Press Release: Hutchinson
In order to test the final version of our new Griffus tires, we decided to have one of our riders - Kilian Bron - take them on quite an extreme ride on White Island, New Zealand. We're stoked to share the full edit video now.
White Island is actually the most active volcano of New Zealand. It's quite a small Island (about 2km large), located 48 kilometres from the east coast of the North Island, in the Bay of Plenty. Accessible only by boat or helicopter, it's an amazing yet brutal place to go.
Sulphur was mined on the island in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but mining has been left out after a landslide that killed all the workers in 1914...
Why this place? Kilian likes to do things differently, constantly looking for different spots, where it seems impossible to ride at ﬁrst sight. Through his web series, Mission, you might have already seen him riding sketchy lines all around the world, from Namibia to the impressive Dolomites
in Italy. White Island was the logical next step. There was no better place for an optimal test of the new tires, between sulphur and acid lakes.
Through this ride on White Island, the Griffus has been sulphur'proof validated but the French rider wanted more. New Zealand offers so many different playgrounds, it was not very hard to find another amazing place to ride. So Kilian decided to push the limits of the new tires on many different trails all around Rotorua.
Between ridges at sunset and technical trails in RedWood, Kilian found an impressive panel of riding places.
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