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Michelin Pro race vs Axial pro(14 posts)

Michelin Pro race vs Axial proNoam
Jan 7, 2004 7:07 AM
Anyone used both and could advise. The Axial pro is presently discontineous and are on special in many shops.
re: Michelin Pro race vs Axial proChen2
Jan 7, 2004 7:12 AM
I ride both and can't tell much difference. The Pro Race "feels" more supple and sticks better in the corners, but that may just be the placebo effect.
re: Michelin Pro race vs Axial proone_speed
Jan 7, 2004 7:23 AM
I've been using the Axial Pros with great luck for about 3 years now, no complaints. However, I've heard the Pro Races, which are much lighter, flat quite a bit easier. I think both tires ride about the same.

One other thought is to try the lighter Kenda's. For less $$, you get about the same tire. I've heard good things from folks who have taken the gamble.
re: ?Chen2
Jan 7, 2004 7:59 AM
"I've heard the Pro Races, which are much lighter, flat quite a bit easier."
Are you thinking about the Michelin Race Lites?
Jan 7, 2004 8:17 AM
Axial Pro Races are the replacement for Axial Pros and the Race Lights are the replacement for Axial Pro Lights.

I am not sure what difference, is there is any, between the formers and the laters other than a name change.

re: ?one_speed
Jan 7, 2004 1:26 PM
could be, my bad. sorry for the mix-up.
re: Michelin Pro race vs Axial prolyleseven
Jan 7, 2004 8:33 AM
I never have had a flat problem with the Pro Race, but only about 1200 miles to date.
i've used both &...._rt_
Jan 7, 2004 9:35 AM
haven't noticed any difference between them. i really like both tires as well. i'm currently running the pro race and i haven't had any problems with flats (nor did i have any problems with flats with the axial pros). however, keep in mind that i only weigh 100 lbs so flats are generally not a problem for me!

if you can get the Axial pro's for cheap i'd say go for it.

Both TooKeeping up with Junior
Jan 7, 2004 12:31 PM
I have used both too and have to look closely to know which ones are on the wheels I am using because there just isnt a whole lot of difference. I think the marketing department just changed the name. Like RT said, go with the Axial pros if on sale. Do stick with the all black as they supposedly wear better.
Pro race tires are a big pain.curtybirdychopper
Jan 7, 2004 11:22 AM
I hate the pro races. they have got to be the tightest fitting tires ever made. It takes forever to put them on carefully to avoid pinching the tube--not a good thing when flatting on a group ride that waits for all flat fixes.

I just bought the michelin TDF 100 anniv. tires that fortunately are much, much better and fit reasonably. whew, cant believe i even took the chance on other michelins.
curtybirdychopper, sure the pain isn't the rim?........BIG RING
Jan 7, 2004 1:12 PM
I have used both as well. Very tough getting these babies over any deep dish wheel (Shimano WH-7701's for example.) No problems with Ksyriums, Open Pros or Sestrieres.
Try this then...Scollopini
Jan 7, 2004 2:38 PM
I had the same experience with ProRace #1 - then I was worded up on the cure - before mounting the tire for the first time, put your feet through it - grab the opposite side and stretch it - working your way around the tire. Don't have to pull too hard, but give it a couple of full rotations , pushing with your feet and pulling up the opposite side with your hands - they will then mount fine and can be changed quickly when flats occur (PS - I haven't experienced any greater propensity to flatting on these than any other tires)
Thanks for the good tip. (nm)Chen2
Jan 7, 2004 3:41 PM
I'd rather have tight than loose. (nm)Chen2
Jan 7, 2004 3:42 PM