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Gridskin tires use a textile mesh for lightweight puncture resistance

Gridskin tires use a textile m...
The limited-edition Gridskin version of Hutchison's Touareg gravel tire
The limited-edition Gridskin version of Hutchison's Touareg gravel tire
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The limited-edition Gridskin version of Hutchison's Touareg gravel tire
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The limited-edition Gridskin version of Hutchison's Touareg gravel tire
The limited-edition Gridskin version of Hutchinson's Fusion 5 Performance road tire
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The limited-edition Gridskin version of Hutchinson's Fusion 5 Performance road tire
The Gridskin production process is claimed to be optimized for less waste and power usage
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The Gridskin production process is claimed to be optimized for less waste and power usage
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While cyclists certainly don't like getting flats, puncture-resistant tires are typically heavier than others. According to French manufacturer Hutchinson, however, its new Gridskin tires combine durability with light weight – along with less production waste.

At the heart of the Gridskin tires is a knitted mesh consisting of tiny individual hexagons. Made of an unspecified material, this mesh lies beneath the tire's conventional rubber tread. It extends all the way across the width of the tire, going from the bead on one side to the bead on the other.

The company states that the mesh keeps sharp objects from penetrating too far into the tire casing, plus it isolates any small cuts that do occur, keeping them from getting larger. It's also said to improve grip and ride comfort, while still allowing the Gridskins to be up to 8 percent lighter than Hutchinson's existing Hardskin reinforced tires.

The Gridskin production process is claimed to be optimized for less waste and power usage
The Gridskin production process is claimed to be optimized for less waste and power usage

Additionally, while the manufacturing process of the company's regular reinforced tires involves four separate steps, production of the Gridskins involves just one – this reportedly means that less electricity is required, and fewer carbon emissions are produced. The process also uses less rubber, and further reduces waste by not adding any labels or other graphics to the tires' sidewalls.

Hutchinson is offering the Gridskin technology on limited-edition runs of its 700 x 28C Fusion 5 Performance road tire and its 700 x 40C Touareg tubeless gravel tire, which tip the scales at 276 and 473 grams, respectively. Pricing has not been officially announced.

Source: Hutchinson via BikeRadar

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2 comments
2 comments
WB
wow ... so they made a super duper tire out of some unspecified material.. and the nail just intrudes some unspecified amount less then some unspecified amount it would normally enter...ohm
Karmudjun
Oh wow - I guess I can't be the smart-ass 1st comment. So I'll have to say "Damn, is this technology being applied to other tires as well? A grid that small, we run "steel belted" radials on our automobiles, they are tubeless, and they get pretty decent gas mileage. Will this technology of "unspecified material" apply to automobile tires allowing for multiple "unspecified" belts on our tires giving us lighter tires and longer tire wear? Or is that just a pipe dream?
Oh yes, Ben, great write up.