Michelin Wildgripper Lite Older Tires

3.5/5 (142 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Central lugs: aggressive tread blocks for good penetration into the ground; closely spaced for low rolling resistance; offset in an 'S' pattern to decrease the effect of "sticking" to the ground; alternating diamond and square shapes to bite into the ground at a variety of angles.
  • Intermediate lugs: L-shaped for traction in acceleration and braking.
  • Outside lugs: widely spaced for good mud evacuation; multiple edges for constant grip at any angle.


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by rich a Cross Country Rider from cross plains, wi

    Date Reviewed: April 26, 2003

    Strengths:    none

    Weaknesses:    Rode on them four times before back tire sidewall blew. Two more rides and front tire blew. Both in the same place.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are great tires if you don't ride. I had two sidewall failures in 2 days. I've ridden for about 8 years and never had that happen before. Junk, Junk, Junk.
    If you are thinking of buying these save your money and just ride on the rim. It will be about as effective.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Speed Max, Mythos IRC

    Bike Setup:   Fuel 100

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Aaron McGraw a Weekend Warrior from Oil City, PA, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 16, 2002

    Strengths:    Looks cool in green.

    Weaknesses:    Sidewalls are the weakest i have ever seen.

    Bottom Line:   
    CRAP! Nobody should buy these! If you want to get stranded and enjoy grinding your cleats down on the trail...these tires would be for you!

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    Favorite Trail:   Venango County, Sugar Creek trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   El nashbar-o

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer DH magic, Tioga Farmer John, Geax Grid, Numerous Kenda cheapies.

    Bike Setup:   Shimano CO50/ Deore, truvativ mix...Alex Rims, SOVOS hubs...Mongoose FS 150 frameset. Revo shift...blah blah blah (my guest bike) oh yeah, and Wellgo clipless pedals.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Peter Crannell a Cross Country Rider from Port Byron New York

    Date Reviewed: June 1, 2002

    Strengths:    Traction, mud clearing

    Weaknesses:    Knobs can be a little squishy. Inside of tire breaks down

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought two of these last year. Both had the inside break down. Cracks inside put holes in tube. If you only use them for a month or so , they are OK. Better to buy Velociraptors.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bear Swamp

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Maxxis

    Bike Setup:   GT I2k xt

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by George Verd a Cross Country Rider from Slovenia

    Date Reviewed: May 7, 2002

    Strengths:    grip, speed

    Weaknesses:    technology - design

    Bottom Line:   
    Wildgripper cutted the inner tube / 5 or 6 times before i discovered cause. Obviously defective tire. Imagine all that spoiled rides. Will never buy Michelin again.

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    Favorite Trail:   mixed

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Proloco trade

    Similar Products Used:   ritchey omega bite, ZMAX

    Bike Setup:   Bianchi

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alan a Cross Country Rider from Auburn, Al

    Date Reviewed: May 3, 2002

    Strengths:    Tall knobs, good hookup in loose stuff, rolls pretty fast.

    Weaknesses:    I don't think they are great for hard pack

    Bottom Line:   
    bottom line is that until this weekend i have been looking for another tire (it is only on rear. It was absolutely pouring and i was hitting some serious (hub/crank deep) soupy mud. i hadn't been in mud like that until now. I was completely stunned. I could just keep on cranking through the mud, and somehow these tires found something to grab. It was amazing. I know other people don't really like these tires, but i will be keeping them around for those mud expeditions. I am probably gonna get a panaracer or hutchinson soon for tight pack, but for the mud-these are my babies!

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    Favorite Trail:   Tuskegee-the bog

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $13.00

    Purchased At:   price point

    Similar Products Used:   stock speicialized

    Bike Setup:   specialized hopper, manitou xvert super, avid ti breaks and levers, xt shifter and rder., some other little goodies. but of course the blazin green michelins

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by MrEd a Cross Country Rider from Nevada

    Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Excellent traction for hardpack, fast rolling. Not that good on wet, but it rarely rains here.

    Weaknesses:    lugs fell off really fast, like scary fast, within the first 3 weeks I was missing 4 lugs on left side front tire. also weak sidewalls

    Bottom Line:   
    Well like I said, lugs falling off after three weeks led me to believe I just recieved a bum tire, so I called performance and they made good and sent another.I changed the first tire before it was 2 months old. After about 4 weeks the sidewall blew out of this one and I lost my brand new tube. Get this, I wasnt even riding when it blew, my bike was just sitting there at work, ten feet from me with 50 psi in the tires, ( these go to 80 I believe ),and kablooie! there I was, calling for a ride home after 4 weeks on a new tire. The hair wasnt even gone on either tire. Emailed Michelin twice to tell them what went down, and never got a reply. I will not buy or recommend this to anybody, as you can have the best product in the world, but without customer service you have squat. Thats too bad because I really liked the tread pattern. I only got to ride this tire for barely 3 months total. What a disappointment. A tire that just didnt hold up(although a good tread pattern), and a company that doesnt reply to customers equals one flaming pile of monkey dung all around.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Rim / Pinenut Mtns.

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   tiogas, other michelins

    Bike Setup:   K2 carbon OZ, next LP's, XTR, Kore, Answer, Cane Creek cronos ti.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by mike a Cross Country Rider from manville, nj usa

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2001

    Strengths:    look pretty cool on my bike, green rubber goes well with color schem on my bike, good in mud (really soupy stuff)

    Weaknesses:    many, not good on dry or wet rocks or stumps, the front washes out very easy, not good in corning

    Bottom Line:   
    altho these tires look good on my bike i am having many problems with them...my first and bigges problem is with the tire not seating right...i didnt have a problem until about my 4th tube change...the rear tire just would not seat correctly there for i just couldnt get the damn thing on the rim...luck for me i got in on after messing with it for a couple minutes...since then its gotten worse... i now pray i dont get a flat cause ill have to walk the bike out and change it at home...i have to put lube on the tire bead and it take about an hr to get the thing on...after i get it on if its not excaty correctly on there...it buldges on the side wall...now this is only the rear so my guess is i got a bum tire...i dont have that prob with the front...as for performance there ok the real sloppy mud other than that...the front washes out ina most conditions wheather it be dry, little wet, leaves, sand, mostly everything...the reaar's traction is pretty good...i dont have any confidence when i corner liek i said it washes out so easy...they will soon be replaced ...im gonna give is 2 for looks...but other than that...i would stay away from these tires.

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    Favorite Trail:   mercer or chimney rock

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came on my bike

    Similar Products Used:   first michelin tire used...kenda, conti

    Bike Setup:   kona kula, xt, deore, bomber up front, mavic, avid, sram

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Thomas from Provo, UT, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 20, 2001

    Strengths:    Look good
    Work well in mudium dirt


    Weaknesses:    Weak sidewall
    Too much stretch at high psi (over 60 psi and rubs my frame)
    Breaks free at bad moments (ie. wet pavement)


    Bottom Line:   
    I've gone through 2 sets of these. They've never really inspired confidence. When I try to pump them way up for commuting, the rear tire gets big enough to rub my frame. I crashed on the road once on a wet corner. They seem to do well in soft to medium dirt, but on road/rock/hardpack they will slide out without warning. They also don't handle low pressure very well. It's time to try something else.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   $10

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Joshua

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alan a Weekend Warrior from Birmingham

    Date Reviewed: September 17, 2001

    Strengths:    This tire rolls well (2.1) and hooks up with the trail like I didn't know was possible. The soft compound does well with roots, rocks and packed dirt. I haven't been able to really give it a hardcore mud bath yet but... I expect them to do well

    Weaknesses:    These tires do wear quickly with a lot of road use, but if you use them for what they are designed for you will love them. After all, it takes 5 minutes? to change out your tires.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is an absolutely unbelievable tire, and-the price makes it that much more irresistable. It is amazing what you will find yourself attempting when you are confident about how your tires are hooking up. This tire is great for I would say light to medium mud, rocks, roots, ascents, and everything inbetween. And besides, the green just gives the bike a very personalized look.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything at Oak Mountain, AL

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $11.00

    Purchased At:   performance

    Similar Products Used:   stock specialized team master sl:-(absolute crap). The specialized are quickly becoming my street slicks.

    Bike Setup:   pretty much stock Specialized Rockhopper a1fs.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alvin a Downhiller from Brea,CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

    Strengths:    Good for some loose ground. Very effictive going up steep hills.

    Weaknesses:    Wears out too fast. Good mud tire, but not a good road tire.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great for soft terrain, but don't get these tires if you are just going on the street all the time.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $8.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Bike Setup:   2001 GT Palomar with SR Suntour M7700

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Pete a Cross Country Rider from Godalming, Surrey, UK

    Date Reviewed: March 30, 2001

    Strengths:    From my experience, the rear is good in light/medium mud conditions. The front isn't as good but still ok.

    The rear is a good all-rounder for off-road'in


    Weaknesses:    Fast wearing, dodgy on wet roads!

    Bottom Line:   
    I like them, good off-road - but not great on road...
    A forgiving and good value for money set of tires.

    Rear is better than front.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   various other mud tires

    Bike Setup:   Scott Apache - Don't worry look'in for a new bike right now!

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chad a Weekend Warrior from Walled Lake

    Date Reviewed: September 26, 2000

    Strengths:    Cost and color

    Weaknesses:    I'm not experienced enough with different tires to identify specific weaknesses with these tires.

    Bottom Line:   
    For $7 each, I doubt you can do any better. They were certainly a huge leap forward from my stock tires. I think a lot of the poor reviews below may be due to lower inflation pressures. Take 'em up to 50 psi or more. If I understand tire technology correctly, a lighter tire typically has less material to hold it in shape, and therefore relies on tire pressure more so than a tire with more material. Anyway, if you're more of a casual rider like me looking to upgrade your tires, you'll do well with these. Oh, and the green color goes a long way toward making the bike look respectable...

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    Favorite Trail:   North Novi Park

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $7.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar (closeout)

    Similar Products Used:   stock Cheng-Shin tires

    Bike Setup:   Old Mongoose, but it works. I'm shopping for something new.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adam K. a Cross Country Rider from Colorado Springs

    Date Reviewed: September 22, 2000

    Strengths:    Supple casing, versatile, good rubber quality.

    Weaknesses:    Thin and light. Black and Green colors are good for different conditions.

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire deserves a better rating.
    The rubber quality is superior to most brands.
    The BLACK tire grips well in most conditions.
    The GREEN tire is good for mud (it sheds excellently)but wears very quickly.
    The FRONT tires are less stable than the REAR.

    2.1" Black rear is a good all around bet.
    They are FAR superior to the IRC tires commonly found on new bikes these days.

    The rubber is soft and they require a lot of lean to corner properly.

    OVerall, A four flamin' chili tire.

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    Favorite Trail:   lake wenatchee, WA

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   shop employee

    Similar Products Used:   everything.

    Bike Setup:   Kona King Kahuna, XTR, Race Face, and Riser Bars, of course.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Radar a Racer from Barberton OH

    Date Reviewed: September 5, 2000

    Strengths:    Color looks kinda cool.
    Pretty resistant to pinch flats.
    Fairly predictable, especially at lower pressure.
    Good braking and climbing traction.


    Weaknesses:    Rear is not great in mud. Front and rear could have closer side knobs.

    Bottom Line:   
    Why do they only show the rear in the picture?? Anyway, fairly decent tire, especially since a couple places have them on closeout. They grip well but side knobs that are closer together would improve their cornering grip and traction on uneven roots. Other than that, they are good. For the rear though, you might as well go a little lighter and use the Comp S. It has a little less rolling resistance but still has enough traction for most people.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Geax, WTB, Specialized, Kenda

    Bike Setup:   Fisher with Bonty wheels

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Jack a Weekend Warrior from Brussels

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2000

    Strengths:    great traction in mud, looses mud very fast (rear tire), light tire

    Weaknesses:    wears very fast when riding on the road --> compound is too soft

    Bottom Line:   
    Great tire (tested only the rear tire, use a Wildgripper X-sport at the front)if you can afford to replace it.
    The compound is too soft to make it last.
    When the center knobs are gone or the pressure is rather low, nothing can stop you kissing wet pavement (even at very low speeds). Very good in muddy conditions though, and light!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   modified Schwinn Moab 1 with RS Indy SL w/ Englund cartridges

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