I have been riding Shimano Dura Ace tubeless wheels and Fusion tires since they first came out in 2006. Since my very first set I was hooked, and have ridden almost nothing else until the Secteur tires came out. In fact, I am still riding the original wheel, and just threw away one of my first tires! Over the years that tire had been punctured 2 times...but I added more sealant and kept on rolling. Besides the ride and convenience of almost never having a flat in 8 years, safety is a huge factor with tubeless tires. The last time this tire lost air it was mounted on my front wheel, and I was going down a steep hill at 41 mph. I thought it felt a little squishy, but kept riding with the group for awhile and finally asked someone to look at the tire for me. He said my tire was completely flat, so I needed to pull over. I filled it with a can of Fast-Air, and rode it for another 6 months. When I used to ride tubed tires I had a couple of similar blowouts, with the tire coming off the rim and me flying across pavement in the Superman pose! Long story, but tubeless tires are much safer and I will ride nothing else. I have just recently gone to bigger 25-28c tubeless tires and love them even more, since I weigh 210 lbs.
Got these because they are truly 25c in size. First used on Easton EA90 rims, later on some 25mm wide carbon rims. Easy, straight seat in on both, tubeless, with sealant. Compared to Fusion 3 in 23c size,they are noticeably wider and more cushy at any given pressure, not quite as cushy as Sector 28s, but smoother than Intensives. Oddly, they weighed in 10g (each) heavier than the fatter Sector 28s. Despite that and how much I like the Sectors,they may be the best clincher tires I have ever used. They seem as fast as 23s, but better ride on wider rims under my 160. No flats, of course, and near tubular ride and handling without fear of broken bottles or pavement edges. I'll ride these until spring on our trashy, gravelly, broken N.M. roads and love every mile.
I got these during one of BTD's EXTRA discount sales so they were a great deal. Not sure I' spend MSRP on these.
Anyway, they set up fine. I see a lot of complaints about how difficult they are to install. However, they were no harder to put on my A23's than the Conti 4000s I had previously. I used two levers, couldn't have done it by hand I think, but I didn't even try. I had to put an extra layer of tape in one of the wheels because it wouldn't seat but that's a tape issue, not a tire issue. The other one set immediately. Also, I have an air compressor which makes it super easy.
I've been on two rides, 75 total miles, 10 of which was a fast, sustained descent (following a slow, sustained climb, of course). Absolutely no problems. They feel extremely solid and roll fast. Highly recommended and I'll get them again next time.
Tubeless for life!!!
I've been using these for the last three years with about 20k miles.
I think I've had three flats in that time and all three were when I ran them until they were paper thin and then ran through glass. Only one didn't seal up with the sealant.
Set up easier than some of the others I've tried.
I put this tire on my wife's bike, and after a few rides the center seam split while she was riding along a flat section of road, miles from home. The split was not caused by any road hazard, and was two-plus inches long, center of the tire. The tube blew out immediately. Fortunately my wife was able to stop without incident. This ruined the ride, however, because the split was too long for a boot, and we did not trust the rest of the tire anyway.
My first experience with tubeless road tires not great. Just too many blowout flats. They do seal and will hold 50lbs to get home but it gets expensive for the sake of a comfortable ride. After 3 tires in less than a 1000 miles I switched to Secour 28 mil. Only 200 miles on them so far.
Just switched from 23mm to 25mm. Improvement in ride quality was much greater than I expected (on Fulcrum R1 2WF wheels). Still a chore to get on the rim - use soapy water to lubricate 2nd bead while getting it on the rim, and again around sides to seat the beads.
I was sick of getting flats using tubes, so I spent a great deal of money buying EA90 SLs and two Fusion 3s to convert my bike to tubeless. BikeTiresDirect had a great discount on both, but that's the highlight. Within a month of riding the back tire was punctured in the middle of the tread. Can't tell if it was road debris or faulty construction. BTD sent me another one and I used my Gold points to pay for it. On the VERY NEXT RIDE, the front one blew a hole in the sidewall. When I got home, I inflated it with a tube and noted a deformity where the pinhole occurred. In both cases, I was riding on good pavement with no significant debris on the road.
If you do a search for warranty on Hutchinson's website, you will get no results. So, I am sending both back to BTD for evaluation of a warranty claim. In the meantime, I'm going back to tubes. I would rather replace a $7.00 tube than a $100 tire every time I get a flat. And trust me, if you think you can just throw in a tube to get you home with a tubeless tire, think again. On the upside, the tire bead stayed firmly engaged to the rim after both failures, allowing me to ride the last few miles home-albeit at a slow pace and greatly reduced pressure.
The tires are terrific IF mounted properly. They hold air for days, and run beautifully at surprisingly low pressures. They have a great road feel, just this side of tubulars, and much nicer than any clinchers I've ever ridden.
Fusion 3 25mm just like the fusion 3 23mm bit wider and that is a good thing. Well made ride nicely and hold air well. For some reason they seem to mount easier than the 23mm. Be nice if they were cheaper.
I live in an area where the roads are pretty rough. Other tires failed frequently. I am now on my second set of Fusion 3's after the first gave up at about the 3000 mile point. Great performance out of these tires over that time. Only one flat which was a severe puncture anyway, no tire would have survived it. I also put a set on my wife's bike and she can ride without worry of changing a flat. The fact that I bought them again should say it all.
I could not get this tubeless tire to hold air. I used sealer during the original application of the tire to rim. Initially seemed okay, only to have the tire go soft within 48 hrs. This has not been my experience with other tubeless tires. I submerged the wheel to find diffuse leaks of air over nearly the entire tire. I put a tube into the tire until I could get a replacement, which solved the problem. I have thought highly of a previous purchase of a tubular Hutchinson tire, but this product is not up to standand and I would not purchase another. I replaced with a Maxxis Padrone and the issue is solved.
We're glad to hear that the Maxxis Padrone tubeless tire is working well for you. If you've ever got a tire which you believe to be defective, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can email our customer service department with your order number and, if possible, a photograph showing the defect and we'll help you to find a solution.
I've got two pair - on Fulcrum Racing Zero's and Shamal Ultra's. They're a pain to mount, although leaving them in the sun for half an hour or so helps. Getting the sealant in can be a messy proposition. But once that's done, the ride simply can't be beat. I run about 95 psi and I seem to be about .5 to 1 mph faster than on regular clinchers. And the ride is much smoother. Cornering is above average. Durability is only average. One of my rear tires blew sealant all over the frame. I can't find the leak and the tire still holds air. All in all I recommend them, just beware of the set-up
I've been using Hutchinson Fusion 3 Tubeless Road Tires on Fulcrum 1 2-way fit wheels for over couple years. Never had a flat while using them and I log 4000 milesyear. I ride them at 90-95 psi. I don't use any messy tire sealant and carry tubes and patches in case I get a flat. The ride quality is great and using a tubeless tire at lower pressures helps on the rough tar&chip roads. I change the tires every year. Wish they were less expensive but I love the feeling I'll never get a pinch flat which tend to be common for others on some of our pothole abundant roads.
This has been my tire of choice for the last couple of years with the Fulcrum Race 1 wheel set. I have been impressed with the durabiiity and cornering performace. The current set has over 2000 miles and they have much life remaining.
I hated this with first tire installed. Was the most difficult tire I ever installed. Then I watched the video on the stans site. Pretty easy on tire 2. Watch the video first instead of reading the instructions. Ride is soo much smoother. About 1100 miles on them now, wearing very well. Ride in areas that required gatorskins(flatted often) and specialized armadillo(still flatted ave 1month). Have not flatted yet, have ridden on gravel and over blackberry vines-very impressive.