Old Michelin Man Winter

Old Michelin Man Winter

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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10 comments

  1. Eli

    Not sure who was getting good flat protection with Conti GP4000s, but I had to give them up for daily riding as soon as I moved to Marin and started daily year-round commute rides into SF (where the streets are literally paved with shattered glass). I was flatting on a weekly basis and sometimes daily. This was quite a contrast with Manhattan where I had never had the same trouble with them even in winter – perhaps SF is just uniquely bad about prevent smash and grabs. Switched to Vittoria Rubino Pro Control and have not had trouble since.

    1. Roman

      Eli,

      I had my car broken into via smash and grab last fall in Oakland. Every time I visit SF, the number of parked cars with windows freshly broken or the glass shards on the ground from past smash and grabs are unreal! Stay safe with your rides!

      Roman

    2. Winky

      I have no problems with the GP4000S. I’ve been riding them for years and find them very reliable. But our roads here in Vancouver are generally very good. And getting better.

  2. Rick N

    Was always very pleased with the performance of the Michelin Pro4 Service Course. Lasted well and only flats I ever got were pinch flats – if you are going to “bunny hop” a pothole it is best to make it all the way over. 🙂 I had been running Conti GP4000 but after some sketchiness in the rain – I moved to the Michelin Pro4. Couple years ago tried the Vittoria Open Pave and really like them. A little better grip than Michelin but do not last as long. But, Competitive Cyclist usually has a great year end tire sale so the gamble does not feel so immense. Just mounted a set of the new Vittoria with Graphene (thanks CC!) and looking forward to spring. Roads in the areas outside Chicago are not too bad. A lot of roads have been resurfaced over the last few years making for some good riding.

  3. Chip

    I haven’t used these tires but I would not rely on 600 miles of riding to assess resistance to punctures for any tire. In my experience that isn’t enough time/miles to be a significant sample. Punctures seem to vary wildly in frequency and length of the interval between occurrences. I have had multiple punctures on fresh tires within 20 miles and then go on to log thousands of miles on the same tires without a puncture. Based in your report on these new michelins, I am looking forward to trying them but will want to accrue a lot more miles before passing judgement in their puncture resistance

    1. Padraig

      If I may offer another view, in my career I have ridden hundreds of different road tires. For every tire I ever reviewed, there are probably two that I didn’t review. My experience has taught me that while resistance to punctures drops as wear increases, if a tire is truly deficient in terms of puncture resistance—and this is the tradeoff if you want the superlative ride of a cotton open tubular—you’ll encounter problems in the first hundred miles. Naturally, it won’t happen with every single tire, but you begin to see patterns emerge. I’ve been riding this tire in the 28mm version and it’s proven to be, shall we say, very trustworthy.

    2. Tim Lane

      Padraig, do the 28’s leave adequate clearance when fitted through non-long-reach brake calipers? (I guess you’re running them with disc brakes).

    3. Padraig

      Yeah, totally. While I’ve run some of the 28mm Michelins with disc brakes, I’ve got another set I’ve run on my Bishop and that has Dura-Ace 9000 calipers and I don’t have any trouble with 28mm tires and those brakes.

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