (excepting latex!)
I add the sealant before setting the final 4 inches of bead. It takes me three levers and a prayer to get them over the (lubricated) rim, then pop them on with CO2. I spin them horizontally then let each side 'rest' flat for 15 minutes, before topping them off with air and remounting on the bike.
There have been deep longitudinal cracks/splits appearing in the tyres tread after about 6 months. I don't like this, but I've experienced the same with Contis and the word is that the splits have no effect.
I am happy with these tyres - it's great not to have to worry about glass and the ride is superb over our feral chipseal.
This is my first foray into the realm of road tubeless tires. The application is a set of Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels with No Tubes stems and a 2 oz addition of Stan's sealant. As I use my cross bike during the early winter and late spring, these nicely replace the cross set-up on different rims/tires for off pavement/bad condition use. The tires mounted fairly easy . . . but more effort than a standard non-tubeless tire . . . and inflated and set the bead easily without the use of a compressor (stem valve removed to facilitate the less volume.) Without sealant, I let them inflated set for a month and noticed minimal pressure loss--less than a standard tube/tire configuration. When the conditions improved, I added sealant and have been riding them at 88/78 psi back/front. The ride is better than a 32C cross tire at appropriate road pressures. Would I recommend these? You bet! While I don't have long term wear data, they appear to be a good tire for training and maybe racing. From comments I've read on it's predecessor, the Fusion 2, these are improved and are the ones to get. For those weight watchers, both tires weighed in at 312 grams each; add 8 grams for a valve stem and 47 grams for 2 oz. of sealant and you approach clincher nirvana.Report this review
Although tubeless has been around for many years, this is my first experiment on tubeless. First ride was wow... buttery smooth and a sound that just feels fast. Like the protection for the small weight penalty over the atoms. 250kms later it still looks like new and hope it will deliver me thousands of kms to go. Went on easy on my shamals and was not a struggle. two thumbs upReport this review
This is my first pair of tubeless tires. I didn't fill the latex through-the-valve. Instead simply poured into the tire, rotated, then mounted. Getting a new Fusion 3 on a Campy Shamal rim is not easy, but not the most difficult clincher mounting on Shamals. It was made more difficult by the latex fill method I employed. A little spillage makes things slippery and not in good way.
Using lower pressure is something I'm getting used to. More contact area is great. Raced a rough road race and a tight cornered crit with the Fusion 3. Good cornering and road contact and a smooth ride on both.
Conty and Michelin have better production finishing than Hutchinson. The tire seems a little poorly manufactured at first glance. Not as grippy as 4000s, or as thin and light as PRO3. But those are clinchers. I don't have a comparison to other tubeless. Really wish this tire had more competition.
This has been a fantastic riding tire for me. Been running them for the past 800 miles without issue and without sealant. They seem to be wearing fairly nicely, as opposed to the Fusion2's that seemed to square off right quickly. I managed to find a small bit of rubber that has been removed by something I ran over in the road but wasn't deep enough to puncture, that was about 200 miles ago. The tires seem to corner quite nicely and grip really well, though maybe not as good as a pair of Conti 4000s.
There is certainly room for improvement. I would maybe add some colour choices and also a 25mm option for those who like a wider tire. This is why it doesn't get a 5 star rating from me, but 4 stars is nothing to sneeze at.
I would say to anyone who is considering riding tubeless that these tires are well worth the investment. They're raceable, they're durable, and they're comfortable... what else is there to know. Get yourself a pair and see for yourself how nice the tubeless ride can be.
Perhaps it was just the set I received but mine are on Dura-Ace 7900 C24-TL wheels and leak at the sidewalls. One tire is noticeably worse than the other. Shimano says don't use any sealants so I haven't. The leak is definitely from the sidewall as I've put the aired up tire under water and have seen it bubble out.Report this review