Michelin Finally Releases New Downhill Tire Range

Jan 23, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

After a year of testing by pro riders throughout the 2019 season, Michelin has finally made their new range of downhill tyres available to the public.

The selection is made up of four different options that have been designed to tackle all types of surfaces and it marks the debut of their new Magi-X DH tread compound which Michelin claim offers added grip in wet and dry conditions.

Currently only Silverfish, the UK distributor for Michelin tires, has announced the new range but distributors for other regions should soon make the products available. We have been told that shipments are due for March so expect to hear how to purchase the tires in your area soon.


Because only UK pricing has been released we have added an estimated US price based on a conversion of the prices available.


DH34

The DH34 tire is made to perform best on hard, rocky terrain and in bike parks. Using the Magi-X compound and the Down Hill Shield casing the tire is said to provide “maximum grip and high-speed stability on all hard terrain”.
DH22

Michelin says that the DH22 tire is the more versatile in the range allowing it to perform best on soft and mixed terrain, but it will still ride well on harder trails. The DH22 is also built with the Magi-X compound and the Down Hill Shield to “ensure good stud penetration on soft terrain while combining stability on hard terrain”.


Details:

- Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
- Sizes: 27.5in/ 29in
- Casing: 2x55tpi
- Width: 2.4in
- Weight: 1200g (27.5in)
- Price: £59.99 (≈$78USD)


Details:

- Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
- Sizes: 26in/27.5in/29in
- Casing: 2x55tpi
- Width: 2.4in
- Weight: 1200g (26in)
- Price: £59.99 (≈$78USD)




DH Mud

The next tire in the range is appropriately named the DH Mud and as you would expect it is designed to work best on muddy tracks. “Its DH Mud tread design, Magi-X DH rubber compound, Down Hill Shield casing and Cuttable Blocks technology allow you to excel in all wet conditions”.
DH34 Bike Park

Finally, Michelin has created the DH34 Bike Park which is a tire that is exclusively designed to be ridden in bike parks. It takes many of the same technologies from the rest of the range but using a more durable compound to give it a longer lifespan for those extra laps of the park.


Details:

- Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
- Sizes: 27.5in/29in
- Casing: 2x55tpi
- Width: 2.4in
- Weight: 1250g (27.5in)
- Price: £64.99 (≈$85USD)


Details:

- Type: Wire Bead – Tubeless Ready
- Sizes: 27.5in/29in
- Casing: 2x33tpi
- Width: 2.4in
- Weight: 1180g (27.5in)
- Price: £29.99 (≈$39USD)






161 Comments

  • 207 3
 what tyres are they again? I can't quite see the logos from the international space station
  • 45 4
 The logos rule. This is fully 2 years too late, Michelin but I'll still buy some. Just to annoy Everything Drab Nation.
  • 21 12
 As someone who has sanded yellow Maxxis logos off a tyre in the past, I'm looking at these with a fair degree of revulsion.
  • 28 4
 @honourablegeorge: But a loud sidewall shaves seconds off your Strava times and adds inches to your... suspension travel. It's a win-win!
  • 5 1
 When these tires had their "stealthy" sneak-peak last year sometime I said I wanted tires with a bright billboard on my bike. Now it's gonna happen.
  • 4 1
 @iammarkstewart: yep, I want this level of branding on their trail/duro tyres - it'd be insta buy then!
  • 34 5
 They do these in 26" too for us die hards Beer
  • 4 1
 @honourablegeorge: I thought I would feel the same way, as the yellow "MAXXIS" has prevented me from buying Maxxis tires…...But these make me feel like the problem was just not enough yellow!!
  • 12 2
 Well. At least the tread isn’t coloured. Or worse. Beige sidewalls.
  • 5 1
 @Someoldfart: Beige sidewall fkn shit thE only worst than beige is all in white tire... 'member those?
  • 9 3
 @honourablegeorge: you are clearly oblivious to the fact that virtually all of Maxxis’ most popular dh tires are either copies or evolutions of original Michelin designs:
Highroller = Michelin Comp 16
DHR= Michelin Comp 22
DHF= Michelin Comp 32
  • 6 0
 I quite like those side markings... reminds me of rally tires.
  • 4 0
 @honourablegeorge: why do you bother sanding them while you could simply stop cleaning them ? The logos tend to disappear naturally behind the dirt/mud.
  • 5 0
 @landscapeben: surprised the logo fits on 26
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: But why not 26" x 3"
  • 1 0
 @dtax: Big Grin LMAO
  • 79 21
 When you can’t decide if you should copy Maxxis or Schwalbe... do one of each!
  • 81 0
 Which is funny because the Maxxis High Roller is a direct copy of the Michelin DH 16 and the Maxxis DHR 2 is "heavily inspired" by the Michelin DH 32......

Turns out there is only a limited number of general thread design concepts that work well. Just like in MX where all tires look basically the same.
  • 42 1
 If Michelin did a precise copy of the entire Maxxis and Schwalbe lines using Magi-X rubber, I’d happily pay a premium for it. Been seriously impressed with the compounds on their Wild Enduro tires, noticeably better wet grip than anything I’ve ridden from Maxxis and they wear better too. Turns out Michelin knows a lot about rubber...
  • 12 0
 @Drew-O: I have not been able to kill my Wild Enduros.
  • 2 5
 @Ttimer: I would say HR is inspired by Onza Ibex
  • 5 0
 @Drew-O: The Magic-X compound is impressive. Love it on my Wild Enduro. Hard to describe but it feels slow rebounding and dense. Doesn't ping off stuff like Maxxis. Wearing pretty well too in the front. Gum-X in the back is taking a beating and tearing but we have a lot of rock and granite where I ride so that is to be expected. Weight isn't too bad either for 29s in the Wild Enduro line.
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Me either. same trails, same tubeless sealant and my son has grenaded hans dampf 24x2.35
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Great tyre, but I have sliced them. Just bad luck. Will try the DH tyre when I can.
  • 1 5
flag Lukeydukey25 (Jan 23, 2020 at 9:48) (Below Threshold)
 Or WTB... that DH22 has the same tread as the vigilante.
  • 1 1
 @bok-CZ: Not exactly. The DHRII is 100% inspired, not to say 99% copied, from the Onza Ibex.
  • 24 0
 @Ttimer: Exactly! Maxxis pretty much built an entire reputation by ripping off proven Michelin designs. Michelin were the early kings of gravity tires and nobody could beat them. The Comp 16 became the High Roller, the Comp 32 became the successful DHF and don't forget the Comp 24, which was dubbed Mobster, but actually started life as the Transalp in 1994, the became the Hot S in 1998 and even the DH Soft 2.2 which came stock on the Lobo was nothing but an iteration of this great tire. I have been lucky to have early Michelin tires and I must confess they were second to none, especially in Service Course guise.

It's ironic how things turn around, now don't they?
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: true story.
Loved my old Michelin DH 16 32 tyres 20 years ago for Alps bashing.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: try one on rear of my bike will kill any amount
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Doesn't @michelinofficial still owe you a vacation to Santa Barbara?
  • 1 0
 @kwapik: That sounds familiar - whatever happened about that? I'm too senile to recall but I've been shit posting about this for years.
  • 1 0
 @duffman1976: Can’t find any details about the compounds online anywhere. What’s a Gum X and Magic X supposed to mean? Give us the durometer ratings and stop keeping secret or I’m not buying them Michelin. Wink
  • 1 0
 @Maxipedia: comp 24 is dhf, comp 32 is the 2.8 motocross tire. but agree the comp 24 fast my fave tire ever.
  • 3 0
 @Drew-O: I'm trying Wild Enduro with ARD inserts. So far my favorite tires. These things track through rock gardens like a MaxxGrip tire but are lighter, roll faster, last longer and cost less.
  • 1 0
 @jamesbriancrilly: same here, one stone on the landing cut side of my tyre, but it is a really good tyre. Most probably DH version will be on my bike in the summer
  • 27 2
 I don't know who did those conversions from GBP to USD and I guess they used one of those currency converters that uses the mid market rates. Totally inaccurate for consumer goods.

I've taken the liberty of using a real world calculation for your convenience:

£59.99 = $59.99
£64.99 = $64.99
£29.99 = $29.99

It's not called "Rip-off Britain" for nothing.
  • 19 3
 Don't worry, with post-Brexit pricing, it'll be even "better"!
  • 3 0
 Your prices have VAT included in them where as North Americans pay tax on top of retail price
  • 1 0
 @trailblitz: well, some. The US it varies (all the way to zero) locally/state-by-state. Course, there are other issues with living in a state that doesn't have sales tax, but that's beyond PB comments section scope, I suppose... *removes rant hat*
  • 25 0
 Looks like the DH22 comes in 26
  • 21 1
 being that all my bikes are 26 im glad to see this and hopefully other brands will follow suit as i think that once the "keeping up with the jonses" hype finally dies people will remember that 26 still has its place among the current non race mentality and that just having fun is also important!
  • 6 0
 I think because a lot of freeriders are on michelin now. 26" DH tires for rampage and whatnot
  • 4 0
 @markbe: I don't think "keeping up with the jonses" will ever die in sports like these, but I'm with you man still rocking my 26" hardtail
  • 3 0
 Yes, my Intense M9 is happy about this!
  • 1 0
 Yep, it's the beginning of the end, another 3 more years and the 26 miracle gonna strike back... just don't tell those review makers
  • 17 0
 For those with grey whiskers and narrow high rise dh bars somewhere in there dusty shop forgottens, remember an era of Michelin DH tire dominance. When other brands were said to innovate based on what Michelin was doing. RGer ti guve these a go.
  • 7 0
 Remember the IRC Kujo, definitely my favorite.
  • 3 0
 @bikedude1: Damn do I miss those tires. I'm sure if I aired up a set for 26X2.6 Kujo DHs today I'd be disappointed... but I love them in my memory.

The last 3.0" tire I bought before the current plus era wasn't a Gazza, it was a 24X3.0 Kujo for my Imperial.
  • 2 0
 Good times having these mounted to a set of mag30 rims and throw in the Marz super t (or monster) . Made e-bikes look light with some of the stuff we used to ride.
  • 4 0
 I remember many years of dropping to flat on fat Michelin rubber. I'm excited about the loud sidewalls too. Having been on Maxxis rubber for a long time now, it might be nice to change things up.
  • 2 1
 @Glenngineer: yeah you’d be disappointed, they sucked back then.
  • 19 0
 So glad that they have at least one 26" option.
  • 16 0
 Thank you Michelin for making at least one new 26” quality tread !!!!!
  • 4 0
 Agreed! One is better than nothing.
  • 10 0
 Finally a tire brand that gets me. I'm all about that good stud penetration, to help excel in wet conditions.
  • 3 0
 Hopefully that rubber doesn't let you down.
  • 10 0
 I ride Michelin and I want you all to know.
  • 1 0
 Bibendum approves.
  • 10 0
 Yeah boi.
  • 8 0
 Disappointed there’s no MPSS CUP 2 R semi slicks...
  • 6 0
 The Michelin Wild Enduros are amazing on my 27.5". Super glad I can put Miches on my 26" DH now too!
  • 5 0
 The Wild Enduros also come in 26". I currectly have them on my bike, so glad they produced those in 26", very good tyres.
  • 7 1
 YES. Finally good bye to Maxxis DH tires forever!!!
  • 2 0
 Big fan of harder rubber options. They last so much longer. The dual compound DHF and Assegai seem to grip the same in loose-over-hard and rocks as the 3C ones but they last SO long and are cheaper. Hope this is the case with that cheaper park tire.
  • 6 0
 Maxxis " Our logos really pop!"

Michelin " Hold my beer.."
  • 7 0
 "Hold my fine french wine..."
  • 10 4
 Magic Mary/DHR II
  • 6 2
 I ran a magic mary up front and dhr II in the rear for awhile and loved the setup but hated not having matching logos problem hopefully the casing on these doesnt suck!
  • 1 2
 DhF / ass guy with a Mary on the back? I can’t wait for my Mary to wear out so I can put something else on the front.
  • 2 1
 Anybody know how the DH22 compares to a Wild Enduro front with the Magi-X, in terms of performance? From the spec looks like it’s a wire bead and 300g heavier?
Anything else?
Seems like Sam Hill ran DH22’s front and rear for every EWS?
  • 1 0
 Nobody has ridden these beyond the heavily sponsored riders helping develop them.

"After a year of testing by pro riders throughout the 2019 season, Michelin has finally made their new range of downhill tyres available to the public."

..."We have been told that shipments are due for March so expect to hear how to purchase the tyres in your area soon."
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: Not that it matters, but Cam Zink was riding these at least 2.5 years ago.
  • 1 0
 Love it!! Please I welcome more competition in all aspects of MTB accessories and parts. This in turn force’s company’s to keep improving and investing in the hobby I love, making us the consumer the real winners in the end!
  • 1 0
 It would be nice to see a tyre company actually come up with cycling specific moose insert like the MX or Enduro riders have. Riders are being paid good money and it can all end with a puncture. The main problem with tyre's is punctures, we've got tyre's that grip like sh1t to a blanket that can be bought off the shelf these days with compounds and Tpi up to your eyeballs and inserts just seem to be a stop gap.
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  • 1 0
 Are they the inserts that replace the air in the tyres?
  • 7 3
 The logo and lettering is way too loud
  • 10 0
 True but you bet your ass I'm putting it on my Nukeproof Mega
  • 4 0
 Finally I can replace my comp 16’s
  • 1 0
 Experience from running Wild Enduros over the summer: lots of grip, but their rubber doesn't wear well. Instead of rounding down, side knobs have tended to split and break off.
  • 3 3
 I had a pair a Michelin Wild Enduro tyres come stock on my Nukeproof, I thought great I don't need to replace the stock tyres straight away, but they were terrible in the wet, never been so nervous of whether my front wheel was going to wipe out(It did many times where a minion wouldn't be phased) I checked to see If they were the cheap compound and from what I could tell they weren't.

Just so poor compared to maxxis and schwable's.

It's put me off bothering to try any other tyre brands again
  • 1 0
 I used the Michelin Wild Rock'r II tires for a while. The tread and grip was great here in Phoenix, but the tire sealant would seep out from the sidewalls, which was messy and used up more sealant than the competition. It was like these were not really tubeless tires.
  • 1 0
 We’re they cheap OEM versions though?
  • 1 0
 @lewiscraik: They were Gum-X, far as I can tell that's the softer compound. I hope i'm wrong, I was expecting a lot more from them.
  • 1 0
 @lewiscraik: Nope. I purchased the tires new from my Local Bike Shop. Gum'X for the rear tire and Magi'X for the front. Both had sealant seeping from the sidewalls all the time. I tried Stan's, Orange Seal and Continental sealants in the tires hoping that one would be thick enough to not seep... All three did it; so, I quit using their tires.
  • 1 0
 Same issue. Tried them and they were the worst. Had the rock’r. They barely touched a wet root and it would slide.
Same with the sealant seeping our the sidewalls
  • 1 0
 @ryknown: I had the same issue but only with finish line sealant. The trick unfortunately is to have the wheel sitting on each side and allow the sealant do it's thing.
  • 1 1
 @endlessblockades Yes, the origin of “tyre” is from the shortened, and no longer used form of “attire” i.e. “tire”. However, it’s clear that the word “tyre” was given the “y” because the item had become a stand alone noun in it's own right, not to be confused with any other “tire” or “attire”. Obviously, those in the North American colonies, never adapted this change, and have languished with the less descriptive and now defunct version. There’s still time! Quick, it’s never too late to change spelling! Maybe you could lobby the Donald, and JT in the North?
  • 1 0
 We stuck with the OG version here in the New World. We reject your Old World monarchy (we have our own King Donald). The milquetoast techies are tearing the soul out of our culture with their renaming of everything.

Before you know it these 'Tyres' will come on 'tonnes of different colours'
  • 4 1
 "I only ride park, brah"

"we've got a tire for you."
  • 8 4
 Looks like a session
  • 3 0
 I hope they will sell tyres with colored graphics!
  • 3 0
 Can I get them in green?!
  • 4 0
 26”
Life is good
  • 3 0
 Yes! 26", Life is good..... kinda. Just went to Silverfish UK site. And they only list the DH34 for 26". And what do ya know. There already sold out of there 26" stock. Tell me again how 26" DH bikes are dead and everyone that had one threw them in the trash.......?

www.silverfish-uk.com/manufacturer/Michelin/COMPONENTS/Tyres-Tubes/MiC897304_Michelin-dH-34-Tyre-Black-26-x-240-quot-
  • 3 0
 Yes Michelin! Nice to have more choice.. And 26" too Smile
  • 4 4
 Oh, you only ride park? We made a compound that will remove the advantage of traction from your regular and repeated romps at maximum speed...
  • 20 0
 They are half the price and durable. What's not to like?
  • 26 0
 Looking at the bald rear tires of half the bikes in the Whistler bike park suggests that there are a lot of folks who could use a cheap, durable DH tire.
  • 2 0
 Schwalbe makes a Bike Park version of their Magic Mary and it sells very well. These are for all the park rats riding A-line 18 times a day...
  • 1 0
 @pacificnorthwet: and it's not like other brands don't do the same. Schwalbe has a bike park Magic Mary that's a hard compound, cheap(and, having used it, quite good) and Maxxis still makes quite a few tires in 60a compounds.

I'm not gonna run them as front tires, but living someplace that eats soft tires for breakfast, they're a great option for the rear. I only wish Schwalbe would give the harder compound option in a lighter casing and faster tread.
  • 7 0
 You really don't need the stickiest compound in the world for riding a bone dry bike park with berms on every corner.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: They produce addix perfomance versions of pretty much every tire model.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: The old, pre-addix, version wasn't a compound they offered in other tires. Didn't know they'd updated it, i wonder how it compares, wear-resistance wise.
  • 1 0
 I went through 3 Maxxis rear tires last season (2 x DHF, 1 x DHR). That was during 45 park days though, with a lot of time spent on gnarly rocks. Traction isn't really a concern for me. It's more about the durability in the park.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: Wear is very good, grip abviously isn´t nothing to write home about. Most importantly I don´t know if light casings are durable enough for you, they aren´t for most people it seems but might be fine for you if your trails don´t have many sharp rocks.
  • 2 0
 At least everyone around you will know that you ride Michelin.
  • 1 0
 If that bike park version is really $40 I'm all for thesem thanks Michelin.
  • 1 0
 The way things are going, maybe we should be getting paid to ride tires that are rolling billboards...
  • 1 0
 I’m always interested in rubber which ensures good stud penetration on soft bushy terrain...
  • 1 0
 HOW ABOUT YOU PUT THEM UP FOR SALE ON YOUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU TELL PEOPLE THEY'RE RELEASED!
  • 1 0
 “Michelin says that the DH22””ensures good stud penetration”. What??? Lol
  • 1 0
 Old Michelin's used rip of side knobs, then think schwalbe tyres used the same compound for hans dampf with same results!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if the DJ park gum x compound is the same as the wild enduro gum x compound?
  • 1 0
 Should I go to cyclingtips for the XC tire review?
  • 2 1
 Michelin needs to make some X-Ice winter bike tires.
  • 1 0
 Is there any reason that DH tires use wire beads?
  • 4 0
 More secure on the rim
  • 1 0
 DH34 use to come in 26x 3.0/ Dual Casing, that was a badass tire!
  • 2 0
 WIRE BEADS RULE!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Nice.
  • 3 2
 DH22-eggai
  • 2 0
 You mean "Magic-DH22" ?
  • 1 1
 I hope the quality and grip is not like their other mtb tires
  • 1 0
 Where the hell od dh16?
  • 2 2
 Introducing: everyone else tires re branded.
  • 1 1
 Thats a funny looking minion dhr/ magic mary/shorty
  • 1 0
 Best tyres ever.
  • 1 1
 1200g for a 26" tire? no thanks.
  • 3 6
 It is "tyre" or "tire". Tyre is a city in Lebanon.
  • 33 2
 We invented the English language so shut up.
  • 8 0
 @jaame: I tire of this abuse of English. Wink
  • 9 0
 @jaame: You got your name on the language, but English is a West Germanic language that originated from Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th centuries AD by Anglo-Saxon settlers. With the end of Roman rule in 410 AD, Latin ceased to be a major influence on the Celtic languages spoken by the majority of the population.

Achtung!
  • 5 0
 I never tire of the abuse of English Razz @mattyb84:
  • 3 1
 @endlessblockades: damn Sassenach thinking they own everything... Wink
  • 3 0
 @groghunter: When you invented everything, it’s fair to claim ownership of everything.
The English language, football, the dinosaurs, Homo sapiens, fish and chips, McDonald’s. I could go on.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy Sure, but Lebanon is a city in and the county seat of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • 4 0
 This entire argument is compounding my frustration.
  • 3 0
 @endlessblockades:

That’s true but it’s still a tyre in authentic English, which is very distinct from other old Germanic derivatives. Perhaps English and American will diverge in the future too? I wonder what “American” might sound like in 100 years time? Probably a fusion of American English, Latin American Spanish and with a dash of Chinese? At that point you can call a tyre an effin’ tire if you like, but it’ll probably be a tirematico by then, ha,ha!
  • 1 1
 @jaame: Relax, it is just a joke.
  • 2 0
 @nrpuk:

This is kind of interesting. I didn't know there was ANY kind of tyre in the 1400s...

"The spelling tyre is used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand after being revived in the 19th century. Both tyre and tire were used in the 15th and 16th centuries. The United States did not adopt the revival of tyre, and tire is the only spelling currently used there and in Canada."

Apparently you are a Revivalist.
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: never let the truth get in the way of a good story!
  • 1 0
 Tyre, Lebanon is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, though in medieval times for some centuries by just a tiny population. It was one of the earliest Phoenician metropolises and the legendary birthplace of Europa.
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