Michelin Wildgripper Lite S Older Tires

DESCRIPTION

  • Central lugs: aggressive tread blocks for good penetration into the ground; closely spaced for low rolling resistance; offset in an 'S' pattern to decrease the effect of "sticking" to the ground; alternating diamond and square shapes to bite into the ground at a variety of angles.
  • Intermediate lugs: L-shaped for traction in acceleration and braking.
  • Outside lugs: widely spaced for good mud evacuation; multiple edges for constant grip at any angle.
  • Silicium is a natural elastomer modified and reinforced with silica, wich combines low rolling resistance and impressive mud-shedding capability with remarkable durability. Silicium is used in both green and black tread compounds.

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Oct 31, 2002]
    SOGOAK
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Teflon like mud shedding. Excellent cornering. Great Traction. Durable, punchure resistance. Trick Green Color looks great with my green Frame. They can take lots of pressure.

    Weakness:

    Pretty Spendy

    I was warming up the day before a 40 mile race, when I noticed how easily my Semislicks washed out from under me on gravel. A Kid @ the LBS said that the race course alternated between long wet grass, mud, and loose gravel over hardpack. I thought he was pulling my tourist leg. But the damn things worked great. I hit all types of terrain. I was concerened about the open tread pattern, but I'm been over lots of rocks and roots without a problem.

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    Panaracer Smoke/Dart, Cheapass stock Psycho tires, Ritchey alpha/omega, Many others

    [Sep 16, 2001]
    Nick Bell
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Long-wearing tread. Excellent traction in the dry stuff, good traction in the mud. Cool green silica.

    Weakness:

    Central NC has roots, lots of 'em. We also have lots of rocks. These tires are great when it's dry. But when it rains, these tires are NOT the ones to have. I usually ride during the season with 2 sets of tires, Big Kahuna's for the spring (when it's wet) and the Wildgripper's during the summer and especially in the fall.

    Mountain bike tires have become so specialized over the last couple of years. Depending on the terrain that you ride, and how you want to ride it, buy the tire that you need. The wildgrippers are EXCELLENT tires. Just make certain that's reasonably dry out. It's hard to beat the price. Also, do NOT take these tires out to Moab. They have NO slickrock traction.

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    Big Kahunas, Kenda, Maxxis, IRC

    [Sep 16, 2001]
    Nick Bell
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Long-wearing tread. Excellent traction in the dry stuff, good traction in the mud. Cool green silica.

    Weakness:

    Central NC has roots, lots of 'em. We also have lots of rocks. These tires are great when it's dry. But when it rains, these tires are NOT the ones to have. I usually ride during the season with 2 sets of tires, Big Kahuna's for the spring (when it's wet) and the Wildgripper's during the summer and especially in the fall.

    Mountain bike tires have become so specialized over the last couple of years. Depending on the terrain that you ride, and how you want to ride it, buy the tire that you need. The wildgrippers are EXCELLENT tires. Just make certain that's reasonably dry out. It's hard to beat the price. Also, do NOT take these tires out to Moab. They have NO slickrock traction.

    Similar Products Used:

    Big Kahunas, Kenda, Maxxis, IRC

    [Aug 10, 2001]
    shane
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    The rubber really does shed mud well and it grips in the wet and it lasts a long time.

    Weakness:

    Everything but the rubber.

    The rubber is magic, but the rest is garbage. The tread is very unreliable in the front and only so so in the rear. The front will never work on wet roots and it doesn't respond well to counter steering. Many tires have more bite for climbing than these. The side walls are very fragile. They tear easily and they are too thin if you want to run less than 45 psi. These tires will outperform any others if you want to ride in a straight line through a muddy soccer field. If you plan on turning or riding any other terrain don't choose these.

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    irc mythos and serac, various conti, hutchinson mosquito, wtb

    [Mar 18, 2001]
    Read this for a true review
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Excelent grip, extremely predictable, very low rolling resistance and light weight. These tires bite, literaly

    Weakness:

    yes the side wall does need strength, FOR EVERDAY RIDING, but i'd rather sacrifice it for their light weight. I blew through a sidewall in one about four months of hard racing and training(that's road and mountain). They seem to dry rot if not ridden for a few weeks, like in the winter(i sprayed mine with armoral every other week and they had no sign of dry rot what so ever. Don't worry the armoral seeps into the rubber, just don't spray them an hour before a ride...stupid.

    These tires are exceptional. I love them to death. The tread takes quite a beating on and offroad.(im 14 and can't affored a road bike i've already poured all my money into my existing bikes) They are significantly lighter and offer predominently less rolling resistance then the competetors. They are astonishingly predictable, i've ridden them for quite a long time and i know exactaly when they are going to break loose (which is rare) and how to shift my weight to stop it. They shed mud better then any other knobby tire i know of. I gave my friend my panaracers and he loved them, don't ask me why, every time we rode in mud or anything wet he would washout and start bleeding on my nice "mud shedding" tires. It was amazing, i would look around amongst my fellow riders and not a single knob would be insight, except for my bright green michelins. They seem to be spotless after a ride. I do sugest running a slightly higher air pressure then normal. It doesn't sacrifise grip, increases the tires already great rolling resistance and increases the life of the "racing" sidewall.This is a tire for a racer or a rider that needs a tire that will perform well under extreme race(when semi slicks are a little to slick) like situations. If u want the benefits of a monster tire with the light weight and low rolling resistance of a semi-slick then this is the tire for u. These tires don't provide kung fu grip, multi year life spans or hydroplaning width but have the perfect mix of dual slalom bite and road tire speed.

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    lots! almost every pannaracer, and most hutchenson and a bunch others

    [May 31, 2000]
    Joe
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    +Grips well in most *DIRT* (see below)
    +Nice color
    +It's wearing well so far
    + relatively Light
    +Cheap

    Weakness:

    -Still kinda heavy
    -BAD grip on any roots except ones that are strait across the trail, hard to manage on sidehills and uneven stuff.

    I am NOT using the X-Lite-whatever rear tire, just the front. My rear one is a X-sport or something. But anyway, the front one is not real great. On roots that slope to one side or that aren't straight across the trail, this tire slips and slides. This is probably because the side knobs are spaced so far apart that most of the time the raw rubber ends up trying to grip and it slips. When riding on diwnhills with center ruts, this tire isn't very confident. Overall, I can't find a good use for this tire, it simply isn't that great. The rear X sport is doing good though.

    Radar

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    WTB, Kenda, Specialized

    [May 22, 2000]
    julien Brisebois
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    less 600 gramme
    Look nice
    grip

    Weakness:

    none

    For the price is a good choice.
    You must have 2 pair (road and mountaine) because is not very durable tire

    Similar Products Used:

    panbracer xc pro,Michelin wg s

    [May 20, 2000]
    Ian Olthof
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Excellent rear
    Very good front - on most surfaces

    Weakness:

    Front tire doesn't inspire confidence on loose, rocky surfaces

    These tires are better than I expected, after having read so many negative reviews. I think the rear tire is excellent. The front is excellent as well, but only in certain surfaces. On anything hardpack or tackey, both tires stick admirably well. I found that the front gets a little skittish at speed on gravel, or larger sized rocks. I think this is because of the round profile of the front tire - it tends to deflect quite easily. Otherwise, the front tracks and brakes really well. The rear has a more square profile, and lots more volume, which make for excellent traction on almost anything. I've riden on these only a few times, but they don't appear to have worn at all (compare this to say, an Umma Gumma from a few years back - they were toast after a couple of rides). Of course, I'm comparing these tires to the set I just took off my bike - a set of Ritcheys that I had way too long. If you can get these on clearance, as I did, then these tires are worth every penny.

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    Tioga Farmer Johns
    Everything Specialized made between 1990 and 1995
    Ritchey z-max K SC

    [May 20, 2000]
    ¿phil?

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    -look sweet in green
    -grippy
    -last really well

    Weakness:

    -pricey
    -may not look good in green on all bikes

    If you are looking for a good all around tire that will grip well in all conditions and last for a while, it is worth the money.

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    -kona, irc, rokko

    [Jun 25, 2001]
    TIM
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Looks, weight, grip

    Weakness:

    durability

    These tires have a great 'green look', the grip is exellent, especially on muddy underground. Unfortunatly, they are not as strong as my previous tires. Perhaps this is something for michelin to work on! This is also the reason why they can only be purchased on special request at the dealer, wich means a long waiting period. In general, these tires are worth waiting for.
    I'd recommend these tires in size 1.60 on the front and 1.95 on the back. This gives you an exellent grip!

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    Ritchey Z-max, Ritchey wcs

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