Hutchinson Piranha Air Light Tire

3.43/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $55.00


Product Description

  • Lateral knobs
  • Longitudinal rubber
  • Excellent grip in cornering
  • Synthetic rubber compound
  • Low rolling resistance and performance


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by R2ana a Downhiller from Phoenix, Arizona

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2011

Strengths:    -2.3 (same as maxxis 2.35)
-Cheap
-Rolls fast
-Cornering is very good
-Very sticky rubber


Weaknesses:    -Wears rapidly



Bottom Line:   
Hard to find a good, cheap tire. This one gets it done, but wears out fast as a rear tire.

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Favorite Trail:   SoMo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brand a Racer from SLC, Utah

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2009

Strengths:    crazy light (for a 2.3), corners like mad, good feel

Weaknesses:    lots of flats, traction

Bottom Line:   
First impression for these tires was less than stellar. Had ~50psi in them and they felt way sketch in the corners. Then dropped pressure to 32psi and I still can't get over how well they corner. (dry, sand, hardpack, mud) They ride exactly how I want tires to: roll super fast and corner extremely well. Only downside is I've given up and (for the moment) am running thornproof tubes (super heavy) because I'd get like one flat per week for the first month I was running them.
I give them 5 for value ($20 a piece is hard to argue with)
I give them 4 overall because of the flat issue. But I'm definitely going to stick with them
these are a great racing tire and work exactly as advertised.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Bike Setup:   hardtail AM

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rhynolite a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA, Usa

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2009

Strengths:    FAST tires, good grip in corners, good feeling of traction

Weaknesses:    Do not inspire confidence on the first ride. These tires almost always drift a bit, but then find their traction. Braking distance increases.

Bottom Line:   
I use these tires for XC races and training. These tires have great bite on the usual Norcal terrain. At first, they don't inspire confidence, because they tend to drift. However, the drift is very easily controlled, and can be stopped/prevented by weight transfer.


These accelerate really well, and hold speed very well. Compared to Kenda Nevegal/Blue Grove combo, they don't brake that well. Combine that with the fast acceleration, and you will find yourself calculating the brake lines beforehand.... and abandoning them, because the tires hold so well in corners.

I would recommend this tire for XC racer, or for fitness rider. These are not AM tires, like Nevegals. In particular, I would not recommend this tire for riding in sharp rocks (too thin sidewall), or in loose rocks (will bounce).

I did not pay for my pair, but these tires seem to be expensive, compared for example to WTB.

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demo, Moab

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with a bike

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Blue Grove, WTB Weirwolf

Bike Setup:   Blur LT, AM build. I use it for XC races :)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ering a Weekend Warrior from sactown

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2009

Strengths:    Followup review: Front 2.2 is great, esp. with stans. The front has a distinctive outer edge in the 2.2 that rails and decent XC tread. Light. Decent in loam, hardpack, rock, and even rock gardens, and YES -light mud.

Weaknesses:    Rear 2.0 not worth much. In fact works OK with stans, but I keep losing it off the bead. The tread breaks away evenly and predicatably, but just subpar.

Bottom Line:   
4 chilis for the front, similar to WTB race tires. 1 chili for the rear. I have ridden this tire extensively since it came out on all kinds of conditions. The front rocks and the rear doesn't compare to any good tire on the market.

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Favorite Trail:   annadel area

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   mailorder

Similar Products Used:   Spesh, WTB, Firecrack.

Bike Setup:   6x6

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by traildigger15 a Cross Country Rider from Bellingham, WA

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2009

Strengths:    fast, light, puncture resistant, great cornering

Weaknesses:    when used correctly, none

Bottom Line:   
This is a great tire, if used correctly. this is a dry/hardpack XC tire. it will not perform in mud or loose ground. this tire is great if you need an uber fast tire to slap on raceday, and fly. the aggressive shoulder knobs give a great sense of control even when leaning on extreme angles, but the semi-slick center is fast rolling. it also has extra reenforcement under the wear area to protect against thorns and glass. i am even running this tire (2.3) on a 2.0 rim, but it does make changing a little harder. i would recommend this tire to an XC enthusiast for front wheel use.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kozmik lite II

Bike Setup:   Flightline comp, hell bent flat bars, 110mm stem, Kozmik lite in rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul G a Cross Country Rider from Scotland

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2008

Strengths:    Light and fast

Weaknesses:    Not good in the wet or on loose ground.

Bottom Line:   
I got these tyres on my new Cannondale rush. They are light and fast on dry hardpack. Anything other than bone dry trails and these tyres start to spin when climbing, drift on corners and they don't provide great braking confidense on steep decents. If you ride mostly dry flat trails then these tyres will be good for you. I swapped these tyres out after 2 rides as they don't suit the type of riding i do or the weather conditions of the UK.

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Favorite Trail:   Pentland hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   various spesh, conti vetr pros

Bike Setup:   2008 Cannondale Rush Carbon 4 with Revelation U-turns, XT drive train and XT brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rasmus Cleemann a Cross Country Rider from Denmark

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2008

Strengths:    cheap...its was a close out sale on this item

Weaknesses:    Corners, climbing

Bottom Line:   
One of the worst performing tires I have ever tried, sketch out i corners, slip on uphill, weak sidewall, don´t trail well

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Roadbike shop Aarhus

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python, Maxxis Flyweight, Vredestein, Specialized, Panarcer Smoke+Dart, Onza Aggro+Honch,

Bike Setup:   Hardtail, XT, Ritchey WCS

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by robert hardie a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2008

Strengths:    rolling resistance, weight

Weaknesses:    Weak sidewalls and a lot of punctures, cornering

Bottom Line:   
Good tires for firetrails and smooth singletrack. Not recommended for singletrack where the are sharp protruding rocks, roots or small tree stumps.

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Favorite Trail:   Jurrasic

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Gaint XTC 2 2007

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Reed a Cross Country Rider from Boise, ID, USA

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2008

Strengths:    Good lightweight tire, low rolling resistance.

Bottom Line:   
I rode this tire pretty hard last summer (3X per week for about 4 months). It held up pretty good, I am going to change it out pretty soon though. As long as I'm using slime I pretty much don't have to worry about it.

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Favorite Trail:   Lower hulls/Bob's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Jone's Bicycle, Long Beach CA

Bike Setup:   07 Trance 2

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Toby Caster a Weekend Warrior from Ellsworth AFB SD

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2007

Strengths:    Great traction and braking
Low rolling resistance
Fast


Weaknesses:    Sidewalls.

Bottom Line:   
I really liked this tire at first but the side walls don't stand a chance in the rocky stuff I ride in. I could see someone using this tire for racing but it just doesn't stand up to long term abuse. I give it three chilis because I'm sure this is a good tire when you use it like its made for.

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Favorite Trail:   Storm Mtn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Spec. Roll X

Bike Setup:   '07 Trance 2 with Ergon grips and a new Spec. Captain rear tire

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jarrad a Cross Country Rider from North Western NSW AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2007

Strengths:    Light Weight!!, traction under brakes & acceleration

Weaknesses:    Corner traction can be sketchy... I found I was running higher pressures than I would have liked in order to achieve desired rolling reistance and response, which I assume is cause for lack of cornering grip and climbing ability.

Much too thin in the sidewalls, IMO - I rode these tyres predominantly on hardpack & loose over hardpack.


Bottom Line:   
These tyres were fitted as original equipment on my 07 Trance 2 in 2.00"

Insanely light tyre, great acceleration due to lowered unprung weight; one for the weight weenies.

I didn't find this tyre durable enough in the sidewalls for XC use.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   07 Trance 2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Michael from Tahoe City, CA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2007

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Don't climb well, 5 flats in 30 rides, soft on corners

Bottom Line:   
Get better tires if you want a good all mountain ride. I've ridden these tires for six weeks and they have big gashes and holes in them. I ride steep and rocky terrain. Spent too much time changing tube to be happy with them

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Favorite Trail:   Yes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM@BikeNut SanFran

Bike Setup:   Giant Reighn 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by wellen mercado a Racer from edinburg,texas usa

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2007

Strengths:    fast rolling,grippy,easy to install specially with stans tubeless conversion,predictable when cornering,quieter in the pavement.

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
as long as it used for the intended purpose it doesnt disapoint;try it and you will be a convert.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   python,conti supersonic

Bike Setup:   giant nrs carbon 06

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Dawson a Racer from Peterborough, ON, CAN

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2006

Strengths:    Very fast rolling, good climbing grip on rear, light weight, good handling.

Weaknesses:    Wet? But buy wet tires for riding in the wet.............duh.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line.........tires work very well for what they are intended for. Hardpack dry, dry loose, dry rocks/roots. I run the tubed versions with Stan's and no innertubes on UST CrossMax's. Don't expect these tires to live for more than 4 months with this setup as it stretches the bead and tire gets worn out and is unreliable. I've ridden the Pythons for many years and love them, I'd say as of right now I like these tires better. They roll faster, are lighter, and carve a little more. They will slide around but can be controlled which is what I like in a tire. Buy them if you like the Pythons, they are a suitable evolution of a great tire. I give them 5 out of 5 cause in my opinion if a product comes up short at all I wont ever use it.

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Favorite Trail:   My next ride

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Impala Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Pythons, Michelin Comp S Lites

Bike Setup:   2006 Giant Anthem 1, stock.............R-7 Platinum

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