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The Tour de… Force : Michelin Cycles Tires

The moment bicycles are featured in the sports news and when the summer season encourages this leisure activity, casual cyclists and experienced cyclists will mount their steeds and take to the roads. All these users share the same desire: to avoid a puncture. There’s nothing worse than being stranded at the side of the road!

Studies show that three out of four cyclists rate resistance to punctures as their main requirement. (1) Always listening to its users, and after three years of research, Michelin has developed its Pro 4 range with two tires that are particularly resistant to punctures. 

The first, the Michelin Pro 4 Endurance, combines high performance, durability and longevity to meet these fundamental requirements and has improved protection against punctures and cuts.

To achieve this, Michelin has focused development specifically on the tread area and the tire sidewall. When a puncture occurs, it is most often in the side of the tread area since this area is in permanent contact with the ground. It is therefore a critical part to protect.

The perforations most commonly occur at the joint between the tread and sidewall and sharp stones or small objects can get stuck in this area where there is only the casing to resist. For this area Michelin has developed very high-density criss-crossed textile reinforcement.

As a result the Michelin Pro4 Endurance offers the best protection on the market with a 40% increase in resistance to perforations (2).

And secondly, for fans of competition, the Michelin Pro4 Service Course ensures responsiveness to rider inputs in wet or dry conditions. To achieve this, it improves wet grip by 30% (3). However, it does not simply excel in terms of speed and safety. The anti-cut protection and puncture resistance of the tire has been improved by 10% (4) without compromising on durability.

A great way to approach the summer riding season with confidence!

(1) Internal study conducted among cyclists on French roads in 2013 with a sample of 140 people.

(2) External tests conducted by Wheel Energy on tires available on the market in March 2014, using black 23-622 tires: force required to make a 2mm perforation of the side. Result: MICHELIN PRO4 Endurance 58% higher than those of the main competitor, force required to make a 2mm perforation of the tread. Result: MICHELIN PRO4 Endurance 21% higher than those of the main competitor.

(3) External tests conducted by Wheel Energy on tires available on the market in March 2014, using black 23-622 tires: braking friction on wet surface. Result: MICHELIN PRO4 Service Course 13% higher than the results of the main competitor. Grip in a 20° curve. Result: Michelin PRO4 Service Course 51% higher than the results of the main competitor.

(4) External tests conducted by Wheel Energy on tires available on the market in March 2014, using black 23-622 tires: force required to make a 2mm perforation of the side. Result: MICHELIN PRO4 Service Course 17% higher than the results of the main competitor. Force required to make a 2mm perforation of the tread. Result: MICHELIN PRO4 Service Course 8% higher than the results of the main competitor.