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Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tire - Tubeless

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While the Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tire may look like a regular clincher, its secret is hidden inside the outer layers of the its special casing. What makes it different is a design that's intended to be used without a traditional inner tube. Like other folding clincher tires, the Fusion 3 forgoes a steel bead for something lighter and more flexible. However, the specific needs of Road Tubeless dictate that Hutchinson use a bundle of unidirectional carbon fiber instead of the normal Kevlar found in other folding clinchers. The carbon bead is required to give the Fusion 3 a more stable structure. It's more resistant to stretch, allowing the tires to stay seated on your rims in the absence of a tube.

The Fusion 3 is a few grams heavier than their lightest Road Tubeless tire, the Atom, but it has one important property that make it a better tire for many folks. Namely, it has a higher puncture resistance due mostly to the triple rubber compound and the harder rubber in the center section of the tire. In addition to resisting cuts, this also allows it to have excellent rolling characteristics. The 127tpi sidewall is built intentionally to be a little resistant to flex. This gives the tire some structure of its own to help support you and your bike. It allows the Fusion 3 to be ridden at lower operating pressures than traditional clinchers -- typically 80 - 90psi. The lower tire pressure provides a better ride and conforms better to the road, actually absorbing and rebounding from irregularities in the road surface. The idea is that the rebound helps give back the energy that it cost you to run over each bump in the first place. Compare that to riding tube-type clinchers, with a rock hard 120psi "skipping" off the bumps and on a tiny scale, releasing that energy up and away from the road. It's an easy assumption that getting some energy payback is a good thing, and if you hit a million little bumps during your next race or long training ride, the Fusion 3 will be more efficient.

The Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tires are available in Black and come in 700 x 23c size only. They have a slick tread surface that is composed of a competition-worthy triple compound rubber, offering superb traction when you lean into hard corners and low rolling resistance when you hammer through the straights. Please note that Hutchinson recommends using their Fast'air liquid latex tire sealant because it's ammonia-free and won't void your tire warranty. They also strongly warn against using a sharp edged tire tool for installation or removal of Road Tubeless tires. For easy and safe installations, use a plastic tire tool with smooth, rounded edges and lubricate the tire bead with a 50/50 soap and water solution.

  • Triple-compound rubber is optimized to be the longest-wearing, fastest-rolling, grippiest tire possible
  • Carbon beads keep you as safe as possible
  • 127 TPI minimizes rolling resistance so that   all your hard work translates directly into speed

  • Triple-compound rubber
  • 127 TPI casing
  • Carbon bead

Tech Specs

triple-compound rubber
700 c x 23 mm
Claimed Weight:
290 g
Recommended Use:

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Avg. ride time: 7h 44m per week
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Short life span

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Made the jump to road tubeless after going tubeless for MTB and Cyclocross about 9 months ago, and bought these tires along with the wheelset. I had no prior experience with Hutchinson tires, so because they were relatively affordable and available, I took the risk. Set up on the Shimano Ultegra 6800 wheels with Stans Sealant was relatively easy. I'm used to tire pressure slightly decreasing over time, however they rarely ever lost air. It was very nice to be able to run them at lower pressure than I would with a standard clincher tire. Grips very well in corners, and rolling resistance is pretty low. I've put 3500 miles on them, and honestly, I thought they would have lasted a little longer. Sure there were slits and cuts from road debris (Santa Cruz roads can wreak havoc on tires), but the rear tire's middle tread was pretty worn down. Almost a year later, and tubeless specific road tires are still few and far between, so my options for replacements are limited. I'm debating on going for these tires again. The price seems to be a little more reasonable than the current alternatives.

Ok, but no Conti 4000s

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires have worked out ok, I'm still trying to find a great tubeless tire, I just wish Conti would make a tubeless 4000S! The 23C worked better than the 25C that I used before, I got a lot more flats with the 25C, but honestly I couldn't tell the difference between them ride wise. Even though these worked ok, they are much better than the Schwalbe One, which was a terrible tire.

Love the Hutchinsons

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They roll incredibly smooth and grip incredibly well even descending fast on mountain curves. While others get pinch flats, I always keep rolling. Incredible system. That said, I get six months out of these tires in the desert southwest. My previous set up was Continental Gatorskins and those would last over a year, but when you compare the ride, there simply is no comparison. They end up costing almost twice as much but I get the return in comfort, handling and speed. Never had the defects they describe in over four sets so far. Won't go back to tubes.

Avg. ride time: 5h 31m per week
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    I had been running a set of Fusion 3 on my Fulcrum Racing 0 wheels for around 4000 miles with no issue other than air loss after sitting a day in my rear tire. So I replaced the tire and found the slow leak in the process. However, I’ve now been through two more rear tires and both have had the same issue. They are defective with sidewall cracks. I even purchased the tires from different shops so it’s not like it was a bad batch. Both shops have taken them back under warranty. My original front tire is still going strong. Therefore I’m giving them a mixed review. If you get a good tire they are great long lasting with a nice feel, but if you get a bad set look out for sidewall cracks.

    Not a Fan

      I tried Fusion 3 tubless on Fulcrum Zero 2-way rims on a Pinarello Paris. They provided a comfortable ride, however, being a lower pressure tire, my rims took a beating. I think that the rubber is softer as well, and the tires themselves became pock-marked, and eventually went prematurely flat and unusable. They don't measure up for me. I'll try them again when the Fusion 5 comes along. My favorite tire with high performance and no problems is the Continental Attack/Force combination. Now your talkin....