Michelin XL S UST Tubeless Tire

DESCRIPTION

High density nylon casing. Traction-specific tread design maximizes grip, especially in loose conditions. State-of-the-art Silicium™ tread for even better traction. Molded butyl inner liner and specially shaped lightweight Kevlar® bead for air tight tubeless seal. Mavic UST certified and Nagesti (Rigida) tubeless compatible.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 16, 2003]
Duane
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

traction, traction, traction, and more traction. rolls super fast. clears mud like no other tire i've ever used

Weakness:

didn't like the sharp rocks of michaux too much. read below

i am using this on the rear with a front s on the front. these tires rock. i have never used a tire with so much traction that has had rolling resistance this low. they clear mud extremely well to boot. i did destroy this tire on some sharp rocks after only 60 miles of singletrack. BUT Michelin customer service has agreed to replace the tire. i'll let you know if the next one lasts longer. i hope it does because i love this thing as a rear tire. i am only bummed about the short life span of this tire. if the replacement lasts longer i will be a michelin user for life.

Similar Products Used:

trailblasters, pythons, fire xc pros, cheap kendas

[Oct 19, 2005]
Aaron
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

When used in the right terrain, they grip very well as a rear tire

Weakness:

They are very terrain specific, I have only had good success with them in loose, dry conditions. Otherwise, like a lot of Michelin's, they are terrible in the wet. I have also had the sidewall tear on mine, such a burly tire should have a stronger sidewall.

I found this tire (when coupled with the Front S in the front) work great in very specific conditions. They worked best for me when I lived and worked up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They were excellent on the dry, loose, dusty trails and also very good on the ground up granite. Other than that, they have never worked well anywhere else. Like other Michelin's I've owned, they are super slick on wet rocks. For Sierra Nevada riding, they would get a 5, but for anywhere else they get a 2 so I'll give them a 3 overall

Similar Products Used:

Maxxis Larson TT, Kenda Kharisma, Hutchinson Mosquito

[Jan 30, 2006]
Petr
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Good feel, good traction on East Coast trails, holds air nicely, tread last long, rolls OK

Weakness:

tough to mount (no way without levers), sidewall is weakish (I have already to patches on the sidewall to avoid damaging the tire completely while the tread is still very good), could be a bit lighter but not bad for this size Tubeless 2.1 (about 780 g)

I like them for east coast trail. I have to be very carefull when riding the rocky section (meaning have to check them frequently and patch if necessary). I do not mind patching the tire from outside as long as it prolongs the tire life.
For rocky riding definitely get a heavier/ biefier tire.

Air tight ( I do not run any liquid in it) and holds nice. overall happy and would recommend for faster trail, without too many rock and too much mud.

Similar Products Used:

Comp S, Hot S, Hutchinsons and many other

[Mar 12, 2004]
scott

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Traction

Weakness:

Sidewall

These tires offer great traction in many conditions, however the sidewalls are very weak. I noticed fibers on the sidewalls getting a little hairy after the first ride. After about 50 miles of riding on very rocky trails, the sidewall blew out going through a rock garden.
The traction looked new and the sidewalls looked like they were 20 years old. I'm 175 lbs and ran the tire at about 35 psi on a full susp. I won't by a Michelin UST tire again. I've had great luck with Conti's and Hutchinson.

Similar Products Used:

Conti Vert Pro, Explorer Pro, Hutchinson Pythons - all UST

[Jun 14, 2006]
Neal Fix
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Cut very easily. Poor traction.

Will not by again.

[Dec 27, 2005]
David Levitan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

price, worked fine in the front. Never lost any air.

Weakness:

too little traction.

These were the first UST tires I purchased and I didn't read these reviews before I purchased them. I didn't get as much traction as I was expecting, so I got some WTB weirwolf UST tires and love those.

I ended up using these tires on the front and have been very happy with them in the front. They give me plenty of sideways traction and they hold up well, and they hold air very well.

Similar Products Used:

WTB weirwolf UST, Hutchinson spider UST.

[Mar 09, 2003]
Ping
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Good all round trail tyre..
High Volume gives supple ride.
Minimal Air Leakage
Easy to inflate (install)
Easy to repair (simple patches are fine)

Weakness:

Weak Sidewalls..
Grip on wet rocks ...

A good all round trail tyre but with some durability issues.

I ran the XLS on front and rear for a year and by the end I still had plenty of grip on left but the sidewalls were left bulging in several spots. If you ride very rocky trails, the sidewalls tend to get shredded. Grip on wet rocks is OK but not great.

Grip on most surfaces is very good, hardpack, loose over HP and dry rocks are fine. Great for technical climbs and braking. However the high speed cornering could be improved on loose ground with slight more aggressive knobs on the shoulders... the grip have slipped away in very dry and loose conditions.

The volume of the tyre is very large (more like a 2.3) and running low pressures (around 30-32psi) gives a very supple ride. Any lower, the tyres tend to wallow .... and higher and you loose the compliance.... tyre pressure is very sensitive on these. They roll fairly well for such an aggressive tyre...

Overall I've had 5 punctures in a year (mostly on the bead and sidewall) and they've worn fairly well. They are FAR BETTER FOR ALL AROUND RIDING THAN PYTHONS. The work best in intermediate conditions but if you ride in excessively dry and loose, or extremely wet and rocky conditions, there should be better options out there.

Similar Products Used:

Maxxis High Rollers UST
Pythons UST
Continental Explorers/Navigators.

[Nov 04, 2003]
Don
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Unbelieveable traction

Weakness:

Unbelieveably weak sidewalls in such a aggressive tire. High rolling resistance.

This tire really sticks. The fact that it is UST enhances its performance. Compared to my old school favorites the Velociraptor and the Smoke and Dart it is superior not only in traction but also rolling resistance. Unfortunately for the XLS, not only tread design has advanced, but with UST one can run a faster rolling tire and still get good traction. When one of a few patches in the second tire herniated through the sidewall, I replaced it. I doubt I'll buy another Michelin product again.

Similar Products Used:

Pythons, Mosquitos, Veritical Pro, Explorer Pro

[Oct 14, 2005]
Marvin
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good tread pattern. Easy to find on sale.

Weakness:

Weak-ass sidewalls, even though the tire is wicked thick and heavy. Ended up with 1000 tiny leaks after about a year of riding. Bead doesn't seal well with rim.

Buy it on sale, but don't expect it to last forever. For the price it's a good tire, but be prepared to spend a lot of time re-mounting to get a good seal. Put some sealant in to help prevent sidewall leaks.

Similar Products Used:

Hutchinson python, Kenda Karma

[Apr 13, 2005]
Derek
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Amazing mud tire. Hooks up great all over wet terrain. The silica material of the tread lasts a long time.

Weakness:

Side wall split in five places. The tread however, after six months, was still good to go. It is also quite heavy.

But for the weak sidewalls, I really liked this tire. It adds a plush, and grippy dimension allowing you to blast through the rough and especially muddies.
I'm giving it three for value (I got it cheap), and only one Overall until Michelin fixes those sidewalls.

Similar Products Used:

Continental, Maxxis, Specialized, other Michelin

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