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.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.