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The brand new Hutchinson Tundra gravel tire expands their made-in-France gravel bike lineup with aggressively lugged tread scaled down from XC mountain bike tires.
We’ve been driving the all-new journey gravel tire on & off-road, and it gives a pleasant MTB-inspired candy spot between gravel slicks and full-on MTB treads, good for gravel riders looking for extra management with out feeling slowed down.
Hutchinson Tundra knobby gravel tire
Hutchinson designed the brand new Tundra gravel tire to provide dropbar journey riders extra grip in unfastened gravel, muddy tracks, and technical terrain that bleeds into path driving.
However on the identical time, it maintains a fast-rolling middle for velocity and effectivity on hardpack & asphalt.
The Tundra will get a way more complicated tread design than we’re used to seeing in a gravel tire (extra frequent on MTB tires) with Hutchinson detailing: the hollowed-out middle knobs for additional braking grip, radial braking strains (crimson) & gripping strains that present management in any respect lean angles, and lower out buttressed facet knobs for mountain bike-level cornering grip with out weight penalties.
Just like the Touareg, the Tundra is a dual-compound gravel tire with fast-rolling 60ShA rubber to help the complete tread, topped off by softer 50ShA rubber on the shoulder & transition knobs for elevated cornering grip. The tires get bead-to-bead puncture safety identical to the Touareg and Hutchinson’s XC MTB tires.
The brand new Tundra is accessible in two colours, each that share the identical 127tpi casing building – the tan sidewall Hardskin which is a tiny bit extra supple is made in France, whereas the marginally stiffer black tires with the ‘Bolstered+’ sidewalls.
We don’t have official pricing or actual in-store availability but, however we anticipate they need to promote for a similar because the Touaregs, starting from 37-60€ relying on sidewall spec.
The brand new Tundras are tubeless-ready, and provided solely in 700c x 40mm or 45mm widths (claimed 490g & 580g, respectively).
Hutchinson describes the brand new Tundra as one thing of a scaled-down mountain bike tire, impressed by their previous fast-rolling Black Mamba XC (& CX) tread design.
However actually, I bear in mind the Black Mamba not only for its steady row of central tread blocks, however for tremendous low-profile tread lugs, a lot in order that it felt extra like a semi-slick.
As a substitute, the brand new Tundra tread blocks are taller each within the middle and on the shoulders, with additional area between the 2 to maintain them from packing up with mud, and to dig deeper when cornering. So it’s perhaps higher described as a scaled-up XC race tire.
And our 40mm tires had been only a bit heavier than claimed, at a nonetheless affordable 510g a bit.
The result’s a gravel tire that appears like a correct mountain bike tire, simply in a narrower width. At first look, I didn’t actually suppose I would really like it that a lot.
I sometimes desire a lower-profile, fast-rolling gravel tire just like the Touareg, and am joyful to float a bit within the turns.
However the variable top, sharp edges, and cautious placement of the transition knobs handle to ship a predictable lean over to these well-supported, grippy shoulder knobs, all whereas by no means feeling sluggish when driving straight on pavement or hardpack like many mountain bike tires do.
The Tundra roll quick on hardpack dust and don’t really feel like a lot of a drag on asphalt. In deep, unfastened gravel the tires constantly hook up properly. And in each dusty berms and barely moist dust, leaning over arduous delivered constant help & grip.
In case you journey extra asphalt than deep gravel, the Touareg continues to be the higher possibility (and sure nonetheless my first alternative for long-distance gravel driving).
However if you happen to spend extra time within the dust, and particularly if these trails are typically moist, the brand new Tundra is probably going an excellent off-road gravel tire alternative.
journey images by Rupert Fowler, c. Bike Connection Company
As winter slowly recedes, it’s positively wanting like a strong gravel tire for my residence roads & trails.