FrostBike 2013: Hutchinson Goes Big with 28mm Road Tubeless Proto, 27.5 Tubeless Ready Hardskin, and Galactik Atom
Seeing as how most of you were commenting on the Schwalbe Tubeless Road post that there needs to be bigger road tubeless tires, Hutchinson’s display at FrostBike should make you happy. While currently still a prototype, Hutchinson is actively pursuing the first 28mm road tubeless tire. Named the Secteur 28, the new tire should be available by Sea Otter – so not that much longer! We weren’t able to get any weights or additional info, but at least we know it’s coming.
In addition to the Secteur 28, Hutchinson is also offering a new super light Road Tubeless tire as well as a range of mountain tires that are Tubeless Ready Hardskin equipped. See it all after the jump.
The prototype Secteur 28 shows a slick center section with near file tread side profiles for increased grip when you’re leaning it over on loose surfaces. From the looks of it, this will be a true 28mm tire as it was visibly much larger than the other tires near by. Judging by the amount of riders clamoring for bigger treads we think this will be a hit – more at Sea Otter.
In other Road Tubeless news, Hutchinson is now offering a Galactik Atom model that comes in at a scant 240g for the 700x23c size. For non tubeless lightweight tires, Hutchinson is offering their new Atom Comp XLight which is a feathery 160g for the 23mm size – on our scale it was a respectably close 164g.
Now available in many of the mountain bike tread patterns, Hutchinson is offering a Hardskin version of their Tubeless Ready tires for new 27.5 wheels. Tread patterns and tire construction remains the same, just now they are offered for the additional wheelsize. Sun Ringle is killing it with the 27.5 display rims – just about every tire company displaying 27.5 tires are using their rims, probably because they’re one of the few available!