Michelin Front S UST Tubeless Tire

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.

User Reviews (7)

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joel   Cross Country Rider [Jun 26, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

made in France and yeah, its hard to mount

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!

Similar Products Used: hutchinson python, michelin xls
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
madboy   Weekend Warrior [Jun 12, 2003]
Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Hutchinson Pythons & Scorpions
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
nate   Racer [Sep 19, 2005]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

weight, durability, sidewalls, cornering

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.

Similar Products Used: Many different Kendas, Ritcheys and Hutchinsons
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Aaron   Weekend Warrior [Oct 19, 2005]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: Maxxis Larson TT, Kenda Kharisma, Hutchinson Mosquito
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
bruno   Cross Country Rider [Feb 19, 2003]
Strength:

confort an cornering (the best)

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Michelin comp S UST, Continental Explorer UST, Specialized Rockster UST
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Marcus   Racer [Sep 22, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

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

Similar Products Used: Michelin Wildgripper XLS UST, Michelin Comp S Light UST
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Jonas Neeser   Cross Country Rider [May 07, 2004]
Strength:

Good traction

Weakness:

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

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

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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