Michelin Power Competition Tire
The Power Competition tire from Michelin is now their race-level clincher. At just 195 grams in a 700x23, weight won't be an issue, and with advancements in both casing and rubber compound technology made by the French tire giant, the overall characteristics of grip, protection and rolling resistance have been improved over the Pro4 Service Course. Independent testing by the Wheel Energy lab in Finland demonstrates a 10 watt improvement in rolling resistance from the Pro4. Research and development appears to have paid off.
Multi-ply casings aren't new and the Power series tires all feature 3-ply construction. The variations per tire at the casing level are from the thread per inch count with the Competition featuring 180 tpi plies. That construction uses incredibly fine fibers that offer a wonderfully supple casing that allows the rider to have a pure feel from the pavement, which is crucial for handling, cornering, and true rider confidence. At the same time, the tire isn't meant to deform much, as the low volume casing carries a new rubber compound Michelin simply refers to Race Compound. Nothing complicated here. Fast rolling, with the measurably low resistance and an impeccable dry grip, an ideal racing clincher. While not ideal for wet conditions, you will surprised at how well the slick tire manages in the wet as well. Historical Michelin riders will appreciate the advancements from the older Comp race clincher. The only indentation in the tread is a simple tread wear indicator.
While the Power Competition wasn't developed for durability, it does feature a lightweight, flexible Aramid ProTek breaker for puncture protection that has proven quite effective. With so many top quality carbon clincher race wheels on the market, race-specific clincher tires are in heavy demand. Michelin has always delivered excellent racing clincher tires and the Power Competition is the fastest of the of the line. If you are a Michelin fan who swears by your Pro4's, you will happily embrace the Power Competition, and if you are a competitive cyclist who is less than enthralled by your current clincher brand, now is the time to discover the gains Michelin has made in tire development.
- Race-level clincher with exceptionally low rolling resistance, excellent dry grip
- Improved development in rubber compounds, multi-ply casing
- 3-plies of 180 tpi material are used to build an incredibly supple casing
- Independent testing demonstrates 10 watt reduction in rolling resistance
- New rubber compounds improve grip despite slick zero-tread rubbber
- Aramid ProTek puncture resistance breaker over center zone
- Fast rolling tire well suited to carbon clincher wheels
- Sizes: 700 x 23, 25
- Color: Black
- Weight: 23mm 195g, 25mm 215g
AnonymousPosted on 5/5/2018
I have 25c size, and these tires are a clear step forward. The low rolling resistance and supple ride are outstanding. I have them on 25mm wide carbon rims - this combination is as good as it gets short of tubulars. I've got a couple hundred miles on them, not long enough to determine flat resistance and durability, but I hope they're as good as the Pro4 SC was.
Pros Very light, supple, rolls beautifully
Cons May be a bit thin for long miles