The huge shoulder knobs on this Team Competition model create confident cornering, and the large center "paddle" tread ensures positive hook-up for plenty of traction. Wire bead, 66 tpi. 26x2.3. Wt: 900g. France.
a Weekend Warrior
from 2162 35th Ave.
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2008
Strengths: The Hutchinson Octopus has incredible grip on all surfaces (hard pack with loose gravel on top, leafy and dead vegetation, sandy, asphalt, over tree roots and some smaller rocks. I have not tested the tire on larger rocks but anticipate they will perform based on the conditions I have tested the tire on. It's beefy but rolls like a much smaller tire. the knobs really great n loose gravel cornering. Smooths out the rough stuff. I like to jump off of things and this one softens the jump. I have these mounted in the rear with Continental Vertical Pro in the front, soon to be replaced with WTB Wierwolf
Weaknesses: If you run on Bontrager or Trek wheels they are over sized and can be next to impossible to mount combination for the Hutchinson Octopus as there bead is a little larger too. These two over sized combined makes it very difficult and needs the use of motorcycle tools to mount this tire. combo. I like this tire so much I will get non-over sized rims so I can continue to use this tire.
Similar Products Used: Continental Vertical Pro 26x2.3
Bike Setup: Trek Fuel 90 with Rock Shox Duke @ 144 PSI and Fox Float R with 44PSI in the rear.
from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006
Strengths: Offer good grip.
Weaknesses: Sidewalls aren't that stiff.
I bought this tire to ride the hiking and singletrack trails in Korea (great riding out there BTW). I bought these tires to replace some FireXCPros that I had been running while I was living in LA because I quickly found that the XCPros weren't enough tire for the conditions out in Korea - loose, crumbly granite, deep leaf litter, mud during the monsoon season, and snow in the winter.
I used the Octopuses primarily as a rear tire. The grip is impressive. Both in a straight line and while cornering. The tire profile is square, so once you've exceeded the cornering grip, the tire does get a little loose. The widely spaced lugs allowed mud and snow to be shed easily.
The sidewalls of this tire are not that stiff, as a result I have suffered from my share of pinchflats. This is largely my own doing because I like running low pressures.
I tried to replace these with HighRollers, which seem to have a similar tread pattern at a lower weight, but I never really got along with the Maxxis tires. They just weren't able to match my Gazza/Octopus combo for grip.
Overall, they're a pretty decent tire. Pretty grippy. Just wish the sidewalls were a bit stiffer and stronger.
a Weekend Warrior
from Grenoble (FR)
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2005
Strengths: Soft and sticky compound. Allows low pressure.
Weaknesses: Loses quickly.
To compensate the lack of rear suspension, I inflate them to 1.5 bar max. And it works fine. The tire loses a bit quickly, but it is not critical. The name is good : sticky like an octopus ! Just the price a bit to high.
a Weekend Warrior
from Monterrey Mexico
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2004
Strengths: *Hooks in corners like no other tire I have tried *Compatible with a wide variety of terrain *Can be used from all around trail riding to DH
Weaknesses: *The only weakness I have found is in hard pack. But if you ride any other type of terain I Strongly Recommend it.
This is the best tire I have ever used! Buy this tire if youre a trail rider that likes riding fast on the way down and prefer the technical stuff. It has un incredibly low rolling resistence for a tire this size and climbs very well. This tire has made my confidence level improve, I can now rail corners like I never dreamed of and ride technical stuff without the fear of having a pinch flat (conti´s). The only type of rider that I wouldnt recommend this tire to is if youre a weight weenie...or a cross country rider...but I guess those types of riders wouldnt be reading this.
Bottom line...If youre a trail rider or a DH rider looking to save some weight without sacrificing performance BUY IT !!! You will not be disapointed.
Similar Products Used: I used to ride on Continental Vertical Pros 2.3 which is a good all around tire but it just lacks the all mountain feel of this tire. The contis look more like a 2.1 tire and so offer a very marginal cornering capability.
Bike Setup: FOES FXR with Curnnut Ti Maverick Fork (THE GREATEST TRAIL FORK EVER!!!) XTR Cranks Avid Juicy 7 Brakes Mavic 3.1 Rims Maverick 24mm Thru Axle Front Hub Chris King Rear Hub
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2003
Strengths: Good grip in hard pack trails,light weight,great downhill traction.
Weaknesses: Quick wear and soft sidewalls.
Fantastic traction on and off the trails with good grip on gravel fire roads. They feel a little squishy when pedaling on flat ground or up hills, but unbelievable traction when descending. These are recommended for the new "all mountain" rider that loves going downhill a little more than up.
Similar Products Used: IRC Trailbears and Panaracer XC 2.1.
Bike Setup: Stock with XTR front crank.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003
Strengths: accurate and strong, good grip and is affordable
Weaknesses: Too stiff and high sidenobbs,
This is the first tire for a very long time that reminded me of Panaracer Smoke Classic 2.1. Octopus 2.3 has same great tracktion, and sterdy in high speeds. A great tire on the dirt. And takes alot of abuse.
Similar Products Used: IRC Trailbear,CONTINENTAL Servival and PANARACER SMOKE'93
Bike Setup: CyclePro Octagon DH'01, Jr-T'02,Boss C50,
from Lancs, Emgland
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2002
Strengths: Light, good pinch protection, good open tread for just before it goes gloopy. Good tall side knobs to cut in when it's soft.
Weaknesses: Due to the side knobs stickin out it can squirm in the dry.
There are two types of DH tyre nowadays - your round profile and fast rolling ones (like Miche Comp 24) and squarer profile ones for damper conditions - all with slow rebound rubber if they're any good. The Octopus is of the latter type and is quality when damp and soft. When you hit firmer sections you have to throw the bike in hard and it will often drift, but it is sooooo nice to control at that point just before you bin it. Basically, they work like comp 16, ie very grippy and stable (similar tread) but weigh quite a bit less and cost less too - does exactly what it says on the tin!
Similar Products Used: Comp 24 - heavier, faster rolling but not as grippy when it gets "moist".
Bike Setup: Orange Patriot, RS boxxers, Hope discs, Middleburn etc......
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2002
Strengths: * grippy in pea-gravel, wet or sandy soil * flat-resistant * lightest true DH tire * narrow (2.35) but still feels as solid as a wider tread * excellent mud evacuation* acceptable wear on the front
Weaknesses: * none
I've never given 5 chiles to any product, but this is a perfect tire for my application -- from all-day trail rides to DH racing. I'd buy it over any IRC, Nokian, or Intense tire that is out now -- but I haven't used Intense's sticky rubber yet.
Not I've only used the Octopus as a front tire, so my evaluation is limited to that.
Anyone got any insight on how Cannondale's Octopus pedals feel/work as far as platforms go? I know they come standard a few bikes, but anyone know if it's possible to order these Octopus pedals separately?
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I have a pair of those and we wondering which side you run them? On the tire they point the rotation direction opposite to what Michelin says on their Comp16. Both tires have the same thread so I'm wondering which side is best. Up to now I've run it in the direction Hutchinson says and I'm prett ... Read More »
Has anyone tried these tires 2.3 1000g. Sound like a good beefy trail tires. Would they be good for both front and rear(thinking front with maybe somethings lighte on the rear.)
any info would be great.
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Met up with Blowout and Chris and MinesAPint yesterday at the Tapeworm in Renton, WA. Wow! what a twisty turny fun trail system. Some people have done an amazing amount of work up there.
Here's Blowout, Chris and Ian
Afterward, just as the RAIN was really starting to make itself felt, we went ... Read More »