Finding a fast tire that also makes it through the rigors of Fall and Winter training is a big ask. A lot of my buddies swear by the Continental 4000 as being quick and pretty good at flat avoidance. I tend to agree, although I have found a new ally in the fight against flats and the fight for the front of a fast group ride: The Michelin Power Endurance.
At the top of the Michelin heap is the Power Competition. Mount it for races or events with neutral support. The Power Endurance is a step below in terms of rolling resistance with its 110 tpi. Michelin says compared to its Pro4 Endurance, the Power Endurance saves 8.6 watts or about a minute over 25 miles.
The number two in the Michelin Power pecking order also purports to be 20 percent sturdier over its predecessor (that’s a lot of P’s). For the sturdiest in the line, check out Padraig’s review of the Power Protection. And for a complete look at what Michelin has to offer, check out this article. The Power Endurance lacks the reinforced sidewall featured in the Pro 4 Endurance, which may put this new model more in line with the Pro 4 Service Course, at least for comparison purposes.
The Power Endurance slots into that “It’s fast yet lasts” category, like the the Conti Gran Prix 4Season we previously reviewed. And after 500+ miles of riding, we can at least say that this tire can hang with the fast crowd. There was no issue spinning up the Power Endurance when needed. It was quick enough to keep us in the bunch during a fast group ride.
Michelin says with its Power X-dual compound, the Power Endurance grips better in less than ideal condition than all but its heavier sibling, the Power All-Season. We rode them on damp, cold days and found them to be secure on the shaded, canyon roads of the Santa Monica Mountains.
As for road feel, they are no cotton-open tubular, but they are also a far cry from the old Krylions. We ran them at 80 psi front and 85 psi rear. They felt solid under foot with what can best be described as a dense, rubber feel. Pavement imperfections were muted. In corners, the shoulders had a confident inspiring grip.
Longevity with this tire is TBD but by all accounts, this Michelin should live up to its endurance billing. We’re still logging miles on them, but with the odometer approaching 600 miles, they show no significant signs of wear.
We feel like the mileage we have logged has also given us time to asses puncture resistance provided by the new Aramid Protek+ breaker. So far we have been flat free. We did suffer a good size cut in the rear but the responsible debris was unable to reach the tube.
Mounting was a breeze, especially compared to the Michelin’s of yesteryear. I remember my first go with a set of Pro Races. The struggle to roll the bead over the rim left creases in my palms and my neighbors wondering what all the grunting and cussing was about. This pair of Powers, no problem. They rolled on without objection.
The box says 700×25 but as with any tire, your width may vary. When mounted onto an H Plus Son Archetype rim, my calipers had them at 27.5mm. The Archetype has internal width of 17.5mm.
Four colors, 3 sizes (23c, 25c and 28c) and a $64.99 price tag. A good tire to keep the pace high, even the off season.
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