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tire report: michelin hi-lites(7 posts)

tire report: michelin hi-litestarwheel
Aug 6, 2002 4:04 AM
I've been running a set of Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige tires since late spring and they are holding up great. I mention this because performancebike.com usually has these tires on sale for $20-25. So far, I've put about 2,100 miles on the set with no flats and the rear tire appears to have plenty of wear left. I can't tell the difference in handling between these tires and Axial Pros, although a crit racer would probably notice the difference. The only downside is that the tires only seem to come in one color combination -- black with red sidewalls.
re: tire report: michelin hi-litesRubberbandman
Aug 6, 2002 6:26 AM
My last two sets of tires have been the Performance Pro and I've been pretty happy with them. But I have been tempted to try the Hi-Lites? Have you tried the Perf Pro tires? If so, how do they compare to the Hi_lites?

What psi do you ride the Hi-Lites?

RBM

P.S. Are you in NC? My parents live in Cary, my sister in Durham and my bro in Charlotte.
re: questionstarwheel
Aug 6, 2002 7:47 AM
I tried the Performance Kevlar with the yellow sidewalls but wasn't wild about them. The yellow sidewalls got really grungy looking very quickly, and the tires seemed very narrow for 700x23 -- they really feel more like 20s. The Hi-Lites are a better riding tire, in my opinion, and if you don't mind the red sidewalls they don't discolor. Others have reported good success with Performance tires, though, cosmetic issues aside. I run all my tires at the recommended pressure, about 115 psi. I live in Raleigh.
re: questionsRubberbandman
Aug 6, 2002 8:38 AM
The performance tires with the yellow side wall are not very good. I believe they are fortes.
The performance pro tires are all black and is a better tire.

rbm
Red sidewalls?Matno
Aug 6, 2002 7:23 AM
Is the rubber really red? Could you describe the red (i.e. cherry, fire-engine, candy-apple, etc.)? The reason I ask is that, while my computer monitor is usually quite accurate when it comes to colors, the Performance picture looked downright pink. Just want to make sure before I buy pink tires for my red bike!
Red sidewalls?tarwheel
Aug 6, 2002 7:54 AM
The color is bright red, not pink. It's not really the sidewalls that are red, but the portion between the sidewalls and the center, which is black. The red color really stands out, so be prepared for that. I've got a few red highlites on my frame (which is blue) and have blue&red Cinelli macro bar tape, so the tires look pretty sharp. The red on my tires has not discolored, unlike yellow tires I have used and seen on other bikes.
AgreeNessism
Aug 6, 2002 11:00 AM
I think Michelin has some of the best tire values out there. I've gone from Supercomp HD's to Synergic/Bi-Synergic's and now to High-Light Prestige's. Great tires at any price. Of course the price does matter - to me anyway.

Michelin's are not the easiest tires to mount so keep this in mind and take your time so the tube does not get pinched.

BTW, I just bought some blue H-L Prestige's so they do come in more than just red. Unfortunately, I'm not sure where to get more since mine came from a private party.

Ed