Hutchinson Python Air Light Tire

3.84/5 (208 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


Product Description

Enhanced ride and efficiency features best describe this range of Air Light Python tires. 26 X 2.00 - 480 g


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by for_SCIENCE a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2013

Strengths:    Light, fast tire in all-around xc conditions, very quick on hard pack and pavement. Mounts and removes from rims very easily thanks to the kevlar bead, no levers needed.

Weaknesses:    Poor in sand, seems sketchy on loose gravel and leaf-covered

Bottom Line:   
Bought these in 26 x 2 for my previous bike last year (2012). For most conditions where I ride (SE Michigan), I've had no problem hooking up or cornering unless the soil had a high sand content/was sand, as I washed out many times in a turn. Loose gravel also did not inspire confidence. Did pinch flat twice but I believe many other tires would have gone flat in the same situations. Considering trying the 29 x 2.1 size on new bike later this year.

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Duration Product Used:   ~400 mi

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rocky_Urban a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2011

Strengths:    Fast, light weight, long lasting tread, smooth, great cornering grip, made in France.

Weaknesses:    thin sidewall

Bottom Line:   
This is a great tire for the money. I was surprised at how light it was. The first thing I noticed when I installed them was how much faster my bike was. The ride experience was completely different and my cheap bike felt and rode like a premium bike. The sidewalls on this tire are thin. I never had any tears but it was always on my mind when hitting some more aggressive trails. This is a great tire for pavement, grips and corners well but it can also handle rough terrain with confidence.

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Favorite Trail:   Glen Eden

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Equipment C

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Cross Mark

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by broadwayline a Cross Country Rider from Caledon, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2011

Strengths:    Very fast rolling resistance, light weight, good climb traction in the rear, low wear even on paved roads, have only had one pinch flat which was my own fault for running low PSI, light weight and low rolling resistance make climb sprints and gaining speed super easy, not bad on small turns at high speed.

Weaknesses:    Very poor turning traction, no confidence in turns at all, tire folds over on its sidewall in turns even when inflated properly which is very scary, poor in sand almost scary but its not designed for that terrain, also very sensitive to PSI.

Bottom Line:   
Good tire if you want to go fast and not turn much, or win some weight weenie comps. Also very good if you don't turn hard or fast and do lots of road riding between sections as it almost rolls on pavement as fast as a slick tire.

But if you enjoy carving tight fast corners or tight slow corners steer very clear of this tire. It inspires no confidence in corners, and even if you push them they slide out easily forcing you to take turns much slower than your buddies who are pulling away.

I would ride this tire on fast fairly straight single track, but anything with fast braking turns forget it! Have taken some nasty falls due to this tire failing or rolling over on the sidewall in highspeed braking turns, one off a small cliff.

Good thing is I have used this for two seasons and have not rotated them, the wear is very minimal and I have put quite a few road miles on them.

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Favorite Trail:   Albion Hills

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   many

Bike Setup:   Norco Nitro hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jess a Cross Country Rider from L.a so. Cal

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2011

Strengths:    Fast tire. Great traction. Handles all terrains and all the climbs. Disapointed that the price went up

Weaknesses:    Not good in mud

Bottom Line:   
Dont knock it till u try it. I train and race on same tire

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Favorite Trail:   Turnbull canyon

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Price point

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis

Bike Setup:   Full suspension anthem xc

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by IMHO a Racer from Triangle

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2010

Strengths:    Light, fast rolling, good enough grip for all around XC use here in NC.

Weaknesses:    Weak rubber, prone to flat.

Bottom Line:   
Bought these as a everyday XC training tire. I have no problem with the grip or the tire rolling off the rim or splitting a sidewall. What I have had in the last 4 months are more flats with these tires luckily not during races) than I have had in the previous year combined. I will say these tires peformed great in a couple XC races, but I have not had flats with the Maxxis (also lightweight 2.0). I really wanted to like this tire...I will next try WTB Wolverine 2.2's as an everyday training tire and use the Maxxis for race day (except when in the mountains, the Nevegals go on).
Value gets Four chilis, a great price for a fast rolling lightweight tire.
Overall, 2 chilis (fair) as a flat or two may have happened to any tire, and I have a few friends who use and love this tire...I however have removed them and will never use them again.

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Favorite Trail:   Bandits

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Larsen TT Exception, IRC Mythos XC II, Kenda Nevegals

Bike Setup:   26" 22lb Single Speed

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by hill8570 a Cross Country Rider from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2010

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Poor cornering in sand; paper thin sidewalls; rim slip

Bottom Line:   
Thought I'd give a kevlar bead tire a try. Would've been an OK tire except that the tire "drifts" on the rim on long downhills. I had over a half-dozen tubes get the valves ripped out of the tire before I finally figured out what was happening. I've got old-style cantis, so rim heating can be an issue, but I've never had an problem before or after this tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Polecat Gulch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptor, Tioga Psycho II

Bike Setup:   Old school Trek 990 custom...no suspension

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by TOMCAT a Cross Country Rider from Marquette MI

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010

Strengths:    Light wt. fast rolling, Affordable.

Weaknesses:    Side knobs tear off. Inner belt delaminated after one race rendering the tire useless with "stretch" holes in several places where the tire came apart. This tire may be better suited for non-rocky terrain which is in short supply here in the U.P. of Michigan

Bottom Line:   
Needs more durable rubber compound and construction to handle hard hits on very rugged rocky terrain.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   ONLINE

Similar Products Used:   Continental XC Pro. Python Tubless

Bike Setup:   Full suspension

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sullivad a Cross Country Rider from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2010

Strengths:    Very light and fast rolling

Weaknesses:    No grip!

Bottom Line:   
These tires are great if you like going fast and then falling as you try to turn.

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Favorite Trail:   Waterloo Hydro Cut

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came on stock on the

Similar Products Used:   WTB Exiwolf, Specialized Fast Trak LK Control 2Bliss, IRC Mythos XC

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem
brakes: hayes 9, derailleurs: Shimano XT, Fork: Manitou Seven, Wheels: Mavic 717 Shock: Manitou S-Type SRL, Crank/handlebar/stem/seat post: Raceface evolve

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by HiZ a Racer from Oshkosh WI

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2010

Strengths:    Product is: light in weight, Rolls well on hard surfaces, Excellent in SNOW

Weaknesses:    On hard pack with loose gravel they are sketchy, feels like wash out is possible

Bottom Line:   
This tire is great for pounding hard pack and excellent in the snow.
Good tire to practice on or run in the winter
I have been riding it in the off season and it hooks in Powder and really well in Slushy melting snow and snow banks, A OK!
Good tire and is light
Not for Loose gravel on hard pack

FLIP your rear tire the opposite way of rec. Rotation!
Added traction!

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Favorite Trail:   Twisted Spoke

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $56.00

Purchased At:   Schwag

Similar Products Used:   Kenda product line and Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Mongoose Teocali
Tires mounted on Mavic 317's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rdleg a Cross Country Rider from Central Florida

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight. Rolls fast. When purchased on sale, price is reasonable.

Weaknesses:    Side knobs added to the New Generation tires fall off the tire, leaving the kevlar belts exposed. Rubber has cracked, rendering the tire useless.

Bottom Line:   
I am terribly dissapointed with the quality of the rubber being used in the New Generation tires. After the first couple of rides, the rubber started cracking between the knobs. A few rides later, the knobs were falling off, exposing the kevlar belts. A friend of mine has the same problem with his tires (we ride identical bikes with identical tires). Spend a little more and get tires that don't self destruct.

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeline, Dupont Forest (NC)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmark, Panaracer Fire XCPro

Bike Setup:   Trance X

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sunn Xchox a Cross Country Rider from Williamsburg, VA

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2009

Strengths:    Very Light, and Very fast rolling. Low center knobs provide fast rolling and good climbing.I run the python on the rear as it really isn't aggressive enough for front end duties. When on the rear you MUST run it backwards or climbing will induce rear wheel spin.

Weaknesses:    The tire slides on anything wet. Wet roots, wet pavement, you name it it'll slip on it. The tire is also expensive and wears quickly on pavement.

Bottom Line:   
Great tire for summer. Winter months and fall season you would want to switch tires.

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Favorite Trail:   New Quarter State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Unlimited

Similar Products Used:   Michelin AM tire, Python first generation, anc CST copperhead.

Bike Setup:   RockShox SID Race, SRAM X9 rear derailleur, Fox Float R AVA
1998 Heavily upgraded Sunn Xchox Alu.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve5083 a Racer from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, low rolling resistance. Long lasting, hard compound. Excellent traction on hardpack.

Weaknesses:    Abrupt washout in turns at limit. Stretchy bead doesn't hold up for tubeless setup (if you try, you will experience a tire fly off the rim unexpectedly). Poor traction in muddy conditions

Bottom Line:   
Excellent tire for fast courses in dry conditions without a lot of loose tight turns. Someone recommended putting the tire on in the rear direction on the front to reduce the tendency for abrubt washout, and I found it to definitely helps. Now I only put them both on in the rear direction. I also like to run a knobbier tire on the front (ie., Mythos IRC), with the Python on the rear for fast courses with a mixture of loose turns. Don't run this tire tubeless! It will blow off the rim when the bead stretches out. But even with a 100 gram tube it's a very light, and I've found to be reliable setup.

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Favorite Trail:   Ute Valley Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   Spesh FastTrack, Captain. Mythos IRC. Maxxis CrossMax

Bike Setup:   08 S-Works Epic.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wutty3 a Cross Country Rider from Houston Tx

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight. Grips like glue on hardpack. Does well in sandy patches. Climbs well. Easy to mount. Cushiony without being scary.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I like to ride to the trails and was using the Conti Traffics for this purpose. Never could get them to seat properly... Like riding on clown tires. Changed to the Pyhons and man I couldn't be happier. They practically jumped on the rims :-), I'm 160 lbs and run them at 55psi. Rode to the park and got on the trails and what a difference! I actually feel more confident about my bike and was able to improve my riding skills. As a novice rider these are the perfect tires for me at a killer price.

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Favorite Trail:   Cypresswood

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Komodo. Continental Traffic.

Bike Setup:   Mongoose Tyax Pro. Sun RhinoLite rims. Suntour XCM RL Fork.
55psi in tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rjw1905 a Cross Country Rider from Mobile, Al

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2009

Strengths:    Rolls Fast, Smooth, Cushy, Light

Weaknesses:    Front tends to slip out

Bottom Line:   
Great all around cross country, all mountain tire. The tire gives a good ride, its smooth and fast. FYI, find the right pressure on your front tire, it does like to lose traction on hard turns, but playin around with the pressure has helped. Exceptional value and would recommend to anyone looking for a great all around cross country tire.

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Favorite Trail:   West Florida

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Blue Sky

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kharisma

Bike Setup:   revamped 2001 Haro Escape

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeffw-13 a Weekend Warrior from South Central PA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2009

Strengths:    Grip, grip & more grip. Durability, rolling resistance, price, converts easily for tubeless use.

Weaknesses:    Wet roots, cornering.

Bottom Line:   
This is for the New Generation Airlight in the 2.3 size.

As a rear tire it's terrific. I bought it during the summer when everything was hard & dry & it was money. I was curious to see how it would stand up in the fall & into winter since most say it's a dry hardpack tire. No worries. You can climb up the side of a building with this tire. I climbed hills that were covered in wet leaves & pine needles that I didn't think I had a prayer of getting up. The 'paddles' dig thru the mess & find grip. If it's starts to give out I just adjust my weight back a hair & they dig in again.

Snow? No problem. Mud? Powers through. Rocks? No problems with cut sidewalls, punctures or pinch flats (again, this is the 2.3). Only weakness I've found is wet roots & logovers. They slip like a greased eel on wet roots. Probably something to do with it being a harder compound (at least it feels like it to me).

I'm a big fan of finding something that works & sticking with it & I can't imagine using another tire on the rear.

On the front it's nearly perfect when mounted backwards as the 'paddles' provide exceptional grip on descents. They can be a little sketchy cornering. The front tends to wash out on initial turn in until it gets down on the side knobs. Overall it's an excellent tire but I'll probably try something else on the front.

5 chilis for value as I got 'em at close out price. 4 for overall due the the wet root thing and turning.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything at Michaux

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmark, Bontrager Jones XR

Bike Setup:   Me - 200 lbs
Bike - 4" suspension XC
Tire - 2.3 @ 30 psi

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