Michelin Mountain A/T Reinforced review£25.00

Good protection, but slow and slippery

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While it has impressive puncture protection for its weight, the AT is jack of All Terrains but the master of none. Its slow and slippery performance limits it to those rare locations here its tread pattern actually works.

The combination of widely spaced, well buttressed knobs certainly isn’t fast, with a definite growl and drag on harder surfaces. Despite their individual aggression, there aren’t enough knobs to hold on to traction either, resulting in a ride that’s only predictable in its slipperiness.

Cornering and off- camber grip is pretty non-existent, too, even on the soft-compound versions we’ve tried. On the bright side though, the reinforced carcass feels impressively sturdy and protected – it just deserves a more UK-centric tread pattern.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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