Michelin X'treme tubeless reinforced 2.5in tyres review£31.99

Big, burly and dependable but heavy

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This light black UST tyre shares the same tread as Michelin’s old Comp 24 downhill tyre, so it means business.

The grey top layer is soft and tacky, and is supported by the harder black compound underneath. The tread pattern and profile hooks up whether braking, climbing or getting your knee down in turns.

The super-tough casing fights off pinch punctures and allows low pressures, but the soft top surface can cut easily on sharp rocks. It’s a heavy tyre at 1,090g.

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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