Charles Mingus once said that trying to write about music is like trying to dance about architecture. Keeping this in mind when I decided to write a review about the new Michelin Pro4 Service Course tires, I knew it would be difficult to convey the subtle ride qualities of something a reader must experience firsthand.
|Michelin Pro4 Tires|
Nevertheless, I think there are a few important aspects of the Pro4 that can be described and therefore helpful to the discerning reader. First, the Pro4 utilizes a new Silica compound. This interestingly named compound serves a two-fold purpose. It smoothens ride quality and makes the tire (according to Michelin) last 16 percent longer than their venerable Pro3. I rode many familiar road loops that mixed fresh pavement with broken gravel and concrete. The Pro4s felt amazing at a scant 100 psi and clung to the varying road surfaces like glue. The durability of the Silica was put through the proverbial ringer on the cracked and the metal-strewn rubbish piles of Lexington County. After 700 miles, no cuts or surface abrasions!
I have continued to ride the Michelin Pro4s with the sole intent of destroying them, but as of this review, they are unscathed and eagerly anticipating a summer of epic road riding. MSRP $48.99