Mountain Biking - Anyone use michelin tires
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I was thinking on getting a set of michelin XC all terrians(26x2.0) from price point and was wondering if anyone had long term use with them. Thanks Zach
Anyone use michelin tires
Not since my boss's daughter died in a car accident from a Michelin blow-out. No support from this guy.
01-27-09, 09:39 PM
Plus they ruined the F1 at Indy.
I have used a pair back in 2003, the Michelin X-trem I think it's now called judging by the size and tread pattern. It is an enduro mtb tire. One of the best tires I've ever used, great cornering, surprising low rolling resistance and light weight. But the rubber on the side walls started cracking fairly early on, which looks very thin as you can easily see the casing weave. I haven't used any since because of that and being pricey where I'm from.
01-27-09, 10:27 PM
I'm using Pro3's on the fixed gear, but won't touch a michelin mtb tire. I've had bad luck with their mtb tires.
01-28-09, 06:55 AM
I had some dry2s or w/e they call em for a while, they where light for the size (2.2) but the grip was't great (dry terrain tire) dunno about longevity on that one cause i didn't have to for too long
Now i use the mtn xtream 2.2 (i think they call it a 2.15 but it measures over 2.2) they have amazing grip, really solid around corners, and when i do slide in the mud i can control it (at least usually) They seem to be pretty durable to me, and the side wall seems very thick to me especially compared with my michelin dry tires, they are also super durable against flats
Really the only downside is the weight mine weigh in at over 900g each, i could get a hutchinson barricuda in a 2.2 (don't remember if it was airlite or airw/e ect) and save like 500g on my bike, normally on a mtn bike i don't cound every gram, but 500? thats over a pound of wheel weight.
But even with that weight i still use em
I've had a pair of XC ATs for a year or so. They are great tires for hard pack and okay for mud/wet conditions. They have less grip than my Fire XC Pros, but roll much faster and have a more predictable and less abrupt breakaway. Overall, I prefer the XC AT to the Fire XC Pro.
They did well last weekend in the snow (though the Fire XCs probably would have been a better choice for the snow):
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