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    Michelin Wild Grip'r 2 updates anyone?

    Just wanted to get some feedback/opinions from anyone that has some rides on the new Michelin Wild Grip'r 2 tires that came out this summer?

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    Im using the advanced version and absolutely love mine, no complaints. I use one on the front tire only. I find them very predictable in loose sand/dirt.

    I went to them after using Xking SS with black chili (one ride would leave me with shredded/torn knobs off).. but thats a whole different thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLMike View Post
    Im using the advanced version and absolutely love mine, no complaints. I use one on the front tire only. I find them very predictable in loose sand/dirt.

    I went to them after using Xking SS with black chili (one ride would leave me with shredded/torn knobs off).. but thats a whole different thread
    Thanks for the info. Have you tried them on wet rocks and roots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_NH View Post
    Thanks for the info. Have you tried them on wet rocks and roots?
    I havent had an problems with them on wet roots, cant comment on wet rocks since down here in Florida its almost all coral rocks, so even if theyre wet theyre sharp and abrasive...

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    A good tyre in front mount, i have one. "light" and resistant. very good on dry, not so bad in wet , but attention when it's slippy. sorry for my english.

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    Michelin Wild GripíR 2013 volume tread use?
    This might interest you. I have the non-advanced version.

    To my previous statements I may add that the tyre behaves predictably on hardpack and grips well on sand. After about hundred KM of mixed trail/road use the tyres look barely used. Its also good for dry terrain, where its swift and responsive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millfox View Post
    Michelin Wild GripíR 2013 volume tread use?
    This might interest you. I have the non-advanced version.

    To my previous statements I may add that the tyre behaves predictably on hardpack and grips well on sand. After about hundred KM of mixed trail/road use the tyres look barely used. Its also good for dry terrain, where its swift and responsive.
    Are they still scary on wet roots?

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    I haven't ridden them on wet roots recently. I stayed off that track for some time now. Perhaps I'll check it out tomorow depending on the weather conditions. From what other people say though the Advanced version has a different compound that stick on wet roots pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millfox View Post
    I haven't ridden them on wet roots recently. I stayed off that track for some time now. Perhaps I'll check it out tomorow depending on the weather conditions. From what other people say though the Advanced version has a different compound that stick on wet roots pretty well.
    Cool, I have a 26 X 2.25 Wild Grip'r 2 Advanced on order that I will use to replace a Continental MK II 2.4 Protection. The MK shed its lugs after basically 2 rides and 100 miles latter, is completely bald. Crazy. Will use this in the rear. If it works well, I may replace my Maxxis Advantage 2.4 Exo front tire, which weighs close to 900grams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Cool, I have a 26 X 2.25 Wild Grip'r 2 Advanced on order that I will use to replace a Continental MK II 2.4 Protection. The MK shed its lugs after basically 2 rides and 100 miles latter, is completely bald. Crazy. Will use this in the rear. If it works well, I may replace my Maxxis Advantage 2.4 Exo front tire, which weighs close to 900grams.
    Have you tried contacting Continental to address the broken knobs/treads? I have heard from others that they were replacing them. Worth a shot I suppose....

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    Quote Originally Posted by baymoe View Post
    Have you tried contacting Continental to address the broken knobs/treads? I have heard from others that they were replacing them. Worth a shot I suppose....
    I didnt contact them, and I dont have any doubt they would be replaced.. but I dont believe its a defect issue. The tires are great at what they do. Theyre very soft and sticky. GREAT for a race, if youre getting new tires every race. Just not durable enough to use for multiple races/rides. Replacing them would be useless since the condition would simply occur again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baymoe View Post
    Have you tried contacting Continental to address the broken knobs/treads? I have heard from others that they were replacing them. Worth a shot I suppose....
    No, because I am an idiot, I purchased them "new" from ebay.

    The funny thing is I really like my old MK I tires. The had great grip and fantastic rolling resistance. The MK II's seem worse in both regards. Even without any knobs, the rolling resistance seems worse...

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    Continental stated that they had a defective batch and did replaced the tyres from that batch.

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    Just got my Wild Grip'r 2 Advanced 2.25 mounted with tubes on 819 rims. No pics yet, but they look small. This is compared to the Continental MK II 2.4's that were there previously. Will get a ride in tomorrow morning and will report back. Will ride them with tubes before pulling them and adding some stans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Just got my Wild Grip'r 2 Advanced 2.25 mounted with tubes on 819 rims. No pics yet, but they look small. This is compared to the Continental MK II 2.4's that were there previously. Will get a ride in tomorrow morning and will report back. Will ride them with tubes before pulling them and adding some stans.
    Can't wait for your report!!!

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    Also considering these tires on 819 rims - awaiting your impressions.

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    When I put these on, I was a little underwhelmed at their size. It just looks smaller than the MK II that I had on their previously. I run a Maxxis Advantage 2.4 Exo up front, which is a HUGE tire so it makes the bike look a little funny. I was going to go straight to tubeless but wanted to get a ride in just to make sure I liked the tire. I ran the tire with close to 40 lbs of air, which is crazy high for me but was afraid of pinching so kept the pressure high.

    Ride this morning was pretty dry and heavily leaf covered. Some wet spots but nothing major. The tire itself is pretty darn good. Rolls a lot better than the MK II and grips a ton, both on dirt and rocks. Out of the saddle, the tires still hooked up and was a huge improvement over the MK II. The tire also took rocks and roots really well and really felt stable. I would not call the roots wet, more damp from the cold temps,but I got no slip when I hit them. All of this with way too much pressure and tubes no less. Overall, I am really impressed. Darn good tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    When I put these on, I was a little underwhelmed at their size. It just looks smaller than the MK II that I had on their previously. I run a Maxxis Advantage 2.4 Exo up front, which is a HUGE tire so it makes the bike look a little funny. I was going to go straight to tubeless but wanted to get a ride in just to make sure I liked the tire. I ran the tire with close to 40 lbs of air, which is crazy high for me but was afraid of pinching so kept the pressure high.

    Ride this morning was pretty dry and heavily leaf covered. Some wet spots but nothing major. The tire itself is pretty darn good. Rolls a lot better than the MK II and grips a ton, both on dirt and rocks. Out of the saddle, the tires still hooked up and was a huge improvement over the MK II. The tire also took rocks and roots really well and really felt stable. I would not call the roots wet, more damp from the cold temps,but I got no slip when I hit them. All of this with way too much pressure and tubes no less. Overall, I am really impressed. Darn good tire.
    Good to hear. Im going to give the 29x2.25 a try.

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    Pulled the tube this morning, added two cups of stans and pumped up to 40psi with a floor pump without much hassle. Had the "seat the bead" twice but that was it. Popped in nicely. See if it holds but feel good about getting these to work tubeless. This is on a 819 rim. Will be going for a ride tomorrow and will give another update.

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    Yesterdays ride was wet. Morning fog put a a thin layer of water on all the rocks and such. Tire was good but not like a nevegal or a highroller in traction. Reduced the pressure to ~25 and worked well. Still impressed with this tire.

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    Any new thoughts or updates on this tire? I was thinking of trying the 26x2.25 advanced version. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven916 View Post
    Any new thoughts or updates on this tire? I was thinking of trying the 26x2.25 advanced version. Thanks!
    Nothing really new to report. Good all around tire. Rolls fast, corners well, has good grip. Highly recommended. Easy to set up tubeless as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Nothing really new to report. Good all around tire. Rolls fast, corners well, has good grip. Highly recommended. Easy to set up tubeless as well.
    Thanks!

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    Also I might add that they behave very well on wet tarmac. Since the local trail are converted into a mudbath right now I've been using them for a bit of urban riding, and they behave very well in wet or dry conditions (Much better than continental MK II, Bontrager Jones XR or no-name semislicks).

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    Thanks Millfox! Are you guys using them as both front and back tires?

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    Eyup. Although the front is 2,25 and rear is 2,1

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven916 View Post
    Thanks Millfox! Are you guys using them as both front and back tires?
    Im using the wild grip'r 2 advanced on the front only. Using the Wild race'r Ultimate Advanced on the rear.

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    Thanks for the responses. FLMike, how do you like that combo? I'm running Schwalbe Nobby Nic up front and Racing Ralph rear, both TLR 26x2.25 Snakeskin. I love 'em but they wear pretty quickly and are pretty expensive. I haven't ried Michelin tires yet so I was interested in the same combo, although for the winter I was thinking of having the Advanced 2.25 Grip'r front and rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven916 View Post
    Thanks for the responses. FLMike, how do you like that combo? I'm running Schwalbe Nobby Nic up front and Racing Ralph rear, both TLR 26x2.25 Snakeskin. I love 'em but they wear pretty quickly and are pretty expensive. I haven't ried Michelin tires yet so I was interested in the same combo, although for the winter I was thinking of having the Advanced 2.25 Grip'r front and rear.
    I like it. I cant comment on long term wear cause Ive only been using them for XC races the past few months, but so far all the knobs still exist, which is already better than my last rear tire.

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    Subscribing.. want to know more about these tires.

    FLMike, what was your last tire that was losing knobs? Schwalbe Rocket Ron by chance?

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    Millfox, how do you like it as a rear tire? How's the rolling resistance compared to some of the other tires you've tried?

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    I run mine as a rear tire (2.25 Advanced) and it rolls much better than a Continental MKII (2.4). Not a Rocket Ron, but not bad.

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    good for cross country.....

    not so good for AM. When it's rolling terrain and dry, the tire works well because of it's low profile (short nobbs) thus light weight. But because it's light, I had a side wall cut in each tire after only a few short rides (had to through out) and low profile didn't give good grip in wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocker T View Post
    not so good for AM. When it's rolling terrain and dry, the tire works well because of it's low profile (short nobbs) thus light weight. But because it's light, I had a side wall cut in each tire after only a few short rides (had to through out) and low profile didn't give good grip in wet.
    No standard casing tire is good for AM. What size were you using?

    The UST and 2.35 (reinforced) casings are robust enough for AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven916 View Post
    Millfox, how do you like it as a rear tire? How's the rolling resistance compared to some of the other tires you've tried?
    I've never used any race tyre patterns so its a relative question for me. I'd say it rolls a bit slower that the Bontrager Jones XR yet has a lot more grip in climbs. And it has definitely less rolling resistance than the Mountain king II.
    I'd say it's an acceptable tyre for every day trail or XC riding if weight isn't your top priority

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    Just an update to say that these are really great tires that continue to impress me. Found the sweet spot with pressure and ridding them feels like I am in heaven. In or out of the saddle, they have great grip. They roll fast, hold a line well and climb like a demon. Really impressed with this tire. It weighs exactly as advertised, was easy to set up tubeless.

    Two big tubes up for a way under appreciated tire.
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    Whats your weight, how heavy is your bike n whats the pressure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millfox View Post
    Whats your weight, how heavy is your bike n whats the pressure?
    I am close to 200 lbs kited up and ride a 28lb 2011 Turner 5-spot. I found a happy medium with 28lbs front and rear. They are mounted on 819 rims and run tubeless with Stans. I have the advanced version.

    They are not great mud tires but I never ride in mud. Right now, the trails are frozen and bone dry. In these conditions, these tires are fantastic. They hook up in almost every condition and are really confidence inspiring. Without question, some of the best tires I have ever used.
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    I had my first ride on the 2.25 WG'r Adv. It installed easily, ghetto tubeless. Running it on the rear of a hardtail. I think it's the knobbiest tire I've ridden so far but seems to pedal easily. I don't feel that huge of a difference between it and the Maxxis Ardent EXO 2.25 it replaced. There IS a difference but nothing that I would consider negative. I lowered the pressure a bit & will do so again on the next ride- climbing over roots/rocks was good, & it seemed to grip really well in corners.

    I'm thinking the 2.35 reinforced tire may be what I'll buy when I need a new front tire this summer. The price is pretty good. I am a little paranoid that the 2.25 doesn't have a reinforced sidewall (like the Ardent) but my trails are not all that gnarly but there's still enough rocks to cut'em open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitewerks View Post
    I had my first ride on the 2.25 WG'r Adv. It installed easily, ghetto tubeless. Running it on the rear of a hardtail. I think it's the knobbiest tire I've ridden so far but seems to pedal easily. I don't feel that huge of a difference between it and the Maxxis Ardent EXO 2.25 it replaced. There IS a difference but nothing that I would consider negative. I lowered the pressure a bit & will do so again on the next ride- climbing over roots/rocks was good, & it seemed to grip really well in corners.

    I'm thinking the 2.35 reinforced tire may be what I'll buy when I need a new front tire this summer. The price is pretty good. I am a little paranoid that the 2.25 doesn't have a reinforced sidewall (like the Ardent) but my trails are not all that gnarly but there's still enough rocks to cut'em open.
    Thanks for the update. The Exo sidewall is really tuff. Post your pressures and weight if you get a chance.
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    Glad I found this thread! I've been curious because I work for Michelin and would get 30% back of my purchased price. Thinking of using the grip'r on the front and the race'r in the rear

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    Update on mine. I rode them into the ground. My rear tire is balder than Gallagher. I ran them for 5 months straight for everything. Trail riding, super d and enduro races etc... I set them up tubeless and ran them bald. I never added sealant, never burped them or cut them in that 5 months.
    I had the wildgrip'r 2 2.25 non advanced tires, and they are a huge high volume tire. Michelin advanced and regular 60tpi tires use different casings. The advance casing is a regular size 2.25 but the 60 tpi tires are huge. The high volume let me run less pressure, and they gripped well in all conditions even though they are not the softest tires around. I rode them a ton in the wet and they are good as long as you just let them roll on wet tree roots and don't do anything stupid. Overall I really like them as an all around tire and I recommend them for sure.
    Now, I have a Super D race tomorrow and I just mounted up the 2.35 Wildgrip'r 2 advanced reinforced tires. If you have not seen these in person, they are absolute beasts. It does not even look like the same tread pattern as the other wildgrip'r 2 tires because the knobs are super big and chunky like a Dh tire. The compound is also really soft, and the sidewalls are really beefed up. My buddy is already running them and he says they grip as well as any Dh tire he has ridden. I will report back after I get some rides on them.
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    I'm a big fan of these tires as well. I ran them all last summer and never had a single issue, no sidewall cuts, no torn knobs, no burping. They were on American Classic AM wheels. Love these...light, roll fast, good predictable traction. Going to build up my XC race 29er with a wild gripper front and racer rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    I'm a big fan of these tires as well. I ran them all last summer and never had a single issue, no sidewall cuts, no torn knobs, no burping. They were on American Classic AM wheels. Love these...light, roll fast, good predictable traction. Going to build up my XC race 29er with a wild gripper front and racer rear.
    Actually I have you to thank for the original recommendation.
    Great find and report. Have a dropper post you could recommend?
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    Well, I'm going to have to say the DSP Bighorn. Not the lightest but probably the most reliable.

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    On my 5th ride, I got a large enough puncture in my Wild Grip'r that Stan's could not seal up so had to throw in the heavy Slime tube I had laying around. I like the tire but from now on, I'll pay extra for a tire with some puncture & sidewall protection. I think I ran over a gnarled root; it flatted immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitewerks View Post
    On my 5th ride, I got a large enough puncture in my Wild Grip'r that Stan's could not seal up so had to throw in the heavy Slime tube I had laying around. I like the tire but from now on, I'll pay extra for a tire with some puncture & sidewall protection. I think I ran over a gnarled root; it flatted immediately.
    standard model, advanced, or reinforced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    standard model, advanced, or reinforced?
    It's the advanced 2.25 tire.

    If you ride rough trails, I'd think the reinforced 2.35 would be best. I may consider it for a front tire later this year.

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    Last night I mounted my Michelin Wild Grip'r 2's on my Yeti Big Top. 29x2.25 front and rear. They easily mounted tubeless on my Mavic Crossmax wheels! I will be sure to write a review once I get some time on them this spring. So far I can say the tires are built very well with great fit and finish. Michelin appears to have done their homework on these and If they perform as good as they are made they will rock!
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    I've just got a set of these. 26" 2.25 Advanced, fitted them today on Arch EX rims with out much hassle just needed a lever to pop the last section on. The first ride will be next week.
    They seem to have a slightly more tread depth than Maxxis Advantage 2.25's but thats purely on a visual check as I have no way to accurately measure it.

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