Road Bike Tire Test: Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance TL

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  • Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance TL
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
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Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance TL road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance is the most all-round version of the new Fusion 5 tires. When compared to the very fast Fusion 5 Galactik, the Fusion 5 Performance adds a layer of Kevlar puncture resistance material to protect better against punctures and uses the HDF 5.2 compound instead of the HDF 5.1 compound. According to Hutchinson, the HDF 5.2 compound is optimized more towards grip and durability while the HDF 5.1 is mainly optimized for speed.


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Just like I did with the Fusion 5 Galactik (read review) and Fusion 5 All Season, I'm testing the tubeless version of the Fusion 5 Performance. A regular tube type (clincher) version is available as well. The biggest difference between the tubeless and the regular tube type can be found in the bead area and on the inside of the tires. The tubeless versions have an extra layer of rubber on the inside of the tires which takes care of keeping the air in at the very high air pressures used on road bikes.


I'm not really into speculating about the rolling resistance of tires, but I do expect the regular tube type versions of the Fusion 5 tires to perform very close to the tubeless versions when used with a 100 grams butyl inner tube. When used with a latex inner tube, I'm pretty sure the regular tube type versions will be a bit faster than the tubeless versions.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Hutchinson
Model Fusion 5 Performance TL
Year 2017
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number PV526011
TPI 127
Compound HDF 5.2
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 315 grams
Max Pressure 115
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23C)
25-622 (700x25C)

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance TL Test Results

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance TL 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 315 grams
Measured Weight 323 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
343 grams
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 23 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 62 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.

Specified weight of the 25-622 Fusion 5 Performance is 315 grams; my sample came in at a slightly heavier 323 grams. On my 17C test wheel, at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.8 bars, the Performance version measures 26 mm wide and 23 mm high which is pretty much spot on to the rated size.


The total thickness of the tire at the center of the tread comes in at 3.0 mm. 3.0 mm is a good thickness and comparable to most other all-round tires like the Conti GP4000S II (read review), Schwalbe One (read review) and Michelin Power Competition (read review) which all come in close to 2.5 - 3.0 mm. The sidewalls have a thickness of 1.3 mm which is much thicker than the non-tubeless tires which mostly come with 0.5 mm thick sidewalls.

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
13.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00393
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
14.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00420
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.

After the excellent performance of the Fusion 5 Galactik (read review), I was looking forward to testing the other versions of the Fusion 5 tires. Rolling resistance of the Fusion 5 Performance is a bit higher than I hoped it would be. At the highest air pressure of 120 psi / 8.3 bars, rolling resistance comes in at 13.1 watts. 13.1 watts is a bit higher than the best performing non-tubeless all-round tires which come in close to 11.0 - 12.5 Watts.


Compared to the very fast Fusion 5 Galactik, you'll lose about 3 watts per tire when going for the Performance version. What you do gain when going for the more all-round Performance version is a compound that is optimized more towards grip and durability, a Kevlar anti-puncture breaker, 0.5 mm more tread thickness, and 0.25 mm thicker sidewalls. If you look at the things you gain, 3 watts lost isn't that big of a deal.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance TL road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 11 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall Members Only

The Fusion 5 Galactik scored 9 points in the puncture resistance tread test which is quite low. The extra Kevlar anti-puncture belt and 0.5 mm thicker tread of the Fusion 5 Performance add 2 points to this score to end up at 11 points. As the sidewalls are much thicker, the sidewall puncture score comes in at 7 points which is a good bit better than most other high TPI road bike tires (3-5 points).


One of the biggest advantages of tubeless tires is the ability to use a sealant that can seal most small holes of up to 2-3 mm. Although you might lose some air, you'll have a much bigger chance of getting home without doing roadside repairs. In general, the thicker the tread and sidewalls, the easier the sealant can seal the hole.

Conclusion


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

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

I was impressed by the low rolling resistance of the Fusion 5 Galactik. Going with the Fusion 5 Performance over the Galactik results in close to 3 watts of extra rolling resistance per tire. For these 3 watts per tire, you do get better puncture resistance, grip, and durability in return. If you're looking for an all-round tubeless tire that will be hard to flat when used tubeless, the Fusion 5 Performance fits the bill perfectly.


When looking at the other tires in the all-round non-tubeless class, rolling resistance of the Fusion 5 Performance is a bit higher (1-2 watts) when looking at tires like the popular Conti GP4000S II (read review), Schwalbe One (read review), and Michelin Power Competition (read review). With these small differences that will be hard to notice, it all comes down to grip and durability.

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RATING: 5.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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