The popular Grip’R and Race’R tires will be available in 650b/27.5″ by next summer. Photo: Caley Fretz | Singletrack.com
The Grip’R and Race’R treads remain the same on the 650b version. Photo: Caley Fretz | Singletrack.com
Michelin’s prototype mud-specific Wild Mud tire will be available in April in 26×2.0 and 29×2.0 sizes. Photo: Caley Fretz | Singletrack.com
The Wild Mud uses lower knobs than most mud tires because its knobs utilize a unique shape that allows them to twist and fling mud off, according to Michelin. The wide knob spacing will also help with mud shedding. Photo: Caley Fretz | Singletrack.com
The Pro4 tubular will be availabe in 23 and 25mm widths. Photo: Caley Fretz | Singletrack.com
The upcoming Pro4 tubular uses a familiar file side-tread and rough center. Photo: Caley Fretz | Singletrack.com
The Michelin Man has been hard at work in the company’s Clermont-Ferrand, France headquarters, pulling together a new road tubular as well as two new 650b/27.5” options and a new, faster mud tire for 2013.
Prototype 650b and mud tire
After missing the first ferry to the Isle of Two-Nine (and the second), Michelin is jumping straight onto the 650b/27.5″ boat with two of its most popular tread patterns. The more aggressively treaded Grip’R will be available in 650×2.25″ and 2.35″ width options, with a sturdier casing for the larger size and a regular casing for the 2.25”. The lighter Racer’R will only be available in a 2.25″ width. Availability for both is set for next summer. We’ve been testing a set of 26” Grip’R tires and 29” Racer’R tires this summer, keep an eye out for a review in the coming weeks.
Michelin had a prototype mud tire on hand as well, slated for official debut in April, 2013. Like every
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