Michelin City 700×32
Michelin sent us a set of 700×32 City tires. Perfectly sized for a cyclocross or touring bike, the City tires are Michelin’s mid-priced urban tire. With wire beads and a puncture protection layer, these aren’t any svelte little racing slicks—they’re big, fat, bombproof commuter tires. In addition to puncture protection, the tires help keep you safe with a reflective sidewall.
These tires soak up road vibrations even at their recommended max pressure of 70psi. They’ve got enough volume to go off road, as long as you’re not riding in loose conditions. If your commute takes you through a lot of dirt, you may want to consider some cross tires with some tread above the sidewall. Otherwise, it’s kind of hard to beat these tires for commuting. While even bigger tires might add some comfort and versatility, the 32’s are still smooth and fast enough to keep up with traffic.
Michelin’s City tires feature a 1mm thick protective layer that seems to be working perfectly after more than a month of commuting. Only time will tell how they hold up in the long run, but it’s good to see no visible signs of wear at this point. Even after riding a lot of rough concrete.
On smooth roads the tires still hold their own as a reasonably fast-rolling tire. The lack of side knobs make them corner nicely, and while plenty fast, the rubber is grippy enough to inspire confidence, rain or shine.
1. In reading your literature I was surprised to learn about antioxidants in the rubber compounds. I’ve reviewed lots of Michelin mountain bike tires in the past, but never heard that term thrown around. Are antioxidants only applied to city tires, or are they used in your high-performance road and mountain tires?
Yes, antioxidants are applied to ALL Michelin bicycle tires.
2. Can you give me more information on the puncture resistant Protek Shield? What exactly is it made out of?
The puncture protection in the Protek Shield is made of a dense foam rubber compound. This innovative material ensures the ride is not ‘deadened’ and makes it more comfortable.
3. What TPI are the sidewalls?
4. What is the MSRP for the 700 x 32 (w/ reflective sidewall) tires?
City Trekking Range: Protek Plus is just under $30 MSRP, and the Protek Max runs under $40.
5. What durometer is the rubber?
Durometer is 60.
For more information, visit www.michelinbicycletire.com.