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Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:17 am
by lactatehate
Did a quick search to no avail, does anyone know anything about the Michelin Service Course tubulars??

Does the rubber bear any relation to their new Pro 4 clincher tires??

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/michelin-servic ... ular-tyre/

Regards

David

Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:17 am
by Weenie

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:53 pm
by thisisatest
michelin and hutchinson both released 500 sets of "limited edition" tubulars. im sure fdegrove can tell you exactly where they come from, but i think theyre made by veloflex. the point of the limited edition release imo is that the uci is requiring all pro products to be production parts, available to the public. they have little-to-no relation to their clincher cousins.

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:17 pm
by strobbekoen
looking at the base tape construction, they are pretty much like vittoria's. made in the same factory i guess.

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:24 pm
by lactatehate
Thanks.

I guess hoping they used the same outer rubber carcass as their Pro4 clinchers was overly hopeful! :evil:

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:19 pm
by ultyguy
Fwiw- I snapped up some 700x24 versions of these (not the new Pro4 tub, these are the 290 tpi Lion Tires aka Vittoria) at clear out last autumn. After a winter in the cave and now mounted up, they're actually very good. Knock on wood, no punctures yet. The ride is noticably better than 23mm Corsa CX2 and roll fast and supple, grip is great no greasy like Vittorias feel to me.

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:27 pm
by Lucas1234
The pictures are of the old Boyau tubulars, these were from the Pro2 era and came in 21mm and 24mm, had the blue sidewalls and were made by Vittoria. The new Pro4 tubulars are all black and come in 23mm and 25mm these are most likely made by veloflex but I am not sure having never had a pair.

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:40 pm
by mgordon
I just ordered 4x 25mm Pro4 tubulars; I had been running Vittoria Corsa Evo CXs. I'll let you know how they are...

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:54 am
by RichTheRoadie
It's the apparent lack of black/black option that gets my goat - what's with the only option being a 'light blue' sidewall??

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:09 am
by slabber
mgordon wrote:I just ordered 4x 25mm Pro4 tubulars; I had been running Vittoria Corsa Evo CXs. I'll let you know how they are...


Recognizing you haven't been here in a long while, wondering if you return and provide feedback on the 25mm Pro4 tubs? Very little reviews that I can find online...

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:45 am
by aerodynamiq
I've mounted several Michelin tires while working in a bike shop. They look really good, and feel nice and grippy too. I've always been satisfied with the compound of Michelin's upper end tires.

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:35 am
by mgordon
I'm back!

I did end up riding the Pro4s, although I haven't been racing quite so much lately so I haven't been putting in lots of miles on the race wheels.

My very subjective, and only somewhat informed review is that - to compare them to the Vittoria Open Corsa CX III which I have also been riding - the Pro4s might have SLIGHTLY less confidence-inspiring absolute grip, but they seem to be a bit more durable / even wearing.

For example, when I glue up a new vittoria and go for my first ride, I can afterwards look at the rear tire and already visibly see the file-tread wearing off. That's not the case with the Michelins... You at least can't watch your money get quickly worn off.

The Michelins glued up nicely; nice and straight and round; they look good, they match the Pro4 Endurances I ride on my every-day wheels, and I'm happy with the way they ride. Plus, bonus, the base-tape is black so if your glue job isn't perfect, you won't see any tan peeking through.

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:56 am
by gilco
interesting thanks

Re: Michelin Service Course Tubular?

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:56 am
by Weenie