Hutchinson rolls out ElevenSTORM

New tire compound billed as better in every way compared to predecessor

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Hutchinson rolls out ElevenSTORM

French tire maker Hutchinson has a new line of road offerings it claims are better than the predecessor in every way.

It’s a busy time for tire news in the road cycling world. Recently, Pirelli unveiled its new three tire line-up. Now, Hutchinson has rolled out a new compound called ElevenSTORM that it is billing as a true game changer.

Or as the French company’s accompanying PR reads, the new compound “comes with energy and violence, and will erase on its way all the doubts about possibility to combine in one compound devastating performances in all the fields: Rolling performance, grip, mileage. No time for compromise anymore.”

Hutchinson rolls out ElevenSTORM

Testing was done in part at the famed Wheel Energy Lab.

Why 11, you ask? Well, the association of Level 11 on the Beaufort scale is the measure of the maximal level of power of a storm, before hurricane grade. “This underlines the extreme side and ultimate performances of this new compound.”

The ElevenSTORM line-up includes three new offerings: Fusion 5 Galactik, Fusion 5 Performance, and Fusion 5 All Season. They come in standard clincher, road tubeless, and the just added tubeless ready. Sizing includes 23c, 25c, and 28c, and they are available now.

Hutchinson rolls out ElevenSTORM

The new line-up features options for just about any type of road riding.

The Fusion 5 Galactik is designed to be a pure race tire. Fusion 5 Performance is more of an all around offering. And the Fusion 5 All Season is designed to be at its best in wet weather riding conditions and includes Kevlar reinforcements for improved durability.

Testing of all three tires was done at the famed Wheel Energy Laboratory, where grip, rolling resistance, durability, comfort, weight, and puncture resistance were examined.

Hutchinson rolls out ElevenSTORM

The new compound netted improvements across the board when compared to its predecessor.

When compared to Hutchinson’s previous bellwether tire, the non-ElevenSTORM Fusion 5, there were overall gains of 14% in rolling resistance, 19% in durability, 11% in wet grip, and 3% in dry grip.

There were similar gains within each model, including a 14% gain in durability for the Fusion 5 Galactik, a 14% gain in rolling resistance for the Fusion 5 Performance, and a 6% gain in wet grip for the Fusion 5 All Season.

Hutchinson rolls out ElevenSTORM

The race-ready Fusion 5 Galactik’s biggest gains where in durability.

You can learn more about these tires and the technology behind them at www.hutchinsontires.com.

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