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Michelin Pro4 Service Course Tire - Clincher

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  • Black, 700c x 23mm ($69.99)
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Description

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.

  • Full-tread nylon breaker
  • 23 and 25mm widths
  • Improved traction and durability over all Pro3 versions

Tech Specs

Size:
700 c x 23 mm, 700 c x 25 mm
Type:
clincher
Bead:
folding
Claimed Weight:
Black, 700c x 23mm: 206gBlack, 700c x 25mm: 206g
Recommended Use:
road cycling

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3 5

get them on sale

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i see the regular price is ~70usd, but the current sale price is a lot better than that. the tires have a nice ride, but are 'soft' enough that glass / road debris /etc cuts them up medium fast. their profile (for me), a couple thousand miles no problem and then welcome to flat-ville population me. i've only been getting them when competetive puts them on sale, but i've gone through serveral now the same way so it's not a 'bad batch' or anything.

anyway, if you get them on sale you'll probably get your money's worth. otherwse, better if your roads don't have a lot of crap all over them.

Avg. ride time: 6h 5m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

just what I need

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These roll smooth and do the job well for our hot Florida asphalt. Corner grippy and don't slide out when the rain drops. So far so good. I only hope they wear a bit longer than the 3's did.

Avg. ride time: 34m per week
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5 5

Price and quality can't be beat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put close to 500 miles on this tire and it is by far the best quality for the price point out there! Great lateral grip while descending canyons and low rolling resistance. Would highly recommend.

Avg. ride time: 7h 11m per week
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3 5

maybe i was expecting more?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this in a 25mm and used it for a while. Initial impressions are that it does look larger than other manufacturers 25mm, but it also looked rounder (if that makes sense), so i was hoping it would give a better feel. And feel is the main reason I only give this tire 3 stars. I'm used to riding heavier duty Conti's (gatorskins or 4000s) and was hoping to use this as a race day tire, but
a) I didn't notice any difference in ride, and
b) only that the tire gets chewed up WAY faster than my conti's

CC had this on sale for only $30, and even at that price it just wasn't a wise investment.

Also, the tires I received were OEM, meaning they didn't come with any retail packaging. Not a big deal, but thought it should be mentioned for others.

Photo caption: conti 400s in rear, michelin pro4 in foreground

maybe i was expecting more?
Avg. ride time: 11h 3m per week
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4 5

Nice tire but...

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

The 25mm inflates larger than expected. Looks more like a 26 or even 28. And I'm only running 85psi. But runs well with good grip...if it can fit your frame.

2 5

Not Worth the

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Normally I only ride on GP4000s but I was attracted by CC's deep discounts on the Pro4s. I figured I would give these a try since the price was so good. Within 400 miles the Pro4s were severely cut. Perhaps best as a race day clincher, the Pro4s were a failed experiment for me. Like the way they ride but disappointed by the durability....I'm going back to my GP4000s.

Avg. ride time: 5h 17m per week
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5 5

Great Race Tires

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires are great. I rode through two sets before having moved on to another brand, for experimentation sake. The tires are soft and they roll well. They definitely do not wear well, as these are race tires. So be warned as a potential buyer! It gets nicked up pretty easily by anything other than gloss smooth asphalt. For the price that they're constantly at (i.e. they're nearly always on sale) it is unbeatable to get your hands on some race-slicks. The only improvement I can imagine would be to have Michelin offer up a 24 or 25 width tire as the pressures necessary on a 23 tire seems to make it a stiffer ride than I personally prefer.

3 5

Small cracks in the tires...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These tires were inexpensive, gripped great, handled great, rolling resistance was great but... after only a few months of use I have small "cracks" on the edges of the tread. And I only had about 300-400 miles on them. It's a little disconcerting but it didn't seem to effect the grip and handling of the tire. But as I used it more, more cracks appeared. I even searched the net and found it seems to be a common problem but it seems Michelin isn't concerned. I'd love to get another set but I worry about the many "cracks" on these relatively new tires. So buyer beware.

Avg. ride time: 11h 36m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

One of the Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pro 4 tyres are some of the best gripping rubber you can buy. I'll never forget ripping down a mountain descent in a rainstorm, completely confident that my Pro 4's would hold true through the tight switchbacks. One of my favorite tyres for wet weather riding and all around tackiness deep into a corner. Durability is on par with the likes of Continental, and I rarely get flats when I'm rocking them.

5 5

Great Tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great grip and long lasting at a reasonable price.

5 5

Best tire I've ever used

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried many road tired in the last 20+ years, but the Michelin Pro4's are by far the best. They are on my two bikes. I'm on my 4th pair and no complaints, only 1 flat, from a huge goat head.

Are they selling one tire or a pair of tires?

5 5

Michelin Pro 4's

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll never switch to another tire as long as these are available !
For my weight (157 lbs.) these tires give the best stick and increase my confidence to take those corners!

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.

Responded on

This mirrors my experience with this tire very closely. I am however into the "big tail" on the bell curve (6'5" x 255bls.) and therefore get a little less out of the mileage, usually 450-500 miles out of the rear. I just wait for some good sale, buy a few and cycle them through my rear wheel as they wear. It fits into a simple, regular home / amateur maintenance and cleanings. Confidence inspiring in wet and comfortable, even for the bigg'ns.

Would not recommend if you're mixing gravel or off road with road. It's not durable enough to handle a lot of sharp edges in gravel surfaces. Would go to a harder surface, but understand the tradeoff between surface durability and grip.

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.

Avg. ride time: 2h 10m per week
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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.