Michelin Wild Mud mountain bike tyre review£37.99

Ultra-grippy winter cross-country tyre

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The Michelin Wild Mud XC tyre uses a new design employing soft 55a rubber in a wide spaced but relatively low tread pattern. This means slow rumble and growl on hard surfaces, but unlike full ‘fang’ tyres they don’t squirm on wet rocks. This makes them brilliant for courses that are mostly mush but with a few Tarmac/footpath corners that’d be lethal on many mud tyres. 

The ‘pre-twisted’ twin-level block pattern is designed to square off under heavy drive and braking loads, then twist back and flick off filth when load decreases. It resists blocking extremely well and stays clean and keen better than any other winter treads tested alongside it. 

The tubeless-ready carcass is easy to inflate, yet at the low (20psi) pressure we’ve used, and despite the narrow width, we’ve had regular rim impacts but no splits or burps. It’s definitely designed as a cross-country/trail rather than enduro tyre

With the narrow width penetration, compound and tread design, the amount of traction it finds in mixed mud/wet woods/rocks/snow and ice conditions is outstanding in both 26in and 29er (tested) formats. 

The reasonably light (645g) weight and immediate clearing means maximum acceleration between bogs and power pulses in extreme high torque/low rev knee burster moments. Cue plenty of ‘how the hell did you get up that?’ moments and significant sustained-speed gains over our normal benchmark winter tyres. 

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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