Fyxation Session May 25, 2009

I was lucky enough to test out some of these tires via Bens Cycle and Fyxation. A few others tested them out and we all had pretty much the same things to say about them…

People are pretty opinionated about their tire of choice. Some swear by Gatorskins, others are lifelong Vittoria Rando supporters and yet, there are still multiple companies making new tires all the time. No one seems to be addressing the “trick” market though. Right now I’m pretty stoked on these for one simple reason; traction that wraps the sidewalls.

Ever ride home in the rain to be alarmed by something and when you whip into a hockey stop, your bike kicks out from under you, landing you on your ass and your bike in the street? Well, I’ve done it a few times and it’s no fun. I’ve ridden in the rain multiple times on my commute on the Session tires and because of the directional tread that wraps the sidewall, it has great traction.

They also don’t wear down from daily skid use. Their high TPI (120TPI) and Kevlar-enforced,beefy sidewalls ensures you won’t get any pinch flats as well. Not to mention, compared to other urban tires, they’re pretty light.

Right now they come in a 28c, which is more like a 32c and hopefully a 38c or a 40c to follow. The pricepoint is right up there with other premium tires, which is to be expected. I can be honest though, they have lasted weeks longer than other tires I’ve ridden recently. They don’t loosen up or weaken after weeks of riding like others do. I went through 2 Randos in the time a Sessions tire lasted on the rear wheel.

Keep watch on the Bens Blog for more updates!

  • lukemc

    Damn, those look pretty sick. I checked on ben’s and it said that “This is not a ‘skidding’ tire. The tread compound in this tire is designed for traction and control.” how is the skidding? is it skid-able? I imagine it is if you are able to commute brakeless on it. also, what is the max PSI? it is always nice to have a lot of volume and pressure underneath you.

  • What they meant is it’s a tire ‘geared’ for traction with tricks. I have it on my Cream City now and I skid on it frequently. I rode it on the rear of my Bruiser for a while too. No issues. I keep it around 100 pst.

  • EPD

    Reminds me of Panasonic Panaracer Ribmo’s, just available in different colors.

  • Ribmos don’t have near the same amount of tread, nor does it wrap around the sidewall…

  • scissorneck

    dig these….

  • doug

    i was under the impression that tread does not add effect traction on pavement. it’s not like those little knobs are “biting” the pavement or anything. it’s the other way around.

  • I dunno. I notice a huge difference between the traction of a slick tire [no tread] and one with tread. Not sure what you’d refer to it then?

    Some tires skid better than others too. Although I’m sure that has to do with the density of the material.

    I’m only stating my experience.

  • Bob

    I highly doubt that the difference in tread pattern has any effect on wet traction. As always, Sheldon has a good article explaining tire performance on his site.

    I’d bet that the performance difference you notice either comes from the compound in the tire, or more likely, the fact that the tires are 28mm wide, where I imagine you probably normally ride skinnier. The completely round cross-section, which makes the tire respond more predictably while cornering, probably helps as well.

  • Bob,

    I ride 23c on my Merckx, 28c-32c on my ‘steet track’ bike and 38c – 40c on my Fixed gear ‘trick’ bike. I know the limitations of each tire’s width and their handling properties. I’ve never ridden a tire that ‘performs’ this well.

    I’ve read Sheldon’s articles and I’m just doing my best to relate to it. I’m also not the only person to comment on the tire’s performance on wet and slippery conditions…

  • andy capp

    havin a hard time finding the session 700 tires for sale. everywhere i’ve looked is out of stock. any word if fyxation is going to up production, or am i s.o.l for now?

  • Amanda

    Continuum Cycles has them in stock right now.

  • kyle

    Do these tires work good for spinning like keo and big spins? Also what kind of wheels would work well with these tires? Would Halos work well?

  • illdthedj

    sup, i have one of these as a front tire.
    im not a trick rider but wanted a more fat tire for the not so smooth roads around me. the wrap around tread is nice. they ride quite smooth, and feel very good/grippy in turns. very happy with one as my front tire.

    they do run quite big though, more like a 32c than a 28c.