Michelin Wildgripper Comp S Tire

3.41/5 (96 Reviews)
Weight : 520 g MSRP : $18.49


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Product Description

  • Advanced tread design: A World Cup-proven tread pattern that rolls fast, yet maximizes traction and control.
  • Low rolling resistance. Silicium tread compound and intelligent tread design make this a fast tire on hardpacked terrain, yet it holds its own in loose conditions.
  • High-density 127 tpi casing with lightweight foldable beads
  • Silicium Inside Silicium is a natural elastomer modified and reinforced with silica, which combines low rolling resistance and impressive mud-shedding capability with remarkable durability. Silicium is used in both green and black tread compounds.


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Matej a Weekend Warrior from Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

    Date Reviewed: August 5, 2006

    Strengths:    Very fast tyres, tarmac, all sorts of single tracks, but usefull more or less in dry conditions

    Weaknesses:    No very good in wet conditions, you get a flat easily unless you fill it over 3 bars (up to 4) on a fully!, but then they only bounce around and you get no good grip at all. In 8 months they started to look like an old rubber starting to get more and more small cracks until I finally rip the rear one appart.

    Bottom Line:   
    It's a very nice tyre for dry cross country riding, but if you like to drive crazy down the hill especially on the rocks keep away, you'll walk most of the time and spend time changing and patching tyres!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Similar Products Used:   IRC, Tioga, Schwalbe, Panaracer, Continental etc.

    Bike Setup:   Elan Slyer, XT overall, Manitou sherman in front and Fox Float RL on the back with a Horst link

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Rod from upsyte ny

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2005

    Strengths:    fast,great for reduced pinch flats even with low psi,sticky on dry pact and rock.

    Weaknesses:    very squiraly on loose stuff, exremely short life span.

    Bottom Line:   
    Race it and only race it a few times and do your preride b4 you decide. When they work, they rox as for the short time that they last. Not for train or rec rides at all.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   some offbeat .com

    Similar Products Used:   Lol, lets just say Im a tire junky!

    Bike Setup:   sugar 1

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from Boulder, CO, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2005

    Strengths:    Good traction, climbs well

    Weaknesses:    Squirly on roads

    Bottom Line:   
    For the price, this tire isnt too bad. I've had it for about 2 years now and have had no major complaints. I ride to work on pavement with it and at high speeds it tends to be a little unstable. On the trail, though, this tire does its job.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $40.00


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Spangelsare Great a Weekend Warrior from Kirknewton

    Date Reviewed: June 14, 2005

    Strengths:    Light weight and low rolling resistance.

    Weaknesses:    Not great in muddy or wet conditions.

    Bottom Line:   
    I used these tyres all year with the eclipse tubeless system and found them okay. They rolled quick and I never got a flat (until I had a blow out yesterday). They struggled in wet conditions, espeically in mud (had a very close testicle stem incident last week on a steep uphill wheel spin).

    I have now got a set of Panaracer Trailrakers because I have got tired of coming off as my mates ride on in the mud and rain (we get a lot of that here).

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    Favorite Trail:   Glentress Red

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle

    Similar Products Used:   Michelan XLS, Conti Escape/Explorer

    Bike Setup:   Giant NRS, Psylo SL, Hope Mono Minis, Hope/Mavic Wheels, SRAM XO shifters, X9 Rear Mech, XT Front Mech, Race Face Turbine cranks, Profile bars, stem. Race Face Pin, Flight Saddle, Time Pedals.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Bob Stickers a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario

    Date Reviewed: November 28, 2004

    Strengths:    Basically these are my (used on rear only) pythons for low-mid mud, fall leaves and such on trails that generally the pythons work very well on. They fit the bill well. Good grip on top layer 1/2 inch muck with somewhat firm soil underneath even when climbing tough stuff. On rear 1.95 version does well even with lower speed high torque and turning climbs. Everything else generally found on XC type trails not a problem. Very happy with mud clearing ability. The tire also seems to stab through and didn't pack up with wet partially decomposed leaves. Traction also good on rocks and wet wood.

    Weaknesses:    Wished it was a little higher volume tire so that slightly lower PSI could be run. For a 150 lbs rider I'm using 33 lbs. No problems yet but I have yet to really slam into anything hard yet. I usually run python air lights at frt 26/rear 28 which some would consider low and have never had a low PSI type flat in their 2+ year life.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good tire! Fast, light, good when your light XC race tire needs a little more grip although you could easily run them all the time so good fall/mucky tire.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Jones rear - POS.
    Hutchinson Pythons great all around tire except for mud, fantastic on hard pack. Very fast. and light
    Michelin Hot S - used as fall/spring mucky front tire. Fairly good, little heavy but will cut through the crap and bite down especially when run in rear mode on front.
    Nokian Extreme 296 - winter/ice, excellent. Recommend looking at the newer lighter version with kevlar beads and lower weight. Tires weigh nearly 1000g a piece. But nothing like studded tires when you need them.


    Bike Setup:   NRS Air 2001 frame with CK hubs, ceramic 517, Sid Team fork and dis and dat and what naught.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by adam a Cross Country Rider from kokomo

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2004

    Strengths:    fabulous tires! this is a follow-up to my initial review. i ride a couple of miles on pavement to get to a local park that i train at, so something that provides low-friction and wear resistence on asphalt is a plus. this tire does everythng right!

    Weaknesses:    none, little hard to find, but otherwise performanc is top notch

    Bottom Line:   
    buy these tires if you can find them

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   none, these tires exclusively now

    Bike Setup:   2004 giant NRS air frame, crossmax wheels, XT/XTR derailleurs, easton components, crank bros. pedals, skareb fork, race face crank

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Robert a Weekend Warrior from Philippines

    Date Reviewed: September 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Light weight, very low rolling resistance

    Weaknesses:    Not too grippy of wet surfaces

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires start out perfect especially of dry trail conditions even on loose gravel fireroads. They also roll great on the road so this makes them perfect for the on-road stretch going to the trailhead. They start loosing traction after a few months of use when the knobbies start to give especially of wet surfaces. They would have the perfect all around tires except the they do slip unexpectedly and I have started doubting it and makes my riding sketchy and too cautious. Hey I need better tires!

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    Favorite Trail:   Maarat

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Extreme

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Mosquito

    Bike Setup:   Giant NRS

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by adam a Cross Country Rider from Kokomo, IN

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2003

    Strengths:    i have only ridden on these tires a couple of times. i needed something light, UST, fast and durable on pavement and serious on off-road conditions all for a good price. these tires seem to work well.

    Weaknesses:    none as of yet, i just hope they don't wear out so fast like my old Tioga red pheonix tires

    Bottom Line:   
    good tires so far, fast on the street, corners well, light, good in grass and off road stuff. looking foward to how they handle

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   bike nashbar

    Bike Setup:   EPX Terrashark frame, mostly XT drivetrain, easton bar and stem and marzoochi MX Pro fork, crossmax ust disk

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Saietor Blackgreen a Cross Country Rider from Moscow, Russia.

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, good on asphalt, great on trails, sandy and dirty roads, in wet sh#t also. Good puncture resistance.

    Weaknesses:    Unstable in turns on hardpack - difficult to keep high speed in the city.

    Bottom Line:   
    Got the last pair very cheap. Almost 1500 km passed - weared out just to note the wear, they gonna roll for many more thousands. Got 2 flats using "ultra thin" tyres. Went to "thin" ones - passed almost 800 km without any flats.

    Tried CAAD3-based bike with Michelin Jet - despite the longer base it allows much sharper turns. Gonna go to Crimea - asphalt mountain roads with high-speed turns, so I buy Michelin Jet or other semislicks with small side knobs.

    But Comp S will stay for trails and forests - they are awesome! 4 for price, 5 for perfomance - there are no ideal things, but good things deserve to be called "perfect".

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    Favorite Trail:   City and Countryside

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Bikemaster

    Similar Products Used:   tried some other semislicks

    Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar X, LX/XT, Z2 atom 80

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott from Mckean Co. PA

    Date Reviewed: March 14, 2003

    Strengths:    great wear, tire is still holding up great after a season that included many terain types

    Weaknesses:    squirrely handling needs some getting used to

    Bottom Line:   
    Got mine on closeout. These are an all around great tire, they work in all sorts of conditions. A little more aggresive grip would be good in climbs to give that extra umph and the handling was squirrely which took a little while to get used to. The green ones shed the mud great.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $9.00

    Purchased At:   nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   many others

    Bike Setup:   '98 CDale f500 with various upgraded components, headshok fatty

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Johnny Cash a Cross Country Rider from Madision, USA

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2003

    Strengths:    Great grip, Longlasting, reliable, Light, Great in terrain

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Theses tires manage all type of terrain. Great traction in any condition. Very long lasting, no signs of wear-out.
    Are a bit slow on asfalt but perfect for woods and rocky terrain. A reliable tire

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Bike Setup:   Giant Terrago

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Lee Kline a Cross Country Rider from Tampa

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2003

    Strengths:    light weight

    Weaknesses:    very unpredictable

    Bottom Line:   
    Liked the green look to the tire but that is about where the love affair ended. Only bought 1 tire and orginally used on the front. 1st thing I noticed was that it had pretty good traction (almost to much compared to my phythons) but w/ the traction came a high tendency to wash out in the turns if leand hard causing me eat it especially in soft sand. The tire never tells you when it is going to give just does it very quickly so you can't react. Swapped to the back and things got better but feels a little to fishtaily when ridding agggressive. The lackof side knobs is the reason for this. If you want a good set of michelins try the hot-s they are very aggressive and the rolling resistance isn't the best but they hook up real well and are very predictable. Bottom line this tire sucks for the front ok for the rear.

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    Favorite Trail:   pisgah

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Similar Products Used:   pythons hot-s cont. vert pro

    Bike Setup:   specialized fsr manitou, xtr, tru-vativ, thomson etc...

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: January 6, 2003

    Strengths:    Cool color, great traction in hardpack and wet soil.

    Weaknesses:    Weak sidewall. Floats in mud

    Bottom Line:   
    I would not recommend these. The sidewalls are too weak. The sidewall blew out mid-ride forcing me to boot the tire with energy bar wrappers (I got another hour this way).

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    Favorite Trail:   BD

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Friend

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey, WTB, Continental

    Bike Setup:   Cannondal Jekyl 2000

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Rex a Cross Country Rider from Palo Alto, CA

    Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Good Traction, cool green color.

    Weaknesses:    Sidewall tear

    Bottom Line:   
    Overall pretty good traction for the rear and good directional guidance for the front. Did not differ much from the Ritchey Z Max tires. I suffered tears on the rear tire sidewall and suffered flats from the casing eroding throught the inner tubes. Did not last as long as the Ritcheys. Will be trying Continental Explorers and Escape for the next set.

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    Favorite Trail:   Monte Bello

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclists

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey

    Bike Setup:   Bridgestone MB-0, Ritchey Rims

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Glenn Vernes a Cross Country Rider from Middletown CT

    Date Reviewed: November 28, 2002

    Strengths:    None really

    Weaknesses:    Wear way too fast, lose traction quickly, poor compared to other tires I've tried

    Bottom Line:   
    I can't recommend them. They wear out way too fast (appreciable wear on the rear after 3 rides!) and they lose traction quickly with no warning. This last fact caused a serious crash that put me out for three months. They work alright on dry hardpack, but so do other tires without the drawbacks. Ride through mud and you just churn the tire, no traction at all. If you're looking for a fast rolling tire the Conti Explorer Pro is a better bet.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Similar Products Used:   Conti Traction Pro/Comp Pro, Conti Explorer Pro, Panaracer Dart,

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 1, Bomber, XTR

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