Michelin Front S UST Tubeless Tire

3.14/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00

Product Description

High density nylon casing. Control-specific tread design for steering precision and grip. State-of-the-art Silicium™ tread compound sheds mud, grips well, rolls fast. Molded butyl inner liner and specially shaped lightweight Kevlar® bead for air tight tubeless seal. Mavic UST certified and Nagesti (Rigida) tubeless compatible. Sizes/Weights: 26”x2.0” 670g.

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Aaron a Weekend Warrior from Rainier, OR

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2005

Strengths:    When used in the right terrain, they corner very well for a front tire

Weaknesses:    They are very terrain specific, I have only had good success with them in loose, dry conditions. Otherwise, like a lot of Michelin's, they are terrible in the wet

Bottom Line:   
I found this tire (when coupled with the XLS in the rear) work great in very specific conditions. They worked best for me when I lived and worked up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They were excellent on the dry, loose, dusty trails and also very good on the ground up granite. Other than that, they have never worked well anywhere else. Like other Michelin's I've owned, they are super slick on wet rocks. For Sierra Nevada riding, they would get a 5, but for anywhere else they get a 2 so I'll give them a 3 overall

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Larson TT, Kenda Kharisma, Hutchinson Mosquito

Bike Setup:   KHS Steel Hardtail, Rock Shox, Mavic CrossRoc wheels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by nate a Racer from Reno, NV

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2005

Strengths:    A friend gave them to me because he hated them. I used them as a training tire during the winter

Weaknesses:    weight, durability, sidewalls, cornering

Bottom Line:   
Michelin tires are the worst, so is their customer service. I thought that I may have gotten a bad batch, but every Michelin tire I've ever used has been nothing but problems.

A training partner gave me the front and rear combo of this tire because he hated them. They are heavy, so I thought they'd make a good trained tire during winter. However, they flat easily and corner badly. Traction is OK, but the square cross-section make this tire suck badly.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Many different Kendas, Ritcheys and Hutchinsons

Bike Setup:   CrossMax UST

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jonas Neeser a Cross Country Rider from Pocatell, Idaho USA

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2004

Strengths:    Good traction

Weaknesses:    I've had three blowouts (two sidewall) on these tires (including the rear XL-s) even though they were fairly new. Difficult to mount.

Bottom Line:   
The sidewalls are too weak.
I had no problem from Supergo folding the tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Katsilometes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   Fuel 100 Bontrager Race Lite wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marcus a Racer from Siegen, Germany

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003

Strengths:    This is for the 2002 Front S 2.1":
- very good grip in rough conditions
- very good grip in wet conditions
- wide threshold in dry and wet conditions
- low rolling resistance
- no flats in 18 month
- good steering ability
- easy to mount

Weaknesses:    - heavy ~770gr., but safe
- difficult steering in mud
- looses ~5 tpi per day

Bottom Line:   
Bike controlling improves little with a special front design tyre. Breaking is a little better with the XLS in front. For that, Michelin won't produce the Front S anymore. Case Closes.

Mounting is easier than tube type tires and is done in less than three minutes w/o lever.

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Favorite Trail:   Vulkanbike, Daun

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   local dealer

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Wildgripper XLS UST, Michelin Comp S Light UST

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 98 2002 w/Original Bontrager Race Modified Rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joel a Cross Country Rider from pittsburgh

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003

Strengths:    great cornering on wet trails and mud, no wash-out, most aggressive tread I've found for a tubless tire

Weaknesses:    made in France and yeah, its hard to mount

Bottom Line:   
So far this tire has performed really well. Casing is very durable and I've only had 1 flat on Michelins in the last 8 months.

There's some tricks to mounting tubless tires. Michelins are tougher than most. In response to the last posting, I was also concerned about supergo folding the tire and creasing the bead, but the tire's holding air well. Make sure you use a real soapy sponge on the rim before you mount the tire. Mount one bead first, then use a rag to cushion your palms when you roll the last part of the second bead over the rim. Tubeless are easy to inflate using high air volume at a gas station. Inflate to max pressure (usually 60 lbs) and leave them sit over night before you ride if you can, then deflate to your desired pressure.

These tires are great if you ride in mud and snow and the ability to run low pressure beats traditional tires and tubes hands down. If you need more traction, buy 'em!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   hutchinson python, michelin xls

Bike Setup:   giant nrs1, xt, hayes, mavic crossroc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by madboy a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Weaknesses:    Extreemly difficult to mount onto the rim. Near impossible to inflate. White crap compound on tire comes off all over the place when mounting.

Bottom Line:   
Simply put, this tire is a poor design. I can't even comment on it's trail performance as I could never get it to inflate on the rim.

The tire was extreemly difficult to get onto the rim, and once it was on, it would constantly leak air. Using the exact same rim, Hutchinson Python & Scorpion tires mount a little earier. The Hutchinson tires easily inflate and lock into place, which is more than what I can say for the Wildgrippers.

Maybe it's because Supergo folded the tires, but whatever it is I can't recomend this tire to anyone, as it won't inflate, even after trying 2 different tires.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Pythons & Scorpions

Bike Setup:   Mavic CrossMax XL 03 rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bruno a Cross Country Rider from sunnyvale

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2003

Strengths:    confort an cornering (the best)

Weaknesses:    difficult to mount on the rim...the weigth 756g

Bottom Line:   
with this tire you could ride with confidence in the single track and long fire trail downhill. This tire is front specific and he is simply the best.
The only weakness is the weight.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $34.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   Michelin comp S UST, Continental Explorer UST, Specialized Rockster UST

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR s-works 2001

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