Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready Tire Review


(photo: our reviewer, Jeremy is seen here at a recent CCCX Norcal race)

Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready Tire Review - by Jeremy Kimmel

What Hutchinson Says:

· Ultra Light 127 tpi casing

· Low knob profile combining lightness and performance

· This is a tire with tubeless structure (carcass and beads) whose sealing is guaranteed by latex and not by a rubber cover.

· Size: 700 x 35c

· Weight: 405g.

· MSRP: $49.95


I was given the task of reviewing this tire from the perspective of a cyclocross racer…specifically one that trusts and uses tubulars. Although the tubular vs tubeless debate rages on, I’ll review this tire for what it is – which is a low-treaded clincher cyclocross tire that was designed for tubeless usage. While you won’t be finding these on Sven Nys’s new ride, there is definitely a place in the ‘cross world for this new offering from Hutchy.

The casing of this tire will likely please mountain bikers, and displease tubular aficionados – it is significantly heftier than any of the tubular currently available. In hand, the casing feels more like a mountain bike tire than a light-weight 35c cross racer.

These tires mounted up easily on Stan’s ZTR 29er rims, but did require a compressor to get the bead to seat. Hutchinson’s fast’air sealant worked well, and the tires hold their pressure within 2psi overnight. As these tires were tested in the summer/early fall here in Northern California, their mud-handling prowess is yet to be seen…but that’s not what these tires were designed for anyways. On to the review!

When it comes to cyclocross tires, there are a few key characteristics that really make or break a tire for me:

· Traction

· Rolling Resistance

· Feel

· Reliability

· Durability

Featured Video: Testing the puncture protection of the Hutchinson tire and Fast Air sealant.

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The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a lugged commuter, ultralight carbon road steed, singlespeed or trail bike. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. This obsessive personality has also turned him into a bit of an addict when it comes to high quality coffee and IPAs.

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  • Luke says:

    Nice review… thanks!

    I’m about to try out the running Hutchinson tubeless ready Bulldogs on Fulcrum Racing 3′s… do you have any top tips for fitting them? Did you need a compressor? What’s the blue Hutchinson tool you’ve got in the photos? Is it vital?

    Many thanks,


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