French tyre giant Michelin will be rolling out a new line of Power tyres April 1, which come with claims of improved rolling resistance, grip and puncture protection compared with its current line of PRO4 tyres.
Michelin designed the Power tyre range in Ladoux, France, at its extensive R&D facility. The tyres use newly developed materials including new rubber formulations and textiles to reduce rolling resistance, increase puncture protection and improve grip. While all models benefit from these improvements, each tyre type represents a focus on particular gains.
There are three new tyres for the global market, plus a fourth, presumably for the gravel market, that will only be sold in North America. They are the Michelin Power Competition, the Michelin Power Endurance, the Michelin Power All Season and the Michelin Power Protection+. Pricing for all regions was TBC at the time of writing; we’ll update when we have more.
The Power tyre range
Aimed at racers, the forthcoming Power Competition comes with claims of a 10-watt power gain over the PRO4 Service Course, based on a test at Wheel Energy. Michelin claims this could save a rider 85 seconds over 40km at 35kph with a total bike/rider weight of 70kg (and an unspecified CdA). Claimed weight is 195g for a 23mm tyre and 215g for a 25mm model.
The Power Endurance is stronger than the PRO4 Endurance tyre, with “up to 20% additional protection against punctures”, according to Michelin. Claimed weights are 220g (23mm), 230g (25mm) and 255g (28mm). These tyres will be available in black, white, blue and red, in both 23mm and 25mm widths.
Origin and testing
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