Michelin DH Mud 3 review£34.99

Pricey and best suited to bog-snorkelling muddiness but unbeatable in the right conditions

BikeRadar score4/5

You pay a premium for its pedigree, but Michelin's Mud 3 is still the daddy of all things dirty and dark.

For a start, the tubeless carcass means you can run it softer than most 2.2in tyres without popping on the first impact. It'll work its long, super soft compound spikes through gaps in the most random rock and root sections, too.
The staggered tread means they've always got a spike biting - however much they're leaned - and they corner like they're on rails when everything else is already letting go. They're spaced enough to stay clean even at low speeds, too.
These tyres do scrabble and wander on firmer sections, though, and they're tortuously slow rolling, so it'd need to be proper wet and stupid steep to make them worth their high price.

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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