After a successful launch of new road tires, Michelin has now released four updated mountain bike tires. Ranging from cross-country to enduro, the idea is to offer "a straightforward selection in a market that has become very hazy," according to Michelin's marketing VP Ross Shields.
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Built with smooth, fast cross-country rides in mind, the Jet XCR is Michelin's fastest MTB tire. Developed with Team BH (who were the 2016 UCI World Cup champions), the minimal tread pattern rolls quickly.
The Jet XCR uses Michelin's Gum X2D, which is a combination of Race compound under the tread and an outer compound that is said to maximize traction and braking.
Punctures are kept at bay thanks to the three-layer 150 TPI carcass and Michelin's Race Shield Technology.
27.5- and 29-inch sizes with width choices of 2.1- and 2.25-inches are available.
A combination of three rubbers gives the Force XC improved grip, performance, and puncture resistance, Michelin claims.
Additional tech includes Cross Shield Technology, which Michelin alleges makes the Force XC lighter, stronger and longer-lasting. The tire uses a 3x110 TPI carcass and reinforced, high-density casing.
Sizes for the Force XC include 26-, 27.5- and 29in and widths of 2.1- and 2.25in.
The Force AM is the new trail and all-mountain tire. Like the lighter duty Force XC, it's comprised of three rubber compounds.
Trail Shield Technology is built to be a strong and resilient mix with a 3x60 TPI carcass and a reinforced, high-density casing to give the Force AM tire extra strength and durability.
Sizes include 26-, 27.5- and 29-inch with widths of 2.25- and 2.35-inches.
The Wild AM is the new all-mountain/enduro tire. Michelin touts improved grip and traction as well as improved braking thanks to a mix of three rubbers, called Gum 3XD.
The Wild AM features Michelin's Trail Shield, which is a 3x60 TPI casing for added durability.
Sizes include 27.5- and 29 x 2.35-inch. There are even e-bike ready versions that incorporate a tougher casing for carrying heavier loads.