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Old 08-10-10, 06:05 AM   #1
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Bad Hutchinson black kevlar tires , or not ?

Hi all,
I just purchased a used road bike that had fairly new Hutchinson black kevlar tires on the wheels. The seller said that he just had new tires and new tubes installed. The tires look fairly new, but what is really throwing me is that there are white tufts of cotten threads(?) coming out of the sides of both tires. I can't say that I have ever seen this on a tire, except when they were worn out. Any thoughts from anyone out there ? Are these defective tires that need to be replaced ASAP ? I recently saw an ad for Bike Nashbar where they had Hutchinson tires on sale. Customer comments were extremely negative.
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Old 08-12-10, 10:21 AM   #2
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I had OEM Hutchinson Fusion tires on a 2005 Cannondale bike. The sidewalls were so thin that the nylon material in the casing of the tire would fray and fuzz up on the side of the tires. I would singe them with a lighter to keep the fuzz down. Finally replaced the tires due to the fact that they seemd to have more flats than I was accustomed to. No more Hutchinsons for me.
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Old 08-12-10, 10:38 AM   #3
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My only experience with Hutchinson tires is also negative. I had a pair that had dissimilarly colored rubber running around the tires next to the center black portion. After less than 100 miles, the rubber had started to separate where the color changed. It kept getting worse and before they even had 150 miles on them, I decided they had to go. I didn't want them to disintegrate and kill me going down hill somewhere.

Never Hutchinsons again!
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Old 08-12-10, 11:13 AM   #4
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Only had one pair of Hutchinsons. They rolled like they were glued to the road. It was like pedaling uphill all the time. Replaced them and included them with a cheapie bike I sold off on consignment. No more Hutchinsons for me.
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