Michelin Wild Race'r 29er MTB Tire. Michelin's race proven XC tire in a 29" wheel size is the weapon of choice for the serious and not-so-serious off road cyclist looking to do some technical work on their favorite singletrack.
At 30 bucks a pop these are a stupendously good value, I'm not sure that there are any other light(ish) Kevlar bead 29er tires that come close.
These have been perfect setup tubeless on Velocity Blunt rims, zero problems. They've worked well in dry conditions (rocky or loose over hardpack), doubt they would work well in the mud. I would definitely buy another set of these.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Captain, Renegade, Geax AKA, Seguaro, Kenda Blue Groove, WTB Wolverine,Continental Race King.
Bike Setup: Have these tires on both my specialized Epic, and my SS hardtail.
a Weekend Warrior
from Tucson, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2011
Strengths: Light, fast, grippy in dry conditions, deals with sand very well.
Weaknesses: For intended purpose, none.
Light, grips well, spins up very fast, snappy on tight turns, no weight penalty here, tacky rubber compound really grips on dry hard pack. I have been using it as a commuter tire on rough roads/trails and on XC intermediate level rocky/sandy/gravely trails in the Tucson area and am very happpy with it. I was surprised at how well it deals with sand and powery dirt, the little knob spines grip well. Will lose traction and spin in deep gravely loose conditions but the Karma L3R does that too, only the nevegal with it's big lugs (and weight penalty)deals with that. The tires seem to be very high quality. I would recommend this to a XC racer, dry trail rider, or as a road tire for Mt.bike that has a bite. I'm training for Durango, CO trip so I have the Nevegal meats on to get used to them but when I'm done these will go back on for my low desert XC and road commuter life. This tire seems to me to have less volume than the Karma L3R Pro so seems less cushy but rolls faster on hard stuff. I like the Karma L3R pro as well, great tire.
Strengths: Excellent grip - cornering, climbing and braking, excellent ride quality, casing quality, fast rolling
Weaknesses: A bit heavy if running with tubes, not quite as fast as my racing Ralph. A bit vague on pavement but they still have ll the little rubber hairs on em so well see. The ralphs are like road tires and rail on pavement but I prefer dirt so...
This is more of a ride review, I will post again but since I put about 50km on these in varied dry conditions in Whistler I had to post. MUCH grippier than my racing ralphs and almost as fast on dirt. Whistler is very rooty, rocky and technical and I only slipped when I my technique was off unlike with the ralphs which loose traction on loose over hard, rock and roots. Almost as grippy as the Rampage and way faster. Excellent compound, great grip in loose over hard. While the casing size is a bit shy of the 2.25 Ralph the ride quality overall capability is better so far. I'll re post in few months and after some wet weather rides
MBAction had a review not too long ago in which they rated the Michelin Wild Race'r as having decent grip and low rolling resistance (and they are light if you get the ultimate version). I have been thinking about trying them out on a 4" XC bike (26"). I mainly ride San Tan mountain and DC at South ... Read More »
Just a quick review
1@455g and 1@467g (lightest mtb tires I've ever had or seen)
Claimed width of 2.0 inches, actual width of 1.95 inches.
I reached this measurement after a week or so with the tires installed on 24mm wide carbon rims and set up tubeless with Stans. They initially meas ... Read More »
Was in search of something a bit different for Racing this year and ran across these Michelin wild race'r 29. Seem to be very little as far as reviews out there but what is available seems to be good. They mounted up very easily on my BWW 29 rims with Stan’s Rim strips. Matter of fact I mounted them ... Read More »
Looking to see who is running this new Michelin wild Race'r tire and your thoughts. Also wondering how true to size the they run. Looking at a set for this summers XC racing. I see they come in 2.1 and 2.25 and I was leaning towards the 2.25 for extra volume on my hard tail. Had a set of Specialized ... Read More »
I've been a fan of the WIld Race'r for 3 years now. Longest lasting 29er XC tire I have ever had. I just finally threw away one that probably had over 400 rides on it... no joke.
Anyway, the old Race'r was a great rear tire but as a front tire the cornering knobs were a bit conservative... I pref ... Read More »