Michelin XCR Dry 2 2.0in tyre review

Sketchy but affordable traction

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
£23.99 RRP
Michelin XCR Dry 2 2.0in

Our review

An affordable tyre, but inconsistent traction makes it a gamble rather than a dead cert
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XCR Dry 2 2.0 (09)
Brand Michelin

Weight (g) 600
Colour Black
Wheel Type Mountain
Tyre Tread Siped
Bead Folding
Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.0 2.2in