Michelin have a new range of mountain bike rubber, but the aggro looks of this rock and mud all-rounder are let down by the basic, plasticky rubber compound. With its tall centre and shoulder rows of deeply siped triangular knobs, the tyre certainly looks super-tough.
As expected, mechanical traction on soft ground, wet grass and mulch is good, and it clears well when you get onto cleaner ground. The tall knobs roll okay in a straight line and the hard rubber compound should last for ages.
Unfortunately, that compound lets go violently as soon as the knobs hit anything hard, such as rocks or roots. A lack of intermediate tread means it feels sketchy on hardpack and really lurches into turns, further decreasing confidence. Hopefully, the Advanced versions (£39.99) will be much better.
|Name||Wild Rock'R mtb tyre (11)|
|Manufacturer's Description||Michelin WildRock'R tires are designed for extreme conditions, whether of rock or mud. The central groove helps with directional control while the massive knobs across the width of the tread help withstand the roughest rocky terrain. Its aggressive claw shaped shoulder knobs help you hold your line in extreme cornering situations.|
|Threads Per Inch||60|