Michelin Wild Race’R 29″er Tires: On Test: by Guitar Ted

Recently we were sent some Michelin 29″er tires. Michelin was a somewhat early, but quiet adopter of 29″er tires with a singular entry in the market some years ago called the XC AT. Now they have introduced a few models to choose from and one of them is the “Wild Race’R”.

The Wild Race’R is now one of four different models in 29″er size from Michelin. The Wild Race’R is described by Michelin as follows:

FOR FAST TERRAIN
Michelin WildRace’R tires feature a broad distribution of knobs across the tread to promote efficiency and help ensure excellent resistance to punctures.

Sizes offered are 2.1″ and 2.25″. The tires are both tubeless ready. Michelin uses a unique “target” for intended use on their site which paints this tire as something of an all-arounder. Claimed weight on the 2.1″ size is 670 gm. Actual weight for the two samples sent are 680/690 gm. Quite acceptable given leeway for variances typical in tire production.

Michelin also wanted us to take a look at their 29″er tubes, which some people still use. ;) These have a 40mm long valve stem and weigh about 210 gm each.

I’ll be putting these tubes to use and will report back on my experiences later. I did not use the tubes for these tires though. Since they are tubeless ready, I used them on the set of Velocity Blunt SL wheels which we tested here.

Stay tuned as I come back to post my First Impressions post soon. I’ll have some measurements and thoughts on this unique looking tread and whether I think it is what Michelin says.

Note: Michelin sent the Wild Race’R tires and Michelin tubes over for testing/review at no charge. We are not being paid nor bribed for this review. I will strive to give my honest thoughts and opinions throughout.