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Michelin Krylion Carbon Tires

Old 02-02-09, 02:15 PM
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Michelin Krylion Carbon Tires

The Krylion tires are now available on line at Colorado Cyclist and Bike Tires Direct
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Old 02-02-09, 02:17 PM
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excelsports.com had some last week as well.
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Old 02-02-09, 05:17 PM
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Are these from the new factory in Taiwan? Are they any different than before? Does Michelin apologize to cyclists everywhere for leaving us in the lurch for >6 months?

Maybe it will turn out like the Sabine women? Michelin comes back with its Krylion, but we found another tire (in my case, the Continental Grand Prix 4Season), and we aren't theirs anymore?

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Old 02-02-09, 05:21 PM
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^^

I just got a new pair from biketiresdirect.com and these are made in Thailand.
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Old 02-02-09, 08:29 PM
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Still waiting for the red ones to arrive...Sounds like they won't be around until March of this year...
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Somebody tell me if they're any good or not.
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they're right up there in goodness with GP4000 and other slightly more durable training tyres.
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Old 02-02-09, 10:12 PM
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Still not available from PBK, where, ostensibly, the price is $32.12 (with free shipping!)

At Bike Tires Direct, listed at $41.95 (also with free UPS shipping!)
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I stopped caring after getting Serfas Seca RS as training tires.
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they're right up there in goodness with GP4000 and other slightly more durable training tyres.
I know they're supposed to be fabulous, but I'm a bit worried about the production discontinuation and the change of factory.
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Old 02-03-09, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Fat Boy View Post
I stopped caring after getting Serfas Seca RS as training tires.
I have seen some really good user reviews on roadbikereview.com and was tempted. Give us more feedback.

What kind of bike do you have and type of riding? What tire did you ride before?

Where did you buy them and how much did they cost?

How many miles have you ridden them and number of flats?

Thanks in advance.
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The Seca's that I got came on a used Schwinn Paramount I bought. I didn't know what they were and figured I'd throw them in the bin after a few rides. Maybe it is somewhat due to the nice steel frame/fork, but I noticed that the bike/tires road really well and I really saw no need to switch the tires.

They have good grip and run about $30-35 a piece at Universal or REI. The Schwinn isn't my primary bike, so I've probably only got about 1000 miles on it. In that time, no flats. Wear has been pretty nil. What really impresses me, though, is that normally I end up super-gluing the little nicks and cuts in any tire (Krylion included) about once a month. Well, there just havn't been any on this tire to glue up. The rubber is hard enough that cutting isn't a big deal, but apparently soft enough that it still grips well.

The carcass of the tire has a nice ride and feels to have about the same rolling resistance of any good tire. It's not a Michelin Pro2Race (what I race). It doesn't have that good a grip or roll. It's a training tire that's damn good, though, and it's cheap to boot. I just bought 3 more.
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I've moved on. I loved those tires, but I needed tires 10 months ago and could not get them, so, screw em.
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me too, i found gp4000 when i couldnt find krylions. i'm happier now, they're lighter.
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I have two ti bikes which I don't race; one has the Michelin Krylions. I ride in all conditions except snow, on gravel sometimes but mainly on the streets of Vancouver and Burnaby. Potholes, bumps, you name it. No worries.

I have ridden them for 2 years and 3-4,000 km. I've had two flats. One ripped my tube open, but the tire was fine -- it was in traffic so I never found the culprit -- and the other was my nemesis, a small piece of wire (90% of my flats on various bikes are from bits of wire).

I think these are excellent tires. I bought some GP4000s but haven't installed them because I'm waiting to see how long the Michelins last. Can't be beat in terms of a training tire, I reckon. Good in corners, reasonably light, very durable and I've never skidded or wiped out because of them. (In Canada they are sold at Mountain Equip. Co-op at about 45 bucks, which isn't bad.)
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