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Michelin Axial Carbon(7 posts)

Michelin Axial CarbonLimabeanDesigner
Jun 18, 2001 6:52 AM
Has anyone used Michelin's new Axial Carbon? I'm currently running Axial Pro's on my Cannondale R600. I cant imaging a better tire, however I only get about 500 miles before they rip open or glass rips them open earlier. I noticed Michelin categorized the Axial Carbon as a "race" tire. Im wondering why. It seems heavy too. Basically Im a serious rider looking for a serious tire with serious speed. But I can only go fast if my tire isnt ripped open. Ride-On.
re: Michelin Axial CarbonMike Prince
Jun 18, 2001 7:51 AM
I just bought a pair last week. Will mount them Wednesday when I put together my new Steelman. I saw some claims that one can get 3800 miles out of these tires. Look like a good training tire at 265 gr. for a 700x23c. I don't race but I'm willing to give them a try if it means I don't have to replace Hutchinsons, Vittorias, etc. every 1000 miles - I'm on my 3rd set of tires this year.

I'll try to post again later this week after I've had a chance to ride on them.

Mike
re: Michelin Axial CarbonWild Bill
Jun 18, 2001 12:45 PM
I have used these tires since March. I have about 3000 k on them. I just started getting flats because there was a cut in the tire.I think they are good tires if the cut didn't go through the tire.
My number one choice for the best tire would have to be; Vredestein Tri Comp.
This tire is bullit proof! I recomend it to anyone.
Vreds rubber issuesMarlon
Jun 18, 2001 3:02 PM
Taking a look at the recent reviews of Fortezza Tri Comps, I guess Vredestein had a batch of bad rubber due to the low reviews, but that's besides the point.

I've used the Vreds too for a while, and I was pretty happy with the cornering performance and puncture resistance, but I had some issues with the rubber cracking, in some cases even down to the casing. Performance never suffered, but it was disconcerting. Did anything like this happen to you Wild Bill? This was with me using the tires in relatively moist atmosphere conditions too - first around Vancouver, and then around Ottawa, Ontario.
Vreds rubber issuesWild Bill
Jun 19, 2001 5:58 AM
I have never had the cracking, but I also let most of the air out of my tires after every ride.I then put them back up to presure before the ride.I hope this helps you.
I did have trouble with a Grand Prix 3000 cracking and the LBS replaced it.
I rotate my tires every 1000k and I ride average of 13,000k per year.
Imagine a better tire!Kerry Irons
Jun 18, 2001 6:39 PM
You can't imagine a better tire, but you have to replace them every 500 miles? I sure can imagine a better tire! If my tires lasted that long, I'd be replacing them every 10 days. Unless you are riding in an incredibly bad location for road junk, you should be getting more like 2500 miles (on the rear for a 180 lb rider) on these. There's something amiss that doesn't seem fixable by a switch in tire models. I'd suggest evaluating your riding routes and/or your riding style to make your tires last a reasonable distance.
Kery is right...vram
Jun 19, 2001 8:49 PM
The Axial Pros should last you at least 1500 miles. Do you check tire pressure before every ride? You may also need to change your route if there is too much debris or glass that's damaging your tires so consistently. IF I were you, I would put my bike in my car, drive to the point where the road is clean and start riding from there.