For what seems like maybe a decade or so, we've associated the Michelin brand with our cars more than our mountain bikes. But as word got out that we'd be testing mountain bike tires, people kept urging us to try one of their offerings. We settled on this tire as the Michelin website stated it was for mixed terrain. The 60 TPI Advanced version held up to the rigors of our testing, but we probably should have opted for the extra layer of protection offered by the Michelin Wild Grip'r Advanced Reinforced version. We just had a hard time looking past the paltry 800 gram weight for such an aggressive looking tire.
We thought we'd deviate a little from the norm and give it a shot since we were pretty uninitiated to their entire lineup, anyhow. The tire certainly felt light and we were a little hesitant holding it in our hands as it was reluctant to hold its shape unmounted on a rim. It kind of lay on the ground like a twisted dead snake. Through our testing, we concluded that this tire is best suited to very loose terrain. Hard ground or rock made the tall knobs seem poorly supported despite the apparent design attempts to root the knobs securely to the base of the tire. We ran the Gum-X rubber compound which Michelin recommends for rear tire use, reporting an "excellent balance of performance between grip, efficiency and wear."
We tested the same tire compound both on the front and rear. While its performance seemed limited to loose terrain on the front, this tire would make a good aggressive rear tire for someone not interested in the semi-slick design craze. Basically, if the surface you're riding on moves as you pedal over it, this tire will offer good advantage. It's strong loose terrain performance was often overshadowed by its marginal performance anywhere the ground was hard. Keep reading for the details and to see how this tire stacked up against the rest of the group.