Michelin XC Dry Tire

3.79/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $55.00


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Product Description

Utilizing a World Cup proven tread pattern, the XC Dry cross country tire benefits from the enhanced durability of a heavy-duty 60 TPI casing and long lasting carbon black tread compound. Low rolling resistance on dry and hardpack trails.


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SpeedSquare a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2010

Strengths:    Traction, durability and low rolling resitance

Weaknesses:    Not great in Mud, but it wasn't designed for that

Bottom Line:   
These tire are great! On Dry packed trails they are exteemly fast and predictable. Traction over roots and rocks is very good, and they hadle sand and gravel well. If you stay out of the mud, (which they are not designed for)they are great! (Don't understand some of the contradicting reviews, I found the conering traction predictable and stable>)

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Favorite Trail:   Kalipor Uplands

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Sporting Life Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Hutchison Python

Bike Setup:   Kona 120 Deluxe

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darrinw2001 a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, florida

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2010

Strengths:    Fast rolling, grips great on dry dirt, sand, and lite mud

Weaknesses:    can pack up a little fast in mud

Bottom Line:   
This is for the XC Dry 2 tread pattern which is the same as the new Michelin Wild Race'r that replace this model. very wide for a 2.0 tire, great air volume, great grip in the turns, fast rolling and light weight. got them on close out at Nashbar because Michelin has changed the name of these to Wild Race'r and now offer more sizes and a 29er version... So far the best tire I have ridden for the conditions here in Florida, and now I wish I had bought more of these at that stupid price of $10 each... I will be buying the Wild Race'r when it comes time to replace these..

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeline

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kosmik Lites, Panaracer Fire XC pro, Kenda Nevegals

Bike Setup:   09 Giant Trance X3 mostly stock with Sram X9 components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lucyfek a Cross Country Rider from Lake Co, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2010

Strengths:    this is for xc dry 2 (not sure if 1st gen differed but...) - superfast - the biggest tires i've ever consciously purchased for riding but spins almost like a road tire (on my cruiser ss bike it got me to 35+ mph - probably some 120 rpm at crank), my first impression on my "performance" xc bike was breathtaking - accelerates beautifully, supercomfy and quiet (can't believe it considering knobs), great on roads and local trails (no extreme riding in this part of illinois)

Weaknesses:    tire is rated at 2.3 (got it for riding my ss in the snow) but surely it is not (2.1 max), still decent in snow when underinflated, having said that it barely fit under full fenders on my cruiser ("whiskers" would brush the bottom, wet snow would pack in)

Bottom Line:   
great buy (sale price was probably 17$ - can't recall) - was meant to bring my order to the "free ship" $ range but instead of disposable winter rubber seems like it's become my favorite mb tire

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   forte/performance tires, even less tread (speed freak of me) but now i'll have to reconsider my choices (michelins seem to be more "glass-proof"), the quality of ride resembles forte gotham (great city tire, bulletproof, quiet, fast despite being heavy) but with more off-road capability (and possibly even lighter)

Bike Setup:   which one?

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sportster44 a Cross Country Rider from Ontario

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    VERY fast rolling, great traction on dry, hard pack trails

Weaknesses:    wet roots and rocks

Bottom Line:   
A Very fast rolling tire on dry hard pack trails, works good on loose sand. Have them on both front and rear and traction for where I ride is excellent. Does give up a bit to a larger knob tire on climbs abd doesn't work well on wet roots and wet rocks, seems to get deflected easily. In mud it works well and sheds ok, in wet clay it gums up and takes forever to clean out.

Works great for where it is intended - Dry hardpack trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Gatineau Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bontragers

Bike Setup:   2008 trek 6000, Fox F100X, Easton XC-One wheels, Easton carbon goodies

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bigsteve3570 a Racer from Ontario

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2009

Strengths:    Rolls decently

Weaknesses:    Terrible front tire it washes out in things it really should not be washing out on. Makes for a better rear tire, but you'll find higher quality ones out there, 60 tpi casing, susceptible to a flat every 2 weeks (just about), wears out faster than most other tires.

Bottom Line:   
The problem is, this tire really doesn't have many strengths because it lacks any superiority in all of the categories. So, you'd think it would register as a good do all tire? Wrong! If these tires came stock on your bike, switch em out quickly

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Favorite Trail:   Boler Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS w/ bike

Similar Products Used:   Small block 8s, Specialized Captains, Panaracer Fire XC Pros

Bike Setup:   Anthem X2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Waterat Pat a Cross Country Rider from Morgan Hill,CA

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2009

Strengths:    Super low rolling resistance. I run this on the rear only. Like butter you will be pushing a higher gear with these tires.

Weaknesses:    Cornering. Hey Michelin keep the center tread design but add some continuous side knobs and this tire would be perfect.

Bottom Line:   
If I am going to do an Epic 6hr ride at my local park Henry Coe this tire makes a big difference. I can handle the lack of cornering bite in most conditions as our trails here in Nor Cal are pretty groomed. Clears mud really well too. I keep coming back to this tire.

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Favorite Trail:   So Many Trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   CBO

Similar Products Used:   Nevegals, adrenalines, Fast Traks,... etc

Bike Setup:   Blur LT set up light for XC at 28lbs. 650B on the front sweeeeet!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jgroenhof a Weekend Warrior from Laguna Beach, CA, Usa

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2009

Strengths:    Great rolling, supple, very lightweight tire with good traction on hard pack and some sand.

Weaknesses:    Rocks, and granite. Knobs seem to fold quite easily on cambered surfaces, and climbing traction is pretty poor.

Bottom Line:   
The Michelin XC Dry is a good tire for the right purpose. Unfortunately it is not right for me, I am rather a Clyde so that me be the difference. The tires aren't so hot around Laguna Beach, loose rocks, steep braking downhills and so on. It is a racing tire and I don't race.

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Favorite Trail:   Cholla Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Private Party

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Pythons, Gold and Airlights. IRC Mythos.

Bike Setup:   01 Schwinn hard tail, XT/XTR Avid brakes medium cost XC setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EXRyan a Cross Country Rider from Houston

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2008

Strengths:    Tracks well and low rolling resistance. The small tread and compactness of all the tread blocks make this tire grip roots and rocks remarkably well, like a rasp file.

Weaknesses:    Can't comment, haven't ridden it enough to find any.
Will rerate this tire if my view changes


Bottom Line:   
In no way will this tire grip or climb like heavier lugged tires, it wasn't designed to. So by that I mean that this tire does not reward sloppy riders and you may end up on your head, but it is fast and has great characteristics in the cross country arena.

On my bike I have the tires oriented as follows:
Tread Patterns opposing each other, where the rear tire digs with the broad side of the tread.
( >>>>>>>>>) Front

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Favorite Trail:   McCain/Palin

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   08 Anthem 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graeme Kennedy a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne Aust

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2008

Strengths:    Rolling,rolling, rolling. Great grip, fast and good in the corners (strange that others have said otherwise).

Weaknesses:    Yet to find one.

Bottom Line:   
Love them. Bought them as a summer tire but they're great in a bit of mud too, the tread seems to clean easily. I think they're better than the Larsens which I found softened quickly, therefore lots of flats when little bits of quartz got in. Anyhow, back to the dry, I recommend them. Very nice.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   Larsens, crossmark


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Patrick a Weekend Warrior from Glen Allen Va.

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2007

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance compared to other knobbies. Excellent for hard pack surfaces.

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Overall not a bad tire for what I paid. Good for off road riding and also good if you decide to take to the streets. Low rolling resistance makes them faster than alot of other knobbies.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Continental doublefighters, Bontrager Jones

Bike Setup:   Trek 6700

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tom Kapanke a Cross Country Rider from Eau Claire, WI

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2007

Strengths:    Can't think of any

Weaknesses:    Horrible side grip. Front tire does not get traction when riding aggressive. I didn't get the grip I thought I would climbing either.

Bottom Line:   
I would not buy this product again. Front tire washes out on dry, wet, sand, anything. I've rung my bell too many times to use this product anymore. Maybe if all I rode was flat double track, but I don't. Tires still look brand new and are hanging in the garage.

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Favorite Trail:   Levis mounds

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Scheels all sports

Similar Products Used:   Kenda nevagal 2.1. Specialized roll-x.


Bike Setup:   Specialized epic. Fox fork. Hayes disc brakes. Mostly stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Terence H a Cross Country Rider from Willemstad, Curacao

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2006

Strengths:    grip,lightweight. very strong climber. used as rear only

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
for loose grind or hardpack it has adequate grip, small knobs are perfectly placed for low rolling resistance.
strong climber, hardly ever slips or spins.
better for offroad than onroad. for onroad use i recommend
bontrager revolts.

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Favorite Trail:   Jan Thiel/ worldcup route

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   trade

Similar Products Used:   kenda klaw, bontrager revolt super X, specialized fast trak D2

Bike Setup:   Ideal Hillmaster. drivetrn: full XTR/ fork: r.shox SID race

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ruud a Cross Country Rider from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2006

Strengths:    durable
good side grip
low rolling resistance (track and road)


Weaknesses:    Haven't found something yet... Maybe some better climbing grip, but ok it's a dry weather tire with less knobs.

Bottom Line:   
The tire is marked as dry weather tire, but from my perspective, it's an all weather tire which can also handle some mud. I am very satisfied about the side grip, something which could not be said from the similar products I have used (especially the last tire mentioned). I like the low rolling restistance, so a ride on the road can be done too without changing your tire. This tire receives the highest rating from me. It's value for money and a great training tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Houffalize

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   bike24.com

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Larssen TT, Schwalbe Fast Fred, Schwalbe Racing Ralph

Bike Setup:   Custom build frame, LX setup, Mavic Crossland wheels, Rockshox Pilot forks.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tim peters a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, SC, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2006

Strengths:    Looks good and fast.

Weaknesses:    Only goes fast when you don't want to turn. If you want to turn get ready for a whole lot of body english.

Bottom Line:   
These tires suck they may be light and look good but if you want to turn buy something else anything else you would have more luck with a street slick.

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Favorite Trail:   spiderwoman

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   You name it

Bike Setup:   Epic with full XTR

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