Michelin DH-Soft Tire

4.1/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Bead: Rigid
  • Tread patterns: Interchangeable f/r
  • Casing: Gumwall, 27 tpi reinforced
  • 26 x 2.2 (54-559): 1100g


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Gaffer a Downhiller from Nannerch

    Date Reviewed: October 23, 2006

    Strengths:    Strong sidewalls, fast rolling when slightly worn, super grip on dry to moist gravel,soil and rock due to soft compound rubber.

    Weaknesses:    Not too good in wetter conditions, side from on some rocky surfaces.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have have a few pairs of these tyres and ive enjoyed wearing them out completely. As a summer tyre they are excellent on drier mud/soil, grass, rock and gravel.

    When they wear pretty low they turn into DH semi slicks which are super fast on fire tracks when inflated 50+ psi.

    I have kept a pair now, purely for scaring myself on steep fire tracks in summer. Fast as you like.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Michelin DH24 + DH16, IRC Kujo

    Bike Setup:   Hardtail with 5" forks

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Spannerhead a Weekend Warrior from UK

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2002

    Strengths:    Good grip, especially in braking. For mud and the soft stuff.

    Weaknesses:    Not particularly good forward traction. (will obvioulsy depend on which way you face the scoop treads, to be good in braking it is clear that the drive will suffer).

    Noticeably Worn after 1 ride.


    Bottom Line:   
    For DH Pros only.. Who know what terrain to use em on..

    These tyres came free with some DH rims I wanted. It is not a tyre I would buy out of choice. You can tell it is going to be a very specific tyre and a fast wearer just by looking at it.

    I think I may just slap one on the rear if I was entering a DH race like the last one I entered. Muddy/tufty moorland drop and golf course style jumps. Mud not too wet (washout!).

    I would pack a Panaracer DH magic on the front and that would be ace for speeding down the steep slippy track.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   You name em, I've probably riden em.

    Bike Setup:   KONA Stinky.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mick Procovich a Weekend Warrior from Saylorsburg, PA, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2002

    Strengths:    I bought these tires for spring mud riding in eastern PA. I'm very pleased with the traction and manners in the slop, roots, rocks, snow, ice, climbs and downhills.

    Weaknesses:    Friggin' heavy. I got a pinch flat at the end of the very first ride, but I was running low air pressure. I'll take Tony Laibach's advice and pump them up more to see if they still have the traction necessary. If not, the Smoke goes on.

    Bottom Line:   
    I put my Michelin/Dart combo head to head in the mud, roots, ice, snow, and rocks against my friend with his Smoke/Dart combo which had one season on them. I felt I had a slight advantage only through the rocks and ice/snow where I had a 2.2 against his 2.1. All other areas we were pretty much even. For the eastern PA mud roots and rocks, this is a heavy, but good back tire. The jury is still out on the pinch flats. It takes some legs to trail ride with this tire, but I can't blame a DH tire in this area. I take a chili from the overall for the pinch flat on the first ride. My air pressure wasn't that low.

    Don't buy this tire if you plan on road riding or ride dry hardpack. Keep it in the nasty stuff where it belongs.

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    Favorite Trail:   Not allowed to tell - best kept secret in eastern PA

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Performance Bicycle

    Similar Products Used:   Recently: Panaracer, Pro Fire XC's, Smokes, Darts, and WTB Moto Rapture 2.0 which were horrible everywhere except mud so I took them off after the first ride.

    In the past: Onza Race Porcupines, Farmer John, Cousin John, Smokes when they first came out, and Onza Dan 2.1.


    Bike Setup:   2000 Giant XTC DS/2, Terry Fly Titanium, Avid disks, XT shifters/derailleurs, SRAM 69

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chiripa a Weekend Warrior from Bogota, Colombia

    Date Reviewed: December 4, 2001

    Strengths:    Great all around grip. Good for technical descents/climbs. Cool for cornering too. Rubber is so sticky, you can tell the difference with any other tire. Of great help on controlled stoping.

    Weaknesses:    It wears after 300 miles aprox (I weigh 158 lbs), but it's worth every buck. Hard to find down here.

    Bottom Line:   
    It rules.Great feeling when you wear your first one. It can actually improve your riding skills and confidence.

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    Favorite Trail:   El Armario, Sutamarchan

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Montaña & Cross

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Coyote and Jumbo, MTB Velociraptors, Vittoria, Panaracers, other Wildgrippers,etc.

    Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive '00 Modified Z5 Bomber, RS Deluxe, STX/XTR

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug a Downhiller from San Antonio, TX

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001

    Strengths:    Grip well, good braking

    Weaknesses:    Wear too fast!!!, Pinch Flats!

    Bottom Line:   
    I have looked forward to riding these tires for some time and I was impressed with their grip right out of the box. However, I have been riding Specialized DH tires for some time and I have never had a flat, even at 20-30 psi in rough rock. I have only riden approx. 20 miles on these tires and I have had 4 flats and the rear tire is almost 70% gone. I think these tires are great for a single race run, but the economy racer like my self needs something that will hold a little longer. Plus these tires have a huge void in leaning the bike. This happens when the leaning the bike off the center knobs and on to the side knobs. The bike almost falls until it catches on the side knobs. It never turns over or washes out, but this can be hard to predict.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Fear Control, Tioga DH, Panaracer Fire DH, IRC

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jekyll with Marzo. Jr. T up front, with Grameca Disc Brakes (Economy DH Rig)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nick Fenton a Downhiller from Clinton Connecticut

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2001

    Strengths:    kung fu grip! no pinch flats, cheap!

    Weaknesses:    wears faster then most

    Bottom Line:   
    great tire for all conditions. I use a Kenda 2.6 for the front for better sidewall grip teh knobs are more agresssive and this is the perfect set up for me

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    Favorite Trail:   Any one with rocks

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   www.performacebike.com

    Similar Products Used:   lots

    Bike Setup:   Kenda 2.6 kolossal in teh front

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Theo a Downhiller from Melbourne, Australia

    Date Reviewed: April 13, 2001

    Strengths:    Grip sooo well!!! The amount of grip on these tires is amazing!! Compared to my Tioga's (which isnt much of a comparison) these things feel like you can drop the bike and still have grip..

    Weaknesses:    They wear a bit quickly, but who cares? They're only designed for racing and not for going around the streets.. If you want a good street tire, get the Tioga or something.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires are the best for my style of riding and weight. I weigh about 80 kilos (dunno what that is in lbs) and these tires are really good for me. They make me feel like the bike has so much more control than before. 10/10 for these tires.. Good job Michelin

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt Beauty, Victoria

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Le Tour Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Intense, Tioga, Kujo, Maxxis, Kenda, Hutchinson Squale and Jumbo, and lots of other ones that don't need to be mentioned

    Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR with all the downhill goodies on it

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by John a Downhiller from Ontario

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2000

    Strengths:    excellent under dry conditions,no pinchflats at low pressure

    Weaknesses:    a little unpredictable in the wet, wear quickly

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires have been great so far. There a little unpredictable in the wet but then again what tire isn't?? They do seem to wear a little quickly though but all in all they're still a great tire.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mud Mad DH, Kenda Kinetics

    Bike Setup:   2000 Giant DH Team, Rockshox Boxxer,Rockshox Coupe Deluxe, Hope Discs.....

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony Laibach a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: July 10, 2000

    Strengths:    Amazing grip. Their 2.20 grips as good, if not better, than 2.35 Kujo. And did I say low priced?

    Weaknesses:    Too soft, feels like it won't last too long, but hey, that's why it grips, so, it that a weakness?

    Bottom Line:   
    I weigh 150 lbs and I run them at 55 psi...pumped, I know, but they still grip at technical sections with roots and ruts. Also conquer wet steep muddy hairpins with amazing results. Waiting to see if they still hold up in another 3 torturous months. So far, I like them better than the Kujos.

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    Favorite Trail:   TaiMoShan

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Kujo

    Bike Setup:   RockyMountain RM6DH Y2K, Mr.T Qr20, Fox Vanilla coil, Purple Hayes Disc Brakes

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daniel a Weekend Warrior from Cold Lake

    Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000

    Strengths:    Big, thick casing, awesome traction.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy, but it shouldn't matter a whole lot on the DH scene.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome tire. I was given this tire 'cuzz it was old but it still had lots of tread left on it. I run it on my XC/Freeride bike and it is a bit heavy for that. You can feel it on the acceleration but overall it's a good tire.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   N/A

    Bike Setup:   Brodie Energy, stock, with brodie brake booster

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