Unboxed and Weighed – Michelin’s New Wild Mountain Bike Tires

michelin wild racer racr mountain bike tire weight

We just got a set of Michelin’s new Wild Race’r, Wild Grip’r and Wild Rock’r tires in for testing, and per usual they went straight on the scale.

The Wild Race’r tires are the 26×2.1 Tube Type version and come in at 590g. Compared to the claimed weight of 600g for the standard 60tpi single-compound version, it’s showing 10g lighter than claimed. The Advanced dual compound 127tpi model supposedly checks in at 530g. Check this post for claimed weights for all sizes and technical specs.

Closeup photos of the Race’r and the others, plus weights for the rest, after the break…

As mentioned in the other post, at first glance there are similarities to the Conti Race King. But once you see it up close, the side knobs really ramp up considerably.

Michelin says that you can run the Tube Type tires as tubeless on two conditions: You use sealant and they’re installed on a UST rim, and that’s how we plan on testing these out.

michelin wild rock'r mountain bike tire weight

The Wild Rock’r we received was the 26×2.10 and it came in at 598g, which is a full 17g under claimed weight. (Tube Type 60tpi single compound model).

michelin wild grip'r mountain bike tire weight

The Wild Grip’r is the TL (tubeless) 127tpi dual compound model in a 26×2.25. It weighed in at 841g, the only one that came in heavier than claimed. Claimed weight is 815g. You can tell it’s dual compound by the gray-ish tint to the tread section versus the blacker sidewalls.

The latter two have been shipped off to Zach for testing, and Tyler will be testing the Race’r model. Look for a full review in a few months.

Comments

Jeremiah White - 04/08/11 - 10:49pm

I’ve got a pair of the Wild Race’r 29er tires, I’ll check back with you after I see how they run.

Casper Ortvald - 04/09/11 - 9:48am

What kinda Dog is that ??

Kristibee - 04/09/11 - 10:11am

Casper: American Rat Terrier

Jeremiah White - 04/10/11 - 4:44pm

And the verdict after a half dry half washout ride in west NC for the Wild Race’r 29er tires is:

Awesome dry-pack tire. Easily one of the best I’ve ever ridden. Couldn’t lay the bike down even when i tried.

Wet conditions, really not bad either. Before my ride went to heavy mud status they performed well and rarely lost traction.

Heavy mud was not friendly, the tires shed well, but the traction really suffered.

Synopses: If you don’t ride heavy mud you will adore these.

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