Michelin XCR X-trem Tire

2.9/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


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Product Description

New from Michelin. Upgrade from the Hot S series of extreme cross country tires. Dual compound with hard rubber layer under softer compound outer layer. Large knobs provide traction in mud and loose terrain. Folding tire with Kevlar bead. Refined tread


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Aggressive XC a Cross Country Rider from CA

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2011

Strengths:    Fat knobs, okay climbing, puncture resistant, sort of light weight, great for sand, and decent cornering. I don't get too much opportunity for mud, but it seems like it can handle it.

Weaknesses:    For some reason I didn't see this weakness in other reviews: cut-up tread. After only a couple hundred miles, my knobs are sliced up. This is very rare for me because I am a particularly light rider and ride only occasionally on sharp rocks. Also, the rolling resistance is pretty bad and the MSRP seems pretty steep.

Bottom Line:   
I ride this as a rear; it seems that others prefer it as a front. For a front tire, I would go for the specialized chunder, if you can get your hands on one (chunder is the thunder). I have been using all sorts of tires lately, and this michelin does not particularly stand out (except for the coloring). If you only ride soft sand, maybe this is the tire for you, but it does not like hard, sharp rocks. I'll have to compare to my new set of tires I just won at a race: Maxxis high rollers and Larsen TT.

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Favorite Trail:   Secret

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Giveaway at the Sea

Similar Products Used:   from specialized to maxxis to kenda

Bike Setup:   2007 stumpy test bike with all the goodies.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sUbLiMe96 a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2010

Strengths:    Very Strong thread compound, Grey/Black color combo is wicked!, These Tires Have not let me down... They grip high speed cornering on every surface I have ridden (gravel,asphault,mud,rocks,roots,granite,).. you name it! they dig in just right!! when you mash the pedals!

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls seem a little weak being Kevlar composite... i see small cracks on side close into where thread is,,,,,

Bottom Line:   
For two years now Ive ridden & abused them.
They Still Look Great, almost new! But I think I will admit,,, I took a little long to break these in...maybe it was the Very Stiff Thread compound... They feel MUCH better now (or maybe I just got used to them).
They never failed me... not 1 flat ... I feel confident taking any turn anywhere... (Not in sand though)

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   kendas, hutche., panas

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem 1, "decked"

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kchap311 a Cross Country Rider from Steamboat Springs,Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009

Strengths:    Holds air and so stiff you can run low PSI (like stiff enough i was riding 20psi in the rear and could barely tell.

Weaknesses:    The compound is too hard, no grip on climbs that have mud/roots/dry dust/rocks

Bottom Line:   
These tires were super cheap online, and as they say "you get what you pay for". These tires couldn't hook up on a singles cruise. They stink, not confidence inspiring whatsoever. They do not maintain good contact when climbing steeps and i could not wait to get them off of my bike. I think i was spoiled from riding the Ritchey Z-max tires. Maybe Michelin should stick to car tires.

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Favorite Trail:   Lupine Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Z-max

Bike Setup:   5x5 Fisher Cake1 dlx (a total piece of junk gary fisher should be ashamed of the construction of this bike- frame warrantied in 06')

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Edvard a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2008

Strengths:    This tyre has a very good grip on dry trails and also good grip on not too wet mud

Weaknesses:    In verry wet mudd it diggs. So you have to change your riding style.

Bottom Line:   
Overall this tyre is very good. when i tryed them in wet conditions the only place i didnt gripp was in the mudd. I cant wait to try it on snow. You should really buy this tyre it is really good.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   cyclecomponents.com

Bike Setup:   Scott Summit: manitou axel fork and deore derailure.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Austin, Tx, USA

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2008

Strengths:    Great tread, huge knobs, even on the sidewalls. Makes for theoreticaly great cornering. I was all prepared to really love these tires. In our part of the country, bike trails are rocky limestone, sometimes sharp and serrated from erosion. The trails can get pretty technical and when they're not rocky they can get muddy, so I thought the tremendous knobs on these tires would get me a good grip. Do doubt about it, the tread is great.

Weaknesses:    But that's not all there is to the story. These tires suffer from horribly weak sidewalls. With our rocky trails, we do a lot of rubbing and grinding, going over boulders and such. After just a few moderate rides, these sidewalls looked like they had been through a war zone. Never had another tire wear so poorly on the side walls. Ironically, the tread is still fine, but I've got 3 separate sidewall holes where the fabric has actually been worn through. And while I had the expectation of great grip, the tires felt "doughy," so that when I cornered they often felt flat. Aother sympton of the weak sidewalls, I suspect.

Bottom Line:   
Going back to Maxxis. Thanks anyway

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Georgetown

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis, Continental

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Philip Rode a Cross Country Rider from Oreland, PA

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    Great Cornering Grip

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a high grip front tire for high speed cornering, most tires I tested would slide out. This tire is on the front and works great, never tried it on the rear. I think it offers a bit more grip then my all around favorite Conti Vertical. This comes at a small weight penalty compared to the conti. I will buy this tire again, if you are looking for a high grip cornering tire for aggressive cross country riding buy it. A little to much tire for general cross country.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Continental Vertical, Specialized Roll-X S-works

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer, Cross Country setup

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andy a Cross Country Rider from Wise, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2006

Strengths:    Good traction in most conditions. Seems to have good puncture resistance.

Weaknesses:    Knobs tear off in less than 10 rides. After just a few rides the tire is ready for the garbage.

Bottom Line:   
Between my experience with this tire, the HotS it replaced (torn sidewall), and my experience with their road tires, I am done with Michelin tires.

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Favorite Trail:   Beartree

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python, Michelin HotS, Panaracer FireXC, IRC Mythos

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Sport, Mavix Crossrides, Manitou Black fork...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marcus75 a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2006

Strengths:    It very beefy and the knubs and treads are very large. These tires should be under ALL Mountain category not XC. Rode on them for 1 year with no visiable wear and tear. Pretty Durable

Weaknesses:    VERY HIGH PROFILE for a XC tires?

Bottom Line:   
I bought these at a great price for a pair thinking that these are XC specific tires, But man their are huge! My derailer kept toughing the tire because there are no clearance. The knobs are too huge for a 2.0 as stated on this tire? I rode on them for about a year because I was too lazy to replace them But the rubbing sound got too annoying. I'm replacing them with a true XC tire! If you're looking for a All Mountain tire that is good on dry conditions than these are OK. But for me I mostly ride the local fire trails so I don't need a All Mountain specific tire. I'm giving this a below average mark because it misrepresents the true size.

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Favorite Trail:   Chessboro

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Specialized X Roller S works, Specialized Team edition, Continential Navigator. WTB EpicWolf.

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Truth with XTR Comp. Thompson Elite seatpost WTB Laser Saddle, Answer Protaper Carbon Handlebar, Mavic Crossmax XL Wheelset and CB Mallet pedals.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve a Downhiller from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Red

Weaknesses:    Red... Ordered 25.x26 tubeless, Michelin could not give me tire dimensions.. Bought 2 very $$$$$$.. mounted the..(??????) "2.5x26"-(???????) these things are barely larger that my mid- 1990's grey 2.1 x 26 - Specilized.. they are WAAAAYYYY smaller than my 2.35 Negeval folding.. USELESS if you do anything but light XC.. they are sooooo smmmmmmaaaaallll, that any rocks will distroy your rim.. Can't believe they list them as a 2.5.. NOTHING on the tire is a big as the CASING on a 2.35 Negeval, and compared to a 2.5 N.. !!!!.. the tire is at least 15mm shorter from the rim to tread...!!!NO wonder they are listed as "fast", the tread is so tight they look like street tires.. and they are so small your gearing will be ALOT lower....UNBELIEVABLE.. They will be on Ebay in a few days...

Bottom Line:   
I can't believe that Michelin would sell such crap.. it is TOTALY MISSREPRESENTED.. this is a "hard-packed" XC tire at best.. and for a light, short suspension bike with a light rider and NO rocks. or loose stuff.. DISGUSTED

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Tam / Reno

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Kenda, Negeval 2.35Folding / 2.5DH / 2.7DH -- WTB Timberwolf, 2.5/ 2.7 race, and just about everythig else..

Bike Setup:   888RC2X (8")/ Swinger 6-wy Ti spring (7") / ElCamino etc..

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jen Jozwiak a Cross Country Rider from Shell Beach, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2006

Strengths:    This tire rolls fast, is low weight, and has great side knobs for added grip. The gray color matches components and bike well.

Weaknesses:    I wish there was a 2.1 and not just a 2.0 and 2.2. I think the size might be a bit small for big rocks, loose shale, etc.

Bottom Line:   
A great race tire for multiple conditions. I rode them in Durango, Fruita, Jackson Hole, Downieville, and all around the Central Coast of California in one year. They are about dusted now.

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Favorite Trail:   Braille Trail in Santa Cruz

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   special order Art's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer XC Fire Pro, WTB Velociraptor, Mythos XC

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur, full XTR, Fox RL Talas.

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