Featured User Review: Hutchinson Intensive Tires

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Featured User Review: Hutchinson Intensive Tires
by zeno303

Price: $24.00 at Performance
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

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

Favorite Ride:
Peak to Peak highway

Summary:
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.

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.

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

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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