Michelin Wildgripper Lite 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.

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Feb 02, 2002]
    MrEd
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Excellent traction for hardpack, fast rolling. Not that good on wet, but it rarely rains here.

    Weakness:

    lugs fell off really fast, like scary fast, within the first 3 weeks I was missing 4 lugs on left side front tire. also weak sidewalls

    Well like I said, lugs falling off after three weeks led me to believe I just recieved a bum tire, so I called performance and they made good and sent another.I changed the first tire before it was 2 months old. After about 4 weeks the sidewall blew out of this one and I lost my brand new tube. Get this, I wasnt even riding when it blew, my bike was just sitting there at work, ten feet from me with 50 psi in the tires, ( these go to 80 I believe ),and kablooie! there I was, calling for a ride home after 4 weeks on a new tire. The hair wasnt even gone on either tire. Emailed Michelin twice to tell them what went down, and never got a reply. I will not buy or recommend this to anybody, as you can have the best product in the world, but without customer service you have squat. Thats too bad because I really liked the tread pattern. I only got to ride this tire for barely 3 months total. What a disappointment. A tire that just didnt hold up(although a good tread pattern), and a company that doesnt reply to customers equals one flaming pile of monkey dung all around.

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    tiogas, other michelins

    [Dec 23, 2001]
    mike
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    look pretty cool on my bike, green rubber goes well with color schem on my bike, good in mud (really soupy stuff)

    Weakness:

    many, not good on dry or wet rocks or stumps, the front washes out very easy, not good in corning

    altho these tires look good on my bike i am having many problems with them...my first and bigges problem is with the tire not seating right...i didnt have a problem until about my 4th tube change...the rear tire just would not seat correctly there for i just couldnt get the damn thing on the rim...luck for me i got in on after messing with it for a couple minutes...since then its gotten worse... i now pray i dont get a flat cause ill have to walk the bike out and change it at home...i have to put lube on the tire bead and it take about an hr to get the thing on...after i get it on if its not excaty correctly on there...it buldges on the side wall...now this is only the rear so my guess is i got a bum tire...i dont have that prob with the front...as for performance there ok the real sloppy mud other than that...the front washes out ina most conditions wheather it be dry, little wet, leaves, sand, mostly everything...the reaar's traction is pretty good...i dont have any confidence when i corner liek i said it washes out so easy...they will soon be replaced ...im gonna give is 2 for looks...but other than that...i would stay away from these tires.

    Similar Products Used:

    first michelin tire used...kenda, conti

    [Sep 20, 2001]
    Thomas

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Look good
    Work well in mudium dirt

    Weakness:

    Weak sidewall
    Too much stretch at high psi (over 60 psi and rubs my frame)
    Breaks free at bad moments (ie. wet pavement)

    I've gone through 2 sets of these. They've never really inspired confidence. When I try to pump them way up for commuting, the rear tire gets big enough to rub my frame. I crashed on the road once on a wet corner. They seem to do well in soft to medium dirt, but on road/rock/hardpack they will slide out without warning. They also don't handle low pressure very well. It's time to try something else.

    [Sep 17, 2001]
    Alan
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This tire rolls well (2.1) and hooks up with the trail like I didn't know was possible. The soft compound does well with roots, rocks and packed dirt. I haven't been able to really give it a hardcore mud bath yet but... I expect them to do well

    Weakness:

    These tires do wear quickly with a lot of road use, but if you use them for what they are designed for you will love them. After all, it takes 5 minutes? to change out your tires.

    This is an absolutely unbelievable tire, and-the price makes it that much more irresistable. It is amazing what you will find yourself attempting when you are confident about how your tires are hooking up. This tire is great for I would say light to medium mud, rocks, roots, ascents, and everything inbetween. And besides, the green just gives the bike a very personalized look.

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    stock specialized team master sl:-(absolute crap). The specialized are quickly becoming my street slicks.

    [Nov 03, 1998]
    Juan
    cross-country rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING

    Kevlar wild gripper 2.1's came with the wheel deal that I purchased. I thought I'd give them a try. YIKES! The front tire is all over the place! It steers heavy, like a flat tire. I lean it into a corner and it's unpredictable. On a fast descent, I have to brake where I usually don't to keep from eating rocks. I almost wreck making a fast turn on the pavement coming home. One ride, and 10 miles is enough! I'd gladly trade these for a new set of z-maxes! One flaming turd for the front tire...

    [Sep 22, 2000]
    Adam K.
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Supple casing, versatile, good rubber quality.

    Weakness:

    Thin and light. Black and Green colors are good for different conditions.

    This tire deserves a better rating.
    The rubber quality is superior to most brands.
    The BLACK tire grips well in most conditions.
    The GREEN tire is good for mud (it sheds excellently)but wears very quickly.
    The FRONT tires are less stable than the REAR.

    2.1" Black rear is a good all around bet.
    They are FAR superior to the IRC tires commonly found on new bikes these days.

    The rubber is soft and they require a lot of lean to corner properly.

    OVerall, A four flamin' chili tire.

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    [Apr 06, 1999]
    grifman
    Cross-Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    Fast, good climbers (soft), cool color.

    Weakness:

    Durability

    These tires are better used on hardpacked surfaces. At first I really liked them. Unfortunetly, if you bring them through rocks and extremely technical conditions, the sidewalls will rip. Overall I thought they were not worth the money. I talked with Michelin about this problem and it didn't seem that they were going to do anything about it.

    [Oct 01, 1998]
    kelvin
    racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING

    I don't understand why people are giving these such good reviews. I've had them for about 2 months now and I hate them. I've used them in four races and they sucked every time, huge rolling resistance, poor traction on the rear tire, and the front one just doesn't like cornering at all !! I'm going to burn them tonight and put on my smoke and darts which behave like real tires - loads of traction and clear mud easily. The Wild slippers just turn into 5 lb choclate donuts.

    [Mar 10, 1998]
    Phil S
    cross-country rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING

    FRONT
    Has some good points but it has such a bad flaw that these are irrelevant. Good points are that it is light, rolls with very little resistance in a straight line, and clears mud pretty well. However, the design of the tread (a thin line of knobs at the centre then a gap before the next row of knobs either side) means that it has a nasty habit of 'flopping' the steering onto the side knobs when leaning into a corner. In the middle of this transition is where you lose your grip and your line and seem to have to fight to control your steering input. This is most noticeable on wet rock or tarmac, which is exactly where it hurts the most if you stack.

    [Mar 28, 1996]
    CJM
    cross-country rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING



    I put these tires on a few weeks ago and raced better than I ever had, they grip everything but don't try to lean them in turns, they get really squishy, you gotta be aggressive. Lightest tire out there. Really great with Panaracer Greenlite tubes

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