michelin wild xc

Michelin’s new XC tyre range contains the tyre we’ve all been looking for

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The low-tread Michelin Jet XC and Force XC tyres are all well and good if you like that sort of thing but it’s the Michelin Wild XC that’s triggered us lot over here in the filth of midwinter.

MIchelin Wild XC
Meh… meh… YEH!

Cast your mind back a few years. Time was you could find a mud tyre that wasn’t a death-by-dual-ply gravity spike, nor a far too skinny rock-hard plasticky-rubber liability. There were tyres with a decent volume to them, with a decent gappy block tread, and made from an acceptable durometer rubber.

Oddly it always mainly seemed to tyres from in-house bike brands like Bontrager or Specialized for some reason. But there were some good mud trail tyres from rubbery bods like Schwalbe and Maxxis. Mud X, Storm, Dirty Dan, Beaver… names to conjure with.

Names that have either been totally done away or else been tweaked into something now only available in flavours that are too extreme (either too skinny or too stiff/draggy).

The revamped Maxxis Shorty Gen 2 looks like it could be a goer as trail tyre in one of the narrower, more supple sidewall guises. But they seemingly don’t exist in the shops to actually buy. Regardless of availability, it’s good to have choice and the new Michelin Wild XC looks like a very good choice.

Am I getting overly excited a bicycle tyre? You bet I am!

What, apart from tantalising photographs of it, do we know about the Michelin Wild XC?

Michelin Wild XC

Digging the hot patch too

Well, the tread pattern has been inspired by Michelin’s Wild Enduro tyres (which is a good start). The Gum-X compound is a pretty decent balance of traction and rolling. Michelin’s Cross Shield2 casing, again, is a pretty good balance of protection without being unduly stiff and energy-robbing.

29er specific. Comes in either 2.25in or 2.35in (YES! Sorry…) sizes. Prices are £57.99 and £64.99 respectively. Claimed weights of 730g and 760g respectively, which is getting on for half of the weight of some aggro mud spikes I (briefly) tried.

Oh, those other two tyres. Yeah. Here you go…

Michelin Jet XC2

Michelin Jet XC2
Michelin Jet XC2

“The XC race tyre for quick acceleration and maximum momentum.

“Fast – The MICHELIN Jet XC2 tyre provides more speed thanks to its semi slick tread pattern.

“Grip and Efficiency – The MICHELIN Gum-X compound optimises the balance between rolling efficiency and traction.

“Durable – The MICHELIN Cross Shield2 casing provides extra pinch protection designed to prevent tread and sidewall damage.”

Weight: 710g
Size: 29” x 2.25
Casing: 2×150 TPI (with 4×150 TPI bead reinforcement
Price: SRP £57.99

Michelin Force XC2

Michelin Force XC2
Michelin Force XC2

“The XC tyre for fast and nimble handling, whatever the conditions.

“Versatile – The MICHELIN Force XC2 tyre enhances control in a wide range of riding conditions thanks to the updated tread pattern with taller, wide-spaced knobs.

“Grip and Efficiency – The MICHELIN Gum-X compound optimises the balance between rolling efficiency and traction.

“Durable – The MICHELIN Cross Shield2 casing provides extra pinch protection designed to prevent tread and sidewall damage.”

Weight: 680g (2.10), 710g (2.25)
Sizes: 29” x 2.10 and 29” x 2.25
Casing: 2×150 TPI (with 4×150 TPI bead reinforcement)
Price: SRP £57.99

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  • Michelin’s new XC tyre range contains the tyre we’ve all been looking for
  • Jim Trailrider
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    More nails in the 27.5 coffin. I’d better start saving for a new frame, fork and wheelset.

    Stiggy
    Full Member

    Forekaster?

    argee
    Full Member

    Looking at the profile on those, i’m not going to be ditching the shorty’s any time soon!

    John B
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    Jim Trailrider
    You think you have it bad on 27.5” I am still on 26” so my choice is very minimal.

    kelvin
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    Welcome back Benji. This is the stuff we want.

    Northwind
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    Looks like a successor to the wider Maxxis Beaver, ie The One XC Mud Tyre That You’d Not Just Use For XC. Which is good! Not something I need but it was an obvious hole in ranges.

    But “the tyre I’ve been looking for” is a 2.6 29 rockrazor. Or, ya know, any 2.6 29er semislick since there’s none now the Terevail is gone.

    Rubber_Buccaneer
    Full Member

    the tyre we’ve all been looking for

    At last….er, where exactly did you ride it to come to this conclusion?

    muggomagic
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    Or, ya know, any 2.6 29er semislick since there’s none now the Terevail is gone.

    Not quite a semi slick but I’ve got a Maxxis Rekon 29×2.6 in exo+ casing that is my go to rear tyre for longer rides in drier months.

    That xc wild looks like just the tyres I’m after for my SS.

    Tasha
    Full Member

    Hummm I’ve just bought a set of Wolfpack Trails. That XC Wild looks like a good alternative.

    Shred
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    Meh, the Wild XC looks like a Vittoria Barzo, which has been out for ages and is a very good all round XC tyre. The Jet XC2 is similar to the Mezcal, so I’ll just stick to using those.

    The widths for the Jet and Force are so last decade. Not having wider 2.25 is old school, and shows Michelin are still living in the past.

    andyspaceman
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    Yep, certainly interest in those Wild XCs amongst my riding buddies. There are still a couple of people in our group eking out the last few miles from Spesh Storm Controls and Bonty Mud Xs, but most of us have been consigned to halfway ‘wet weather’ solutions like Forekasters, Barzos and others for the past couple of years. I have a pair of the older tread Specialized Purgatories on my singlespeed which do a pretty fine job in slop, but even stocks of those have dried up now, and the new Purg is an altogether different beast.

    Hillbillies are just too much for proper long rides, and the only nu-skool mud tyre that seems to be at all sustainable for normal riding is a mk1 Shorty in the 2.2″ flavour on the rear. And even that is a draggy b@$+@rd.

    Not sure why Michelin are even bothering to market the Jet & Force tyres in the UK. They should just ship all the Wilds here and we’ll eat them up.

    rustycrank
    Full Member

    any 2.6 29er semislick since there’s none now the Terevail is gone.

    whats happened? ive been looking for a set of them!

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    2.1″ tyre!
    WTF, we’re not in the ’80s now.

    stingmered
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    Good article, but the opening 3 paragraphs are a bit of a mess… had to ready several times to get the gist of what was being said… Maybe it’s just me.

    stingmered
    Full Member

    Just to add, I hope Michelin have solved the leaky sidewall issues… good tyres often let down by total inability to retain pressure.

    Jairaj Dave
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    Ahh a couple months too late for me… I already bought new mud tyres!

    I used have a 26″ Maxxis Beaver on my old bike which I absolutely loved for winter riding! Was desperately looking for something similar in 29″ for my new bike but couldn’t find anything similar.

    molgrips
    Full Member

    More nails in the 27.5 coffin. I’d better start saving for a new frame, fork and wheelset.

    I’ll have yours, it’s not worth much…

    Matthew Hornby
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    Good article, but the opening 3 paragraphs are a bit of a mess… had to ready several times to get the gist of what was being said… Maybe it’s just me.

    Nope, not just you. Made no sense to me either, editor must be on holiday.
    And am I missing something here? Aren’t these just the same Wild’s that were reviewed in the mag last issue, just with a more lightweight casing?

    finbar
    Free Member

    the tyre we’ve all been looking for

    No, sadly, the article does not confirm Michelin will be remaking green Wildgrippers in 26″.

    HoratioHufnagel
    Free Member

    Maybe it’s because of the XC tag these aren’t made for 27.5. The MTB Fun Police have determined that 27.5″ can’t be used for XC, only 29″. Unless it’s on a gravel bike where for some reason its totally fine.

    zerocool
    Full Member

    @Northwind. I to am looking for a 2.6 Rock Razor or Minion SS

    Northwind
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    crustycrankypants
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    whats happened? ive been looking for a set of them!

    Don’t know- out of stock everywhere, not sure if they’re discontinued or just having stock issues

    brassneck
    Full Member

    Is there actually any measurable real world difference between 2.25 / 2.35 or is this a typo?

    ScotRoutes
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    Good article, but the opening 3 paragraphs are a bit of a mess… had to ready several times to get the gist of what was being said… Maybe it’s just me.

    It’s not an “article” it’s a barely re-hashed press release with a click-bait title. It’s crap like this that makes me want to cancel my membership. I don’t mind paying to support the forum but it pains me to be subsidising this nonsense. We’ve had some proper journalism recently. Can we stick with that?

    honourablegeorge
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    Wondering who it was on Michelin’s design team which thought massive blue and yellow logos were a good idea.

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