Michelin XCR Dry Tire

4.09/5 (11 Reviews)


Product Description

The Michelin XCR Dry² is a new tire designed for dry, fast trails. Its knob pattern is optimized for outstanding traction both in a straight line and in cornering. But with a relatively low knob height, the XCR Dry² is built for speed and minimal rolling resistance performance. This state-ofthe- art tire is also the lightest in the Michelin EXPERT range.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Strengths:    Great cornering ability, No drag,Low profile tread

Weaknesses:    Wears fast

Bottom Line:   
Great tire for everything, even winter riding

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   full cycle

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem Advanced (2009),shimano xtr rims,cassette,spokes,derailers,shifters,discs,crank set,and brake calipers.Race face handle bars,seat post,stem,and headset.WTB racing seat.Fox racing front forks and fox racing mid-shock.Kona pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matt Vaughan a Racer from Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2007

Strengths:    Fast Rolling, Excellent grip.

Weaknesses:    Wears fast, but expected from dual compound.

Bottom Line:   
Great tyre, expensive, but if your racing, its well worth it. Excellent cornering traction and low rolling resistance.
The only setback would be the quick wearing of the tyre, but as it is a dual compound, it is therefore expected. Perfect for a race tyre.

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Favorite Trail:   Darkes Forest

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Treadly Shed

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmark UST, Geax Sturdy, Maxxis Ignitor, Kenda K-Rad, Geax Mezcal, Maxxis Ranchero.

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dragon Team. Full XTR Groupset, Easton EC70, Maxxis Crossmax SLR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derek a Cross Country Rider from Bellingham, WA USA

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    Light, fast, low-profile tread that also hooks up great in the corners on dry, dusty singletrack.

Weaknesses:    None yet. I've had problems with Michelin sidewall failure before so am keeping an eye out. Probably will wear quickly as a rear tire. Don't use in mud.

Bottom Line:   
I'm very impressed with the performance of this tire in its intended conditions, which is spelled out pretty clearly: XCR (crosscountry race) Dry [2] (the 2 means sqared, or very much so). The tire has very low rolling resistance, yet I couldn't get it to break or washout on very fast, technical, dusty cornering during a race where I used this as a front tire. I'll have to highly recommend it for such conditions, with the caveat that I'm wary of Michelin sidewalls. I also got it on sale, thus the value rating in my case.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Bunches of tires, but nothing quite so specific as this design.

Bike Setup:   22lb. XC hardtail.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Raich Blablabla a Cross Country Rider from south africa

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2007

Strengths:    There are no stenghths near this tire it TOTALLY sucks!!!!!

Weaknesses:    The grips wear of 2 fast, its sidewalls is weak!! and the whole tire is weak none strengths.

Bottom Line:   
This tire is made to ride on the moon or on tar, becuase if you ride over a few rocks it will puncture!! I rid with it for the 2nd time and just went on the grass and there was a little rock, as I went over it it got a big cut and we could'nt fix it again!!! Spare your moneyn and buy a Kend Small Block 8 or something that better than this Michelin!! Really you won't regret it!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Induna Course

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Bike and Trike

Similar Products Used:   Larsen mimo, Small block 8, Larsen tt

Bike Setup:   sram x0 shifters, xtr cranks, sram x9 rear deraileur, giant xtc comp frame, mavic crossmax rims, easton ec90 seatpost.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ex Micheling usese a Downhiller from San Fancisco

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2007

Strengths:    Too small

Weaknesses:    Michelin still doesn't get it.. No decent UST tires in the MID size.. This tire would be fantastic in a 2.3 UST, but all they have is a tiny 2.0..
The new Mt Extreme is still too many knobs,(crap transition from hard to soft terrain) too heavy and too slow.. Oh well, maybe next year.

Oh yea where is the 2.5 DH32 they have been promising for the last two years.??


Bottom Line:   
Michelin is still 2-3 years behind in tire tech... MAXXIS the best for DH, the Michelins are TOO slo, TOO heavy for the performance... Specialized PinIt comes in for a GREAT tube type DH tire 42a or 60 durometer.. The 60 is fast enough for an All Mt tire...and unless you are on total hard-packed, a better choice than the 42 for DH....

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   no yet

Similar Products Used:   Using a 2.3 Specialized Resolution Pro 2Bliss..(UST) taller than a 2.5 DH Nevegal, and wider than the 2.35 Negeval.. FAST, great everywhere with 25psi ..Dual Compound, Tough, thick sidewalls, and only 950g.. MICHELIN has a LONG way to go to catch up.. Even the new Nokians are better, MAXXIS is enlarging the 2.35..

Bike Setup:   HARO X7, 888RC2X / Manitou 6-way / El Camino / FSA x cranks.. HOPE Pro2 w/ Mavic 823..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jason a Racer from bracknell UK

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2006

Strengths:    fast rolling grippy in dry and rocky conditions can run pressure's as low as 35psi (i'm 75kg)

Weaknesses:    not great in the mud can slip but is predictable

Bottom Line:   
great tyres for racers fast, hard wearing, even work on tarmac!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   wiggle

Bike Setup:   gary fisher marlin, reba forks, lx running gear, bonti rims

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Waterat a Cross Country Rider from Morgan Hill, CA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006

Strengths:    Super fast, grippy tread design. Improved thicker sidewalls over the Comp S Light which it replaces. Light, light light.

Weaknesses:    Tread knobs rip right off in no time. Never had this problem with the Comp S Light.

Bottom Line:   
Racing only tire. Simply wears out too fast. Go buy the XC Dry which has the same tread design, weighs an extra 50g per tire and lasts 10 times as long.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Comp S Light,XC Dry,Continental Vertical Pro.

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Peter a Racer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006

Strengths:    Lightweight tire with excellent acceleration.

Weaknesses:    Expensive, wears extremely fast.

Bottom Line:   
Quoted price is actually CDN $ and per tire.

This tire has relatively poor mud-shedding characteristics, so cornering and traction aren't as good in wet or muddy conditions. BUT.. for racing or fast, aggresive riding in dry (especially hard-packed) conditions, this tire is outstanding!!!

Unfortunately, these tires also wear extremely fast - you can see noticeable wear after just 50 km.

If you're racing (whatever it takes to win) or have money to waste, this isn't a big deal. For everyone else, save 'em for race day; use something else for everyday riding or training.

I'm giving these tires five chilis for overall performance - so long as you use them in the right conditions. In terms of value, I'm giving them three chilis - they simply wear too fast.

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Favorite Trail:   Albion Hills or Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Skiis & Biikes

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Comp S Light, Continentel Explorer Pro, WTB Nanoraptors, Hutchison Python Superlights


Bike Setup:   2000 Giant ATX LE frameset with XTR drivetrain; Mavic CrossMax SL wheelset; Hayes El Comino disc brakes; Easton bar, riser, seatpost; Time ATAC Carbon XS pedals

Although I've got a UST rim, I'm running the tube version of the tires. Tried Stan's to run as tubeless, but didn't work well; however, running superlight tubes still saves weight for tubeless version of tire.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brewdaddy a Cross Country Rider from Belmont CA USA

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

Strengths:    Faaassst, Light

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These tires are the best. Grip, low rolling resistance, puncture resistance, light weight, and price are what to look for in an XC tire and these puppies have'em all. I don't ride in mud and most of our trails in the bay area are hard and fast. These puppies are lighter than my street tires and are as sticky as dried baby snot. I picked them up on sale at Performance and will definitly be riding these for a long time.

I would recommend these to anyone who rides, except maybe the bayou bunnies that love to spin in slop.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   semi slicks

Bike Setup:   rockho w\everything that spins or bolts on changed from stock

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

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006

Strengths:    Very low rolling resistance. Very light weight. Cool grey colour. Lots of bite in corners for a smaller diameter tire. Not too difficult to convert to tubeless w/ Stan's.

Weaknesses:    Starting to wear after only 150 km. Michelin logo on the sidewalls are easily rubbed off. Doesn't shed mud too well. A little pricey too.

Bottom Line:   
I have much more confidence going in hard to a turn with these tires than the previous Michelin Comp S Lites that I used to own. Not as grippy as the Specialized Roll X's I also ride, but pretty close to, and much lighter. Mounted to tubeless w/ Stan's and as a result they are wider due to the sidewall stretch than if they were with tubes. Even though they're not recommended by Stan, they seem to be holding up OK (I have a UST wheelset, so that helps). Works amazing in dry hardpack, and even the occasional loose stuff. Not the best on rocks as their narrow size gets stuck in crevaces. Great for racing. I can't complain!

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Favorite Trail:   Buckwallow

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Sporting Life

Similar Products Used:   WTB Velocirapotrs, Specialized Roll-X, Panaracer FireXC, Michelin Comp S Lite.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper Expert, Crossmax XL wheels, XT/XTR, RaceFace Deus cranks, Easton MonkeyLite XC bar, EC70 post, Eggbeater SL. 25.4 lbs. total.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by frank verhoeven a Cross Country Rider from elst nl

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    very good grip and very very fast rolling

Weaknesses:    none its a great tire

Bottom Line:   
a geat tire for dry conditions the best a ever had and am very picky if it come,s to tires.

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Favorite Trail:   nijmegen berg&dal

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   mantel arnhem

Similar Products Used:   panaracer speedblaster fast fred racing ralf

Bike Setup:   scott genius mc limitet

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