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Michelin Protek Cross vs Protek Cross Max

Old 10-01-18, 05:10 AM
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Michelin Protek Cross vs Protek Cross Max

As you are aware I am working on building an "all road" bike. However, in the interim I have an opportunity to do a short (30 miles) gravel ride and I want to try it out.

My first real road bike was a Salsa Casseroll which I kept but really don't use much since I have another road bike that I love. My wife also has a Casseroll which has 37mm tires on it - they fit with sufficient clearance but it is maxed out. I thought I would put a set of 37mm Proteks on my Casseroll and bring it out of storage for the gravel event. I thought I may also use it as my winter road bike - which means on dry roads when the temp is above 35 degrees since I don't like riding outside when it is cold - I just spin those days.

I see the Protek Cross tires come in 35mm but run big so thought they might be a good choice for the little gravel event and then a winter bike. The Cross Maxs are about 100 grams heavier since they have a 5mm puncture barrier vs 1mm for the standard Cross. I was leaning toward the standard Cross since they are supposed to have decent flat protection.

Anyone have any experience with these tires? Any thoughts about these for this bike?
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Yup. I've had a set of 700x40 Michelin Protek Cross Max on one of my hybrids for three years. Excellent tires although a bit heavy (no worse than Maxxis Hookworms or most fatbike tires). Very durable, grippy in wet weather, stable on gravel and remarkably smooth rolling on pavement despite the weight and pronounced chevron tread.

Great for bombed out roads or places with lots of debris that can't be avoided. My local errands run by construction sites with lots of sharp debris and bars with lots of broken glass outside. There's no road cleanup so until there's a heavy rain that debris can be there for months. No problems with these tires.

If you want great all purpose tires that are extremely puncture resistant these are probably as good as it gets. No need for tire liners, puncture resistant tubes, etc. I've never had a puncture through the tread or sidewall, and have dug out of the tread shards of glass, radial tire belt wire, small tacks and brads, all kinds of construction debris -- no problems. Even when the tread was slashed down until the yellow Aramid fiber puncture shield was visible, there have been no problems. I filled the cuts with Shoe Goo or similar stuff and keep rolling.

These are the most trouble free tires I've used. For most local errands I don't even bother toting a patch kit or pump. I'll take those items if I'm riding more than 5 miles away.

Due to the thick tread and sidewalls they can feel a bit stiff and jarring at full pressure. Michelin recommends around 70-75 psi for my weight (160 lbs). I find that unnecessary. I usually run them around 50 psi. No problems with pinch flats.

These do run wide, as many users and even Michelin have said. The 700x40 nominal size actually measures 44mm wide on my 622x19 rims. That's fine on my comfort hybrid errand bike with lots of clearance, but will not clear my older mountain bike which is limited to 700x38 tires. So if you plan to add fenders go a size smaller.

I like them well enough that I'd consider the less aggressive, lighter weight Michelin Protek Urban for my other hybrid, probably 700x32 to leave room for fenders.

My other hybrid has Continental Speed Rides with a minimal puncture shield that's less effective. And my road bike has slicks with little or no effective puncture shield. I'm much more careful to avoid debris and have had several puncture flats on those bikes.
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I have the "regular" Proteks (with just the "normal" flat guard)

700x40mm measure 43mm at 90 psi so I run them 40 psi front / 50 psi rear just to make them fit on my bike

you'd think at approx 1/2 the labeled max psi they would deform a lot under my 225 lbs + 5 lb rear trunk, but they don't! must have strong sidewalls. the ride doesn't feel soft either
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