Michelin Wildgripper Front S Tire

3.58/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $55.00


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Product Description

Michelin Wildgripper Front S 26x2.10 Black Tire. High density nylon casing. Control-specific tread design for steering precision and grip. State-of-the-art Silicium? tread compound sheds mud, grips well, rolls fast.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mmm3m a Weekend Warrior from Miami

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    Love these tires! They offer great traction and control, and I dig the green rubber. Living in Miami, I ride a lot of technical, rooty terrain and these guys grip in places where I used to slide. Since the tread is not very deep, they're not so good in deep mud, but they do quite well even on loose sand.

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls are not very strong, so they gave way before the rest of the tires (still, I got a year's worth of hard weekend riding, so I got my money's worth). New specs claim sidewalls have been reinforced, so problem may be fixed.

Bottom Line:   
Love these tires! I bought them once and I will buy them again. In fact, I have resisted buying other tires until I could find another set of these babies. While I was lucky enough to find them on a bargain bin, they're well worth full price.

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Favorite Trail:   Oleta

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   Bargain bin during a


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian Elmer a Cross Country Rider from Lexington, KY, USA

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2003

Strengths:    This is a great tire in the handling department. It's SO much better than the Ground Control I had, and allows me to go much faster into the corners. It has good feedback, and lets you know nicely when it's losing traction...instead of laying you down immediately. It's also pretty light, and the Kevlar bead makes it easier to put on my Rhyno Lite rims.

I'm using this tire with an XL S in the back, and it's a great all around combo.


Weaknesses:    The tires are fragile! I was doing some riding around campus one day, and looked down to see the tube poking out a 1/2" long tear in the sidewall. Took it home, stitched it with some dental floss, put a 3"x1.5" piece of milk jug behind it, and it's good to go!

Bottom Line:   
As I said, the tire's a great handler. It's much nicer not having to worry about falling down as much in a corner - the tire is slow to wash out, and you should have plenty of time to slow down or correct your angle. It grips great.

Then there's the durability factor. It's pretty sad how easily it tore. I read the reviews and figured it wouldn't happen to me, but it sure did. Just keep the dental floss and milk jug plastic handy, though, and you should be good to go.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike online

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ground Control

Bike Setup:   Specialized HardRock Comp w/ Duke XC, front Avid disc, Rhyno Lite/Deore disc wheels.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Christian a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2003

Strengths:    price

Weaknesses:    green
pinch flats


Bottom Line:   
weak casing -- many pinch flats. so-so traction. good price

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Favorite Trail:   Pauley reek, Downieville CA

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   perforamnce site

Similar Products Used:   irc claw comp lite (excellent). hutchinson python gold (sucks)

Bike Setup:   Kona Lavadome steel hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by WY a Cross Country Rider from SG

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2003

Strengths:    Strangely for such aggressive Knobblies, the rolling resistance is rather light. It worked well on hard pack and fire trails. Good on technical climbs. Works better then the COMP S.

Weaknesses:    none so far, but a little tentative on hard cornering

Bottom Line:   
This tire is actually better then the Lite S which I was previously using. Above ave all round

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   COMP S, LITE S

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tsali, Full XTR, Avid Arch Rivals, Mavic 517s, Thompson Elite seatpost, thompson elite stem, Chris Kings, Easton Monkeylite riser bars, rockshox SID SLs 100mm, Selle Italia Flite Gel black,Shimano 747s,DT swiss comp spokes.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Petrovich from St. Petersburg

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2003

Strengths:    Good rolling

Weaknesses:    Got torn in five places on the sidewall after 600 km of hikes

Bottom Line:   
Never, ever I will even take a look at Michelin tires any more. Though I must say WildGripper FrontS is 5.28 times better than WildGripper XL that got torn in 22 places after 500km.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   custom Kona, DeoreLx

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Neo a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2003

Strengths:    Rolls nice
Decent braking


Weaknesses:    poor cornering traction

Bottom Line:   
I have tired heaps of tires before and have not had 2 many tyres that i have hated, but unfortunately I hate this one. This tire is bad on hard surfaces, worse in sand and mud absolutley shocking when its rocky. However they are good in soft soil and slightly muddy conditions, but not good enough to make up for its bad qualities. On top of this, they lose traction without any warning giving me no confidence in them. You may think I am being unfair seeing this is a tire for soft - med conditions, but I have had plenty of tires that have preformed better all round over this 1.

Dont waste our money on these. Get Tioga's or WTB's as every tire i have bought of theirs has worked a treat.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   WTB motoraptor, Tioga

Bike Setup:   GT avalanche, x-vert air and so on...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by mtn.russ a Cross Country Rider from mt. hood or.

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2003

Strengths:    o.k. tire, worked well in mt. hood conditions


Weaknesses:    two back tires failed on me, blown side wall and streched bead


Bottom Line:   
because of two failed back tires I will never use agian

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   tracer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by God White Horse a Cross Country Rider from HK

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2003

Strengths:    It loves to roll, eat up bumps, won't let u down in cornering, durable, eye catching green colour-It is a Michelin! WHAT ELSE DO U WANT FOR A FRONT TIRE??

Weaknesses:    Too good! give me confidence to ride faster as usual in the trail, and I finally fell(coz i was decending too fast!)

Bottom Line:   
GOOD GOOD GOOD!

It never been such a fast fast fast feeling on the street on the other 2.1 XC tires whilst it do what it should do on the trail.

Just spend $60 to give a try on the FrontS & XLS. You'll be happy with that.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   locate bike store

Similar Products Used:   Michelin-JetS CompS, IRC-MythosXC,Kujo2.25, Maxxis HighRoller, Flyweight 330

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC Team-nrs, Black elite 120, CrossLink, XTR/XT components. Michelin XLS on the back.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by david a Cross Country Rider from corvallis, oregon, usa

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2002

Strengths:    great braking, great cornvering, good mud shedding, outstanding rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    best not used it real sloppy mud, roots, or rocks.

Bottom Line:   
outstanding tire. works great in almost all conditions. I am hooked on the michelins. I'm looking for something similar for my caad 5 hardtail

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   performancebike.com

Bike Setup:   cannondale caad 3 hardtail, magura rim brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Daniel a Cross Country Rider from St. Gallen, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2001

Strengths:    rolling resistance, lightweight, good grip, good allround tire

Weaknesses:    cornering on loose gravel and rocks, self-clearing ability (sporadically mud keeps sticking to the tire) and don't mess with the air pressure...meaning don't overdo it (or=flat)!

Bottom Line:   
Its overall performance makes it a reliable companion on practically every surface. If you're going for a light-weight tire with minimum rolling resistance, than this is your choice.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Mail order ( Bike Palast )

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Z-Max, Specialized Dirt Master,

Bike Setup:   Wheeler 9999 ZX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Cross Country Rider from Haverford, Pa.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2001

Strengths:    Big lugs, good sidewalls, carves well in most conditions, easily predictable in tight places

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a great tire, works well in hardpack and mud, I did'nt find difficulty in running it at different pressures. My setup is in black, I dont know how the greenie works.

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Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   you name em'

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Moab2 Michy's front and rear XT/LX setup, Judy SL shock, Race Face post ICBM headset

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MJ a Cross Country Rider from Brno, Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2001

Strengths:    2.1 inch black non-kevlar version, good in mostly all conditions, very good steering, no snake-bite yet

Weaknesses:    probably nuffin, sometimes dense mud remains there bit longer, but it doesn't deteriorate the function

Bottom Line:   
it's little bit taller than other tires and must be well pressured, but done so serves very well

practically not worn after 2500 km

for that price is a real must-have

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Brno, CZ, my LBS

Similar Products Used:   irc mythos, some wtb

Bike Setup:   XC bike with Marz Z4 fork

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