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Fast and agile.
Run the Michelin Force XC 29in Tire when you desire fast-rolling efficiency, lightweight agility, and cornering traction for hardpack trails and cross-country courses. This cross-country tire offers a superb balance of lightweight efficiency and high-density reinforcement from pesky flats and small punctures. Michelin's GumX 3D tread places a softer compound along the side knobs for sticky grip when you're leaning into corners, with a harder center compound for decreased rolling resistance and greater tread longevity.
The GumX tread excels across technical XC courses where extra grip is needed to crush over rock gardens and bumpy root sections, also suiting trail riders seeking a fast-rolling tire for dry conditions. Although the Cross Shield casing is lightweight enough for competitive XC use, it's still protected from sidewall slashes and punctures with a high-density reinforcement ply. The Force XC readily seals up in tubeless form, giving you the ability to run a lower pressure for greater bump compliance and traction.
- Fast-rolling XC tire with grip for technical courses
- Tubeless-ready for running a lower tire pressure
- Cross Shield casing is lightweight for competitive use
- GumX 3D tread uses softer rubber along cornering knobs
- Harder center compound for fast-rolling and tread longevity
- High-density reinforcement ply fends off punctures and flats
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- Q & A
Better Than Expected
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I usually ride just one brand and one tire on my XC bike: Maxxis Ardent Race. But when a colleague suggested that these just might be better for the kind of riding I do, I had to know for myself.
The result? I'm impressed. After a series of rides in both dry and wet conditions, the description is pretty spot on: cornering was the strong point. I felt I was able to lean in to turns more without as much concern about wash or that'd I'd burp or fold the tire while running low pressure. Furthermore, these tires are grippy. Maybe that's just because they're new, but I felt it most in wet conditions - charging through rock gardens and climbing up exposed rock sections with ease.
I still have a ton of riding to do on these and one thing I am eager to note is how the tread and sidewall wears over time. Currently, I don't see any signs of treads ripping or breaking. I also don't see many areas of sidewall contact. So, another few rides and I'll have to update.