Sneak Peek: 2012 Michelin Wild Grip’r 2 and Wild Racer Mountain Bike Tires

2012 Michelin Wild Gripr2 mountain bike tires get tubeless ready and 29er sizes

Michelin recently revamped their Wild series of tires with much improved tread patterns and casings, and now they’re already putting out improved versions of those.

The new Wild Grip’r 2, above, is their all-purpose mountain bike tire. Meant for both dry and muddy conditions, the tread design is revised, the casing comes in tubeless or tubeless ready options and new rubber compounds. Even better, there will be more size options, including a 29er. The new rubber compound is said to be “the best” balance between grip, rolling resistance and longevity. The new Wild Grip’r 2 has already scored a number of wins in 4X World Cup competition with bikers Anneke Beerten and Céline Gros. A 26×2.10 and 26×2.25 Wild Grip’R Advanced, and 26×2.10 Wild Grip’R will come available this fall with the other sizes scheduled for market launch in early 2012.

Check the Race’r Ultimate after the break…

2012 MICHELIN WILD RACER Ultimate mountain bike tires

As one might surmise from the pairing of “Race’r” and “Ultimate”, the focus on this tire is racing and lightweight. Designed for dry conditions, it comes in at just 415g for the tubeless-ready 26×2.1 while still boasting some puncture resistance. It’s been on the podium with top-three World Cup finishes by bikers Fabien Canal and Fanny Bourdon already this year.

The central tread pattern remains the same as the current Race’r but the shoulders have been reworked to be more suited for racing (side knobs are lower). It’ll be available in spring 2012 in three sizes, including a 29er, with various compounds.

Comments

alloycowboy - 08/23/11 - 10:42pm

Michelin needs to “fire” their marketing manager for bicycle tires because their tire naming system seriously confuses consumers and bike shop employees. They also should avoid putting dry and wet names on their tires as cyclist think they are only single purpose tires and don’t purchase them. Cyclists don’t know the complete condition of the roads or trails they will be cycling on before they leave home therefore we need tires that can do it all and aren’t condition specific.

Veda - 08/24/11 - 12:57am

They should just take out the “Wild” in the model names. “Racer Ultimate” is already long enough. I wonder if the new Grip’r can be a real alternative to the fast wearing Nobby Nic Pace Star 2.1 that’s only 490gr each…

KII - 09/07/11 - 8:16am

The wild race’r tire looks perfect for dry, hoping for a LARGE volume options in 26, 29 and 650B?. Nice retro naming to the new tires also, 2 thumbs up to the bicycle marketing manager. Nice work Michelin.

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