No more messing with tubes.
While the Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tire may look like a regular clincher, its secret is hidden inside the outer layers of the its special casing. What makes it different is a design that's intended to be used without a traditional inner tube. Like other folding clincher tires, the Fusion 3 forgoes a steel bead for something lighter and more flexible. However, the specific needs of Road Tubeless dictate that Hutchinson use a bundle of unidirectional carbon fiber instead of the normal Kevlar found in other folding clinchers. The carbon bead is required to give the Fusion 3 a more stable structure. It's more resistant to stretch, allowing the tires to stay seated on your rims in the absence of a tube.
The Fusion 3 is a few grams heavier than their lightest Road Tubeless tire, the Atom, but it has one important property that make it a better tire for many folks. Namely, it has a higher puncture resistance due mostly to the triple rubber compound and the harder rubber in the center section of the tire. In addition to resisting cuts, this also allows it to have excellent rolling characteristics. The 127tpi sidewall is built intentionally to be a little resistant to flex. This gives the tire some structure of its own to help support you and your bike. It allows the Fusion 3 to be ridden at lower operating pressures than traditional clinchers -- typically 80 - 90psi. The lower tire pressure provides a better ride and conforms better to the road, actually absorbing and rebounding from irregularities in the road surface. The idea is that the rebound helps give back the energy that it cost you to run over each bump in the first place. Compare that to riding tube-type clinchers, with a rock hard 120psi "skipping" off the bumps and on a tiny scale, releasing that energy up and away from the road. It's an easy assumption that getting some energy payback is a good thing, and if you hit a million little bumps during your next race or long training ride, the Fusion 3 will be more efficient.
The Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tires are available in Black and come in 700 x 23c size only. They have a slick tread surface that is composed of a competition-worthy triple compound rubber, offering superb traction when you lean into hard corners and low rolling resistance when you hammer through the straights. Please note that Hutchinson recommends using their Fast'air liquid latex tire sealant because it's ammonia-free and won't void your tire warranty. They also strongly warn against using a sharp edged tire tool for installation or removal of Road Tubeless tires. For easy and safe installations, use a plastic tire tool with smooth, rounded edges and lubricate the tire bead with a 50/50 soap and water solution.
- Triple-compound rubber is optimized to be the longest-wearing, fastest-rolling, grippiest tire possible
- Carbon beads keep you as safe as possible
- 127 TPI minimizes rolling resistance so that all your hard work translates directly into speed
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I had been running a set of Fusion 3 on my Fulcrum Racing 0 wheels for around 4000 miles with no issue other than air loss after sitting a day in my rear tire. So I replaced the tire and found the slow leak in the process. However, Ive now been through two more rear tires and both have had the same issue. They are defective with sidewall cracks. I even purchased the tires from different shops so its not like it was a bad batch. Both shops have taken them back under warranty. My original front tire is still going strong. Therefore Im giving them a mixed review. If you get a good tire they are great long lasting with a nice feel, but if you get a bad set look out for sidewall cracks.
Not only did my rear tire fail, I could no longer run it tubeless because the rubber was so soft; punctures were consistently greater then 1-2mm.
I tried Fusion 3 tubless on Fulcrum Zero 2-way rims on a Pinarello Paris. They provided a comfortable ride, however, being a lower pressure tire, my rims took a beating. I think that the rubber is softer as well, and the tires themselves became pock-marked, and eventually went prematurely flat and unusable. They don't measure up for me. I'll try them again when the Fusion 5 comes along. My favorite tire with high performance and no problems is the Continental Attack/Force combination. Now your talkin....