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Item # MIC005B

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  • Black, 700c x 23mm ($54.99)
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Item # MIC005B

Power Protection + Tire

You treat your road bike like it can ride over just about any road surface, and for the most part, it can. Though you've been tempted towards the gravel path, you've stuck with your tried-and-true road geometry, and weathered the consequences of choosing to ride on torn-up, rutted, chip-sealed roads to enjoy the pastoral scenes and rolling rural hillsides to which they often lead. Because of this, you spend just about as much time stopped on the shoulders of those roads changing flats as you do riding them, and if you'd like to change that pattern, investing in Michelin's brand new Power Protection Plus Clincher Tire would make a good place to start.

As the long-awaited successor to Michelin's aging Pro4 line, Power delivers four brand new road tire options, each situated neatly in a discipline-specific category but with the entire line displaying improvements in grip, rolling resistance, and puncture protection. Michelin designed the Protection Plus to be the go-to tire for your rides along the most neglected back roads, constructing it with a resin-reinforced rubber compound known as Bi-Compound, then reinforcing it with protection in the form of its Bead-to-Bead Protek technology and beefed-up sidewalls. This composition, according to Michelin, gives the Protection Plus 20% more flat-resisting puncture protection than any of the brand's other tires, past or present, and though many have assumed the Protection Plus was designed to be a gravel tire, Michelin insists that was created for use on the roads. Like the rest of the Power line, it does enjoy improvements to rolling resistance and grip, but the flat resistance is the shining achievement of this model. 

  • Protection-packed road tire for the scenic byways
  • Bead-to-bead Protek casing prevents ride-ending flats
  • Reinforced sidewalls resist punctures and tears
  • Bi-Compound rubber provides grip through corners and in wet conditions

Tech Specs
CompoundMichelin Bi-Compound
Size700 c x 23mm, 700 c x 25mm, 700 c x 28mm
ProtectionBead to Bead Protek
Bead[23mm, 28mm] soft, [25mm] hard
Recommended Useroad cycling
Manufacturer Warrantylimited

Actual Weight

Black, 700c x 23mm

Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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[23mm, 25mm] 9.9oz (280g), [28mm] 11.3oz
280g), [28mm] 11.3oz (320g

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 3

Great at first, then a lot of flats

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought
5` 8"
188 lbs

I used this as my rear tire and liked it for the first 1200 miles. Then I got 5 puncture flats in a month...I'm looking to replace it now. It is easier to put back on the rim than some other tires, which I am now excellent at doing. The wear indicators show a lot of wear left on it. It rides smooth and quiet.

>Rating: 2

Not Impressed

Size Bought
6` 2"
190 lbs

I got these hoping they'd be a happy medium between the great flat protection of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and the significantly lighter, grippier, more comfortable tires such as Continental GP4k or Specialized S-Works Turbo which do not give much flat protection in comparison. Sadly these tires don't seem to excel at anything. Grip is just ok, especially in the wet. Flat protection is barely better than a full on race tire, as anything and everything seems to poke right through the relatively thin casing. I don't know how they can market this tire as having extra flat protection. I've ordered a new set of Marathons and will be scrapping these even though they probably have 90% of their life left.

>Rating: 5

Protection + for the win

I've put it through the wringer

These tires are solid! They work very well in all types of surface and ride really smooth. Still have yet to get a flat on these and hopefully I don't jinx it. Solid tire for the price, highly recommend!

>Rating: 5

This tire is money!!

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

I put a tough century on it, right outta the box. All kinds of surfaces...smooth tarmac, knobby asphalt, concrete, dirt ruts, gravel roads--the usual conditions for my weekend ride. The ride was smooth, speedy, and very comfortable. I was rolling the 28s, with Kenda tubes, and pumped-up with a few extra pounds. This tire looks great, too. The chunky-white Michelin font on the tires, is an eye-wowza. In the smaller sizes, i would have no problem making this my main training tire, or even a race tire, excepting possibly for time trials. That said, i bet Michelin, probably makes a race version in this family.

>Rating: 5


I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I just didn't feel safe riding on mixed surfaces with my 23s, so I opted for these in the 25 and can definitely feel a difference in shock absorbance.