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Michelin Pro4 Service Course Tire - Clincher

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Item # MIC0054

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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
Actual Weight:
Black, 700c x 23mm: 206g; Black, 700c x 25mm: 206g
Recommended Use:
road cycling

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Avg. ride time: 2h 55m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Too Tight!

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

I put these on my HED Jet 6 wheels and I was literally TIRED after doing do. I usually manage to get tires in the rim without levers, but this time I had to use the lever and even then it was a pain in the ass! Since these are my race tires and I haven't been able to race them yet, I cannot comment on their performance, but as far as putting them on the wheel goes, they are extremely tight! (And you can read in other reviews it's not just me or my wheelset).

Good tires, bead too tight on Reynolds

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tires seem to perform fine. They actually ride much better and seem to roll faster at below 100psi. Noticed the sidewall recomendation is 90psi, so if you normally go 100>psi, try it a bit lower with these.
The reason I won't buy again is they are a bear to put on my Reynolds wheels. I never need a tire lever, but these tires I NEED a lever and even two! And my fingers are raw afterwards... unfortunate. I think it's just a bad combination and I can't fault the tires.

Great grip

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a wonderful tire with excellent grip and ride characteristics. the softer rubber compound give you the confidence to corner like a pro.

Avg. ride time: 16m per week
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Love these tires

    I've been riding these tires for the last couple seasons now and i have no intention of changing any time soon. I have two extra sets sitting in the basement just in case. I like that they come in a couple different colors as well.
    The grip is good but still lets you ride nice and quick.

    Nice tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I ride over 10K miles a year and the added comfort of the 25c tire is a welcome addition to the experience. These tires are a nice balance of light weight, puncture resistance, durability, ride quality and cost. You can find tires that do any of these better.. but these are a nice balance.

    Nice and comfy, but tight fit on my bike

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have been using the 23C version for many years, and decided recently to try the 25c version. I like it very much. No discernible difference from the 23c in terms of loss of speed. But over the bumps, the 25C is more comfortable, probably due in part to the lower pressure. Something to be aware of is that it barely fits on the front of the BMC bike with Campy brake. No such issue in the back. Could be my unique case. But I am sticking with the 25C from now on.

    back luck with these

      The sidewalls on both tires blew; a friend inspected the tires and noticed the same slash mark and he though some store clerk had been too free with a razor blade opening the box. Returned them

      Fast and tough

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I won't say that they are puncture resistance, but I've been riding these after switching from Bontrager and Continental. These tires have less rolling resistance and I rolled over stuff that I thought for sure I was going to pop. If you take care of these tire by regularly inflating them each ride and periodically deflating the tire and doing a full pump up it could last you all season long. I use baby powder to coat the inner tube.

      sweet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have put on over 500 miles on these tires. they are super nice tires i have had one flat so far due to riding over an old wooden bridge. other then that i have loved these tires they grip well and have been very impressed with them. i would defiantly buy these tires again.

      Pro 4 Service Course and Conti 4000SII

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Been running Pro 4's for about 1800 miles now. They are definitely slower than the Conti GP4000SII, but they ride better, handle cornering better, and are more durable with road hazards. Summertime in the desert can be rough due to storm debris in the roads. I've ridden over hazards I know would have destroyed my Contis, but I have not had a flat yet with the Pro 4s. I mentioned they are slower. My qualitative assessment is about 1 to 1.5 mph slower for average pace over 25- to 50-mile rides. I researched rolling resistance and found they have higher values than the Contis, but you have to decide on the trade-off between speed and durability. Heck, they're slower, but they're not slow, everything is relative and I'm sure different riding conditions affect performance. The Contis are far more suseptable to road hazards and puncturing, having ruined several within a week of installation, that gets expensive. That said, I'm using the Contis for racing and the Pro 4s otherwise. FYI, Michelin issued a Version 2 of the Pro 4 line, anyone notice any difference? I just bought another set of Pro 4s which are V2, only problem is, I don't know if I had V1 or V2 on the bike for my first set.

      I noticed they don't inflate as large as they used to. I think the 25c used to inflate to ~28c but now are closer to ~25c. Both still ride the same to me and still my favorite tire, although I preferred the older bigger version.

      Great Tire

        I put these tires on my bike for a 200 mile race. I loved them. I felt like they were smooth and had low resistance. I train with gatorskins for the added durability but when the time counts, I'll put on Pro4s.

        My go to tire

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I may have reviewed these before but from my experience they rate a follow-up. Switched from Conti 4000s when the Pro4 came out after BAD wet weather experience. The Pro4 continues to be my go to tire. I have considered "straying" but still come back. I got >4,000 miles on may last set (live near Chicago and overall the streets are pretty good). I run about 90 psi and have great traction and feel. For me they work and when CC had the sale at $30 I could not pass it up. There is always the "fear of switching" and I was concerned about leaving Conti for the unknown. Glad I did. I have read numerous reviews over the years and you do need to factor in road conditions and your riding style. Not that Conti produces a bad tire but for me the Michelin work better.

        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: 5h 22m per week
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        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: 53m per week
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        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: 28m per week
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        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: 9h 22m per week
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        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.

        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 44m per week
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        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.