Hutchinson Toro 2.15in review£30.00

Responsive, fast & floaty trail tyre

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Hutchinson has always made some great-feeling tyres, and the Toro is the closest it has to a good UK trail tread.

There's a lovely responsive and fast feel to the Toros and they're consistent: the same drifty grip in all conditions. They're expensive, though and there's no real edge for rough riders. One to consider if you're a smooth and subtle rider rather than a smash-and-grab speed merchant.

Toros arel on the fast and loose side, with outstanding carcass suppleness giving a lovely floated (almost tubeless) feel even in smaller sizes. Rolling speed and overall responsiveness are high, and they dip into and out of corners easily.

You’ll have to be ready to surf regular slides though, as they’re drifters rather than railers. However, they will try their best in all conditions, from dry to deepest mud, and the ride feel helps offset the high price.

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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