Michelin Mountain Dry Tire

  • Low rolling resistance pattern.
  • Reinforced technology : ideal balance between weight and shock absorption.

    Fast directional block pattern minimises rolling resistance.
    Michelin Reinforced technology for durability and resistance impact damage.

  • User Reviews (10)

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    Simon   [May 31, 2012]
    Strength:

    Super fast rolling, out with friends on hard packed decents I often have to brake to stay with them, grip on hard packed surfaces is superb, they real rail on either dried mud or light gravel, good on damp rocks as well but a bit fussy on pressures, too hard and they slide. Super hard wearing, after about 400miles the moulding bobbles are still there, reckon these will last me 5 summers.

    Weakness:

    Useless in mud, not good at all on wet roots or other wood, although they cope with that summer top coat of slime you get on a rainy day just fine.

    Really really good for what they are meant to be good at (Dry Mountains!), severely compromised under other conditions.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Suth   All Mountain Rider [Feb 23, 2012]
    Strength:

    Roll fast, nice profile, reasonably big bag tire for 2.3. Did I mention that it rolls fast?? I think the fact that it is a quicker tire means my legs are fresher when it commes time to climb, welcome when I am grinding up switchbacks on a 14.5 kg bike.

    Weakness:

    The tradeoff for the rolling speed seems to be that these tires are unhappy in loose sand and mud. If you push them they seem to scrub at the front rather than bite, at the back they can get a bit drifty, but not unpredictably so. I am using the 2.3 reinforced that seems to be a reasonable weight, it took a while to get it to seal up with with stans sealant on stans rims.

    Great summer tire if you dont encounter too much soft stuff. Given other reviews, I would be apprehensive venturing out in these in winter. If you ride hardpack, these would be brilliant, but loose over hard, just be a little bit cautious. They do roll fast, so in a smaller with 1.9/2.1 they would probably be a fantastic dry race tire.

    Similar Products Used: Maxxis high roller, minions, geax barro mountain.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Ed Hudson   Weekend Warrior [Nov 19, 2010]
    Strength:

    Fast rolling, good traction on hardpack, absorbs bumps well, adequate for occasional mud and sand

    Weakness:

    Doesn't clear wet clay well, it took a while to wear off the little spikes on the tires when they were new, sometimes I need a little more grip in loose climbs and corners

    I was amazed at the improvement in speed compared to an aggressive treaded tire. Gained a lot of speed but gave up only a little grip. The wear really well. They also roll fast at lower pressures. Perfect for rocky and rooted hardpack when speed is important.

    Similar Products Used: IRC Mythos
    Motoraptors
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Tony   Cross Country Rider [May 06, 2010]
    Strength:

    Rolls easily, has good shock absorbsion/comfort over roots and rocks

    Weakness:

    If the hill gets muddy, just start pushing. Too many small knobs to be effective in mud.

    For the 10$ closeout price at Nashbar, you'd be insane to not purchase them. They go on sale every other month it seems. I'm running 26x2.3's front and rear(the tires have arrors to dictate a front or rear orientation).

    I did experience some pinch flats early on, but this was mainly due to me running to low of psi. I've been running 45 front and 42-ish rear and all seems well. I'm running tubes with slime in them.

    I gave an overall a 4 because it'd be nice to have SOME help when it gets muddy. It really falls off if you encounter a leafy/loose/muddy hill.

    Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal, WTB Weirwolf and some form of knobby Maxxis
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Zachariah   Cross Country Rider [Apr 24, 2010]
    Strength:

    -Tons of dry grip
    -Whisper quiet on pavement
    -Fast as hell
    -Confidence inspiring rubber
    -Tough sidewalls for non-UST tire
    -Easy to mount tubeless(Stan's)
    -Amazing cornering ability

    Weakness:

    -640g weight
    -Slips like poo in wet mud(not designed for it!)

    Introduced in 2005 - this is the very same tire that catapulted XC rider Julien Absalon to World Cup domination.

    Being a Weight Weenie myself - I was very leery about the weight of these tires as I am normally used to small-volume, light XC race tires under 400g/ea. However, after using them I now realize the super-smooth and low rolling resistance of this tire MORE THAN MAKES UP for climbing weight increase. In fact, you'll BARELY NOTICE the weight because these tires roll sooooo smoothly and quietly...its like almost NOTHING is there!

    The 26 x 2.15 Michelin XCR Mountain Dry2 is actually measured at 2.15 exactly. The high volume is almost impervious to pinch flats and rips through loose, dry singletrack with absolute ease and point/shoot precision. I like them even BETTER than the Conti Race King 2.2 and Schwalbe Rocket Ron! The real KEY to this tire's magic is how you play with air pressure and the terrain you ride in.

    For 2010 - this wonderful piece of French-made equipment is now known as the Michelin Wild Race'R. The tread pattern has been retained only because it is so damn FAST and it just plain WORKS. Get this tire for under $20 today at Nasbar while close-out supplies last!

    Similar Products Used: Continental Race King 2.2 Supersonic
    Specialized The Captain 2Bliss
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO
    Kenda Small Block 8
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    lucyfek   Cross Country Rider [Jan 03, 2010]
    Strength:

    review is for dry 2 tires (26x2.3)
    nice, good quality, made in France, reasonably beefy tread without going overboard, not too heavy, surprisingly comfy - low vibrations (though I ran them ~ 25psi for now), good grip on snow/ice, won't toss you around when switching "lanes" imprinted in snow (sidewall knobs are just right size)

    Weakness:

    too little time to test thoroughly but so far none really, probably more resistance that skinny tires (but I wanted 2.3+ for winter/snow), maybe the "whiskers" left over on the tread by production process (but these will wear out sooner or later)

    good tires for the price, I'm quite sure these will perform just as good on dirt as on snow, 2.3 and still room to spare (if you didn't care for fenders)

    Similar Products Used: hardly similar - I never used anything more than 2.1 (for speed, it's flat here anyway), maybe Forté Sherwood XC (not bad for moderate xc), Forté Dartmoor (nice - fast and still reasonably puncture resistant), another more knobby performance tires
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Bristecom   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2009]
    Strength:

    Smooth, fast rolling, lightweight, responsive, durable, and grip on hardpack

    Weakness:

    Grip on loose and performance over rough terrain

    I ride mostly dry hardpack surfaces so this tire seemed like the ideal choice for me. Compared to the stock tires, these are slightly lighter and roll a little better which makes them faster and easier to climb with. Its tall, narrow, pointy profile really digs into the ground and corners so well on pavement, I can nearly drag my knee! The problem is it slides down ridges, gets caught in crevices, and basically buries itself in sand. It might not be so bad with the 2.3 inch version though. The low profile tread is very responsive and ample for hardpack but gets easily overwhelmed and washes out over anything loose. Michelin’s quality is top notch with a durable construction and reasonable wear rate.

    So if you use this tire for what is was designed for, smooth hardpacked dirt, it's just about perfect. However, you're probably going to come across some rougher loose stuff that will remind you of the tradeoffs.

    (I'd give it a 4.5 overall but since I can't, I'll just round up.)

    Similar Products Used: Bontrager Jones ACX
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Fatman   Cross Country Rider [Jan 31, 2009]
    Strength:

    low resistance, solid tire, medium priced

    Weakness:

    none, so far

    Dry2 2,3 reinforced. Was getting tired of waiting for Schwalbe's new Racing Ralph Double Defence 2,24 tire (not available here for weeks now). This is an excellent more than substitute for considerably less money. Very contented! Would choose it now even if the RR would have been available.
    p.s. some like the big decals on the Schwalbe tires. I hate being around with exceläently readable eponyms like Big Betty, Small Sissy...This Michein M Dry 2 is just an honnest tire and shows it.

    Similar Products Used: Most Schwalbes. Michelin XCR Mud
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Zephyr   Weekend Warrior [Jan 07, 2008]
    Strength:

    super fast rolling, thick sidewalls

    Weakness:

    gets stuck in mud, but sheds it quite fast, then again its a summer tire so...
    and maybe a bigger size.

    this review is for the Mountain Dry 2 Reinforced edition, absolutely love it, used it as a front, felt quite good, turning and braking felt very sure footed, but personally i feel it is better as a rear tire, it has a slightly rounder profile, hard wearing, rolls superb, thick sidewalls prevent rips n tears, really can't fault it, plus its not to expensive.

    buy this if you ride mainly dry areas.

    Similar Products Used: Panaracer Rampage, Razer MX, Kenda Kinetics.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Patrick   [Jan 17, 2008]
    Strength:

    Low rolling resistance, thick sidewall, easy to mount

    Weakness:

    None, so far... it cost more than I wanted to pay, but I think it way worth it.

    My bike is my primary transportation on campus, but I love to go out on trails on the weekends. I ride a lot of stairs and enjoy the local freeride course, so I need a high volume tire that won't pinch flat easily. The tire is designed for dry conditions, but it has tolerated moderate mud, and wasn't too bad on some snow and slush. It rolls very quickly on concrete, but has excellent grip out on the singletracks. I've only used it as a front tire, but I'm very satisfied.

    Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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