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Which lasts longer: Michelin Axial CARBON or KEVLAR(10 posts)

Which lasts longer: Michelin Axial CARBON or KEVLARRide-Fly
Apr 8, 2003 7:36 PM
looking for a tire to put on my bike that I ride on the road as well as on my trainer. So I
i don't
want to go on the real cheap and buy Cheng Shin plastics. does anyone have any idea which of the 2 tires, Michelin Axial Carbons or the Axial Kevlars has better wear characteristics?? Any noticable ride characteristics?? Thanks and Ride ON!!!
re: Which lasts longer: Michelin Axial CARBON or KEVLARJS Haiku Shop
Apr 9, 2003 5:27 AM
i've heard good things about the carbon, and will be getting the next bike built with them in the kit, hoping they're "all that". that said, after several years of changing tires and trying to find a balance between value and longevity, i've been using the axial kevlar exclusively for 2 years. difference is $12 and 90 grams, FWIW.

axial carbon 260 grams, folding ($31.99 on sale)
axial kevlar 350 grams, wire ($19.99 list)
axial carbons for $25tarwheel
Apr 9, 2003 8:46 AM
You can buy axial carbons for less than $25 each at www.lickbike.com. For that price, I would go with the carbons. You can buy the carbons and pro races at critusa for about $30 each with free shipping.
axial carbons for $25Ride-Fly
Apr 9, 2003 9:45 AM
thanks but i saw that the carbons at lickbike were only the 20s and not the 23s which is what I use.
dang, they just upped their pricetarwheel
Apr 9, 2003 12:33 PM
They had the 700x23 (and 20) carbons for $25 a couple weeks ago, but now they're listed at $29.88.
$23 right here on Hot Deals from ICYCLES. nmMel Erickson
Apr 9, 2003 9:53 AM
Whoops, 700x20 too. nmMel Erickson
Apr 9, 2003 9:56 AM
re: Which lasts longer: Michelin Axial CARBON or KEVLARnoveread
Apr 9, 2003 6:02 AM
I've got axial kevlars on the bike that is on my trainer and axial carbons on my everyday training wheels. The Carbons are definitely a better tire. I'm now 100% sold on the carbons as being perfect for my everyday wheels. The Kevlars seem to have held up quite well on the trainer. I guess I don't know how many trainer miles they have since I put them on last year though.

Both good tires. If the bike will spend most of its time on the trainer, get the kevlars. But if you are planning to ride the bike outside quite a bit, get the carbons. I can't tell you which one will last longer though. They both seem pretty durable.

Noveread
re: Which lasts longer: Michelin Axial CARBON or KEVLARSpunout
Apr 9, 2003 8:24 AM
I rode 50 hours on rollers (okay, less wear than a resistance trainer) on my Carbons (2500km) and can't tell the difference. They may last until summer!. Great performance, IMHO; I switch to ProRace for race weeks only, then back to the Carbons.
re: Which lasts longer: Michelin Axial CARBON or KEVLARAndy M-S
Apr 9, 2003 8:34 AM
I can't tell you which lasts longer. I can say that I absolutely hated the feel of the Axial Selects (which I think have now been renamed to Kevlars; they certainly look and spec out the same) and I love the feel of the Axial carbons.

I have better than 2,000 miles on a set of Carbons with no punctures (one "d'uh" pinch flat) and I weight around 200#.

I only wish they came in all black, but I can live with the yellow stripe for now.