Michelin Wild Rock’R mountain bike tyre review£24.99

Winter all-rounder

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Michelin have a new range of mountain bike rubber, but the aggro looks of this rock and mud all-rounder are let down by the basic, plasticky rubber compound. With its tall centre and shoulder rows of deeply siped triangular knobs, the tyre certainly looks super-tough.

As expected, mechanical traction on soft ground, wet grass and mulch is good, and it clears well when you get onto cleaner ground. The tall knobs roll okay in a straight line and the hard rubber compound should last for ages.

Unfortunately, that compound lets go violently as soon as the knobs hit anything hard, such as rocks or roots. A lack of intermediate tread means it feels sketchy on hardpack and really lurches into turns, further decreasing confidence. Hopefully, the Advanced versions (£39.99) will be much better.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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