Hutchinson Octopus Tire

4.7/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99

Product Description

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.

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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jceeeco 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.

Bottom Line:   
5 Stars for Value and 5 stars for performance

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Favorite Trail:   San Francisco

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

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.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stib from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006

Strengths:    Offer good grip.

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls aren't that stiff.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Gazzalodi 2.3 Soft, Minion (2.35), HighRoller (2.35), FireXCPro (2.1)

Bike Setup:   RFX

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jerome a Weekend Warrior from Grenoble (FR)

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2005

Strengths:    Soft and sticky compound. Allows low pressure.

Weaknesses:    Loses quickly.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Moucherotte, La Grave, Alpe D'Huez, Les 2 Alpes

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   Cycles Routens

Similar Products Used:   Michelin HOT, Nokian Gazza.

Bike Setup:   P'X Jack Flash Rad, Zokes 66VF, Mavic 321, Hayes 200 mm.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Td4h from Lj, SloveniA

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2005

Strengths:    Cornering, grip. Confidence b00ster is this tire. At front. Rear is moreless poetry for down, but glueng bike uphill.

Weaknesses:    When at rear, your rig will be much slower, but tank.

Bottom Line:   
U wont regret it. Also grip in every weather...

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Favorite Trail:   Dolski graben

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   .....................................................................

Bike Setup:   đemanay Ci-dale

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris WANKER from Chapel Hill NC

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2005

Strengths:    Grip, no pinches

Weaknesses:    Non

Bottom Line:   
Trials tire supreme.
I don't care what trends are. This is the best tire I have ever used.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   El Gato

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Francisco 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $44.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

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
XTR Cranks
Avid Juicy 7 Brakes
Mavic 3.1 Rims
Maverick 24mm Thru Axle Front Hub
Chris King Rear Hub

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Buck Smitty a Cross Country Rider from Ventura,Ca,USA

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2003

Strengths:    Good grip in hard pack trails,light weight,great downhill traction.

Weaknesses:    Quick wear and soft sidewalls.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Sullivans, L.A., Ca.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Perfomance

Similar Products Used:   IRC Trailbears and Panaracer XC 2.1.

Bike Setup:   Stock with XTR front crank.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Engman a Weekend Warrior from Västerhaninge,Stockholm,Sweden

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003

Strengths:    accurate and strong, good grip and is affordable

Weaknesses:    Too stiff and high sidenobbs,

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Dog Sled Trail, Snowbird, Utah

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $49.00

Purchased At:   Cykelcity, Stockholm, Sweden

Similar Products Used:   IRC Trailbear,CONTINENTAL Servival and PANARACER SMOKE'93

Bike Setup:   CyclePro Octagon DH'01, Jr-T'02,Boss C50,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick H a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Innerleithen

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   The Edge, Lancaster

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......

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stiff a Downhiller from US/Korea

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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   seoul's many steeps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   X Bike, Seoul

Similar Products Used:   Arrow, Nokian, Intense, IRC, etc.

Bike Setup:   2001 Big Hit, Avalanche DHS shock, 02 Super T, Rohloff Speedhub

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