Hutchinson Fusion 3 x-Light tyres  £42.99

8/10

Fast and light tyre with impressive traction and durability. An ideal summer race/sportive tyre.

Weight 177g   Contact  www.extrauk.co.uk

by David Arthur   July 18, 2013  

Hutchinson Fusion 3 x-Light tyres

Summer is here and so now is a good time to upgrade the tyres on your bicycle. The Hutchinson Fusion 3 x-Light tyres are a fast-rolling lightweight option.

As its name suggests, this is a lightweight version of the regular Fusion 3 tyre. Changes to the casing reduce the weight from 210g to 177g. It's a small saving, equating to to a 66g saving with both tyres fitte, but remember that it is a reduction in rotating weight which you're more likely to notice than 66g saved in a lighter handlebar or seatpost.

The tread features a three compound makeup. A hard rubber is used down the centre of the tyre to provide the low rolling resistance while also increasing durability, so they don't wear out too quickly or puncture too easily. On the shoulders is a softer rubber to provide plenty of cornering grip when you're leaning the bike over. An intermediate rubber provides a transition between the centre and shoulder.

The tyres lived up to their promise, providing a fast ride with good traction in a range of situations and conditions. Compared to the Michelin PRO 4 tyres they replaced, run on the same wheels and bike at the same pressures, and riding the same roads, the Hutchinson's don't quite feel as supple and smooth on the rougher road surfaces. They do have the edge when the gradient kicks up.

A Kevlar belt is laid under the tread and provides very good puncture protection. Certainly no punctures so far during the time I've been riding them. Now I've said that I'll probably get a puncture on my next ride.

After about 500km of riding, the tyres show no signs of the state of the roads, there's no cuts or slices in the tread, so durability is looking good so far so far. They're not cheap at £43 each, and it's likely, though this remains to be seen this early in the test, that they won't do as many miles as the regular Fusion 3 tyres. If you want to shed some weight and have some hilly sportives planned this summer, they're a worthy upgrade.

They're only available in 23mm width.

Verdict

Fast and light tyre with impressive traction and durability. An ideal summer race/sportive tyre.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Hutchinson Fusion 3 x-Light tyres

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The world beating Fusion tyre. Features a 3-compound tread to optimise durability, acceleration and cornering grip. Competition style slick profile.

Like the Atom Comp X-Light, the Fusion 3 X-Light is optimised for greater efficiency, reduced resistance and lighter weight.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Triple Compound

Triple compound technology enables three rubbers with different properties to be used together to help get the best from your tyre.

The hard rubber in the centre increases durability and resistance to cuts and abrasion while also providing low rolling resistance.

The intermediate rubber guarantees progressive acceleration in corners and safety. The very soft lateral rubber offers unequalled grip, inspiring full confidence when cornering aggressively.

Kevlar Pro-Tech

KEVLAR Pro-tech tyres are made from a casing reinforced with a soft and very dense 100% Kevlar belt. Enclosed under the tread, this under-layer increases the tyres' ability to withstand cuts and punctures by more than 50%.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Excellent.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

A speedy tyre that excels on climbs but isn't the most supple, but we're splitting hairs here, they're really very good tyres.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

After 500km they are in great condition, with no cuts or gashes, despite the poor condition of the roads I ride on regularly.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

There are few clincher tyres lighter.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

Compared to the excellent Michelin PRO 4 Service Course tyres, they didn't feel so good at absorbing the ripples in the road, with a slightly harsher ride, but the difference between them is very small.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Most top-end tyres cost about the same, so they're at least in the ballpark. However, it's perhaps not a tyre you'd want to ride all year, instead saving them for summer and Sunday best riding

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They delivered good performance that is on a level with most other top-end tyres.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The lower weight. Grip through the corners is very good.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing springs to mind.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

2 user comments

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Planet-X have them at half price at the moment which makes them a steal. Just bought some Atom Comps which seem a bargain (4 or 5 rides in) at the price.

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posted by mr-andrew [294 posts]
18th July 2013 - 20:03

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Just bought mine from Planet X for £20 a pop. Bargain.

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21st September 2013 - 22:33

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