Hutchinson Tires' Cobras Carry Leipheimer to Record-Smashing Win at Leadville


Low-Profile, Fast-Rolling Tread Pattern Proves The Right Choice

LEADVILLE, CO (CFEpr+) August 19, 2010 – - Team RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer decimated the standing record at the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike race last weekend, utilizing Hutchinson Tires’ Cobra Tubeless Ready tires.

hutchinson_redcobraPerfect for Fireroads and Faster Trails

The Cobra, developed with Multi-World and Olympic Champion Julien Absalon, features a tightly packed low-profile tread in the middle, with substantial knobbies on the sidewall, to provide the ultimate combination of fast-rolling and corner-grabbing traction.

Weighing in at only 520 grams for the 127 tpi 26 x 2.1 version that Levi used, the Cobra accelerates super-quickly on flat roads and climbs.

The triangulated orientation of the center knobs provides incredible braking control as well.

Raised-profile side knobs mimic the performance of a downhill tire when it counts most – on hair-raising downhills and through body-slamming ruts like those that took out a number of racers at Leadville.

The Cobra comes in red and black sidewalls, in a variety of configurations, including Tubeless Ready (can be used with or without a tube, and our lightest version of the tire…) Air Light, Tubeless Light and Tubeless Ready with Hardskin Sidewalls, and in 2.1 or 2.25 versions.

Check Out the Cobra at Interbike

See the complete line of 2011 Hutchinson Tires at Booth #2381 during the Interbike trade show from September 22-24th.

About Hutchinson:

Hiram Hutchinson, an American expatriate, founded Hutchinson in France in 1853 and began producing bicycle tires in 1890.

Starting with Henri Pelissier’s Tour de France victory in 1923, legends from Jacques Anquetil to Anne-Caroline Chausson, Nicolas Vouilloz, the Seven-Time Tour de France winning Postal/Discovery Team and current Olympic and multi-time World Champion Julien Absalon have proven the superiority of Hutchinson tire technology.

Hutchinson-equipped racers have won 24 Tours de France, including eight of the last eleven. Look for Hutchinson at the front of the pack on teams RadioShack, Francaise de Jeux, Bouygues Bbox, SpiderTech and more in 2010.

Steve Boehmke

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  • alshead says:

    Totally the tires. Had to be the tires. I’m sure the fact that Levi was the most well conditioned athlete to ever run that course had little to do with it. I’m going to go buy some. (actually, they look like pretty great tires for that type of trail– you know, basically a big fire road…).

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