Road Bike Tire Test: Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm

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  • Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR with 11Storm compound is the lightest and fastest version of Hutchinson's Fusion 5 range of tires. This 11Storm version launched back in 2017 just after we tested the previous version of the Fusion 5 Galactik with the older HDF 5.1 compound. As there are so many tires out there, we just didn't get around to testing the newer 11Storm versions.


Unfortunately, this review comes a bit too late as the Galactik version has already been discontinued by Hutchinson at the beginning of 2021. We're testing this tire now because our members voted for this tire and it got enough votes to get tested. You can still find the Galactik in stock but the stock will probably dry up soon. The exact message we got from Hutchinson was:


"The Fusion 5 Galactik has been discontinued because, whilst it has been highly praised for its performance and light weight, general feedback that we’ve had from the market is that aside from pro's (who do not pay for their products) who look for pure performance, in general most riders want tires which are more robust, so that they can use them for longer and throughout a wider range of conditions. This is why we decided to keep the Fusion 5 Performance and All Season, which incorporate puncture-proof reinforcements and what we consider as being the best ratio between performance / comfort / weight / puncture resistance."


From our test results, we suspect there simply is very little difference between the Galactik and Performance versions as the specified weight is only 5 grams apart between these tires. They also use nearly the same construction and compound so the Performance version probably comes with a slightly higher tread thickness.


The previous versions of the Fusion 5 with the HDF 5.x compounds that we tested back in 2017 had different versions of the compound for the Galactik (HDF 5.1), Performance (HDF 5.2), and All Season (HDF 5.3) versions. Those HDF 5.x versions also were a bit heavier as they were true tubeless tires instead of the 11Storm versions that are tubeless-ready and require sealant to get a reliable seal.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Hutchinson
Model Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm
Year 2021
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number PV527711-701530
EAN3248382073015
TPI 127
Compound 11Storm
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 240 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 115
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23c)
25-622 (700x25c)

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm Test Results

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 240 grams
Measured Weight 226 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
246 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 23 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.4 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 65 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
12.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00360
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
13.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00393
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 43 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.4 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Conclusion


  • Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Although this isn't a bad tire, we're not impressed by the Fusion 5 Galactik with 11Storm compound. Even though it's a much lighter tire, rolling resistance of the 11Storm version has gone backward when compared to the older Fusion 5 Galactik with the HDF 5.1 compound. The only advantage seems to be a lower weight and sidewalls that have increased in strength.


The Galactik version has now been discontinued by Hutchinson but we suspect the Performance version of the Fusion 5 is nearly the same tire except for a slightly thicker tread. Our estimate would be both rolling resistance and puncture resistance would be +10% to +15% over the Galactik version.

RATING: 3.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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