Eurobike 2017: Read Tyre Pressure Remotely With Hutchinson Conec’tires

by Wil Barrett 4

Exciting product news has been somewhat hard to come by at Eurobike, given many brands have already launched much of their new product in the weeks (and months) prior to the show. French tyre manufacturer Hutchinson delivered the gold today however, with a curious device that is still in prototype form, but may be one of the coolest innovations of the show.

hutchinson tyres pressure gauge digital
Hutchinson had a rather nifty tubeless tyre concept on display at Eurobike.

It’s called Conec’tires, and it’s a small digital pressure gauge that mounts inside your rim via the valve stem. It’s designed to be compatible with most tubeless rim and tyre setups, and it uses sensors inside to detect the actual internal tyre pressure. A small ANT+ transmitter pairs up to an app on your phone, giving you real-world data on your tyre pressure – how freaking cool is that!

hutchinson tyres pressure gauge digital
Very much in protoype phase, the concept of Conec’tires is to provide live reading of tyre pressure.

The idea of providing a live tyre pressure reading offers several benefits. The first is accurate setup of tyre pressures in the first place, helping to ensure you’re getting the most traction out of your tubeless tyre setup. Analogue gauges on most tyre pumps are notoriously inaccurate, often misreading the low operating pressures required for mountain bikes by as much as 5-10psi. Hutchinson claims the Conec’tires will read the internal tyre pressure correctly by +/- 1%, so it should provide a far greater representation of the actual tyre pressure you’re running.

The second idea behind the digital pressure gauge is to provide the rider with live on-trail feedback of what’s going on in the tyres. It’ll detect pressure loss, and it’ll also detect if you’ve got a slow leak – all without having to do the old thumb test. We’re not 100% sure how the mobile phone app works (everyone at the Hutchinson booth was busy when we stopped by), but our guess is that your phone will be able to be configured to deliver an audible warning to let you know if pressure is dropping. The Conec’tires system is also designed to pair with GPS devices too, meaning your Garmin/Lezyne/whatever head unit may be able to deliver that information to you also.

hutchinson tyres pressure gauge digital
This is the pressure sensor, and it’ll fit inside a tubeless rim and tyre. It’ll pair with your smartphone, and an app will help detect if you’ve got a slow leak.

Don’t get too excited, as the Conec’tires system is still under prototype development, but Hutchinson states it’ll be ready for a 2018 release. More as we get it.

Comments (4)

  1. Similar things on Amazon right now if you don’t mind attaching them to your valve caps (might need an adapter for presta)

  2. Bluetooth valves- what a world! Would be very handy if it can let me know when I’ve got a flat at work- fix it at leisure at lunchtime rather than in a rush at the end of the day.

  3. Those Amazon ones would make it hard to read the pressure while pumping up the tyre though.

  4. Does anyone really need any of this stuff? Turns a beautifully simple machine into some kind of tech nightmare; does my di2 interfere with my pressure sensor, have I charged my computer, etc. etc.

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