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Michelin Pro Race 3 defect or normal?

Old 07-28-12, 09:33 PM
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Michelin Pro Race 3 defect or normal?

I bought 5 of these tires from JensonUSA back in the spring because they were on sale..my tire of choice is the Conti GP4000s but I was trying to save some money so I got the PR3's. They all wore like this at around 2k miles..5 didn't even make it through summer. As I recall, I could get around 4K miles out of the Conti's. I'm not heavy, I weigh 135-142 pounds but a lot of the local roads have been chip sealed this year..I'm thinking that's the cause?

Anyway, I went to Performance and bought a Conti Ultra-Sport..still not what I want, but I didn't want to overpay on the tires I want..hopefully the Ultra-Sport will get me to October when I order from Ribble.

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Old 07-28-12, 09:35 PM
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P3Rs are pretty much designed to be as soft as reasonably possible, in order to get the most grip. As such, they wear faster. 2k seems low, but chip seal is probably why.
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Old 07-28-12, 09:49 PM
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Mine don't last that long but probably because I damage the sidewalls... but they're not reputed to last terribly long. They're so nice while they do last though.
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Old 07-28-12, 10:27 PM
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Yep. I got about 2K out of my rear before it was starting to look like that. I'm 125 fwiw...
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Old 07-29-12, 05:49 AM
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typical for those tires. make sure you don't over inflate for your weight to maximize life.
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Old 07-29-12, 06:26 AM
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Wow I get 4000+ on my PR3's. Same roads as you, I think.
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Old 07-29-12, 06:44 AM
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OK, yeah, I weigh 109
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Around our shop we make fun of those tires and say that if you even think about riding around them they start to wear. The new Pro 4s seem to have fixed most of the issues though. Still a great race day tire but anything beyond that and they don't last.
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Originally Posted by c_bake View Post
I bought 5 of these tires from JensonUSA back in the spring because they were on sale..my tire of choice is the Conti GP4000s but I was trying to save some money so I got the PR3's. They all wore like this at around 2k miles..5 didn't even make it through summer. As I recall, I could get around 4K miles out of the Conti's. I'm not heavy, I weigh 135-142 pounds but a lot of the local roads have been chip sealed this year..I'm thinking that's the cause?

Anyway, I went to Performance and bought a Conti Ultra-Sport..still not what I want, but I didn't want to overpay on the tires I want..hopefully the Ultra-Sport will get me to October when I order from Ribble.

they wear out very fast, and why would you ride a tire till it looked like that ( that didn't happen on just one ride). the pro4 tire only wears slightly longer if you don't cut them
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Old 07-29-12, 11:37 AM
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Tyre in the OP looks like it's been skidded on - is it a rear and do you grab handfuls of brake? PR3s are a race tyre but I don't find them noticeably less durable than other soft compound tyres. I really like them for their grip and since the PR4 has been released the remaining PR3s have been very good value.
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Yeah, FWIW the tire had great road feel and seemed to roll so smooth. You gotta pay to play I guess.
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ultra sports are not going to be much better. they're probably the worst tires i've ever owned.
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I had just shy of 3000 mi on my last rear PR3 before threads were showing. I weigh 165. The fronts last longer.
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Old 07-29-12, 12:47 PM
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If you brought Ultra sport from Performance, you could have gotten Conti GP4000S for the sme price. Ribble or PBK for around $35 with nipping included
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Originally Posted by mazdatech10 View Post
they wear out very fast, and why would you ride a tire till it looked like that ( that didn't happen on just one ride). the pro4 tire only wears slightly longer if you don't cut them
This is tire #4..I was 50 miles in on a 200K when I got a flat. That's when I noticed "spots" here and there on the tire. This is what the tire looked like when I finished the ride.
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Old 07-29-12, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by MajorMantra View Post
Tyre in the OP looks like it's been skidded on - is it a rear and do you grab handfuls of brake? PR3s are a race tyre but I don't find them noticeably less durable than other soft compound tyres. I really like them for their grip and since the PR4 has been released the remaining PR3s have been very good value.
Yes it's the rear and no, I don't skid..

FWIW, the front is fine..it's got 5600 miles on it.



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If you brought Ultra sport from Performance, you could have gotten Conti GP4000S for the sme price. Ribble or PBK for around $35 with nipping included
Yes, but I needed a tire now..in the fall I order all my supplies from Ribble and PBK. Chains, cassettes, cleats, everything. Usually they are out of tires though.
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
OK, yeah, I weigh 109
You just made me feel fat. LOL
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Originally Posted by c_bake View Post
You just made me feel fat. LOL
Well, I'm a chick, and I'm short, so there it is.
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