Michelin XCR Dry 2 2.0in tyre review£23.99

Sketchy but affordable traction

BikeRadar score2/5

Michelin’s XCR Dry 2 is well priced, but its overall performance is inconsistent. With a centre tread that’s near continuous, a hard compound and a middling weight, it picks up speed relatively fast out of corners.

The carcass size and wraparound tread also give it a more floated and protected feel than some nominally larger tyres. This helps you push the pace off-road without getting rattled to oblivion, although it’s average rather than exceptional in terms of overall speed.

As a dry-specific tyre it rails well in loose or dusty conditions but the compound can let go suddenly in the wet. The more open, thinner knobbed intermediate/shoulder tread also makes it prone to squirm and spill traction when you start pushing it hard through corners.

This all adds up to a tyre that can feel great one day and unpredictable the next. The UST tubeless versions are heavy too, although the standard version converts with latex sealant pretty well.

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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