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[ BRIEFS ] swatches
Mesh textile
produces lightweight
puncture resistance
in bike tires
A
punctured tire can ruin a biker's day, but opting for
puncture-resistant tires involves a trade-off, because they
are generally heavier and slower than other types of tires.
French bike tire manufacturer Hutchinson is touting a new
" knitted mesh " Gridskin technology that aims to offer a high
level of puncture resistance in a lighter weight product. The
company has released tires with the Gridskin reinforcement
textile designed to isolate external damage to a tire, reducing
the chance of an embedded sharp object creating a larger hole
or an eventual puncture.
The technology is the result of two years of research and
development and extensive testing. According to the company,
the bead-to-bead reinforcement improves the tire's grip and
comfort, allowing lower pressures while offering greater
resistance to punctures and cuts.
Two of the company's tires, the limited edition Fusion 5 road
The hexagon construction of Gridskin mesh on a
bike tire helps to isolate small cuts and prevents
punctures from embedded sharp objects from
enlarging. Photos: Hutchinson.
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tire and Touareg gravel tire, are using the Gridskin treatment. In
the Touareg tire, the technology results in an 8 percent weight
reduction verses the standard hardskin reinforced model. Test
results showed outstanding cornering feeling, traction, safety
and enjoyment. The design is discreet from afar but reveals a
reptilian appearance on the sidewalls when viewed up close.
In addition, the design allows for a reduced environmental
impact during manufacturing. The reinforcement technology
reduces the number of processing steps from four to one, while
reducing the waste generated and the emissions associated with
these steps-less plastic, less rubber and less electricity. The
tires are handmade in France in Hutchinson's factory.

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