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Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik road tyre

9
£44.95

VERDICT:

9
10
Fast and grippy race tyre that's well priced for a tubeless offering, as long as you're happy with the 25mm width
Impressive levels of grip
Minimal rolling resistance
Easy to fit
Good value
25mm width only
Weight: 
233g

The Fusion 5 Galactik road tyre is Hutchinson's all-out performance model, and after riding them for the last four months I'm going to put them up there with some of the best race rubber I've ever used. They are grippy, roll really well and I haven't had an issue with punctures either. The best thing, though, is that they feel much more supple than the majority of tubeless tyres.

Back in 2017 David Arthur tested Hutchinson’s Fusion 5 Performance tyre and was really impressed. The Galactik shares a lot of the technologies, but the Performance has better puncture protection, making it a bit more of an all-round tyre. With that comes weight, though: 328g versus 233g for the Galactiks.

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The thing David was most impressed with was the ElevenSTORM (or 11STORM as it says on the sidewall) compound, thanks to its grip levels, and I totally concur. Tyre companies tend to keep their specific compounds close to their chests, so I can't give you a list of materials from a spec sheet, but what I can tell you is that the rubber feels very soft and almost tacky.

2020 Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik 700x25 road tyre - 2.jpg

These tyres really grip in the dry – you can absolutely bung the bike into a roundabout or bend at high speed and just know that it's got your back.

Many tubeless ready tyres don't have the same supple feel – and therefore feedback levels – as their high-TPI-count clincher cousins, but the Galactik is very, very close indeed. You can really feel what the tyre is up to as the rubber deforms and clings on to the tarmac.

2020 Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik Tyres Fitted 1.jpg

Adhesion in the wet is also impressive. Sure, you've got to back off a touch, but the grip is still there, and with those feedback levels you are getting all of the confidence you need to push on.

The Fusion 5 Galactik is a lightweight race tyre so it probably isn't something you are going to be riding throughout the winter. With that in mind, puncture protection isn't as much of a defining factor, but Hutchinson hasn't done away with it completely. The Galactik uses a bead-to-bead layer of a fibre called Hardskin, so you are getting sidewall protection too.

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Over the test period I didn't pick up any punctures, and wear rates are looking good for such a soft compound – the tyres still look pretty much brand new. Durability doesn't appear to be an issue.

This tubeless-ready version of the Galactiks is available in 25mm width only (non-tubeless clinchers come in 23mm and 25mm) and fitted easily to a whole range of rims without issue, with the bead popping easily onto the wheels.

With sealant installed, the Hutchinsons held on to their pressure well, so topping up with air was only really necessary once a week.

Value

Considering the performance and everything else about the Galactiks, it's great to see that they aren't going to cost you an arm and a leg. Recent tubeless-ready performance tyres we've tested are much pricier than the £44.95 required here.

For instance, the Cadex Race 25 is £64.99, and it can be a bit of a pig to fit apparently. The Michelin Power Road Tubeless is £59.99 and the Specialized S-Works Turbo RapidAir is £61.99.

The Fusion 5 is lighter than all of these by about 30g too.

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Overall, there is very little to criticise here. These are very good high performance tyres thanks to their excellent grip levels and that supple road feel I just love.

Verdict

Fast and grippy race tyre that's well priced for a tubeless offering, as long as you're happy with the 25mm width

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik road tyre

Size tested: 700x25

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?

Hutchinson says, "The HUTCHINSON teams have developed a unique process over 2 years allowing the new Eleven STORM range to obtain convincing results on the 5 key tire performance criteria:

Grip/ Performance/Life/ Puncture resistance/Comfort.

Creating the correct compound composition capable of addressing this defiance has been a permanent challenge.

The Eleven STORM® compound has been developed with the aim of offering unique performances on all terrains.

'This is why we wanted to follow this initiative to the end by proposing multiple Fusion 5 versions: 4 compound types, 3 sections and from now on 4 designs: Tube type/Tubeless Ready/Tubeless/Tubular."

These are very fast, grippy tyres.

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

Hutchinson lists:

Sizes: 25mm

Compound: ElevenSTORM

Reinforcement: Hardskin

TPI: 127

Bead: Folding

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

A grippy and fast-rolling tyre ideal for riding hard.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Excellent grip levels.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Only one size option.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

Very competitively priced compared to many tubeless-ready tyres, like those from Cadex, Michelin and Specialized mentioned in the review.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The sticky compound offers loads of grip, they roll well and they seem pretty robust too, which makes them a very good all-round race tyre. They're only available in this 25mm width, but they are exceptional.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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