Michelin Wildgripper Sprint Tires Tire

4.27/5 (71 Reviews)
Weight : 550 g MSRP : $40.00

Product Description

  • Advanced tread design: Same winning tread pattern as the Sprint S; ideal for hardpacked or mixed terrain
  • Intermediate lugs L-shaped for traction and braking, with sipes to increase the number of attack edges.
  • Outside lugs widely spaced for optimal mud evacuation; pronounced shoulder profile for good grip in cornering, even on hard terrain
  • Durable carbon black tread compound
  • Folding or rigid bead

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jimmie a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2004

    Strengths:    Light, kevlar bead, foldable semi-slick with 127 tpi casing rolls super fast.

    Weaknesses:    127 tpi casing is too fragile

    Bottom Line:   
    They roll great, but after going on hardpack with a slow tube leak which resulted in riding a flat for about 10 seconds, the inside casing got all cut up in between the edge knobs (around the WHOLE tire, not just in some places) all the way through the casing so that you could see the inside of the tread. WAY TOO FRAGILE for everyday use, plus considering how much they cost, never again!

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Revolt SS

    Bike Setup:   Custom built, Mavic 517 with Shimano LX hubs.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave Gillett a Cross Country Rider from Wiltshire, England

    Date Reviewed: May 20, 2003

    Strengths:    Rolls very fast,ride comfort, noise (lack of)and value

    Weaknesses:    Weak sidewalls

    Bottom Line:   
    When the sun comes out these go on, the speed and acceleration they give off is superb, the handling and comfort is good, even when it starts getting slightly muddy.

    Durability is also great, mine have lasted well over 3 years and they still look hardly used.

    On the down side they are puncture prone thanks to rather weak sidewalls etc, when the weather and trail take a turn for the worse they have to come off.

    The bottom line is; they are very good for what they're designed for; fast dry riding, if the tyre was more resitant to punctures it would have got a 5 for overall rating.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Ridgeway

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $24.00

    Purchased At:   Can't remember

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer XC Pro, WTB V/raptors, Tioga XC

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 1 with 3 bits

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ray a Weekend Warrior from Woodbridge, NJ

    Date Reviewed: March 9, 2003

    Strengths:    Smooth rolling if you ride alot on the street or pavement and cool green color. Much cheaper then the original $44 MSRP since the new Jet S came out. You cant beat this tire for 15 bucks!

    Weaknesses:    You'll hear ping ping ping as the sticky green compound constantly flicks gravel against your bike ... ouch!

    Bottom Line:   
    Hell, 15 bucks for a cool green kevlar tire, who can complain. Hit www.bikeswholesale.com and snatch a pair up before they're gone!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   www.bikeswholesale.com

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos XC

    Bike Setup:   99 Litespeed Obed with 2002 Sid XC fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Adam B a Racer from Toronto, Ontario

    Date Reviewed: October 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Very low rolling resistance. Good side lugs. Cool green colour.

    Weaknesses:    Price.

    Bottom Line:   
    Knobby tires are over-rated, actually I think there is a lot of cyclists out there who are using knobby tires just because they think that is what's needed. When I bought my bike they came with IRC Mythos XC and when I was on the trail which has a lot of off camber sections I found the Mythos were always slidding down the hill but when I put the Sprints on this problem went away and they stuck like glue. I've ridden in 7 races this summer and this is an excellent tire for the back wheel if you're looking for some extra speed. With a semi-slick like this you will lose some braking power but that's the trade off you get for less tread (but more speed). As far as for the front tire get something with a bit more tread so that it will dig as you're going through corners. 3 flaming chilis because these tires were originally 70 Canadian but I got them for 40 because it was last in stock.

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    Favorite Trail:   Don Valley

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Trail Blazer Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos XC, Panaracer Dart, Trail-Blaster, Bontrager Revolt SS

    Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Big Sur with the Michelin Sprint on the back.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sparklenuts a Cross Country Rider from Fenton, MI

    Date Reviewed: May 22, 2002

    Strengths:    Super fast, light and handling. Great luck with these tires.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I totally disagree with the reviewer below. These tires work great for everything. The are a little slippery on downhill braking, but come on they are a semi. I ride them almost every day and our spring has sucked a** (super wet). Lots of roots and sandy spots. They always work - period. Having little tred in the middle is great for mud and they somehow stick on the steepest of uphills. The knobs on the side are big enough that they hook up in fast cornering. Bottom line - don't blame your tires for pilot error!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Highland

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Cambriabike.com

    Similar Products Used:   Bazillions

    Bike Setup:   Indyfab, XTR, SRAM ETC.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Papa Smurf a Cross Country Rider from Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002

    Strengths:    Very fast, very light, cool green that generates comments from everyone. This is a great you need an efficient tire that does not hum when riding on pavement.

    Weaknesses:    Not very durable, will crack down the middle in spots (patches), definitely not oriented for true offroad riding, slips on roots, slips when wet. Dangerous as a rear tire when stopping on wet surfaces. Inconsistant cornering when put up front.

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire is a very good tire that I've ridden for nearly four years. It has many ups and many downs. I liked having it up front because it does not have much for traction. It is smooth on trails, but not an aggressive tire, and does not bite (grip) the soil like a knobby. For cornering, it does a good job, but too sharp a corner will result in fall. This tire is scary when the ground is wet. Jesus. It slips all over the place like as if it were a skate and like a skate blade. Basically, this tire is good for an occasional trail rider (weekend) who takes it easy on the trail. It is not aggressive enough to corner well. And it is VERY hard to stop at speed if it is in the back.
    If you have a light bike from Heaven, then you will love this tire 'cause it is Light, and will keep your bike light. Don't buy it if you want an agressive go-anywhere- fast person. My final note- tree roots are a menace for this tire. It will slip on wet and even moist one. Buy this tire, and you will learn to keep your balance really quick. But all in all we don't ride trails everyday. This is a very good tire to ride around in because low rolling resistance= fast riding.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Similar Products Used:   Lots of other tires. Mainly kevlar tires. Grey tires.

    Bike Setup:   near 25.0 lbs setup. with light fork, + frame. race experienced bike.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Grifman a Cross Country Rider from Boston

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Cool green color
    Soft grippy rubber

    Weaknesses:    A little shakey when braking

    Bottom Line:   
    I ordered a set of these tires and some Mavic 517's specifically for city riding/cardio-training. I would not recommend them for serious x-country riding. I have another set of Mavic 521's with WTB v-raptors for that. That way I can just change rims without having to remove tires. First thing I notice on the Sprints was that I could go alot faster/farther with them. The low resistence on the hard dirt and asphalt is great, though they don't brake like champs (which is what I expected being a tire that is semi-slick). I am impressed with so far.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $19.00

    Purchased At:   CambriaBike.com

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   97 SJ M2 Pro

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Mighti Quillao a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 18, 2001

    Strengths:    -Sticky tires from dry and dusty to moist and tacky
    -What they don't have in knobs they make up in sheer contact patch
    -Rails around corners, good on off-camber trails
    -Front braking is suprisingly good
    -Climbing(no loose stuff or roots)
    -Stays clean in the mud

    Weaknesses:    -Weight
    -Dry or (especially)wet roots
    -Sand and loose rocks
    -Rear tire always brakes loose when braking

    Bottom Line:   
    These are awesome tires. They cost to much retail but if you can find them for cheap they are a great tire. First semi-slick I have ridden and I can ride this tire like it is a full knobby with few exceptions(see weaknesses). And Michelin Green goes oh so well with my White bike, very cool color. At retail I rate this tire low for value but for what I got them for I would give them 5 chili's but otherwise on 2.

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    Favorite Trail:   Don Valley

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $26.00

    Purchased At:   Chain Reaction(LBS)

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Z-Max, Tioga Pysco II(nothing corners better), Panaracer Spikes(The only tire for mud and snow)

    Bike Setup:   1999 Zaskar LE Team Issue, Mavic Crosslink wheels, Shimano XT Drivetrain......

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Bill Liu a Weekend Warrior from Hongkong

    Date Reviewed: April 12, 2001

    Strengths:    Very good traction even on ice. Quite, fast & light weight.

    Weaknesses:    Punctures frequently.

    Bottom Line:   
    The tire is really good and performs well. I only got 3 flat tire in a month. Isn't it rare that this occurs? It is a bit pricey too.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kam Ma Leun trail

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Super Bike store

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager super x

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8000

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rob from NY

    Date Reviewed: December 25, 2000

    Strengths:    Fast, Ugly (in a cool way)

    Weaknesses:    Not for loose conditions, breaks away without warning

    Bottom Line:   
    Tire is way fast but not for much more than hard pack and pavement. Very unpredictable in loose conditions, 15 bux for 2 couldnt pass it up.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Mail Order

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized

    Bike Setup:   Rockhopper Pro w/ usual upgrades (seat, bars, etc.)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Juan a Racer from Vancouver

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 2000

    Strengths:    -super grippy
    -good technical tire
    -realy fast
    -corners very agressively
    -realy good performance when it's wet and not sticky, not soupy though

    Weaknesses:    -they suck in muck, and stickier mud
    -if you skid or slide down too many rock faces they bald fast

    Bottom Line:   
    for a racing tire this are super good, you don't have to be super smooth and gently brake with one finger like you do with most other slicks ( mach ss/sk ). but they are a slick so you can't bomb the sickest technical trail on them and expect to ride it out every time. But for a racing tire or just something to school your buddies with they're good in there element. They realy ride a lot like a knobby in a lot of situations except on slippery wet technical sections, everywhere else they work fine. But I still prefer my tioga factory xc full knobby tires for the technical and dirty trails.

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    Favorite Trail:   cherrybomb

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   lots: tioga factory's panaracer fire xc pros, mach ss/sk, superx's

    Bike Setup:   99 kona king kihuna, with all xtr and a 2000 soon to be 2001 x-fly with crossmax's and race face cranks/bb stem seatpost and an easton ct2 1" riser bar

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Dan Monahan a Cross Country Rider from Madison

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2000

    Strengths:    They definately grip wildly!

    Weaknesses:    Both my front and rear tires had sidewall blow-outs after about a year of riding... I did ride in Hawaii for four months if some fairly extreme conditions, but this should not happen after a year of riding!- Also, These tires are a too Grippy!

    Bottom Line:   
    I personally was disappointed in the WildGripper. However, if you are looking for a ultra grippy tire this will please you.

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    Favorite Trail:   levits mound

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ground Control

    Bike Setup:   Homegrown Pro

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Allendale, Michigan

    Date Reviewed: October 13, 2000

    Strengths:    - Fast...low rolling resistance
    - Good side tread for cornering
    - These perform best in tacky (but not wet) ground

    Weaknesses:    - A little slippery on really dry, dusty trails
    - Even more slippery in the mud (duh)

    Bottom Line:   
    These tires work great in most conditions (at least in Michigan). The trade-off for the low rolling resistance (these tires are *very* fast) is sketchy handling in really dry or really wet conditions. It's worth it, though! They're also nice for cross-over riding (off-road/road rides). I have a set on my single mountain bike, and also on our Cannondale tandem, and I'm very pleased with the performance. When they wear out, I'll replace 'em with the same tires.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ft. Custer Rec. Area

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Pirannah Pros, WTB VelociRaptors, Continental Navigator Pro/Cross-country

    Bike Setup:   Seven Cycles Sola Ti, HeadShok Fatty Ultra DL, mostly Coda/XT/XTR parts

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jared none a Racer from Calgary

    Date Reviewed: June 29, 2000

    Strengths:    -very good grip in a lot of conditions
    -low rolling resistance
    -an all out good tire

    Weaknesses:    -mud when it's almost dry or when it first gets wet

    Bottom Line:   
    these tires suprised me very much. The work better than the Specialized team semi knob tires that came on the bike. They have a lot of cornering bite for sure, they work realy good for semi technical rides and when it gets wet and rideable they kick @ss. For fast trails with lots of leaning corners I use a mach ss on the front because it's better for fast trails but when it's slow with slow turns these tires rule.

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    Favorite Trail:   Milstream

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   -panaracer fire xc pros 2.1's and Specialized dirt control team tires ( came stock on the bike ), panaracer mach ss

    Bike Setup:   99 Specialized M2-Pro with a lot of race-face

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Simon a Racer from Rimouski, Quebec

    Date Reviewed: May 12, 2000

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance
    Grippy compound
    Good traction even in fairly loose conditions
    Cool looks

    Weaknesses:    Not very good in high speed braking/manovers (duh!!!)

    Bottom Line:   
    I tried these tires last year for the first time preparing for the biggest stage race in Quebec: the "Raid Pierre Harvé" (300km in 3 days!). I must admit I was pleasantly surprised! They grip quite well, even in slightly loose stuff. The low rolling resistance really makes a difference, especially when you're in a 8 km fire road climb. They do their job well in making climbing easy! On the down side, I got a 1/2 inch slash in my rear tire on the first time out with them. I have a friend who also slashed his tire after just a few runs. Could the tires be that flimsy? I'll give Michelin the benefit of the doubt.

    When you compare the weight of these tires to other semi-slicks, they really aren't anything that special. And the worst thing about them is that they cost 80$ canadian to replace!!!!!! I find this pretty steep for a tire this heavy.

    Final word: They're still very good tires. But for that price I think I'm going to try something a bit lighter this year like Maxxis. In my book they get 2 flaming poutines for value and 3 poutines for performance. And by the way: If you don't know what a Poutine is it's time you visited Quebec!

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    Favorite Trail:   1991 World Championships course, Bromont, Quebec

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Other Kevlar racing tires

    Bike Setup:   Xc Race bike

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    Does Michelin still make the Wildgripper Sprint tires??

    I had these on my 98 GF Aquila when I sold it. Now that I am getting back into the sport, I can't seem to find them. I want to swap out the tires that are on my new 4900 since I will be on pavement and dry/fast trails for the most part. These are/were the green semi slicks that are great for p ... Read More »

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