Michelin Launches New Force AM2 and Wild AM2 All-Mountain Tires

Feb 16, 2021
by Daniel Sapp  
Michelin Force AM2 Wild Enduro AM2

PRESS RELEASE: Michelin


Michelin has launched two new products in their range of All-Mountain mountain bike tires, the Force AM2 and the Wild AM2. These tires are designed to meet the demands of the most aggressive mountain bike trails with a stronger casing, compounds optimized for better grip, and a tread pattern with new technology for efficient braking, increased speed, and reduced damage, according to Richard Kornacki, director of two-wheel for Michelin North America.

The tires will be available in both 27.5" and 29" diameters and 2.4" and 2.6" widths with all mountain, trail, and longer travel XC bikes in mind.


The Force AM2 is a fast-rolling tire optimized for hard-pack and mixed trails. It has a directional tread pattern designed for excellent rolling efficiency and it also offers high grip under braking and cornering. The tread features elongated center blocks for reduced rolling resistance with numerous block edges for braking, grip, and traction.

The shoulder knobs on the tire are inspired by Michelin's DH22 tire for grip and stability in corners, along with progressive and predictable handling. Michelin believes their ratio between tread blocks and grooves helps optimize efficiency and maintain momentum on trails.

The Wild AM2 is designed for mixed to soft terrain. The aggressive tread pattern ensures higher levels of grip with reduced rolling efficiency. Tall center blocks are inspired by the DH34 tire and provide maximum traction for stability and braking on softer trails.
Michelin Force AM2 Wild Enduro AM2

Both tires feature rubber compounds and casings previously tested by Michelins top-level Enduro racers. Michelin believes the tires offer an optimal balance between grip, rolling efficiency, longevity, weight, and puncture protection. There is flexible rubber on the shoulders for cornering grip and the dual-compound GUM-X Technology Michelin uses gives a stiffer center area for increased speed and tire longevity.

Michelin's Gravity Shield Technology casing uses a bead-to-bead high-density fiber for protection from punctures and sidewall cuts. The two tires can be mixed and fitted to the front or rear to accommodate rider preference and style.

Michelin Force AM2 Wild Enduro AM2
Michelin Force AM2
Michelin Force AM2 Wild Enduro AM2
Michelin Wild AM2

Michelin Force AM2 Wild Enduro AM2

Michelin Force AM2 Wild Enduro AM2

Both tires will be available in April 2021. For more information, visit www.michelin.com





143 Comments

  • 230 4
 That last photo messed up my depth perception. At first glance I thought the knobs were inverted, like looking at the inside of the tyre mould.
  • 15 0
 Still does - fun for the eyes and brain.
  • 8 0
 It is inverted right?? Is my brain messed up? I'm staring at it and all I can see is the inversion.
  • 6 0
 @DylanH93: Just flip the shadows in your mind....
  • 3 0
 its confusing because the sun is behind right (or am I seeing things. . .)
  • 7 0
 same lol. then it switched and now I can't see it inverted.
  • 13 0
 This photo belongs in a children’s science museum.
  • 15 0
 Are they black & blue or gold & white??
  • 6 0
 weird..don't the shadows make it obvious?
  • 13 0
 Covid symptom. You should go get swabbed asap.
  • 5 0
 I didn't see anything weird or inverted about it when I first looked, just seemed normal. But on analysis I can see why some if you think it did, they took the photo with the light hitting from the bottom, but our monkey brains tell us the sun is in the sky so you expected the light source to reflect off the top edges and shadows cast underneath, but instead the light is at the bottom where you normally expect a shadow.
  • 1 1
 You may be onto something there....
  • 2 2
 @suspended-flesh:" Only dopes, smoke dope...." Officer Stedanko...
  • 3 1
 I can't see knobs! I can't see knobs!! I can't see knobs!!!
  • 1 1
 @DylanH93: If I look at the left tyre, it is inverted for me, once I look at the right tyre, they both look normal. VERY weird.
  • 2 0
 If you start on the left most knobs of the left tyre it all becomes normal, if you start right in the middle then it's inverted.
  • 9 0
 Flipping the photo upside down fixed my perception challenge
  • 3 0
 @bulletbill88: holy shit that works!

My eyes were hurtimg after staring at it for too long.
  • 1 1
 Yeah that last pic had me too.
  • 1 1
 look at it from the side
  • 4 1
 @kpickrell:

What does "The sixth sense " and "Titanic" have in common?

.........Icey Dead People
  • 1 1
 3D tyres, yees
  • 1 1
 "My theory is its casting a shadow, from the other limb" Crichton Leprechaun quote
  • 1 1
 @kpickrell: you're in the wrong nightclub.
  • 2 1
 @suspended-flesh: that f*cking actually worked
  • 1 0
 We Live In A Twilight World. There Are No Friends At Dusk
  • 1 0
 Same for me, everytime i look at it, then after about 30sec my brain deals with what its actually looking at and corrects the image.
  • 106 2
 It is reported that off the record, chief tire developer for Michelin, Frances de Wine stated: "When we developed version one of the tire, we used our test riders who weigh 65 kilos, forgetting that American riders weigh closer to 100 kilos, live by the motto 'hold my beer and watch this', and all ride their bikes like they stole them. We have substantially increased casing strength to survive at least a week as we target growth in the Americas."

In other news, Michelin announced that as part of its long-term strategic plan, by 2025 they will have a website that can be nagivated and shows their current products.
  • 9 0
 Check, check, and check!
  • 5 0
 Hey Frances, say chowdah again!
  • 6 0
 Its chowdah frenchie!
  • 8 0
 100kg of ride it like you stole it is my official weight on my ID.
  • 1 0
 Lol, that link is ridiculous
  • 2 0
 Is Michelin imported and legal in the US ? I know you guys love to ban our products lol.

Or it is like French cheeses/food/car illegal or not available.
  • 1 0
 @Ba1rog: we don’t get the full Michelin portfolio but we get 90% of the good stuff. Some sizes aren’t available and there are some Euro-specific automobile tires we don’t get. Come to think of it, every Michelin tire I’ve had for my car have been made in the USA
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: mine simply says "SuperBoost"
  • 2 1
 @Ba1rog: French goods _should_ be banned: too good for 'mericans and too fine for "german engineering" zombies.
  • 30 3
 Subdued logo graphics....you’re listening Michelin
  • 5 1
 Kenda I think takes the cake for worst graphics, they literally have Kendatires.com on their sidewalls
  • 3 0
 I love the big yellow Michelin logos =/
  • 2 1
 @MDRipper: my kendas don´t have that...And I have/had 5 of them.
  • 11 0
 Love their Wild Enduros, these look legit too. I’ll definitely give them a whirl on my trail bike. Especially since their prices kick arse on Jenson.
  • 11 1
 These fill a nice gap in michelins offerings. Much needed. Now make some 2.6 options in the dh 22 and 34. And bring back the rock'r 2 in dh casing 2.4 and 2.6. Best tire evaaaar
  • 1 0
 Rock'R2 is pretty much a DH-casing, it's way tougher than any other "enduro casing" I've tried so far.
Just wish the shoulder knobs were a bit beefier, as they squirm a bit when cornering on hardpack.
  • 1 0
 @Losvar: not sure if theyre squirming so much as the rubber is deforming. Their rubber is grippy. They arent really a hardpack tire though. More lose or soft condition type tire.
The casing and bead feels the same as an e-wild, or dh34(with bike park casing). Its sturdy but not as solid in the corners as the dh34 with the full dh casing. No squirm in the berms with the full dh casing. I switched between the rockr2, dh 34(bike park) and dh34(full dh casing) last year and the full dh casing is confidence inspiring pushing in the berms
  • 2 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: Currently have the DH34 in the DH-casing on my bike, really happy with them.
Might be my new favorite allround tires.
Though they are a pain in the ass to pedal uphill.
I also really liked the Rock'r2 tires, only negative was for soft terrain, as they pack up quite fast and don't clear mud well, and that they squirm quite a bit when pushed hard in bike parks.
We have mostly rocks and roots here, and Rock'r2 really manage to find grip where there should be none in these conditions, and are among a very small group of tires that I haven't punctured before wearing them out.
Actually, Michelin's beefier tires have all held up very well for me, unlike Maxxis, Schwalbe and Continental.
  • 2 0
 @Losvar: im with you. Good casing and rubber tech. I think the squirm comes from the casing though. My bike park casing dh34 had the same squirm in berms, when pushed hard and to be expected like other similar weight tires. The dh casing dh34 was noticeably stiffer from the first berm. I have the dh casing on my yt decoy and the bike park casing dh34's on my meta29. Really wanted to try the dh34 and like it but ill probably put the rockr2 back on the front. The 2.35 rockr2 is slightly wider than the 2.4 dh34. The rockr2 aroind here only packs up in thick mud and our mud doesnt have a lot of clay so its fine almost all the time. Ill probably try the new 2.6 wild am2 on the front yhis year. Still a substantial casing but a bit of extra width in a dh34 type tread. Hopefully michelin gets a 2.6 dh casing dh 34 out so i can put that on my eeb. 4 years on a rockr2 now and zero failures and a bunch of save my ass moments when they dug me out of a lil too much zest in a turn
  • 9 1
 I’ve been holding off on buying Wild Enduro’s because their 29x2.4” is a little too squarish for 34mm ID rims. Happy to see there’s a good burly 2.6 option now. Goodbye Maxxis. Add to cart.
  • 1 1
 Since these don't come out until April check to see if there is an e-bike designated Wild Enduro in 29x2.6. I know for 27.5 to get to 2.6 or even 2.8 its listed as an e-bike tire. Same casing and build just wider.
  • 6 1
 Now where is the new wild enduro The fronts are out of stock everywhere. 4 years of running Michelin They were cheaper and in stock and better imo than the other m ....I guess everyone else figured out how great of a tire they are.
  • 1 0
 They seem to be missing off of their website in Gum-X too. They look to be only listed in Magi-X compound now.
Maybe they are discontinuing the Gum-X front?
  • 1 1
 @bctrailblazer68: Looks like the AM2 will replace the Enduro Front. Same weight, casing and intended use.
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: I hope the will update WE f/r tires to heavier casings.
  • 1 0
 Had them. The front cornering lugs started to tear off completely after one hard day at a hill. I call them the toupè now.
  • 8 0
 Any one else see these and immediately think "Weirwolf"? Or am I too old...
  • 2 0
 I thought the same, then thought "I wish Panaracer would bring back the Fire XC Pro in 29x2.4."
  • 2 1
 @maximumunicorn: Panaracer? Oh... Let's just walk this flat down the hill shall we.
  • 3 0
 Ran Weirwolfs for years... but I don't think this resembles it much. I feel like the Wild AM looks like the WTB Vigilante tho... and the Force looks like a Maxxis Dissector.
  • 1 0
 @Trouterspace: It's the angled side knobs that do it...
  • 1 0
 @Trouterspace: it looks a lot more like a verdict than a vigilante
  • 4 0
 The original Wild AM / Force AM combo was surprisingly good. My only gripes were climbing grip and rapid centre knob wear with Force AM out back (poor). Fast tire though and great off camber. Can't fault the Wild AM as a front trail tire at all. Good grip in all but muddy conditions. Look forward to trying the version 2 tires in 29 X 2.4!
  • 1 0
 Ran Wild AM on my hardtail, really liked them, but casings were too weak for my terrain Frown
  • 8 3
 Does anyone make a sub 1kg trail tire anymore? Seems like Maxxis, Schwalbe, Victoria, and others have all added a couple hundred grams to their trail/AM offerings.
  • 9 1
 It’s because upforked XC bikes are the new trail bike, trail bikes are the new AM bike, All Mountain bikes are the new enduro bikes, and no one buys DH bikes anymore because a 29er with 160mm and a 63.5 HA can handle basically anything.

Or just buy a 2.3in tire.

Dhr2 and DHF are still in the 800’s if you don’t go so wide.

I’ve been really happy with a 2.4 dhr2 for my trail bike. Plenty of compound and casing options, sub 1k g.
The e13 TRS trail 2.4 is also a really nice tire in this category.
  • 4 0
 @vaedwards: my megatower may be able to handle anything but when things get really steep and techy my v10 still feels nicer. No way I want to not have a big bike while I can afford to have both.
  • 3 0
 @filryan: dentist or physician?
  • 1 0
 @Luniapuanrider: haha you knows it
  • 3 0
 @garneau565: Hahaha electrician mate. The v10 is a 2016 model.
  • 3 0
 @vaedwards: some 2.6 tires weigh less than the 2.3/2.4 version of the same tire (the rekon and the dhf come to mind).
  • 2 0
 @filryan: ma man!
  • 1 0
 @meandros: but do they offer the same casing stiffness, durability and puncture resistance?

Everything is a trade-off. Bikes are more capable and we ride them faster than ever.

Living in a place with lots of sharp rock, I’ve been afraid to try the lighter 2.6in tires... but for some regions and bikes, I bet they’re excellent.
  • 1 0
 2.3 size, EXO compound, DHF/DHR2 - sub 900 grm
  • 9 3
 Another set of Michelin tires that wont be available
  • 1 0
 They have been in stock at Decathlon across Europe for the last few days. These aren’t unicorns like the DH 22.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: I just got a set of dh22 in 27.5 the other day here in the US, I would’ve thought it would be easier over there?
  • 3 0
 @DHhack: It took months after the announcement for the DH22 to make their way to the dealers. With the AM2 its the reverse.
  • 1 0
 I haven't been able to get anything in 29" on this side
  • 1 0
 @thegromit: bicycle_addiction on eBay has dh22 in 29er
  • 3 1
 The first knobby tires i bought was the Specialized Ground Control tire , back in the eighties .
After that i lost interest as all knobby tires were/ are a variation on the same theme . Yes the compounds got better and the sidewalls got stronger , but the tread design is just an almost infinite rearrangement of those first knobs .
  • 1 0
 sounds funny but i had the same thought the other day upon viewing a clip shot by Henrywildeberry of the origins of mtb geo at the mmbhof.org. it's amazing how "little" has _truly_ changed in all this time and how much of what we are experiencing today is more about fine refinements and cheap mass production.
  • 4 0
 Do you guys use michelin? Is their compound good? I’m on blackchilli currently..
  • 11 0
 I run a dh34 front and rear, honestly cannot recommend them enough for enduro/Dh the grip levels are ridiculous, i didn’t think that they would make that much change coming from a Magic Mary but it’s night and day difference, inside lines I wouldn’t even look at are the normal now, and I’ve always had problems with blowing tyres of rims but the carcus on these bad boys let me run 5 psi less and not even swirl. The big but you waiting for is they are a pain to get on the rim but they bed well (with hunt wheel) and they are noticeably draggier than any other DH tyre I’ve run before and quite heavy, but if you want the best braking, cornering, line hugging tyres that are near on bomb proof look no further (PS I’m not sponsored by them... unfortunately)
  • 2 0
 @Patrick-Baynes-2002: Great tires indeed!
  • 2 0
 @Patrick-Baynes-2002: Also running DH34 front and rear.
They really, really grip and seem to be more versatile than Michelin advertises.
In terms of drag, I was fearing the worst, but in reality they're not that bad. Coming from a set of Wild Enduros with Rimpact inserts, the DH34 without inserts feel only marginally worse on the climbs and are in fact even better on tech climbs. The only place they really really drag in on the road, but I couldn't care less
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: absolutely I would say reasonably priced as well £50 a tyre posted is cheap compared to the equivalent maxxis assegai with the 3C compound and DH casing at £78 a tyre
  • 1 0
 @Patrick-Baynes-2002: cool, thanks
  • 2 0
 @Patrick-Baynes-2002: I'm also ride the DH 34 since march 2020 on my enduro bike. They are great in every condition, bikeparks and singletrails. I'm weighting roundabout 110 kg and never had a puncher with my tubeless set up.
The single negative point is the 1400 gramm weight for the 29er version.
  • 3 0
 I really liked the Wild Enduro's. But maybe a Wild AM front and Force AM in the rear would be a nice combo for lower rolling resistance?
  • 2 0
 That’s what I run for longer rides, great combination on dry terrain!(on the previous models of tyres)
  • 4 0
 Why are they so heavy? I used both Force AM and Wild AM and one of keypoints for me was that they are really light.
  • 1 0
 Me too. I always ran that combo for trail duties and long rides and then jumped straight to the RockR2 if I wanted something heavier duty...I'm sure these are great but they kind of sit in no mans land IMO.
  • 1 0
 Because the old version had too weak casings. These actually look really tempting to me, now that they have casings that might survive for more than a few rides. If you have milder terrain, then this update might seem like negative, horses for courses and all that.
  • 3 1
 Looks a lot like the Vittori Agarro and Mazza, which is a combo I love. I'd like to test these out and see how the rubber compares the the 4c from vittoria.
  • 6 5
 michelin tires r the best, i use it and it's better than maxxis for sure ! i have the michelin prototype, gived by Rémy Absalon himself Smile no one can have the exactly same tire
  • 3 0
 Just bring the dang Wild RockR2 back! It's one of the best rear tires (no longer) available.
  • 3 1
 I rode the AM2 tires front and rear on the shore a few weeks back and they grip like crazy. Maybe even better than the Wild Enduros over wet roots and rocks.
  • 1 0
 If you ride rocky rooty terrain with not so much mud, then I would really recommend the DH34. Never have I tried tires that generate so much grip on pretty much anything. Rock R2 and Vittoria Martellos might grip a tiiiiiiny touch better for super techy dry rock stuff, but lag behind massively if there's anything resembling loose terrain or it's a little wet on the trail. DH34 are just insane if you want absolute grip for the widest range of terrain possible.
  • 1 1
 When I bought my 2nd hand Stumpy, it came with Wild enduro's. I had been a Minion DHF/R all the way. But "dang, bemm hoops iz the bizz". Can't recommend the the Wild Enduro's enough............. even if they are made from cheese (which I suppose is why they have so much frick'in grip)
  • 2 0
 Michelin makes awesome tires, and they always seem to come true from the factory. Great reinvigorated player in the tire game!
  • 3 1
 Wish companies would stop putting obnoxious graphics on their tires ( Michelin and maxis), yellow or yellow and blue looks like shit on any bike that isn’t yellow or blue.
  • 3 0
 ive been waiting for a less aggressive tire from Michelin
  • 1 0
 what are the differences of the Wild AM performance and Wild AM competition?
won't be long for the close out deal on these...
  • 2 0
 I would love for these to come in a 26, the Force Am looks like a good 4X tyre for the slippier terrain.
  • 2 0
 Still waiting for the Michelin FM to to come out; I bet it would get a much better reception than the already good AM.
  • 3 0
 *April 2022
  • 2 0
 Sold out on CRC in April 2021
  • 1 0
 Sold I love their tires....except the rolling resistance has been insanely bad. Hoping these are better!
  • 1 0
 Its like a Tioga Psycho and a Panaracer Smoke had a baby and its 1993 again
  • 2 0
 Do they come in light green?
  • 2 0
 Is it AM2 or AM² tho?
  • 19 0
 I'm morally opposed to exponential operations in marketing materials. We're gonna go with AM2. Smile
  • 42 0
 @brianpark: Right? That'd give it too square of a profile.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: So you have the power 2 but just can't get yourself to do it? Math is for the accountants let them be the squares....
  • 2 0
 A M Squared...

No, I agree with @brianpark.
  • 1 0
 Would love to see a few pics of the Wild AM2.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, heres a press release about some new tyres but no pictures
  • 1 0
 Thanks for additional pics..
The new 29x2.4 tires are the same weight as Wild Enduro fronts which I run on both ends. I wonder what these have to offer? Maybe a little faster? Compounds different?
  • 2 0
 @FUbob: also running this setup. Loving it in the winter slime. I think one of these will work great on the rear when things dry out.
  • 2 1
 @FUbob: I would risk to say that Michelin concluded that the Wild Enduros were a little on the light side to be proper full on enduro tyres, thus releasing at any moment the DH casing version of those and relegating that weight class for the "trail/AM" segment
  • 2 0
 @Arierep: Maybe, but I've used and loved Wild Enduros, especially the Fronts. They are just brutal and I use one on the rear as well. When the DH22s(?) and 34s FINALLY became available, I've got 34s, now too. I needed louder graphics, you see.....
  • 1 0
 @Arierep:
I think you're correct. The weight of the 29 Wild Enduro front at ~1050g is on the light side for it's intended purpose. I do have to run a bit more pressure in them to prevent squirm. Makes sense that they'll be made a bit more stout in the next iteration and these latest tires will take their place.
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh:
The hot patch on the DH tires is pretty f'n loud for sure..lol.
  • 1 1
 I hope they are a narrow 2.4”, as they sound ideal for my trail bike, but currently running 2.3” High Rollers.
  • 2 0
 A Maxxis 2.3 is a Michelin 2.2.
  • 1 0
 @DrPete: Damn. I was hoping for the other way, but that has probably saved me an expensive mistake...
  • 2 1
 hey, it's a reboot of the WTB Weirwolf, I loved how that cornered!
  • 1 0
 Wild Forces On The Force
  • 1 1
 those look fast
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