Michelin Mountain Dry Tire

4.5/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Low rolling resistance pattern.
  • Reinforced technology : ideal balance between weight and shock absorption.

    Fast directional block pattern minimises rolling resistance.
    Michelin Reinforced technology for durability and resistance impact damage.



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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Simon

    Date Reviewed: May 31, 2012

    Strengths:    Super fast rolling, out with friends on hard packed decents I often have to brake to stay with them, grip on hard packed surfaces is superb, they real rail on either dried mud or light gravel, good on damp rocks as well but a bit fussy on pressures, too hard and they slide. Super hard wearing, after about 400miles the moulding bobbles are still there, reckon these will last me 5 summers.

    Weaknesses:    Useless in mud, not good at all on wet roots or other wood, although they cope with that summer top coat of slime you get on a rainy day just fine.

    Bottom Line:   
    Really really good for what they are meant to be good at (Dry Mountains!), severely compromised under other conditions.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Suth a All Mountain Rider from Adelaide, Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 23, 2012

    Strengths:    Roll fast, nice profile, reasonably big bag tire for 2.3. Did I mention that it rolls fast?? I think the fact that it is a quicker tire means my legs are fresher when it commes time to climb, welcome when I am grinding up switchbacks on a 14.5 kg bike.

    Weaknesses:    The tradeoff for the rolling speed seems to be that these tires are unhappy in loose sand and mud. If you push them they seem to scrub at the front rather than bite, at the back they can get a bit drifty, but not unpredictably so. I am using the 2.3 reinforced that seems to be a reasonable weight, it took a while to get it to seal up with with stans sealant on stans rims.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great summer tire if you dont encounter too much soft stuff. Given other reviews, I would be apprehensive venturing out in these in winter. If you ride hardpack, these would be brilliant, but loose over hard, just be a little bit cautious. They do roll fast, so in a smaller with 1.9/2.1 they would probably be a fantastic dry race tire.

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    Favorite Trail:   Craigburn

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   CRC

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis high roller, minions, geax barro mountain.

    Bike Setup:   Pivot Firebird DHX air, float 180 RC2, slx/xt drivetrain, joplin 4R, stans flows, 203mm XT brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ed Hudson a Weekend Warrior from Lusby, MD

    Date Reviewed: November 19, 2010

    Strengths:    Fast rolling, good traction on hardpack, absorbs bumps well, adequate for occasional mud and sand

    Weaknesses:    Doesn't clear wet clay well, it took a while to wear off the little spikes on the tires when they were new, sometimes I need a little more grip in loose climbs and corners

    Bottom Line:   
    I was amazed at the improvement in speed compared to an aggressive treaded tire. Gained a lot of speed but gave up only a little grip. The wear really well. They also roll fast at lower pressures. Perfect for rocky and rooted hardpack when speed is important.

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    Favorite Trail:   Putnam Co. Park

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   NASHBAR

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos
    Motoraptors


    Bike Setup:   typical full suspension frankenbike--LX-level drivetrain, hydro brakes, air suspension

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Lenoir City, TN

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2010

    Strengths:    Rolls easily, has good shock absorbsion/comfort over roots and rocks

    Weaknesses:    If the hill gets muddy, just start pushing. Too many small knobs to be effective in mud.

    Bottom Line:   
    For the 10$ closeout price at Nashbar, you'd be insane to not purchase them. They go on sale every other month it seems. I'm running 26x2.3's front and rear(the tires have arrors to dictate a front or rear orientation).

    I did experience some pinch flats early on, but this was mainly due to me running to low of psi. I've been running 45 front and 42-ish rear and all seems well. I'm running tubes with slime in them.

    I gave an overall a 4 because it'd be nice to have SOME help when it gets muddy. It really falls off if you encounter a leafy/loose/muddy hill.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anywhere at Haw Ridge

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, WTB Weirwolf and some form of knobby Maxxis

    Bike Setup:   Giant VT2 with Fox Float RLC forks, RaceFace Evolve crankset with external bearing bottom bracket

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Zachariah a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert, California USA

    Date Reviewed: April 24, 2010

    Strengths:    -Tons of dry grip
    -Whisper quiet on pavement
    -Fast as hell
    -Confidence inspiring rubber
    -Tough sidewalls for non-UST tire
    -Easy to mount tubeless(Stan's)
    -Amazing cornering ability


    Weaknesses:    -640g weight
    -Slips like poo in wet mud(not designed for it!)


    Bottom Line:   
    Introduced in 2005 - this is the very same tire that catapulted XC rider Julien Absalon to World Cup domination.

    Being a Weight Weenie myself - I was very leery about the weight of these tires as I am normally used to small-volume, light XC race tires under 400g/ea. However, after using them I now realize the super-smooth and low rolling resistance of this tire MORE THAN MAKES UP for climbing weight increase. In fact, you'll BARELY NOTICE the weight because these tires roll sooooo smoothly and quietly...its like almost NOTHING is there!

    The 26 x 2.15 Michelin XCR Mountain Dry2 is actually measured at 2.15 exactly. The high volume is almost impervious to pinch flats and rips through loose, dry singletrack with absolute ease and point/shoot precision. I like them even BETTER than the Conti Race King 2.2 and Schwalbe Rocket Ron! The real KEY to this tire's magic is how you play with air pressure and the terrain you ride in.

    For 2010 - this wonderful piece of French-made equipment is now known as the Michelin Wild Race'R. The tread pattern has been retained only because it is so damn FAST and it just plain WORKS. Get this tire for under $20 today at Nasbar while close-out supplies last!

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    Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park(24 Hours of Adrenalin Course)

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   Continental Race King 2.2 Supersonic
    Specialized The Captain 2Bliss
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO
    Kenda Small Block 8


    Bike Setup:   21-pound Cannondale race hardtail.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by lucyfek a Cross Country Rider from lake co, il, usa

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2010

    Strengths:    review is for dry 2 tires (26x2.3)
    nice, good quality, made in France, reasonably beefy tread without going overboard, not too heavy, surprisingly comfy - low vibrations (though I ran them ~ 25psi for now), good grip on snow/ice, won't toss you around when switching "lanes" imprinted in snow (sidewall knobs are just right size)


    Weaknesses:    too little time to test thoroughly but so far none really, probably more resistance that skinny tires (but I wanted 2.3+ for winter/snow), maybe the "whiskers" left over on the tread by production process (but these will wear out sooner or later)

    Bottom Line:   
    good tires for the price, I'm quite sure these will perform just as good on dirt as on snow, 2.3 and still room to spare (if you didn't care for fenders)

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere that wheels keep rolling

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   speedgoat.com

    Similar Products Used:   hardly similar - I never used anything more than 2.1 (for speed, it's flat here anyway), maybe Forté Sherwood XC (not bad for moderate xc), Forté Dartmoor (nice - fast and still reasonably puncture resistant), another more knobby performance tires

    Bike Setup:   zion ebb singlespeed, a DIY custom, a beat-up bike

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bristecom a Cross Country Rider from Indianapolis, Indiana

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2009

    Strengths:    Smooth, fast rolling, lightweight, responsive, durable, and grip on hardpack

    Weaknesses:    Grip on loose and performance over rough terrain

    Bottom Line:   
    I ride mostly dry hardpack surfaces so this tire seemed like the ideal choice for me. Compared to the stock tires, these are slightly lighter and roll a little better which makes them faster and easier to climb with. Its tall, narrow, pointy profile really digs into the ground and corners so well on pavement, I can nearly drag my knee! The problem is it slides down ridges, gets caught in crevices, and basically buries itself in sand. It might not be so bad with the 2.3 inch version though. The low profile tread is very responsive and ample for hardpack but gets easily overwhelmed and washes out over anything loose. Michelin’s quality is top notch with a durable construction and reasonable wear rate.

    So if you use this tire for what is was designed for, smooth hardpacked dirt, it's just about perfect. However, you're probably going to come across some rougher loose stuff that will remind you of the tradeoffs.

    (I'd give it a 4.5 overall but since I can't, I'll just round up.)

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    Favorite Trail:   Town Run Trail Park

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Bicycle Garage Indy

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones ACX

    Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 80, Michelin AirComp Latex Tubes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Fatman a Cross Country Rider from Munich

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2009

    Strengths:    low resistance, solid tire, medium priced

    Weaknesses:    none, so far

    Bottom Line:   
    Dry2 2,3 reinforced. Was getting tired of waiting for Schwalbe's new Racing Ralph Double Defence 2,24 tire (not available here for weeks now). This is an excellent more than substitute for considerably less money. Very contented! Would choose it now even if the RR would have been available.
    p.s. some like the big decals on the Schwalbe tires. I hate being around with exceläently readable eponyms like Big Betty, Small Sissy...This Michein M Dry 2 is just an honnest tire and shows it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Oktoberfest Round

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   hibike

    Similar Products Used:   Most Schwalbes. Michelin XCR Mud

    Bike Setup:   Tank Hardtail

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Patrick from Clemson, SC, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 17, 2008

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, thick sidewall, easy to mount

    Weaknesses:    None, so far... it cost more than I wanted to pay, but I think it way worth it.

    Bottom Line:   
    My bike is my primary transportation on campus, but I love to go out on trails on the weekends. I ride a lot of stairs and enjoy the local freeride course, so I need a high volume tire that won't pinch flat easily. The tire is designed for dry conditions, but it has tolerated moderate mud, and wasn't too bad on some snow and slush. It rolls very quickly on concrete, but has excellent grip out on the singletracks. I've only used it as a front tire, but I'm very satisfied.

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    Favorite Trail:   Issaqueena Trail

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Sunshine Bicycle Co.

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal

    Bike Setup:   2003 Trek Liquid 20...pretty much stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Zephyr a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

    Date Reviewed: January 7, 2008

    Strengths:    super fast rolling, thick sidewalls

    Weaknesses:    gets stuck in mud, but sheds it quite fast, then again its a summer tire so...
    and maybe a bigger size.


    Bottom Line:   
    this review is for the Mountain Dry 2 Reinforced edition, absolutely love it, used it as a front, felt quite good, turning and braking felt very sure footed, but personally i feel it is better as a rear tire, it has a slightly rounder profile, hard wearing, rolls superb, thick sidewalls prevent rips n tears, really can't fault it, plus its not to expensive.

    buy this if you ride mainly dry areas.

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    Favorite Trail:   TT

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Rampage, Razer MX, Kenda Kinetics.

    Bike Setup:   Hardtail Freeride

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