Latest addition to the Hutchinson’s XC / Trail range, the Kraken Racing Lab is the remarkable result of close collaboration between designers, engineers and XC Hutchinson athletes. The objective? Develop a fast, agile and reassuring tyre thanks to the addition of high lateral knobs to allow maximum confidence in cornering or rough terrain.
The architecture of the Kraken’s knobs has been inspired by the Skeleton, the ultimate tyre in terms of performance. Developed in 29 x 2.30, the volume of the Kraken allows to go down in pressure to bring a maximum of comfort and serenity in the most chaotic parts.
Available in two constructions, ultra-light 127 TPI or ultra-versatile 66 TPI coupled with Hardskin® bead-to-bead reinforcement, the Kraken Racing Lab will meet the needs of pure performance addicts as well as XC Marathon competitors or Trail enthusiasts.
The Kraken completes also Hutchinson Racing Lab’s range, inaugurated last year with the Griffus : condensed from the best
know-how of the brand, resulting from its work in the competitive segment and made in France.
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The Kraken’s design has been imagined in three complementary parts.
Central tread - The tread, with its «chevron» shape, comes from Hutchinson’s XC background and has been inspired by the Skeleton. The Kraken maintains this characteristic « backbone » which is proven to supply great performance but its overall design has been upgraded to improve traction and braking. To create a more versatile tyre, the knobs were built higher and with a greater volume, whilst the « chevron » shape has been opened up. The rolling performance is guaranteed by the knobs’ orientation and the continuous height of the central tread.
Intermediate - The intermediate smaller knobs are distributed further apart than those on the central part. Their height, positioning and shape have been carefully studied to work somewhat like suction cups on tentacles, contributing to the Kraken’s traction. Homogeneously distributed along the surface, the knobs also improve the tyre’s puncture protection.
Side knobs - The side knobs of the Kraken are based on the strengths of the Cobra but upgraded. In order to provide maximum confdence in cornering, they’re massive compared to the central and intermediate ones. Those side knobs have also been inspired by the aggressive Griﬀus 2.5: they are linked in pairs and their «buttresses» run down the sidewall to strengthen the structure during distortion, reinforcing the grip. As the ultimate goal of this agile tyre is to provide maximum assurance in all circumstances, the combo Kraken – Kraken is already a favourite of our pro-XC athletes.
« Hutchinson has succeded in developing a tyre that adapts to all types of terrain. The user will beneft from a tyre that combines great durability and a very good grip. Their adaptation to new 30mm wide rims is remarkable. Without a doubt, the new Kraken will be a tough competitor for the tyres that currently lead the market. »
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