2012 hutchinson Squale and DZO downhill mountain bike tires

Mr. Blurrycam did his best to thwart our coverage of these, but we got ’em. Hutchinson’s new Squale (left) and DZO downhill mountain bike tires bring some giant blocks to the gravity party.

The Squale is a massive 26×2.6 for dry, rocky courses. The DZO is a 2.35 width made for muddy courses and has marks for helping the OCD types trim the treads equally (seriously, pic after the break). Both have their Hardskin, single ply casings. Weights are TBD, U.S. MSRP will be $85 each.

2012 hutchinson Squale and DZO downhill mountain bike tires

Some of the pros (have their mechanics) trim the tread blocks down to save weight or tweak the ride (or both), so Hutchinson put notches 1/3 of the way down the tread blocks. Why you’d want to whittle down blocks on a mud tire, we’re not sure, but at least you can get them all even.

2012 hutchinson Cobra 29er mountain bike tire

Their Cobra XC tire gets some growth hormones and jumps to a 29×2.2 with single ply, 66tpi casing and carbon bead. It’s tubeless ready, weight TBD. There should also be a version with some red color in it like a few other of their tires.

2012 hutchinson Piranha and Toro cyclocross bike tires

The Piranha (left) is a bit of a training tire (340g) and the Toro is the racing tire (350) with a smaller, wider tread spacing. Hutchinson has had these in their queue for a while, what’s new is that they’re now available in a 32c width, making them UCI legal. Both are 127tpi and retail for $50 each.


  1. You’re not sure? Is your whole editor group comprised of roadies? 😛

    Some courses, especially those with a loose surface, tend to work best with a cut down spike in the dry. The manufacturers have in some cases followed suit and made som low-‘spiked’ tires witha slightly different knob distribution for dry conditions.

  2. Bikerumor: you must not follow World Cup DH racing. A lot of those racers like trimmed mud spikes for transitional conditions (too wet for a dry tire, but too dry for a mud tire).

    • To be fair, I follow World Cup quite a bit, and I’m aware of all the different spike trimming techniques and why. In fact, I was scheduled to meet up with Frank Stacy before interbike to learn all the tire trimming/design secrets, but best laid plans were prevented. Tire trimming is most definitely a race level activity, as your every day rider would usually just reach for a different tire.

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