Mick Hannah and Hutchinson Tires – Cobra, Toro and Squale

27.5 Tires

Hutchinson United Ride racers Mick Hannah and Fabien Cousinié show us their tires choices for the Downhill and Dual Slalom races at the Sea Otter Classic. Highlighted here are the Hutchinson Cobra, Toro and Squale. Also on display at the Hutchinson booth was the new 27.5″ versions of the Cobra, Cougar and Toro.

Mick likes running the Hutchinson Cobra on the rear for his race rig. Mick calls the Cobra a semi-slick tire that is “stable and rolls fast but also provides good cornering and traction”. Mick also runs the Hutchinson Toro on the front of his race bike because it’s more aggressive knobs provide increased traction for braking and cornering.

Team mate Fabien Cousinié likes to run the more aggressive DH tire, the Hutchinson Squale. It has a fast rolling section that makes the tire really efficient but with super burly side knobs that give a lot of grip. In fact, besides being a racer, Fabien also has a mechanical engineering degree and was an integral part of the development of the Squale.

All 3 tires feature the Hutchinson “Hardskin Technology”. Hardskin is made from a reinforced casing using a flexible and very dense textile grid. This reinforcement increases tire resistance to perforations and lateral cuts without reducing comfort or overall performance.

  • The Cobra comes in 26×2.10″ and 26×2.25″
  • The Toro comes in 26×2.15″, 26×2.35″ and 29×2.15″
  • The Squale comes in 26×2.3″ and 26×2.6″

Also on display were three new 27.5″/650b tires: The Cobra, Cougar and Toro. The XC oriented Cobra will be available in a 2.25″ and 2.1″ sizes. The Cougar will be available in 2.2″ and 2.4″ sizes. The Toro will be available in 2.35″ size.

We will have more specifics about pricing and availability soon.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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