Michelin Downhill Tyres For 2020

I have been riding my Nukeproof Mega with Michelin Wild Enduro tyres for a while now. I love the feel of them, the grip they give in the corners and their stopping power. However, they do have a bad habit of puncturing. I ride in the French alps where the terrain is pretty varied. We get smooth (ish) downhill trails, muddy forest trails and pointy rocks. This type of terrain is what the Wild Enduro was made for, but they don’t seem to be as tough as the Maxxis tyres I had on my old bike. I thought that I had been unlucky, with side wall slices and large cuts (although Tyre Yogurt did do a great job of sealing them eventually), but it turns out that I am not the only one to have had this problem.

(The image below shows a 6mm slice, but the Tyre Yogurt sealed it after a couple of rides)

I considered going back to Maxxis, however, the build quality of the 2019 Maxxis tyres was horrendous. 

The Nukeproof Enduro team have been using Michelin Wild Enduro tyres for a while now, but the versions you will find on Sam Hill’s bike are the downhill versions. These are much tougher, but they were not available to the public. After a year of testing by pro mountain bikers, Michelin are ready to allow you and me to buy them.

There are four different options to suit different types of surface. They also use Michelin’s new compound known as Magi-X DH, which is said to give better grip in both wet and dry.

We can expect the Michelin downhill tyres to be available at most suppliers in March.

Michelin Downhill Tyre Range

DH34

Michelin DH34 downhill tyre

The DH34 is designed for riders that spend a lot of time in areas with rocky terrain or in bike parks. It uses the Magi-X DH Shield casing. Michelin say that this provides maximum grip and high stability on hard terrain.

Details

Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
Sizes: 27.5in/ 29in
Casing: 2x55tpi
Width: 2.4in
Weight: 1200g (27.5in)
Estimated Price: £59.99/$78USD

DH22

Michelin DH22 downhill tyre

The DH22 is designed to be more versatile and to work best on soft and varied surfaces. It will also work well on hard surfaces. This tyre also has the Magi-X compound and the DH shield. This is so the knobs on the tread pattern pokes in to soft dirt, while giving stability on hard surfaces.

Details

Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
Sizes: 26in/27.5in/29in
Casing: 2x55tpi
Width: 2.4in
Weight: 1200g (26in)
Estimated Price: £59.99/$78USD

DH Mud

Michelin DH Mud downhill tyre

The DH Mud may come as no surprise to you is designed for muddy terrain. The tread pattern is spaced out wide to prevent mud from building up, which reduces grip. The “Cuttable Blocks Technology” is designed to give you the best performance in the wet. These tyres also have the Magi-X DH rubber compound and Down Hill Shield casing.

Details

Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
Sizes: 27.5in/29in
Casing: 2x55tpi
Width: 2.4in
Weight: 1250g (27.5in)
Estimated Price: £64.99/$85USD

DH34 Bike Park

Michelin DH34 Bike Park Down Hill Tyres

These are for riders that spend all their time in the bike park. These are basically a more durable version of the DH34 with a longer lifespan. Therefore they are ideal for smashing out bike park laps.

Details

Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
Sizes: 27.5in/29in
Casing: 2x33tpi
Width: 2.4in
Weight: 1180g (27.5in)
Estimated Price: £29.99/$39USD

Michelin Downhill Tyres For 2020

I really hope that these are going to be good tyres. As I said earlier, I am a big fan of the Wild Enduro’s feel and capability, but their durability has been a bit of a let down (no pun intended). I tried them with Rockstop tyre inserts too. I was not impressed with them either, as they had multiple cuts in them after a couple of weeks of riding.

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