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Did they change the Michelin Axial Carbons?(2 posts)

Did they change the Michelin Axial Carbons?JL
Aug 9, 2003 9:41 AM
I've been using them for a while now, but on today's ride I had 2 brand new tires on the new wheels I had purchased. About 9 miles from home as I was approaching a stop sign, BANG, a ~3/4" gash up/down on the sidewall and similar on the tube. I looked back up the road to find what I may have hit/sliced the tire with to no avail. The worst road I had been on this ride was a chipseal road that had been recently "tar and feathered" again. There was also another cut, but that had not gone through the casing.

I've ridden over worse roads with these tires and never a problem. So did they make them softer, or was I just "lucky". The local Performance shop replaced it and the tube for no charge, but I'm a little leary. This was the front tire too, so I'm glad it didn't happen on the hills where I had been or where I was going as I'm sure it may have taken me down.

So anyone else notice if they've changed?


re: Did they change the Michelin Axial Carbons?MVN
Aug 10, 2003 10:59 AM
I bought a pair from CritUSA about 5 months ago and after about 350 miles the rear one blew, and it got cuts really quickly. I finally had to trash it and put on the one it replaced. I recently talked to Danny at CritUSA and he said the rumor is that Michelin is making them all black with no colored sidewalls. He is waiting on his order now. As far as the quality, I don't know. It did seem that mine blew awful quick. The first pair I got lasted 1400 miles before I started getting lots of flats, but I got them at and they did come in packaging whereas the ones from CritUSA did not. Don't know if that has anything to do with it or not. I think I may have just gotten a bad tire b/c the other one is holding up fine. Hope that helps.