After years in development, and a prototype that surfaced at Frost Bike, the Hutchinson Secteur 28 is finally here. According to Hutchinson, this is the tire that started out as the 28mm Intensive tubeless that FDJ has been seen riding a few years back and have been sort of in development/hibernation mode until they were convinced the market needed or wanted the bigger size. Based on feed back we’ve heard, bigger tubeless tires are certainly in demand and by first impressions Hutchinson has delivered.
Jump past the break for actual weights!
As a 28, the Secteur comes in lighter than some 25mm tires we’ve seen at 285g. That makes them pretty competitive with Bontrager’s TLR tires which weigh 270g for a 25. We’ll get these mounted up and actually measured to see just how wide they really are, but in person at Sea Otter, they looked like they could be a true 28mm.
First impressions as per the casing, is that in your hand at least it feels quite supple which should lead to great road feel, grip, and rolling resistance.
While Protect’air Max is not new, we were unaware of the neat little trick the bottle has hidden in the cap. Built wih a similar valve you would find on a fancy ketchup bottle, you can take out your valve core (or even leave it in) and press the bottle down over the top of the valve. The cap will keep the sealant in, until it’s over the valve and you can squeeze the necessary amount into the tire based on the gradients on the side of the bottle.