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Michelin Pro4 Service Course Tire - Clincher

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Item # MIC0054 60% Off

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As the first to develop easily removable bicycle tires (what we know as clinchers), Michelin stamped their authority on bike racing in 1891 at the Paris-Brest-Paris road race. Their win in Paris began a long string of victories that nearly spans the history of the bicycle. The PRO4 Service Course Tire is the 4th generation of the only clincher tire to ever win on the cobbles at Roubaix, and it’s one of four tires in the PRO4 lineup. The PRO4 Service Course is an overall better tire than its predecessor, the PRO3 Race. This comes by way of a few significant changes, but the important result is that this tire is slightly more durable and, at the same time, faster.

Of the four models in the PRO4 series, the Service Course offers the best balance of longevity and performance. It’s different than the PRO3 in nearly all regards. Michelin’s new dual compound rubber is a bit harder in the center. This allows the PRO4 to uses 7% less energy when riding in a straight line than the PRO3. It also uses new elastomers and silica for extra grip on the shoulder portions. And while the casing uses the same 110 tpi fabric, the shape differs on the new tire. It sports a sharper profile that offers quicker transitions to steep lean angles and increases the surface area of the contact patch once leaned into turns. Both the new compound and larger contact patch increase the turning traction potential of the PRO4 Service Course by a good margin over the PRO3 Race – an astounding 16% better on wet roads. Expect similar improvement on dry roads as well.

One standout quality of the PRO4 is its flat resistance -- again, think about Paris-Roubaix. On the one hand you get their full-tread, nylon high-density breaker to resist insults from typical road garbage. But you also get sidewalls that -- at least to us -- have a long track record of blowout-resistance for gravel-happy rides. Both the AG2R La Mondiale and Project 1t4i teams will rely on their durability on the roads of Europe this season.

The Michelin PRO4 Service Course Tire is available in Black, Blue/black, Digital Blue/black, Red/black, and White/black in the 700x23c size. It’s also available in Black in a 700x25c size.

Tech Specs

700 c x 23 mm, 700 c x 25 mm
Recommended Use:
training, racing, rough roads, epic rides
Actual Weight:
Black, 700c x 23mm: 206g

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4 5

Grip for days

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mad sticky rubber and a reasonable weight makes these awesome tires for ripping long mountain descents or for fast crit races. Ride quality I felt is on par with other higher-quality clinchers like Conti GP 4000's. Tire wear expectedly suffers when you have a tire with this much grip. I usually get between 500 and 600 miles and about 50,000ft of climbing before the rear tire is toast. Good price and if you're aware that these will wear quickly they are a good tire for their purpose.

5 5

The 700 x 25 is true to size.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Although I've had very good experience with the 23s, I put off buying the 25s for months because of a well-circulated article that claimed they were closer to 28s. The tire I got, inflated to 90 lbs., measures 25.2. Nice tire.

5 5

Fat bike for Roadies?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the second time I bought these pairs of tires and they really last a good amount of time. I ride a bit more dirt roads than the normal roadie, and these tires can stand up against the beating. The second pair I got were 25mm, and the only bad thing about these is that with them fully inflated, you cannot get them through the brake to take off the wheel for transport.

5 5

Excellent Tire!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

700x25 was on my Ridley build. These are fantastic tires, very good grip, an apparent low rolling resistance, and a smooth ride. They played an integral part on a fantastic ascent on Spirit Lake Highway and were even more important coming down!
A wonderful combination of everything you look for in a tire, sticky, supple, smooth, good wear resistance.

5 5

Good tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the Michelin Pros a lot. They are soft enough to handle well.. sticky around turns while more durable than I was expecting. I weigh 160 and they have been lasting at least 1000-1500 miles.

4 5

solid tire, great value on sale

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just passed 1K miles on these tires and they are great. absolutely no issues with quality (not showing any signs of wear), they corner great, they roll great, and sometimes you can find them for as much as 50% off the list price which makes them a real bargain.

4 5

Solid Tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this tire as an upgrade from Schwalbe Luganos, and these provide much better feel and grip, and are lighter to boot. After 100+ miles on these tires in wet weather, I'd definitely recommend as a good off-season tire, and probably a pretty good summer tire too. Solid wet grip and rolling resistance seems good as well.

A lot of folks compare these to the Continental GP 4000S tires. I have a pair of those on another bike, and honestly can't say that I see a huge difference in performance thus far. I haven't ridden either enough to see a difference in wear longevity, though some folks think the Michelins wear faster. Objectively, there are a few differences, at least comparing the 25mm versions of both - the Contis are definitely wider than the Pro4 tires, and also a little heavier. The Contis also seem to attract more grit, maybe due to stickier compound.

Bottom line - you can't go wrong with either. If you find either for under $50, I'd grab a set and enjoy.

4 5

A good Upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've spent lots of miles on several pairs of Pro 3's & these are pretty much an upgrade in every way. Ride Quality is great, rolls well, seems a bit more impervious to flatting & improved wet riding. Love putting miles on these bad boys.

5 5

Great riding, great wearing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This will be my second set of the 700x25. I installed the first set in early summer and have ~3,500 miles on them riding nearly every day of the week with Saturday and Sunday each being at least 50-mile days. A few small cuts (the roads are pretty good here in Chicago 'burbs) and no flats. Definitely better wet weather traction than the Conti's. Have tried both 23 and 25-mm and will stick with the 25's. The lower pressure helps absorb some of the rough pavement and when paired with the winter alloy wheels with higher spoke count definitely more comfortable. Ride equally well with carbon clinchers in summer. Current set not fully worn out but could not pass up this sale.

5 5

Best rolling tire on the market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding Michelin Pro tires for several years and the Pro 4 is a great evolution of the pro line.
This tire has an incredible fast and yet grips well on cornering. I also get a lot of miles our of these tires and find them a real good value... especially at half off right here on cc

4 5


The PRO4 is a great tire, without a doubt. However, for the same $ you could get the robust Conti 4000S. If you want a fast tire, you have found it. If you want your fast tire to last, get the Conti's.

Granted, the colors are pretty cool... and a lot of Pros ride the 4... and the mascot is adorable with his puffy tire body. But the Conti's last so much longer. I am not going to claim that I can tell the difference in performance between the two, lab tech's can barely tell the difference. What I can tell you is the Conti's gave me fewer flats over a longer lifespan.

Overall, I give these 4 stars... If the 4000S didn't exist, they would get 5.

5 5

Great Tires

When a post ride tire inspection revealed that my ancient rides were beginning to disintegrate, it was time for an upgrade.

This year's revision of the PRO3 is not a disappointment. The tire feels extremely durable and has a great "road feel." I opted for the larger size, 700x25 since I tend to ride for enjoyment and like the additional comfort of the larger tire.

I haven't had them long enough to speak to their long-term durability, but I have no reason to doubt it at this point. I will report back if that changes.