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Hutchinson Serenity Flat Proof Tire System

Pneumatic tires are awesome, and the original rubber tires were solid and completely flat-proof, but riders have always asked for a middle ground of comfort and flat proof performance. Hutchinson tires has introduced the Serenity system of absolutely flat proof tires consisting of a microcell foam donut inside of the tire that approximates 50 psi and while not the easiest to install won’t leave you in lurch with an unrideable flat. 20, 24 and 26″ versions have been produced so far, with a 700c version in the works. These are the same folks designing run-flat tires for the military and government applications, so if anyone can make it work it might just be this French company. Pricing and ultimate availability is yet to be determined.

5 Comments

  1. JenniferJanuary 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    How do we purchase them??

  2. HarryMay 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    “run flat” tires? I don’t think so. Rather, it’s a very thick and heavy rubber liner that is attached to the wheel itself providing the needed cushion so the wheel won’t break apart at a high speed run.

  3. seanJuly 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Amerityre makes an airless tyre, and has for about 17yrs. There polyurethane tyres work great. I agree with Harry, I’m not so sure about taking a tyre and then useing a foam core. Amerityre sells to the government, as they are a product that is made in the USA…not so sure about Hutchinsons claims…maybe at one point, but now with buy America…just don’t see it.

  4. RobertOctober 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    They might be good for some applications (the Hutchinson Website lists a few, e.g. children’s and rental bikes), but most of us have to consider the weight (“1,600 gm”), the cost (“starting at 52,90€”), and the efficiency (“more efficient than other tires of this type”) of these tires.

    Quotes taken from the Hutchinson Website: http://www.hutchinsontires.com/en/a_la_une.php?id=351.

  5. AntonJanuary 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I have a set of these tires, and I’d like to report how they ride, but I have yet to figure out how to mount them on a wheel! From what I gather, there is a special tool, or one needs to have a hutchinson seller mount them. All the bike shops I’ve called say ‘no can do’.
    I can’t go for that! Someone help me figure out how to mount these!

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