Hutchinson Piranha Air Light Tire

DESCRIPTION

  • Lateral knobs
  • Longitudinal rubber
  • Excellent grip in cornering
  • Synthetic rubber compound
  • Low rolling resistance and performance

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 03, 2011]
R2ana
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

-2.3 (same as maxxis 2.35)
-Cheap
-Rolls fast
-Cornering is very good
-Very sticky rubber

Weakness:

-Wears rapidly

Hard to find a good, cheap tire. This one gets it done, but wears out fast as a rear tire.

[Nov 26, 2009]
brand
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

crazy light (for a 2.3), corners like mad, good feel

Weakness:

lots of flats, traction

First impression for these tires was less than stellar. Had ~50psi in them and they felt way sketch in the corners. Then dropped pressure to 32psi and I still can't get over how well they corner. (dry, sand, hardpack, mud) They ride exactly how I want tires to: roll super fast and corner extremely well. Only downside is I've given up and (for the moment) am running thornproof tubes (super heavy) because I'd get like one flat per week for the first month I was running them.
I give them 5 for value ($20 a piece is hard to argue with)
I give them 4 overall because of the flat issue. But I'm definitely going to stick with them
these are a great racing tire and work exactly as advertised.

[Feb 20, 2009]
rhynolite
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

FAST tires, good grip in corners, good feeling of traction

Weakness:

Do not inspire confidence on the first ride. These tires almost always drift a bit, but then find their traction. Braking distance increases.

I use these tires for XC races and training. These tires have great bite on the usual Norcal terrain. At first, they don't inspire confidence, because they tend to drift. However, the drift is very easily controlled, and can be stopped/prevented by weight transfer.


These accelerate really well, and hold speed very well. Compared to Kenda Nevegal/Blue Grove combo, they don't brake that well. Combine that with the fast acceleration, and you will find yourself calculating the brake lines beforehand.... and abandoning them, because the tires hold so well in corners.

I would recommend this tire for XC racer, or for fitness rider. These are not AM tires, like Nevegals. In particular, I would not recommend this tire for riding in sharp rocks (too thin sidewall), or in loose rocks (will bounce).

I did not pay for my pair, but these tires seem to be expensive, compared for example to WTB.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda Blue Grove, WTB Weirwolf

[Jan 31, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Followup review: Front 2.2 is great, esp. with stans. The front has a distinctive outer edge in the 2.2 that rails and decent XC tread. Light. Decent in loam, hardpack, rock, and even rock gardens, and YES -light mud.

Weakness:

Rear 2.0 not worth much. In fact works OK with stans, but I keep losing it off the bead. The tread breaks away evenly and predicatably, but just subpar.

4 chilis for the front, similar to WTB race tires. 1 chili for the rear. I have ridden this tire extensively since it came out on all kinds of conditions. The front rocks and the rear doesn't compare to any good tire on the market.

Similar Products Used:

Spesh, WTB, Firecrack.

[Jan 23, 2009]
traildigger15
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

fast, light, puncture resistant, great cornering

Weakness:

when used correctly, none

This is a great tire, if used correctly. this is a dry/hardpack XC tire. it will not perform in mud or loose ground. this tire is great if you need an uber fast tire to slap on raceday, and fly. the aggressive shoulder knobs give a great sense of control even when leaning on extreme angles, but the semi-slick center is fast rolling. it also has extra reenforcement under the wear area to protect against thorns and glass. i am even running this tire (2.3) on a 2.0 rim, but it does make changing a little harder. i would recommend this tire to an XC enthusiast for front wheel use.

Similar Products Used:

Kenda Kozmik lite II

[Aug 19, 2008]
Paul G
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light and fast

Weakness:

Not good in the wet or on loose ground.

I got these tyres on my new Cannondale rush. They are light and fast on dry hardpack. Anything other than bone dry trails and these tyres start to spin when climbing, drift on corners and they don't provide great braking confidense on steep decents. If you ride mostly dry flat trails then these tyres will be good for you. I swapped these tyres out after 2 rides as they don't suit the type of riding i do or the weather conditions of the UK.

Similar Products Used:

various spesh, conti vetr pros

[May 16, 2008]
Rasmus Cleemann
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

cheap...its was a close out sale on this item

Weakness:

Corners, climbing

One of the worst performing tires I have ever tried, sketch out i corners, slip on uphill, weak sidewall, don´t trail well

Similar Products Used:

Hutchinson Python, Maxxis Flyweight, Vredestein, Specialized, Panarcer Smoke+Dart, Onza Aggro+Honch,

[Jan 02, 2007]
wellen mercado
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

fast rolling,grippy,easy to install specially with stans tubeless conversion,predictable when cornering,quieter in the pavement.

Weakness:

expensive

as long as it used for the intended purpose it doesnt disapoint;try it and you will be a convert.

Similar Products Used:

python,conti supersonic

[Sep 03, 2006]
Ben Dawson
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very fast rolling, good climbing grip on rear, light weight, good handling.

Weakness:

Wet? But buy wet tires for riding in the wet.............duh.

Bottom line.........tires work very well for what they are intended for. Hardpack dry, dry loose, dry rocks/roots. I run the tubed versions with Stan's and no innertubes on UST CrossMax's. Don't expect these tires to live for more than 4 months with this setup as it stretches the bead and tire gets worn out and is unreliable. I've ridden the Pythons for many years and love them, I'd say as of right now I like these tires better. They roll faster, are lighter, and carve a little more. They will slide around but can be controlled which is what I like in a tire. Buy them if you like the Pythons, they are a suitable evolution of a great tire. I give them 5 out of 5 cause in my opinion if a product comes up short at all I wont ever use it.

Similar Products Used:

Hutchinson Pythons, Michelin Comp S Lites

[Jul 23, 2007]
Jarrad
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Light Weight!!, traction under brakes & acceleration

Weakness:

Corner traction can be sketchy... I found I was running higher pressures than I would have liked in order to achieve desired rolling reistance and response, which I assume is cause for lack of cornering grip and climbing ability.

Much too thin in the sidewalls, IMO - I rode these tyres predominantly on hardpack & loose over hardpack.

These tyres were fitted as original equipment on my 07 Trance 2 in 2.00"

Insanely light tyre, great acceleration due to lowered unprung weight; one for the weight weenies.

I didn't find this tyre durable enough in the sidewalls for XC use.

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