Hutchinson introduced the 26x2.6in Squale downhill tire last year. This summer, the French tire manufacture is expanding the Squale tire line with the introduction of a lighter and narrower 26x2.3in version. Hutchinson also plans to offer a 26x2.5in Squale later this summer.
The Squale is billed as an all-condition downhill tire. The tread was developed with input from Hutchinson UR team racers Mick Hannah and Fabien Cousinié. “It's my tire choice for courses that demand a faster, lighter and narrower enduro all-mountan type tire," said Hannah.
The side knobs use softer rubber than the center knobs
According to Hutchinson, the Squale went through a redesign when it was scaled down; knob height and placement were adjusted accordingly.
The 5mm-tall, sloped center knobs use a harder (50ShA) durometer rubber compound, while the 5mm-tall transition knobs and tightly-spaced, 7mm-tall outer knobs use a softer (42 ShA) durometer compound for improved cornering traction. Additionally, the space between the knobs is textured to improve traction in wet conditions.
Like the 26x2.6in tire, the new 2.3in version has a Hardskin casing to guard against sidewall tears and punctures and has a tubeless-compatible wire bead. Claimed weight for the 26x2.3in Squale is 780g.
The 26x2.3in Squale is available now. Price is US$89.