Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik tubeless ready tyre review

We tested out the race-ready Galactik tyre from Hutchinson

Cycling Weekly Verdict

This tyre has performed well in independent rolling resistance tests, and felt sticky enough on the road to allow for confident cornering. Set-up as a clincher was arduous, though in tubeless guise I had no problems. Whilst I can't mark an entire tyre model down just because I experienced one puncture, it can't be overlooked that it took only two rides before I was plugging my rubber with a £5 note by the side of the road. In this case, the fact that Hutchinson has opted for speed over puncture protection is a pretty obvious culprit. My colleague had a much better time with the Hutchinson's Fusion 5 Performance tyre, and I'd point interested riders the direction of this more resilient version.

Reasons to buy
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    Limited puncture protection

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    Ride feel not remarkable

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Reasonable value

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Hutchinson's Fusion 5 range of tyres is extensive: there are multiple versions, so before we go any further I'd like to make it clear that I'm reviewing the Galactik model, which is the fastest and lightest version, over the reportedly more durable 'All Season' and the middle ground 'Performance' style.

We scored the 'Performance' model an 8/10, and actually, Hutchinson is discontinuing the Galaktik model for the summer ahead - so whilst close-out stock is still available (hence the decision to plough on with this review), it looks like the brand might well have come to a similar conclusion to myself: my experience would suggest that the Performance model is a better bet for most riders.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.