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Michelin DH Comp 24.1 Soft Tire

4.55/5 (22 Reviews)

Product Description

For DH and dual slalom racing on intermediate to slippery terrain
  • New tread design, similar to WildGripper Hot S, with multi-shaped knobs across entire tread width to maximize grip at different angles, enhance high speed stability and improve cornering.
  • Scoop-shaped knobs increase traction.
  • New special soft rubber grips in extreme conditions.
  • Reinforced casing & sidewalls.
  • Specially designed bead wires for secure hold on rim.
  • Compatible with NAGESTI/Rigida tubeless rim. An effective tire for both downhill and dual slalom.
  • Size: 26" x 2.2" and 26" x 2.5"

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by J.T. a Weekend Warrior from Morenci, AZ USA

    Date Reviewed: September 15, 2006

    Strengths:    Good grip, no pinch flats

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy but that's what prevents the pinch flats. Replaced now in the Michelin line-up with a tire named just the DH Comp, but it's pretty much the same.

    Bottom Line:   
    A great tire for trials riders using old frames with little clearance. I've got the 2.2's front and back and they grip great on rocks, logs, hardpack, etc. In Arizona they don't see much mud. As for the complaint that they are hard to get over the rim, USE TALCUM POWDER. Coat the inside of the tire with it before installation. It has the added benefit of keeping patches from sticking to the inside of the tire and helps prevent mildew in wet climates. Slather it with baby powder and it will go on just fine (don't use cornstarch powders because they can feed mildew).

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    Favorite Trail:   Black Hills Byway

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $16.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar, on sale

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kinetics, Tioga DH

    Bike Setup:   Old Klein frame set up for mild trials riding.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by clark from vancouver

    Date Reviewed: October 26, 2005

    Strengths:    amazing grip and durability - like tank treads for your bike.

    Weaknesses:    heavy, very slow rollers

    Bottom Line:   
    last much longer than any other sticky rubber i've tried, and grip nearly as well as kenda and maxxis soft rubber. bullet-proof, but very slow rolling. as good as it gets going down, but you pay for it on the way up.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   many dh tires

    Bike Setup:   have set on giant dh and heckler

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by david a Downhiller from florence, Italy

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2005

    Strengths:    no pinch flat so far, construction, grip on dry surfaces

    Weaknesses:    grip on wet/muddy terrains

    Bottom Line:   
    excellent product, very reliable, the only problem I faced was on wet days, the mud quickly covers the tire and doesn't go away

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    Favorite Trail:   Monte Morello

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   nokian, ritchey ecc..

    Bike Setup:   nitrous 20, with formula DH 200, double track rims ecc..

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Mikey Urdaddy a Cross Country Rider from Concord, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: October 21, 2004

    Strengths:    Big, tough, bullet proof too?

    Weaknesses:    Holy hell... These are rocks. Heavy beyond heavy. Roll? No way. Maybe if you were being towed by a car?

    Bottom Line:   
    For mr. Downhill, these are probably awesome. For the XC and weekend downhiller, way too heavy. Put it this way... I use this bike for training, until I can get some tires that are light and roll ;-)

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    Favorite Trail:   Hell Hill

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Came with bike

    Bike Setup:   Stock 2002 Giant AC1

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Stinky Wiz from Santa Barbara CA

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2004

    Strengths:    Grip like nothing I've ever felt

    Weaknesses:    Heavy, slow roller.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had never tried a "sticky" compound until now. Holy smokes, I put this 2.5 in back & the thing clings tenaciously up & down & around. Cornering is outstanding & wear does not appear to be nearly as bad as I expected. 5 little flamers overall, 4 for value as these suckers are expensive. I'm running mine tubeless.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   Velopro

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Trailbears 2.25 & 2.5, IRC Kujo 2.35, WTB Motoraptor all sizes, WTB Mutanoraptor 2.25, Conti Verts, Pythons, Specialized Eviltwin HC, many, many others.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler DL, Z1fr, 8"Avid mechs.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by David Evans a Downhiller from Wenatchee

    Date Reviewed: October 11, 2003

    Strengths:    I don't think I could ever get a flat with these. Amazing tires for going down, down, down.

    Weaknesses:    Drag, EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    This is an update, I had these tires on my hardtail Hardrock pro. It made it feel like f/s. I got my Gemini and took it out on a sketchy DH trail, tried the Weirwolfs first because of the Great reviews. Then Put on the Mich Mans.....WHOOO, I will be a michelin rider for years to come..I promise, they give you sooo much confidence, great in turns, loose stuff, hardpack...bad in dog poop, but they wash off nice :)

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    Favorite Trail:   The dirt kind

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $39.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Weirwolfs, Specialized Enduro

    Bike Setup:   Gemini 900, bashguard, and These TIRES, they came off a H1 Hummer :)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by David Evans a Downhiller from Wenatchee, Washington, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003

    Strengths:    Stickem like crazy, Great tracktion, and I can take drops like it's nothing with no worries of pinch flats

    Weaknesses:    Drag

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Tire, EXPENSIVE.

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    Favorite Trail:   Squilchuck DH

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $39.00

    Purchased At:   Jensen USA

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro 2.2, WTB

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Richard Utting a Downhiller from Windermere, UK

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

    Strengths:    Carves well on hardpack and loamy soil

    Weaknesses:    Not good on rocks, loose, grass or mud

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a review for this tyre used on the FRONT, not on the back as is more usual:
    A good tyre for carving high speed loamy sort of corners but not a tyre for rocks or wet conditions. It doesn't have a very large air volume so stick to medium conditions or it'll rattle your teeth.
    Truly lethal on grass.
    A specific tyre for specific uses; not an allrounder at all. Pick it for the right course and it'll be good but be careful.

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    Favorite Trail:   LAkes

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:

    Similar Products Used:   All the DH tyres

    Bike Setup:   Shockwave 9.5, Monsters, etc

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by oosvn a Downhiller from usa

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2003

    Strengths:    Great tread design for maximum traction , strong sidewalls , I run standard tubes with low preasure & no pinch flats (yet)

    Weaknesses:    Heavy , but they have to be

    Bottom Line:   
    I use these tires for DH racing & trail riding , when it's wet and muddy these tires hook up on wet rocks and roots , I've learned to trust these tires in the slippery stuff and don't give traction a second thought . They don't shed mud very good , but it doesn't seem to matter , when they get wet the tread feels like it gets stickery . I havn't ridden on the soft compounds of other tire manufacturers , but I've had great success with these and would recommened them . 24.1 comp on the rear & 32 comp up front .

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Tioga

    Bike Setup:   SC Bullit W/dual crown Sherman

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Trev a Weekend Warrior from Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2003

    Strengths:    Stop the rims from hitting the road, make a cool noise riding on the road, will really bulk your legs up

    Weaknesses:    Lack of grip, weight, rolling resistance

    Bottom Line:   
    These tyres suck. They are as heavy to pedal as the Specialized and Nokian downhill tyres, but have no grip on wet surfaces. The treads clog up with mud straight away and after that you might as well use slicks. No grip going uphill, downhill, or cornering (not that I managed to do any real cornering, the bike just slid around and it made bugger all diference which way I pointed the bars). Maybe these are designed for hardpack or something, but they sure don't suit wet dirt and leaves. I'm changing over to IRCs or WTBs asap. Anyone who wants a free pair of these, nearly new, just look through my garbage.

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    Favorite Trail:   Takasuyama

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Stock with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Evil Twin, Nokian Gazzalodi, WTB Nanoraptor, IRC Kujo, IRC Backcountry

    Bike Setup:   Stock Giant AC1

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by bob a Downhiller from usa

    Date Reviewed: January 2, 2003

    Strengths:    they are very large, very fat, and very nice looking.

    Weaknesses:    they are extremely hard to get on your rim. I am lucky i didn't break my tire lever, or my rim for that matter. Had to get a friend to lend a hand to get it on. Soap helps a little too.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires make a cool humming sound as you ride on any flat surface, which I suppose is good for traction on loose stuff. Unfortunately, I have to pedal a lot more after switching from my semi slicks to these fully knobbies (the rolling resistance is pretty noticeable). While they slow you down on asphalt, I bet they are nasty when going DH or just trail riding. They do look nice, and the sidewalls are the thickest i've ever seen. I had some trouble putting them on my tubeless rims, and also some trouble mounting them on the bead. It took a trip to the gas station's air compressor to get the job done. they are advertised and tubeless, and they haven't lost any air yet, but mounting them was a chore. The difficulty of putting them on is overshadowed by the fact that the tire will never, EVER fall off. Great tires, I wish I had them from the start. oh, hella cheap too!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $37.00

    Similar Products Used:   some tioga and hutchinson skinny xc tires

    Bike Setup:   i-drive with z1, xt discs, mavic's new D3.1 DH UST rims, and all the rest

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ice Man from Washington

    Date Reviewed: December 3, 2002

    Strengths:    They grip everything and anything that I throw at them, they take the abuse like nothing else.

    Weaknesses:    They wear quick, but the compund is fairly soft.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires are great, I think that I will buy them agian or I might try out the Hot S tires. Overall the tires have allowed me to do things that I thought I couldn't do like ride over off cambered slippery roots.

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    Favorite Trail:   noab

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   none.

    Bike Setup:   2002 Giant AC2, everything is stock exept for a THE fender up front and a Race Face bash guard.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by John Y from Oak Harbor, WA

    Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Durable as hell, decent tread pattern. This tire seems to work quite well in the mud as well as loose dirt, rocks etc.
    Beefy sidewalls.
    A LOT better than my old Tioga DH 2.1's.

    Weaknesses:    Hard as hell to take off the rim, the bead is thick as hell. Broke 2 tire levers in the process.

    Bottom Line:   
    Really nice tire for the price, beefy as all hell. If you get a flat, be prepared, 'cause these tires are hard as hell to get off the rim. But run some beefy tubes, and don't suck and you won't have that problem.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Bicycles Northwest

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Weirwolf 2.5, Tioga DH 2.1

    Bike Setup:   2001 Kona Stuff, Hayes 6" Hydraulic disks, WTB Weirwolf 2.5, Michelin 2.5 DH

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by michael a Racer from West Chester, PA

    Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

    Strengths:    Rolls pretty decent, corners nicely as well. When ran as a rear tire, breaking is solid. Decent weight for what they are. it was my tire of choice for most of the year.

    Weaknesses:    when it broke loose, it would break loose pretty fast.

    Bottom Line:   
    I am running this tire this weekend for the last race of the year b/c i like it that much. I had it on my DH bike at every single DH ride/race this year and most of last year. Cut out the inner row of tread it is sweet in wet
    stuff. My team (Bean's Bikes) ran this tire for the most part as well. killer tread.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Direct

    Similar Products Used:   Gazzi Jr. 2.6
    Maxxis Mobsters and High Rollers, tioga DH 2.3,

    Bike Setup:   Turner DHR/Dorado/EvilBikes chainguide/Mavic 521 rims/Hayes brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Todd a Downhiller from San Francisco, Ca

    Date Reviewed: October 23, 2002

    Strengths:    Smooth Ride
    Good Pinch-Flat protection
    Fairly lightwieght
    Hooks up in most conditions
    Good treadwear(when ridden on dirt)

    Weaknesses:    Could have a heavier caseing

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Tire. Works a little better as a rear tire.

    This tire rails hard, but, when it breaks loose it breaks hard and fast. Thankfuly it hooks back up so easily that you can be confident pushing the tire well past its limits. Min suggested tire pressure is 25# but I run them between 15-20# with no trouble.

    Match a 2.5 in back with a Maxxis Minion F 2.75 Slow Reezy in front and your bike will corner like its on rails in any conditions.

    As for the other tires:
    Maxxis Minion 2.7 -- Best Tires Avail. 10 Flamin Chilis
    Nokian Gazzy -- Sweet if you are into big drops
    WTB MotoRaptor 2.4 -- Great Tire if you are a XC Freak
    IRC Kujo 2.3 -- Killer for the North East or Urban
    Tioga Factory DH 2.5 -- Nice feeling tire, WEAK SIDEWALLS

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   RBM Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Minion 2.7
    Nokian Gazzy
    WTB MotoRaptor 2.4
    IRC Kujo 2.3
    Tioga Factory DH 2.5

    Bike Setup:   GT DHI, Monster T, Atom Labs Stuff

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