Thursday, July 19, 2012

Michelin Pro 4 Service Course tyre review

Michelin’s Pro 4 SC increases the grip and longevity of the excellent but fragile Pro 3 to create a light, lovely feeling, top performance tyre that handles well and is also resistant to wear.

The carcass of the Pro 4 SC is the same as that of the Pro 3, so low weight is retained, but it gets a more durable centre compound. Michelin claim a 30-50 percent wear increase, and we’re already well past the point of Pro 3 death without any baldness or excessive cut/puncture issues. 

It rolls well too, and a new pointed profile drops you into corners faster and more confidently for an infectiously aggressive feel whatever the weather. 

Fitted to a Powertap rear wheel, the average wattage needed to sustain 20mph was 141 watts.

It’s definitely not a wise choice for roller/turbo trainer use though, as the extra heat softens the compound too much and leaves big dollops of tread on the rollers very quickly.

This article is compiled from reviews originally published in Cycling Plus and Triathlon Plus magazines, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Source: Road Bikes & Gear

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