Michelin XL Tire

4.08/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $27.49


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Product Description

More affordable, but just as agressive cross-country tire
  • All new tread design to maximize grip and efficiency.
  • All position design - works well for front or rear.
  • Durable 33 tpi casing with rigid bead.


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by pete a Cross Country Rider from walnut creek, ca, usa

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 2006

    Strengths:    fast tire, corners well, handles well in mud, does well in loose dirt over rocks and in the rain.

    Weaknesses:    knobbs break off quickly, casing is weak, very little protection from thorns.

    Bottom Line:   
    good all around epic tires with good performance but not outstanding.

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    Favorite Trail:   mitchell canyon

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   performance

    Similar Products Used:   kenda kinetics, maxxis high roller, michelin hot s

    Bike Setup:   weyless 67 free ride bike with spv 4way coil, hope hubs with singletrack rims, pike race fork, king headset, michelin am ex 2.25 tires, thomson front and rear, avid 8" mech brakes, odi grips, sram x9 drivetrain and holzfeller cranks, crank brother mallet m pedals.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Gregory Johnson a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

    Date Reviewed: November 19, 2005

    Strengths:    Good grip on loose gravel and rocks.
    It feels predictable when traction is lost, on and off sealed roads.


    Weaknesses:    A lot of rolling resistance on tarmac and clean hardpack trails.
    Sinks into soft deep sand (but it is a narrow tyre)


    Bottom Line:   
    I only have it on my back wheel, but it hooks up well on loose gravel hills and over rocks.
    Sydney hasn't had a lot of rain recently and the tracks around here are quite sandy, so I can't comment about performance in the wet or in mud.
    The tracks that I have been riding are mostly narrow and technical (walking trails), so I can't comment about high speed performance either. However on these tracks where grip and power control are required the tyre performs quite well. They lose traction in a predictable way, so I haven't been tossed over the front (yet) when it does breaks free.
    It doesn't roll very well on clean hard packed trails or on the road due to the tread pattern, but it wears a lot better than the Specialised tyres that came with the bike.
    The tread pattern is directional and does seem to make a noticeable difference if you get it wrong.
    Overall, I'm very happy with the traction I get going up steep loose trails.

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    Favorite Trail:   various

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Bike shop in Parramatta

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Roll-X

    Bike Setup:   Avanti Barracuda

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sctrix a Cross Country Rider from Ny

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 2004

    Strengths:    This tire can handle Upstate New York conditions better then the Hutchinson Scorpions that came with my bike. Great for mud, rocks, and sand.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    In terms of value and performance it is hard to beat this tire. Get some you will not be dissapointed!!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $16.00

    Purchased At:   nashbar

    Bike Setup:   jekyyll 600

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by LARBIKE a Cross Country Rider from San Antonio, TEXAS

    Date Reviewed: October 8, 2004

    Strengths:    This tire rolls very well. Good overall traction for a variety of XC riding. The front version of this tires steers well and feels surprisingly precise. Predictable handling inspires confidence. Excellent performance for the price. I hope Michelin continues to produce these tires.

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy(700 grams in the steel bead version)
    Not great in heavy mud or on slick limestone(but what is?)


    Bottom Line:   
    This has become my preferred XC tire. It's hard to beat for value and overall performance.

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    Favorite Trail:   OP

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar, Cambria

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptors
    Continental Traction Pro
    Specialized Enduro sport


    Bike Setup:   Schwinn Rocket 88

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by marc from maastricht

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2004

    Strengths:    Quite light, very good grip, good puncture resistance, low rolling resistance. Breaks very well, climbs very well, feels very secure under all conditions on down hills, even when its wet. Sheds mud also quite well.

    Weaknesses:    None so far. Doesn't show any wear, no side wall problems.

    Bottom Line:   
    You need one tire that can do it all? Buy this one. Great all rounder.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Continental Escape, not punture proof at all, but otherwise also a good all rounder, lighter, more agile.

    Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper '03

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from Sale Victoria Australia

    Date Reviewed: September 16, 2003

    Strengths:    Grip, high puncture protection, great wear rate

    Bottom Line:   
    These tyres are great they wear very well, climb anything my feeble legs and lungs can and hook up well on most trails. I find that they break away evenly, two wheel slides rather than front first. I have used them on sand ok, hard pack good, mud slippy but not too bad, rocks great. Overall they work well and dont cost that much.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Flemington Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Trail blasters, smoke/dart, old maxis and kenda before they were cool.

    Bike Setup:   hard tail fox up front

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Castle Rock, CO

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2003

    Strengths:    Excellent traction! Outstanding grip! Improved my climbing in technical sections 50%!

    Weaknesses:    None, really

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the best tire I've ever used. I like to climb and I ride trails that are technical. Rocks, roots, switchbacks, water bars. The XL is amazing! My previous favorite was the Panaracer Smoke. But the Michelin XL is significantly better. It grips in all situations for me. Even granite rocks (rather slick to begin with) covered with silt. Grips water bars reasonably well whereas other tires did not grip them at all. I now climb stuff that I previously thought was impossible due to steepness and lack of traction. With the Michelin XL, every pedal stroke results in forward motion. I've had some trouble with unintentional wheelies when I expected slippage and the tire gripped.

    Have not had any trouble with the sidewalls. I shredded the sidewalls of some other tires, particularly the Specialized. The rocks on my favorite trails are not forgiving. The Michelin has held up GREAT! I'm thinking about ordering a hundred or so just in case they are ever discontinued.

    That one guy with the negative review above must have gotten a lemon. Though I believe his review said he only demo'ed them.

    I don't ride much street, I don't bomb the downhills, and I don't ride gently rolling hills and meadows. I ride aggressive, nasty, dare-you-to-try-this trails. And the Michelin XL is far and away the best tire I've ever ridden!

    Wish I could give this tire 6 chilis!

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    Favorite Trail:   Dakota Ridge

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, Velociraptor, Venderstein, Panaracer Smoke, Specialized, Geax, others

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Instinct

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Aubrey a Racer from Atlanta, GA, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 2, 2003

    Strengths:    Excellent in corners
    Very durable
    Extremely aggressive


    Weaknesses:    Lots of rolling resistence
    Not good on wet pavement
    Not sticky at all


    Bottom Line:   
    This is an excellent training tire. I've got a few hundred trail miles on and about a hundred road miles on these, and they look like their still a week old. They have a fair amount of rolling resistence on hard-pack, they eat up corners on trails (not on roads), especially loose corners, and they give you plenty of braking power. These are cheap tires; dont' expect too much from them. But any skills you need to practice in training (except large, wet rocks or wet pavement) you can do, just at the cost of going a little slower with some added weight. Good all-rounders with exellent durability: that's all you need in a training tire. I'd give up some durability for some extra sticky, but besides that, they're about perfect.
    Oh yea, even with a bunch of recent encounters with thorn patches, I've still never gotten a flat with them.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   REI


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by LunchBox a Downhiller from TEXAS

    Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

    Strengths:    It looked cool for a few minutes...

    Weaknesses:    I had this tire for about 30 minutes...that's how long it took for me to COMPLETELY destroy it. Tore the sidewalls SOOO bad, I actually separated the bead from the rest of it, in a good 3" strip. What a JOKE of a tire.

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't ever buy this tire...unless your'e a democrat.

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    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   who knows

    Similar Products Used:   similar meaning this sh!tty???...well, none then.

    Bike Setup:   Who cares...the tire shredded!!!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Middle-of-nowhere, ME

    Date Reviewed: June 30, 2002

    Strengths:    Fast.
    Tread layout.
    Overall stability.
    Michelin Man on sidewall.


    Weaknesses:    Not many big ones. Sidewalls seem a little flexy, maybe too thin to last a lot more than a season or two. Depends on your riding.

    Bottom Line:   
    The XL's are a very good tire. I had them front and rear on my Moab3 until last week. The tire in the rear gripped well and never left my spinning on the uphills. Braking traction also seemed good. Weight was not a huge problem, but then again I'm not a leg-shaven, XC weight freak anyway. The rear seemed to stick good in the corners, and I rarely felt it sliding out. I really had to puch this tire to do something bad. On the front, the michelin worked just as well. It rolled well, and proved to be a good all-around tire. Braking traction was good, and it inspired confidence on even the most knarly wet roots and rocks. The one problem with the front was that it slid out a little more in the corners than I would like. It only did this when I was racing and was pushing the bike to its limits on very fast gravel/loose downhills. I replaced the front with an IRC Mythos, and the problem seems to be solved.
    There were only two things that I had a problem with with this tire. They were:
    1. Thin sidewall - May prove to be a spot of wear
    in the long run.
    2. Seemed to wear kind of fast. But then again,
    they did a lot of pavement riding to get to
    the trails.

    Overall, I feel that the benefits outwieghed the very slight problems. 5 Flamin' chilis all around.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Tony's Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   IRC mythos. Several other Michelin tires for XC. WTB Velociraptors.

    Bike Setup:   2001 Schwinn Moab 3(pre-buyout by Pacific). XTR brakes/levers, M536 clipless, several other upgrades.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by John Fornasier from Toronto

    Date Reviewed: May 4, 2002

    Strengths:    Excellent grip in turns due to aggressive side knobs make them excellent in loose conditions.
    They also work very well over rocks and hard pack.
    Tread pattern across the center of the tire is not as aggresive, making them very fast on straights.
    Because the lugs are well spaced across the top of the tire, they shed mud fairly well,


    Weaknesses:    Side walls seem a bit thin. They look like they will not last the whole season due to this fact.

    Bottom Line:   
    They have a more aggressive lug pattern than the Hutchinson UST tire making them better in overall conditions.
    Excellent all-conditions tire.

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    Favorite Trail:   too many to list

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Jones

    Bike Setup:   Don't run them with too little pressure, as the side walls tend to wear quickly

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Thomas from Athens, Greece

    Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

    Strengths:    perfect flange, perfect safety feeling in wet, low rotating resistance

    Weaknesses:    pretty heavy...

    Bottom Line:   
    Excactly the same as the michelin xl s, BUT without kevlar. Its only disadvantage is that, thing which makes them pretty heavy. By far more stable on every ground, even on wet! Perfect for those who seek for a very good all round tyre, do not dare for weight and do not want to give much money just for a pair of tyres. I'm sure my next tires are going to be the same with kevlar(xls).

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    Favorite Trail:   Plastiras Lake

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Tsirikos Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   kenda, michelin lite s, mythos irc.

    Bike Setup:   Giant Box II, rockshox psylo fork, shimano full deore hollowtech, dmr v8 pedals, wtb saddle, koski handlebar, tioga stem, mavic x222 rims etc.

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