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Michelin Power All-Season tyres review

20 Nov 2018
Verdict:

Good tyres for changing conditions that come in cheaper than competitors

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£34.99
For 
• Good puncture protection • Cheaper than competitors
Against 
• Could be lighter if you care about every gram

With 129 years of experience in the tyre trade, you would expect Michelin to deliver the goods when it comes to producing top-quality rubber. After all, the Clermont-based company did invent the first removable bicycle tyre in 1891 used by Charles Terront to win the world's first long-distance cycle race, Paris-Brest-Paris, in the same year.

It's also the second-biggest tyre company in the world, behind only Bridgestone. Bigger than Continental and much bigger than the likes of Vittoria and Schwable. 

So with this rich heritage and might, you'd like to think you could rely on it to produce good road bike tyres, of which one of those is the Michelin Power All-Season road bike tyre.

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Rubber promised to maintain performance in all weathers from the depths of winter to the heights of summer; Michelin's tyre for all occasions that hopes to find the perfect compromise of grip, durability, speed and weight, a hard balance to find.

Grippier grip

The biggest claim Michelin makes with the Power All-Season tyre is that it has 15 per cent more grip than its Pro4 Grip predecessor due to a new 'Hi-Grip Design' tread pattern and new rubber compound, which seems an ambitious claim but doesn't look to be far from the truth. 

While the tread is almost completely slick on the crown of the tyre, the shoulders are left etched in a uniform pattern around the tyre, designed to give optimum grip regardless of most weather conditions.

The brand also claims that the new compound helps the rubber cope better in lower temperatures. 

Running at 95psi on a set of Fulcrum Racing Quattro carbon wheels, I found the tyres never skipped a beat in dry conditions and supported you through corners no matter how much you pushed it.

In the wet, I was more cautious in my riding style but not because of lack of grip. I still felt planted to the tarmac in the bend just at a lower, more conservative speed. Riding in cold conditions was much of the same, too, with no noticeable drop in performance.

Michelin has also developed a new artificial fibre to increase puncture protection, Aramid Protek +, which it claims makes the crown of the tyre 20 per cent more puncture resistant, which is incidentally the same levels of puncture protection Continental argues the GP5000 offers over the GP4000

To date, I'm yet to puncture on these tyres, so there's something to be said for that although whether it's 20% more resistant than Michelin's previous tyres is unknown. 

40g or £40? 

That new puncture-resistant fibre does, however, bloat the tyre a little with a 25mm weighing in at 260g, heavier than the Continental GP 4 Season despite visibly less tred and heavier than the Pirelli P Zero 4S. 

I'd argue that you are unlikely to notice such a small concession in weight - especially when you could save 40g in weight by just skipping dessert - but it does make you consider why Michelin did not go to the effort to shave those few grams away just to sit closer to its competitors. 

For more visit Michelin's website here.

I'm also wary of Michelin's claims that the new Power All-Season tyres are five watts faster than before, saving you 20 seconds over 40km at an average speed of 45kmh. 

Not because I don't believe the claims, they are likely true in a controlled environment, but because it's highly unlikely that anybody using these tyres will feel the benefits of the saved watts.

Riding for 40km at 45kmh is akin to pro riding, not us amateurs, that is unless you are riding a time trial in which you're likely to be riding race tyres or tubulars rather than all-weather tyres anyway. 

Granted, my ride average speeds were no lower than usual but then again, no higher. In fact, these tyres rolled exactly how I would expect for all-season tyres, which is good. 

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One benefit you do get by choosing the Michelin Power All-Season tyres is the price. At RRP, Michelin is £34.99 which is £20 less per tyre than the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season and £10 cheaper than Pirelli's alternative. A nice saving for not much performance compromise. 

So I guess the question you need to ask yourself is: would you rather save 40g on your wheels or £40 in your wallets?

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