Hutchinson Intensive Tires - Clincher

4/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $44.95

Product Description

The Hutchinson Intensive is an  ultra long distance tire with a Themoplastic reinforced tread for added durability. Hardskin to improve puncture resistance and avoid cuts in sidewall Tire Bead: Folding ISO Diameter:...

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zeno303 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011

Strengths:    Very durable & relatively light for a durable, protected tire with a comfortable ride if you drop the pressure a tad. Can be found for less than $30. I give it 5 stars because it does what it is supposed to do very well.

Weaknesses:    Not as lively as a set of Open CXs, but what do you expect form a tire that gets this kind of mileage? Use other tires for serious Crits etc.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 23c tubed model. I found the key to getting the most out of this tire is running the psi a little lower than normal. I weigh about 200lbs & had been running Hutchinsons at about 120-125. That's too high for the Intensive, which has relatively stiff, almost tubeless like sidewalls & doesn't require as much air for a comfortable, fast rolling ride. (I broke a spoke running 125.) I now run it at about 115-117 & have had no problems with pinch flats. It's not quite as lively as a Michelin krylion, but has much better sidewall protection. Sidewall cuts always did me in on Michelins. I'd say its more comfortable than a Rubino Pro.

This tire is so bullet proof, I can run a light weight tube, which helps with the ride & rotating mass. They weigh about 235 gr, which is light for a long wearing, protected tire. I have had zero flats or cuts this winter riding 2,000+ miles on crappy Boulder CO roads and the tire hardly looks worn. The ride is not overly "belty," like some Kevlar tires I have ridden that transmit every pebble. No shatter hand on rough roads. I have had no problems cornering on wet roads & handling is generally precise without getting out of shape on rough patches. I am now running an Intensive on the rear & a Fusion 3 on the front (also zero flats) because I get 95% of my flats on the rear. That is a very effective combination. The Intensive replaced my Hutchinson Fusion Long Distance tire (the previous model)which I got over 5,000 miles on & it looks like the Intensive will last as long.

The icing on the cake is that these tires are heavily discounted.

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Favorite Ride:   Peak to Peak highway

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   michelin krylion, michelin Pro Race 2&3 Vitoria Rubino Pro, Hutchinson Fusion Long Distace

Bike Setup:   Lightspeed Ulimate all Ti frame with Easton carbon fork, Mavic Kysriums (sp?)& a mixture of Campy Chorus & Centaur components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dirt road rider a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2011

Strengths:    -tough
-long lasting

Weaknesses:    -Dead feel

Bottom Line:   
I use them in size 25mm. I had these on my cyclocross bike and road about 1,500km of dirt roads, gravel, and generally awefull pavement. Never once got a flat. They don't have a lively feel, but I think they are great for the purpose. Now I have put them on my Specialized Roubaix for some early/late season riding. They barely show any wear. My Michelin Pro3 Race tires are fried after 1,500km (went threw 2 sets last summer). I suspect I will get 5,000km on them.

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Favorite Ride:   So many to choose from...

Similar Products Used:   -Specialized Roubaix

Bike Setup:   -These are on my Specialized Roubaix with Dura-Ace 7801 SL wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by smokva a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009

Strengths:    - long lasting ride surface

Weaknesses:    - bad sidewall protection
- not the best ride
- price

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of new Intensive clincher model, 23 cm with hardskin and kevlar.
A friend of mine (owner of local bike shop) gave me a set of these to check how durable they are...I'm strong 100 kg rider and not easy on components.
First of all, they mounted easier than any other tire I have tried which gave me a big smile after trying to put some Vittorias on and 3 inner tubes toasted in the process.
Feeling on the road is neutral, not the best tires I have tried, but also not something that would stop me to ride them...sort of what you would expect from the long lasting training tire.
But what I didn't expect is how much problems they would give me. For some reason they performed opposite to advertised. I had more flats than on some light racing tires and sidewall protection is worse than on GP3000 (I never thought I would say that).
After some 1000-1500 km, one night while a sleep I heard something on the bike exploded...I didn't even have to look, I knew inner tube blew out through a cut in the sidewall. Tomorrow my guess was confirmed, front tire was toasted. I checked the rear and saw a similar cut and tire starting to bouble around that spot, so I took it down too.
Actually the whole sidewall on both tires looked as if you went wind sandpaper over it, something I'm not comfortable with.
If we exclude sidewalls tires didn't show much wear. Front was like a new and rear was slightly worn...I think it might go another 2000 if sidewalls survived.
I must be honest and say that there were some works on my local road and in length of 1km or so it was all in gravel. I was there few times with these tires which probably destroyed sidewalls. I'm sure on good road they would still roll, but these are advertised as good protection tires so I expect them to survive a little of dirt.
In the end I must say that my favorite durable tire is still Michelin Carbon or Michelin Krylion how it is called now.

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Similar Products Used:   Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX, Continental GP 3000, Michelin Carbon (Krylion), Michelin Megamium, Nokian Roadie PRO...

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