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HUTCHINSON

TORO HARDSKIN 2X66

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Featuring a dual ply 66tpi casing, huge volume, and massive, widely spaced, square-edged knobs, the Hutchinson Toros look like the sort of tyre a child would come up with if asked to draw a mountain bike. An absolute monster of a tyre, these are the heaviest on test at 1,150g (1,080g claimed). By comparison, the lightest tyres here (Vee Crown Gem) are a featherweight 750g, and putting the two side by side, it’s obvious where that extra weight has gone. The Toros went up very easily tubeless on both Spank OOZY 345 and Mavic XA Pro Carbon wheels without needing a compressor and the nice beefy sidewalls didn’t leak a drop of sealant throughout the test. One thing that pleasantly surprised us was just how much rubber there was directly under the tread – reinforced sidewalls can take a lot of the limelight when it comes to preventing pinches and flats on tubeless tyres, leaving the area under the tread feeling a bit anaemic by comparison, but this wasn’t the case on the Toros.

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