Hutchinson Atom Comp Reinforced road tyre review£42.99

Light and quick with a hefty price tag

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Hutchinson’s new race tyre is a lightened version of the durable Fusion 3, and is an impressive performer. Weight is low, so acceleration is good and straight line speed rapid, with a buoyant, fluid ride over rougher tarmac.

Once the slippery silicone moulding coating has scrubbed off, the semi-textured thermoplastic tread compound gives confident cornering that you can push to a predictable drift on clean circuits. Despite its relatively low weight, the tyre’s proving tough in terms of puncture proofing and tread life, which compensates for the cost.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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