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Michelin Axial Pro's, time to replace.(7 posts)

Michelin Axial Pro's, time to replace.netso
Nov 16, 2003 7:06 AM
My wife and I ride Michelin Axial Pro's. It is time to replace.
My wife has had zero flats in over a year, I have had many. I weigh 205#. What should I replace with? your suggestions.
you should replace yours with hers :>)Fez
Nov 16, 2003 8:23 AM
Seriously, try something not as lightweight or even a larger size.
re: Michelin Axial Pro's, time to replace.samcat
Nov 16, 2003 9:36 AM
There are a few issues you might want to address...

Both front and rear tires should not wear out at the same rate unless you're rotating them...which I'd advise against. Keep the best rubber on the front...always. You can ride out a rear flat; it's tough to control a front flat. So step one, unless both tires are bare to the cords or terribly cut up, is to move the front on your wife's bike to the rear and put a new tire on the front.

As far as your tires are concerned, at your weight, you'd be well advised to ride 25s or 27s, rather than 23s...less flatting and a more comfy ride. Keep the AP from your bike that is in better shape for your wife's next rear swap.

As to which tires to purchase, you'll do fine with most name brands; I happen to like APs and still have about 10 stashed. I've also ridden the newer Pro Races and love them...But I'm 150# and easy on tires. Tell us where you ride, how many miles per month, conditions that you ride in, etc., and I'm sure that a whole bunch of folks will chime right in with advice.

Enjoy the fall riding...

Sam, in sunny and cool New England.
re: Continental tires are very goodhudsonite
Nov 16, 2003 12:34 PM
There are so many good tires out there. I use and like continental. They have been reliable at least for me. (195-210#)

The GP3000 in a 25mm size is a good choice for a heaver rider. The 23's would be a fine choice for your wife.

Many people also like the Vredestein Forteza tires. Never used them myself.

The big buzz in road tires the last couple of years have been the Veloflex Pave. They provide the ride of a tubular in a clincher design. They are light and have pretty good puncture protection. Never heard a bad thing about them by people that use them.
I was cutting up at least one Axial Pro per month...TFerguson
Nov 16, 2003 4:15 PM
Switch to Axial Carbon for training wheels and have had zero problems since.
TF
Michelin Pro Race (nm)Al1943
Nov 16, 2003 6:37 PM
re: Michelin Axial Pro's, time to replace.tarwheel
Nov 21, 2003 5:34 AM
I agree with others that you would probably have better luck with 25s. Michelin Axial Carbons have a reputation for long wear and flat resistance and are less expensive than Pro Races. You can buy them for about $24 each at critusa@aol.com. Send them an e-mail; they probably have 25s. They also carry other brands, if you want to try something like Conti GP 3000s. My one pair of Contis squared off very quickly and had excessive sidewall wear.

I have had very good performance and wear from Michelin tires, whatever the model -- Axial Pros, Hi-Lites and Axial Carbons. Currently running Axial Carbons on one of my bikes, but have only had them on the bike for about 300 miles with no problems and they handle about the same as Axial Pros.