French tyre company, Hutchinson has always had its roots in racing and came to mountain biking when XC speed was always of the essence. In recent years, though, it has lagged behind a little as riders leave the race course and head out to the hills for a bit of rough love.
Last year Hutchinson started sponsoring Tracey Hannah and the rest of the United DH team and the result has been an explosion in new gravity and trail tyres.
Before they go completely over to the gravity world, though, they want to point out that they happen to sponsor the current Olympic men’s champ and they’ve developed a tyre tread just for him and just for that course. It’ll inevitably end up available for you and I, but in the meantime, check out the treads on the start line this weekend.
How minimal? Expect to see this glued on to a Dugast carcass this weekend. Unofficial word is that Schurter has also has designs on it, having seen the tread at Dugast…
Expect to see a lot of these tyres appearing later this year (unless they’ve appeared already) with the majority of the innovation being in the worlds of DH/Trail 26in and 650B and 29er for the XC and trail stuff. Apart from that Absalon. He’ll be running 26in on Sunday.