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Michelin Axials---direction?(7 posts)

Michelin Axials---direction?Tim
Oct 25, 2001 1:15 AM
I JUST got finished replacing my old tire with a new Michelin, when I saw printed on the tire "--> rotate this way" (the opposite direction that I have it rolling). Is this a big deal? Do I have to go and re-do it now that it's not rolling in the right direction?
Oct 25, 2001 4:02 AM
I've used these tires for years and never noticed a direction arrow. There is no tread on them, so why a direction arrow? Now you've got me worrying ... I might have a lot of tires to flip tonight.
re: Michelin Axials---direction?PsyDoc
Oct 25, 2001 5:18 AM
The Michelin website ( indicates that the Axial Pro has a "patented 127 tpi monodirectional casing for better feel, light weight." I figure that they must have put the rolling direction on the tire for a reason. Perhaps the dual silicium-based compounds they use are formulated to work best with a specific rolling direction; similar to many high performance tires that are unidirectional.
Oops! I better check tonight. (nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 25, 2001 5:34 AM
me too(nm)Wannabe
Oct 25, 2001 6:21 AM
Just make sure the label is on the drive side and .....Live Steam
Oct 25, 2001 7:03 AM
you should be fine. Centering the label on the stem also helps locate the stem quickly when repair is necessary and also looks pro as this is the way it should be done. I checked my tires and couldn't find a direction arrow, but noticed that the sidewall has a definite grain that looks to favor the direction of roll. Maybe this has something to do with the monodirectional classification.
If they're backwards, you computer reads negative. . .js5280
Oct 25, 2001 9:54 AM
Just kidding ;-)