Hutchinson Atom Tubeless Tires - Clincher

2.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $80.00

Product Description

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...

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brail rider a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2013

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Ride:   A lap around the Quabin reservoir

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS / E-bay

Similar Products Used:   Conti 4000's, Michelin pro-race 3's

Bike Setup:   Merlin Agilis with 6700 ultegra (drivetrain,wheels, brakes, pedals) sometimes they make it on my Surly cross check

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kristatos a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2012

Strengths:    Mounted up pretty easily

Weaknesses:    Roll worse than other tubeless tires, prone to blowouts, measure small

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Fusion 3 tubeless, Bontrager R3 Tubeless ready

Bike Setup:   Ridley Damocles, Campy Shamal Ultra 2-way fit

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