Michelin XC AT Tire

3.86/5 (14 Reviews)


Product Description

The XC A/T cross country tire starts with the same world class all terrain tread pattern that helped Julien Absalon win both a gold medal in Athens and 2004 cross-country world championships. It’ s molded from a long lasting carbon black compound then added to a tough 6OTPI casing. The result is awesome traction and performance combined with beefed-up durability.


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sandwich a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2012

Strengths:    Rolls fast, great in dry and not too technical terrain

Weaknesses:    Dreadful in the wet, zero cornering traction, poor loose-over-hard traction

Bottom Line:   
These tires came on my 29er, and at first I liked them, but looking back, the only time I had really ridden them was in the late summer at the kingdom trails in vermont. There, they were great, mostly. They grip well in light loam and hardpack, and they aren't bad on dry roots.

They get ugly when it gets wet though. Took them out recently for some new england trails, and in a light drizzle they slipped on everything. Rocks, roots, corners, leaves. They were absolutely miserable and I couldn't remotely keep up with my friends, regardless of the trail section. They were running much more aggressive treads though, and I have to imagine that helped. Maybe I could have lowered pressure a little bit, but I typically only run about 35psi.

These are a decent summer tire, and if I'm riding in mostly grass paths or rail-trail style terrain, I'd keep them on, but I'll be replacing them with more aggressive tires for general riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything at Kingdom Trails

Purchased At:   came on bike

Bike Setup:   Voodoo Canzo 29er, Reba, WTB rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SKYY a Cross Country Rider from Long Island

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2011

Strengths:    Great overall tire, handles corners well

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
an awesome tire for the price

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Favorite Trail:   Glacier Ridge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   an array of WTBs

Bike Setup:   Diamodback Overdrive (many upgraded goodies)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vfrrider17 a Racer from WI

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2011

Strengths:    Awesome Mud tire for a 2-9er! Great traction all around too.

Weaknesses:    A bit slow on the dry and flats.

Bottom Line:   
If you need a good mud tire or a tire for all conditions, and aren't worried about how fast you are in the dry, buy this. I use a set of kenda SB8s for the dry and fast and these bad boys for everything else.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in WI

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Online

Bike Setup:   Niner Air9, Niner EMD, Felt Nine Comp

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by myke2241 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap, decent traction, fast rolling, good braking. great in mud!

Weaknesses:    there is a learning curve corning high speed with these tires.

Bottom Line:   
if you can find this for cheap get them. they are designed to ride at a little lower pressure. i roll mine at 35psi and have been pretty happy with the traction and speed. dialing the right tire pressure and choosing right tire combo for the terrain you ride is the more important thing for any tire. these are working for me in rocky lose on hard pack, muddy and wet sand. i have no issues with tread breaking up.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   ridged Superfly

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by workingcat2 a Racer from Norton, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2009

Strengths:    Very well rounded tire. Rolls well for a knobby at 35psi. Clears mud & sticks to rocks. I've raced in all conditions over two years & have yet to take them off for a course. Heck, I've got em on three bikes!

Weaknesses:    They aren't free

Bottom Line:   
If you like to ride your bike & not change tires these are a good pick.

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Favorite Trail:   Otis AFB

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Michelin at race ven

Similar Products Used:   All tires!

Bike Setup:   NFG cycles custom steel (www.nfgcycles.com) w/ xtr drivetrain, Paul's stoppers, Hope hubs w/ mavic hoops

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zach.scofield a Cross Country Rider from Plattsburgh, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2009

Strengths:    Relatively light, Nice sidewalls, Mud shedding, Sand traction, overall traction.

Weaknesses:    beads are not as pronounced as other brands

Bottom Line:   
These tires rock.

I bought a pair off ebay for less than 30 bucks shipped and I am not disappointed at all. For a 2.0" tire the traction is great. It measures a true 2.0". My tires weighed in at 610gr and 615gr, just over the advertised 600gr each. In the mud they are very good, shedding anything you run through. On loose loamy trails they grip very good. on harder trails covered with pine needles and leaves they will not disappoint either, providing just as much traction as any other tire could. Cornering is predictable and they don't seem to want to break away. As it is early spring I haven't had much of a chance to do the dry hardpack but I believe they will fair well. Grip on wet rocks is pretty decent as well and technical trails dont hinder these either. Sandy sections are not much of an issue either as they pedal nicely through. I haven't had the opertunity to corner hard in any sandy sections so I can't report on that. This is a great tire if you live in the northeast.

I have only spun this tire out once on a pile of rotten wet tree bark going up a very steep climb(/). The only other issue has been in a uphill rock garden with baseball sized, loose, wet rocks. Running them at 40 psi seemed to make them want to deflect. I found running them between 33-36psi really helped alliviate that issue though.

Over all These tires are a top performing tire on the Northeast trails. The only thing I could ask for would be this tire in a 2.3" size for a bit more cush.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC pro, Tioga

Bike Setup:   06 KHS alite team - custom build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by nbutler a Weekend Warrior from georgia

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2008

Strengths:    great traction, sheds mud, flexes over rocks

Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
these tires are amazing for cross country, i just think they should be a little cheaper

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Favorite Trail:   callaway gardens

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $66.00

Purchased At:   epic bikes

Similar Products Used:   michelins that came on my bike (not sure what type)


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lauren a Weekend Warrior from SoCal

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2008

Strengths:    good grip, decent wear, not too heavy for an AT tire. doesn't pack in mud.

Weaknesses:    wish it had lower rolling resistance

Bottom Line:   
Wouldn't pay full price for this tire, but got a 2/1 price at REI. Wasn't getting enough grip from the Pythons so I thought I'd give these a try. Probably will try Kenda Small Blocks next.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry Mesa (Utah)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos (crap), Hutchinson Python

Bike Setup:   SC Juliana, Marz XC600, Mavic Crossrides

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Handelman a Weekend Warrior from Bend, OR

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2007

Strengths:    Soft and high volume. Sold as a 2.2 but wider than the WTB 2.4. Great rubber gives great flotation while riding.

Weaknesses:    Rolls a little slow. No arrow suggesting the best orientation.

Bottom Line:   
A good high volume tire, much more volume than the 2.2 gives it credit for. Short knobs probably make it a better dirt, rock, and mud tire. Like it lots on the rear.

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Favorite Trail:   It's All Good

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Panaracer, ett, etc

Bike Setup:   Klein Palomino

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Angus a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2007

Strengths:    grips, sheds mud, cornering, dry grip, wears well

Weaknesses:    none thus far

Bottom Line:   
racing in mud on a single speed you need a tire that can grip when pushing that back wheel round a little harder than you would on a geared bike. Compared to the last tire I had on, this exhibited minimal sliding, gripped on log rolls and ran fast on the dry and rocky sections. Good for someone who wants an all round tire that they can use in a variety of situations.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   got it for free

Similar Products Used:   maxxis medusa

Bike Setup:   Kona modified Pahoehoe (singlespeed), white industries hubs, xtr v brakes, DT rims

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rich Hallock a Cross Country Rider from El Cerrito, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight with very light rolling resistance. I purchased the 127 TPI, UST (tubeless) version for my Mavic Cross Max SL wheels. The light grey tread and black sidewall looks very cool.

Weaknesses:    Tread rubber compound. The tread blocks began to tear and crumble off on the first ride. I've worn out a lot of tires over the years, but I've never torn off tread blocks!

Bottom Line:   
Unfortunately, the tread disintigration got so bad that I returned these tires after three months of use as defective. I've replaced them with Panaracer Fire XC Pro tubeless. Michelin is taking their time with a decision about refunding my $100.00 purchase price...

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Favorite Trail:   Eldridge Grade, Mt Tam.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Danville bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmark UST, Panaracer Fire XCpro UST, IRC Serac UST

Bike Setup:   2006 Cannondale Rush 3000: Full XTR group, Mavic Cross Max SL wheels, carbon seatpost and bar, carbon Lefty Speed front suspension and Fox RP23 rear shock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul Lomas a Weekend Warrior from Poulton Le Fylde

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2007

Strengths:    soft and grippy, particularly on rock. Shed mud OK. Good volume. Nice look in grey, if thats you thing.

Weaknesses:    wear quickly, Can lack a bit of grip on loose wet and mud when climbing. Front can slide out - limited shoulder knobs. This could always be poor riding !

Bottom Line:   
no real complaints - good all around tyre. No punctures. Buy em cheap at Merlin for a season.

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Favorite Trail:   Lakes, staveley, kentmere, troutbeck, grizedale

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Merlin Leyland (pair £27)

Similar Products Used:   Fire XC, Spec Adrenaline/Resolution, IRC Mibro

Bike Setup:   Spec FSR Expert 07

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Stevenson a Cross Country Rider from Waterloo, Iowa

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2007

Strengths:    This review is for the 29"er version of this tire. It has great traction for climbing and braking. It's widely spaced knobs are great at hooking up, but surprisingly they don't exhibit any squirming, high rolling resistance or excessive wear traits. My #1 favorite thing about this tire is that it sheds mud better than any tire I have ever used, which is saying alot since Iowa black dirt is pretty sticky stuff.

Weaknesses:    Again, this is a 29"er tire, so that's where this criticism comes from. I only wish that it was also available in a wider casing like a 2.25-2.4" width. I could see this tire as being one of the dominant all mountain type 29"er tires if it were wider. As it is, it's excellent for any XC trail and most all conditions, barring loose over hardpack, especially if the base terrain is rock or super hard dirt. Rocky terrain is okay.

Bottom Line:   
If you have muddy, soft, loamy, wet, rooty, rocky terrain, this tire will be stellar. Even drier courses can be run to great benefit with this tire. It has minimal rolling resistance for a wider spaced, fully knobbed tire. It's wear characteristics are good, very minimal wear in three months of riding, including paved commutes. This tire would be great for those looking for a high traction tire on their 29"er that has minimal tire clearance. (Fisher Rig owners, take notice!) Anybody into an "old skool" set up with a narrower rear tire and a wider front should consider this as your rear tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Camp Ingawanis, Janesville, IA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on the bike

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ignitor, Bontrager XR, WTB Nano/Weir Wolf/ExiWolf/MutanoRaptor, Geax Saguaro

Bike Setup:   Salsa Dos Niner soft tail 29"er, SRAM X-9 drivetrain, Avid BB-7 mech discs, DT Swiss 340's laced to Salsa Delgado Disc rims, Rock Shox Reba 29"er SL fork.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Fernando Bastos a Cross Country Rider from Porto

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2007

Strengths:    Excellent traction on every off-road condition

Weaknesses:    On-Road

Bottom Line:   
I love this tire. Excellent Resistant, Traction and so soft

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Favorite Trail:   Valongo

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   15/12/2006

Similar Products Used:   Tioga Factory XC

Bike Setup:   Frame: Scott Voltage YZ1, Fork: Manitou R7 Platinum Snap Valve SPV , Gear's Shimano XTR, Crankset: XTR

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