The Hutchinson Intensive is a training version of the company's Fusion race tyre, intended for year-round rides. Rolling performance is better than many of its more expensive competitors.
The rubber feels harder than those other tyres but offers less traction – and presumably friction, though we never had any nervous moments on the Intensives. A Kevlar belt under the tread should deflect most potential punctures, but the Hardskin reinforcement of the casing doesn’t do much for those thin, supple sidewalls.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus