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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.

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

Tech Specs

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

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Great, all around.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires are durable, comfortable, great on corners, and hold a grip in the wet. They are not the fastest-rolling tires, but I am a rider, not a racer. So for me, they are excellent.

Avg. ride time: 4h 54m per week
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Great Training Tire, Tight Bead

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like all other Michelin tire's I've used, these are great tires. They're very puncture resistant and corner very, very nicely. They're certainly not the fastest rolling tires out there, so if you're looking for raw speed and free watts, look elsewhere. I use them as training tires and they go the distance, plus their puncture resistance factor is piece of mind when I'm on a long solo ride. The only flats I have gotten on these tires are pinch flats, and I have worn through two sets now.

But like all Michelins I've used, they fit VERY tight on your wheel. Be VERY careful putting them on your carbon clinchers. You'll need levers to get them on, trust me. Take your time, be sure your tube isn't pinched, and the only time you'll take them off is when you wear them out!

I pinch flated two tubes on these muscling them on with levers. Never heard or thought of this before, but by drawing out the air of the tube after initial seating I was able to mount these by hand only. You have got to give a narrower tire room to move in the rim.

Avg. ride time: 16h 27m per week
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Shockingly Cut Resistant

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although I only have 120 miles on this tires, I can enthusiastically say I love this tires! My previous tires cost twice as much (Zipp Tangente Course 25mm) They would inherently acquire small lacerations in the mid tread after any ride. Since they were light 200 gram tires I simply expected this consequence. I would typically go through 1 set a month at a tune of $110.00 . I have been through 6 sets during the 7 month racing season so far. Anyway, I found an article on line discussing light weight durable tires and Michelin Pro 4 came up as a smooth rolling light weight tire than cyclist love. And reviews on Amazon and numerous web sites backed up these positive claims. So I purchased a pair and everything seems to be perfect thus far. I will write update when I hit the 500 mile milestone. Our roads are super nasty here in NE Mesa Arizona. Chipped concrete, steel splinter shards from blown out truck tires are hard on tires, and cactus balls than inevitable get blown in your path. Compared to SoCal where I lived for 22 years the cycling paths are tough to navigate. With these tires, so far so good!


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not sure if simply tire spenting too much time sitting (used it on my weekend ride, about 1 year old but less than 800 K- still plenty of rubber left on tire). The Service Course has a layer of rubber down the central bead (road contact area between the outside edges of the side walls). On both front and rear tires this layer started delaminating (bonding glue giving out?), which resulted in the casing developing blisters, making them unrideable (front giving out 1/2 way through a 15 K ride). Not sure if anyone esle had this trouble?

Avg. ride time: 10h 9m per week
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Great Tires!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these in a size 25 for two years now. I ride a fair amount...average over 6k miles per year & over 500k ft vertical. I only mention that to help warrant my comments.
Previous to these I've ridden Hutchinsons and mostly Conti GP 4000s. Without a doubt these tires create more confidence on the fast and steep descents with switchbacks that I ride almost daily. They grip fantastic. I don't care about splitting hairs whether they don't roll as fast as Conti, etc. I want good tires with a great ride quality that won't leave me beat up after a 3 1/2 to 4 hour ride. I weigh 150 so I inflate rear to about 90 and front to 85. Yes...once you mount & inflate them they are not 25. With my digital calipers they are 27.5mm. I also have absolutely no problem mounting them to my Zipp 202's or my Rolf Elans. However, they were a bear to mount on my previous set of Reynolds Attacks. Maybe it's just the marriage with that particular wheel. If I flat, which by the way is very seldom, I barely need a lever to remove them and can put them back on with only my hands. Back to flatting...I only notice it when I get to the end of the tread life of the tire which also helps play into the reminder to replace them. As far as miles...I normally get a strong 2k miles on the rear and about 3k on the front. I suppose they would log more if I wanted to rotate them occasionally which I've never had the habit of doing.
Overall, it's a super no-brainer to buy and use these when you can get them for less than half price of the other models or makes, at least until that price stays or they go out of stock.
Believe me...I've gone through at least 5 sets of this very tire in the last 2 years. I'm not giving you a review after just a couple hundred miles or so. You can't go wrong with the value you're getting. I've ridden over some pretty nasty stuff in all those miles...and each time I'm thinking, Oh we go with a flat fix...yet puncture or marks. Sure, you're still going to get stung now & then with a flat, but for me it is so seldom in all the miles I log. I find myself using up my CO2 cartridges helping other stranded riders I find along the way.
So there you have it. Leave questions if you have any.
Happy Riding!

This is a fantastic review Rick; thanks for sharing. Great data on their actual slightly wider width than advertised, and on how the rim is generally what the root cause of the issues are for mounting.

Michelin Pro 4 Service Course

    Excellent combination of speed, resistance to puncture and great traction in turns and in the wet. On my third straight set on my Time RXRS. They seem to be made for each other.

    Plush Performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These tires perform phenomenally in corners, provide a compliant ride and overall good puncture resistance. I have zero complaints thus far. I should have bought a few more sets as backup.

    Great so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These tires are sticky out of the box, roll great on dry rides. I have only put 200 or so miles on these with no complaints. A big plus is that they look great too!

    Avg. ride time: 4h 27m per week
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    Great all around tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Easy fit on my HED Belgium+ rims (sames as the Ardennes plus, but a custom wheel build). Solid traction, fast rolling, and reasonably good wear. I've had several sets of these tires over the last five years.

    What PSI do you use for these tires on the HED Belgium+? I have the same rims.

    HED recommends a max pressure of 95psi for tires on their Belgium+ rims. I weigh 185lbs so I typically go with ~90psi. Lighter riders should go with lower pressure according to the discussions on the HED website.

    I am 65kg and run the 25mm width at 75-80psi. very comfy ride!

    Solid all round tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    More durable than Vittoria Open Corsa, but i feel that it has a nicer road feel than Conti GP 4000 SII. They are by no means a "flat resistant" tire, but i've had no more flat on these than with any other higher end tire. Would definitely recommend as an all day training tire but still good enough to race on.

    Do not buy Michelin COMP for ROAD use.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Had to purchase an additional pair of service course tires which have always been absolutely flawless, outstanding Michelins.
    So good in fact that I got a little too ambitious with the weight savings and tried the "COMP" version (180grams).
    BIG mistake... a flat on nearly every outing, but THREE flats on the last outing did it... this is on a decent road where normally I never have flats on the usual service course tires -which are the subject of this review- and I cannot recommend them enough.
    They are SUPERB in EVERY RESPECT. Heavier than the comp by a mere 20 grams each, but the flat resistance is simply disproportionate, these are bullet (and thorn, and wire and glass) proof. amazing! five stars!

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I don't believe these tires are too tight as other buyers have stated. I used two tire levers to install them.

    I've put at least 300 miles on these tires and so far no problems. They seem to offer excellent flat protection and excellent handling.

    So far so good
    Avg. ride time: 1h 15m per week
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    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).

    It must be a function of your wheelset, because they fit quite easily on my Fulcrums.

    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: 0m 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