The Hutchinson Atom tubeless has all the great features of a high performance tire plus, the added benefit of tubeless technology. Tubeless technology allows for lower pressures, increasing riding performance and efficiency by 20% com...
Strengths: Tubeless, 3 seasons, 2000 miles ish a season had 1 flat (new one every season) Pretty grippy, roll well, smooth out bumps can run slightly lower PSI without worrying about pinch flats
Weaknesses: A crack forms right down the center of the darn things. kinda concerning leaning into a pedal scraping corner staring at a canyon in your front tire. Price.
So I've spent 3 seasons (one with atoms f/r one with fusions f/r this season is an atom f, fusion r) on hutchinson tubeless systems. I got into it because my ultegra wheels were compatible out of the box, so i decided to give it a shot.
The good : they roll pretty well, and being able to run 80 instead of 110 psi in a 23c makes a huge difference ride wise when I had an aluminum frame. I've only had 1 flat towards the end of a season that I rode the last 7 miles home on with no damage to the wheels. They have the durability of a touring tire, but have the weight of a decent racing clincher and tube.
The bad : They crack. right down the middle, more so in the front. Not real confidence inspiring. It does not penetrate the fibrous casing, but is unnerving when you are pushing a decent to your limit. That being said, the crack has never resulted in failure. The only other gripe I have is that they were an immense pain to instal, both mounting and getting them to seat and seal was miserable. Im getting better at it, but still not fun.
Recommendations when purchasing : Go to your LBS and spend the extra money. Both times I purchased them off E-bay for 1/2 MSRP I had issues, a bubble in the side wall, more difficult to mount, 2 hours to get one to inflate(deformed bead). I think there is someone picking the QC rejects out of the dumpster and passing them off as good deals, they are not. they set I got from my LBS was noticeably better, mounted easier, and didn't require sealant at all.
Anyways, overall I would recommend going this route for an amateur racer like myself, a club rider, someone who racks up a considerable number of miles so it is worth the 200$ a season to have headache free riding (I don't even bring a patch kit or pump on centuries any more) I enjoy the product, just wish they would fix this cracking thing.
Weaknesses: Roll worse than other tubeless tires, prone to blowouts, measure small
After having a very positive experience with the Fusion 3 I decided to shod both my bikes with Atoms figuring they'd be a little lighter and perform better. What ensued was pure disappointment. Within a month I've had multiple punctures that sealed up with the Stans I put in, and two blowouts that rendered the tires useless as they were so bad as to not even be repairable. One blowout was a situation that probably would have caused a puncture with any other tire that could have been booted, the other was a situation that wouldn't have even caused a puncture on any other tire I've ridden in my 25+ years of riding.
Other drawbacks are that these tires measure way small for 23C. The casing doesn't feel supple at all, and it feels like rolling on plastic. Rolling resistance was noticeably worse than the Fusion 3, as was cornering performance.
I wouldn't buy these tires again and I would talk do anything I could to talk anyone I know out of purchasing these things. I would suggest the Fusion 3 or Bontrager R3 which both measure bigger, roll much better and are more durable.
6% more efficient. There's a review on the front page of RBR mentioning this.
Interesting. I wonder how it rides compared to the tubular, but I'd guess it feels about just the same. Thoughts?Read More »
Anyone having durability issues with the Hutchinson Atom Tubeless tire? I had a sidewall cut in a race last weekend in which I was in a good position near the end - thus ruining my race. The small cut was apparently too big for Stan’s to do its thing. It was a part gravel race so maybe I was pushing ... Read More »
I use Hutchinson Atom tubeless tires on Campy Shamal Ultra 2-ways. I went to this set up from Edge tubulars with Continental 4000 tubulars for disaster avoidance, as I commute 30 miles and half that is through the boonies. I carry an emergency tube, that's not an option with tubulars.
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I'm about to do some experimenting with tubeless tires? Has anyone had a chance to compare the Hutchinson Atom and Fusion 3 tubeless tires? Looks like the Atom is about 35 grams lighter, but was wondering about feel and durability between the two. thanks.Read More »
Alright, so I'm in the market for new tires. I had my heart set on the Schwalbe Ultremo R for quite awhile, but recently I've been considering going tubeless with the Hutchinson Atoms.
The claimed weight of the Schwalbes is 180g, but without tubes, the Hutchinsons will be close to that (within ab ... Read More »