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    What causes tire to appear warped.( Photos)

    During about the last 10 miles of today's ride, I suspected I felt a slight wobble in the performance of my rear wheel..More determined to not delay the group ride; I told myself no. It's the nature of the rough surface of the road. When I got home I discovered my sense was correct. There was a curvature to the rear tire.. I've ridden on this tire several times since installing the new rear tire.. I don't recall any wobble in the ride..
    ... What gives.. Don't think the problem existed during previous rides.. What caused it to come about after having been ridden on before.
    .......Is the tire trashed. ? Likely the tube is.? What caused it. A weakness in the tube maybe. My installation.?.
    The curvature in the tire looks less extreme than during the ride, because it has been partially deflated.
    .I find it amazing I made it all the way home using this tire without having a flat.
    Your opinions. ...Thanks..
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    The cords of the tire are ruptured and it needs to be tossed. A weakness in the tube has no effect at all on the shape of the tire.

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    Good gosh. I bet I have not even put 1000 miles on that tire. Awful.. The Tire is a Hutchinson Quartz.. Thanks. ^.
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    It may not be a tire defect - that would not likely take 1000 miles to show itself. often the cords rupture due to a severe impact. If a defect only a few cords would have likely been bad initially, leading to others failing due to added stress, eventually getting to an unacceptable level. Presumably you would have noticed earlier. If this happened very suddenly, as appears to be the case, I'm betting it's due to impact.

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    Don't recall any hard , hard bumps; but I could be wrong.
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    cords are ripped... I would guess defective.
    you can always ask Hutchinson directly...
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    Thanks. Worth a try I guess. BUt, i bought it as a spare, probably six months ago and far far away & no longer have a sales receipt.
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    Try returning it to the store you bought it from - if they see minimal wear, I'll bet they replace it...

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    Any negative or positive feelings about Hutchinson tires.. Anyone recommend them ? Think this might be the first time I have bought a Hutchinson Tire.
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    You will only get a very small sampling here, especially for any one model. Best way I've found to get at least some feel for a particular product is to Google "(product name) rating review"

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    I had a Hutchinson Equinox do that after 750 miles or so. Of course, that is what I expected for a $10 tire.

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    That tire is trash.

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    I ran Hutchinson Carbon comps when nashbar sold them for $25
    I love them. no issues with a couple thousand miles on them

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    The only place I've seen that kind of failure before was on my wife's stock "All condition" specialized tires that came on her '07 Ruby Comp. One spontaneously failed on a ride (blew a hole right in the center of the tire, having hit NO debris) thankfully while climbing at 4.5 mph. Following that experience, I watched the remaining stock tire like a hawk and noticed the very thing you've pictured in a pre-ride inspection of her bike.... Pulled it off and will never buy a specialized tire (other than the armadillos for commuting). Just too much at stake to have a tire's casing come apart like that. And given a bit of time, it will spontaneously fail. Toss it immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevetone View Post
    I had a Hutchinson Equinox do that after 750 miles or so. Of course, that is what I expected for a $10 tire.
    As I recall, My Hutchison Quartz was significantly more than 10 bucks. . I always try to have at least one extra tire hanging out in the garage ready to be put to use at a moment's notice.
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    Like the old saying "you get what you pay for". My riding buddy tries to 'save money' by buying less expensive tires, and had this same thing happen on a Hutchinson tire a year ago. He now sees the value of paying a little more, and replacing them a LOT less. I use Continental Gatorskins, and 4Seasons, and Specialized Armadillos. No casing problems, and many less flats, to boot!

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    The cheap $11 Michelin Orium is not a bad tire for the $. Rear tire wear is barely noticeable at 830 miles.

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    I've had this happen on Conti and Huchison tires - not cheapos - after a few 100 miles and no impact. Because I bought the tires overseas or out of state, I tossed them but was a bit peeved. I put it down to manfrng defect.

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    Definitely a manuf defect. Hutchinson should replace the tire (and probably wants to know the batch it came from since that tire could blow out at any time).

    I've had Hutchinson Fusion tires that were really pretty good- sticky in the corners and smooth rolling. They didn't last as long as I would have liked, but they were pretty good, especially for 25 bux at Performance. I quit buying them when they went up to 49 bux.

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    I had exactly the same defect on my low end Michilin tires a couple of years ago. I finally just replaced them with Specialized Armadillos and have never looked back. Cheep tires = practice patching tires roadside.

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