Michelin Grip'R descent tires are designed for DH racing on varied terrain. The special scoopshaped knob design of the 2.50 helps with grip in mixed terrain, and the back edge of its tread blocks are bevelled to help improve braking progressiveness and directional control. The sculpture of the 2.60 is very wide, and uses an asymmetrical staggered moto-cross style pattern to help with braking and traction.
Rating: Hardpack: 4 star - Loose: 4 star - Mud: 4 star
Performance: High levels of shock absorption, Acceleration, braking and traction, cornering, off camber Traction, Durability and mid levels of Lightweightness and rolling efficiency.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Amazingly DISAPPOINTED!
Wow, I can't overstress how rubbish is this tire. The knobs are much smaller than they should be on 1450 g, 2.6 tire. The compound is weird - not as grippy as one would expect, yet it wears out very fast. Lastly, the tire blew out on UST setup after a few weeks. Crap :(
30 December 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Crazy wide tyres. Seems indestructible and also has lovely looking. My only problem was with it to get on! As the description doesn't talk about, it's a tubeless tyre so it has concrete hard edge! I was very very nervous when I tried to get it on and didn't work at all. I've destroyed more woodspoon from the kitchen! :) :) Only one guys were able to put on just with his hands, incredible. He got an amazing bottle wine from me, I'll keep him in my mind. Thanks pal!
21 May 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Avoid at all costs
I had this piece of rubbish, I mean rubber, mounted since January. The compound is quite harder than Maxxis 42A or Conti's Black Chili offerings, making this tyre quite poor in the wet.
Compared to more DH-oriented tyres, the cornering grip is particulary bad as well. I was much more comfy on Minion DHF than on these. Had a couple of near misses and a few nasty washouts on my local loops.
The best thing is the agony lasted only 3 months - the rear tyre has worn out surprisingly quick. I've gone back to ol' trusty Minion DHF paired with Conti 2.5 which lasts me longer as well.
09 April 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Great Alpine tire
Wide, high volume tyre with a long lasting compound. Great for rocky alpine conditions but also excels on soft and loose terrain. If it came in a softer compound it'd be even better. Highly recommend this tyre as an allround full on DH tyre. Never got to try the older comp32 in 2.8 so can't compare.
29 March 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous AVOID!
I have had this tire since December, that is barely 3 months. Yesterday it went to trash, this is a complete waste of money. The wear rate is much faster than on older Michelins, plus the tire bursted out of blue, I can't believe it! The carcasse has simply popped and the profile was torn with 10 cm large cut. It was mounted with Stan's sealant, but none of my other tires developed such problems. Don't bother with this tire.
14 March 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous Disappointed tire with failure
Had this tire since June. The compound is not as good as on older model, but the tire also wears faster! I don't quite get it? As reviewers pointed out, the knobs are also smaller in size and height. What saves the grip is the wide and volumnious carcass.
Last week the tire formed blisters having been mounted on UST rims, rendering the rubber unuseable. So I can throw away it with still 70 % of thread left. Probably won't buy it again.
27 September 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous They've castrated the tire
Many people who used the old DH32 / C32 Michelin tire swear by it. It's one of the most versatile rubbers made and also perfect for vertriding & "BikeBergSteigen". Wide, heavy, with immense grip and nearly understructible.
Michelin changed the name in 2011 and downsized it from 2.8 to 2.6, while the ERTRO dimension stayed the same, 62 wide x 559 mm. So I thought the tire was the same, just with bold new graphics and fancy name.
In fact, it's not. It's a few grams lighter and a tiny bit more narrow. Once big knobs are now smaller and lower than on DH32. So basically the tire isn't as imposing as it once was. Michelin could actually improve the tire by making sidegrip better, but they've made the whole tyre worse. Though in general perspective, it's still one of the better options if you want big, grippy and long lasting tire which can be run UST/Tubeless (works with ZTR Flow).
27 April 2011
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