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11/11/2020 8:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/11/2020 8:34 AM

I recently bought a Michelin DH34 bike park for the rear of my DH bike and even the bike park compound is by far the grippiest tire I have ever ridden! It’s so grippy the the rear has way more traction than the front (DHf maxxgrip) ! This tread pattern is the only thing I’ve found that puts a DHF / DHR to shame! I’d love to try the DH22 and DH34 magi x up front! Sidewalls are stiff strong and don’t leak air! this tire is also extremely predictable! The rubber rebounds slow and the long aggressive side knobs hold a line better than anything I’ve tried! I’m torn between a high grip DH22 or DH34 up front if anyone has ridden those tires I’d love to hear about it! I'd love to see Vital review the new Michelin DH line!

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11/11/2020 9:56 AM

Its very odd to me they aren't being sold by major distributors such as Jenson or World wide. Its also weird they havent passed any product off to the big media companies for a posted review? I expected by now to see an review on Vital or PB? Also they're website SUCKS!!! Michelin has soooo much money why does theyre website suck so bad, why doesnt every major distributor carry these tires, and why hasn't any of the big media companies dropped a review yet? It seems Michelin is really shooting themselves in the foot which is a huge Bummer seeing as how they're product is so amazing!

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11/11/2020 10:28 AM

I have the 22/34 on my bike and they’re great on the down! On the uphill they’re a bit of a workout! But yea I agree by far the best tyres I ever had!

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11/11/2020 1:51 PM

I can't comment on the DH tyres, but agree about the incredible side knobs and slow rebounding rubber.
I have been a huge fan of the Wild Enduro Front for a long time. I prefer the harder gumX compound as I ride huge amounts of vert in the Alps all year. For the second half of this summer I ran a gumX Rock r2 on the rear which has worn really well, it climbs nicely and gripped impressively on the downs. It's heavier than EXO, but lighter than DD which has worked for me. I'm pretty light.

I too am confused by their sales.
Even in France they are hard to come by. Even the two big online shops don't have their DH tyres.

The website however is true Français, it's terrible. Unfortunately, French can't do websites.

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11/11/2020 2:50 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/11/2020 2:56 PM

I hope Michelin get the act together and start putting these tires into big distributors and in the media spotlight soon! I'd hate to see them fade out of the sport "AGAIN" especially because I believe there new tires are revolutionary good! I really think these could be the new gold standard of tires if it was easier for people to obtain them aka jenson and world wide!

Toning down the logos on the DH MAGI-X tires wouldn't be a bad idea either! I think the logos on the Enduro tires look great!

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11/11/2020 3:37 PM

I was looking to get some 22's this summer for the Meta but they were sold out for a while so I went back to a fresh pair of wild enduro's, which have been spectacular. I also ran them on my Tracer last season and for the thickness of the sidewalls, they were surprising stout, even running out half the last stage of an enduro last fall with a front flat leaving no visible damage. Very impressed and interested in trying the 22's soon.

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11/11/2020 4:09 PM

metadave wrote:

I was looking to get some 22's this summer for the Meta but they were sold out for a while so I went back to a fresh pair of ...more

So now the question is how do we as an MTB community convince Michelin to put there tire line into big distributors? so we can ride the crap out of them!

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11/11/2020 4:21 PM

I'm retired but both of my full suspension museum pieces are rolling on OG Michelin Grey compound tires. Sorry, I used to run the OG ones, now the grey ones are from the second gen. Since the tread pattern hasn't changed too much I know the new ones are good. Let's hope that the third time is a charm and they can get their acts together and become a major player.

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11/11/2020 4:23 PM

metadave wrote:

I was looking to get some 22's this summer for the Meta but they were sold out for a while so I went back to a fresh pair of ...more

rockchomper wrote:

So now the question is how do we as an MTB community convince Michelin to put there tire line into big distributors? so we can ...more

Up here in frigid Canada, one of the main disturbers (HLC) does carry their full line pretty much, so super accessible. They even carry Goodyear and Pirelli as well as Maxxis so they're the tire wizards up here.

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11/11/2020 11:46 PM

DH22 front and rear on my dh race bike, Im definetly liking them more than any previous Maxxis combo including assagai front and rear.

Only complaint is they are so stiff i cannot get a cushcore insert in, with a dtswiss FR560 rim its borderline impossible (im sure someone can do it, but i cant) i can damage a rim pretty good with a metal tyre lever and destroy the rim tape inside but i cant get the tyre on with the cushcore in.

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11/12/2020 1:27 AM

I tried out the E-wild tyres recently, great profile and grip. But I consider it too soft for a rear tyre (especially considering it is an e-bike rear specific one), I wore out the thread so fast over a month or two this summer. Punctured it despite running nukeproof foam cores and high-ish pressures.

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11/12/2020 3:09 AM

Holditflat_mitch wrote:

DH22 front and rear on my dh race bike, Im definetly liking them more than any previous Maxxis combo including assagai front ...more

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Cushcore front and rear in mine! but i definitely put a hole in the rim tape in the rear one so i'll need to re-do it ='[ that's what i get for rushing.

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11/12/2020 7:06 AM

rockchomper wrote:

Its very odd to me they aren't being sold by major distributors such as Jenson or World wide. Its also weird they havent ...more

they dont need to spend too much in the advertising machine.. they sell by the dozen this side of the pond (Europe)...ok ok,, not as maxxis schwalbe, but a lot more (10 fold) than in Merica

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11/12/2020 7:15 AM

Holditflat_mitch wrote:

DH22 front and rear on my dh race bike, Im definetly liking them more than any previous Maxxis combo including assagai front ...more

I am inclined to think these tires do not benefit too much from cuschcore (compliant/rebound/traction benefit), but if you want it for the rim protection aspect, go ahead. I think other ires benefit a lot (and need more) from cushcore, like Wild Enduros for example. I have tried DH34 with cuschcore and it becomes harsh.. may be XC version would be better.. Now, wild enduros in the DH carcass version MICHELIN PLEASE RELEASE THEM, still only for sponsored riders... A word of warning : DH34 is not a high volume tire, Dh22 it's a little bit bigger, Wild Enduros are way bigger (all are 2.4ss)..
These DHs rubber wears very good.. the dont tear off like some wil enduro MagiX (when used in the rear)..cheers

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11/12/2020 7:56 AM

Eoin wrote:

I tried out the E-wild tyres recently, great profile and grip. But I consider it too soft for a rear tyre (especially ...more

Just curious, how many km did you put on them in that time? This made me think how many more km an Ebike does vs a standard bike in the same time frame.

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11/12/2020 8:07 AM



here are my thoughts on the dh34. Super grippy but fast wearing. A good race tire
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11/12/2020 8:35 AM

I just ordered a set of the DH 34 Bike Park Edition tires (because of this thread) for my trail/enduro bike. They were on sale for $39 a piece at Cambria Bike (I think there's only one left there now). I figured if the tread design can work well in a less sticky and burly version, then it can also work well in the full sticky, fast wearing, heavily reinforced DH version. I'll post my findings once I have the chance to ride them. I would have really liked to try the DH 22's but they seem impossible to find in the US. Michelin, if you're listening, please make some tires for the US! Anybody interested in snatching some DH 34's up or other Michelin tires in the US, cambriabike.com has them in stock with free shipping.

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11/12/2020 9:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/12/2020 9:06 AM

E.T. wrote:

I just ordered a set of the DH 34 Bike Park Edition tires (because of this thread) for my trail/enduro bike. They were on sale ...more

Maybe if we make enough noise on this forum they will make it easier for us Americans to obtain their tires! It's weird you'd think since alot of people want them the obvious thing to do would be put them in all Major US distributors. I don't understand Michelins sales tactics.

As for you buying them from Cambria I bought two more aswell, these tires are friggin GREAT! I'd like to hear what you think of them after you get so time on yours! I tested it back to back with a DHR 2 by switching wheels in between runs, and one thing I noticed is if I accidently dropped the DHR 2 into a rain rut it would stay in there but with the DH34 it would claw its way out of the rut!!! I was thoroughly impressed with that. I think that has to do with the offset (serrated) side knobs.

If anyone has any experience with a DH22 and DH34 up front in Magi-x , i'd like to hear which one your prefer as a front and why.

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11/12/2020 9:47 AM

rockchomper wrote:

Its very odd to me they aren't being sold by major distributors such as Jenson or World wide. Its also weird they havent ...more

luisgutrod wrote:

they dont need to spend too much in the advertising machine.. they sell by the dozen this side of the pond (Europe)...ok ok,, ...more

Where have you seen the full range of DH tyres for sale?

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11/12/2020 10:46 AM

I have been running the wild enduro front and rear and have been super happy with them. I was concern with the soft compound but after 600 miles of trail plus around 10 bike park days they still in good shape. You don't really see them in USA sites, i got mine from chain reaction. Their cost to quality ratio is top notch IMHO, I hope michelin sticks with Bike tires but they need to to work on the distribution channels.

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11/12/2020 11:57 AM

I've been on the wilds for almost a year, huge fan. The DH22 is on another level though, I'd do DH22 with no insert over the wild with cushcore, but they are so expensive and I already have cushcore.

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11/12/2020 1:15 PM

Oli_C wrote:

Where have you seen the full range of DH tyres for sale?

Germán web shops, alltricks, chainreactioncycles.com..

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11/13/2020 5:49 PM

Thanks to this thread, I’d like to try them out. But, boy is their “naming” schema difficult to understand. The combo of names and numbers is not clear to understand. Not saying Maxxis is easy, but they’re clearly different from one another.

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11/13/2020 8:07 PM

mwolpin wrote:

Thanks to this thread, I’d like to try them out. But, boy is their “naming” schema difficult to understand. The combo of names ...more

For the DH tires, the DH22 is the recommended as a front and the DH34 is recommended as a rear but they say you can mix and match . For the enduro tire the wild enudro’s are labeled front and rear. Also the fact I have to explain this just proves how bad they’re website sucks!

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1/4/2021 6:58 AM

Hi all,
First proper post here.

Currently running a set of front and rear Wild Enduros with Rimpact inserts. Really enjoying the grip, striking all round balance and also quite fast rolling for what they are. However, finding them a bit too fragile, rear one already has several slashes and the rear one lacks the damped, muted feel of a heavier tyre. Also have some burps, even at 28psi.

Looking for a new set of tyres, particularly DHR2 DH (f+r), Assegai DH (F+R) or either the DH22 or DH34. Would like to ditch the inserts if possible as well.

Thing is, I also have to climb a good deal. With my current Wild Enduros I can pretty much pedal whatever is needed, done 70km days and climbed over 1500m without any issues. I wonder, anyone here has Michelin DH22 or DH34 on a bike that needs to pedal?

I've tried a bike with dual DH DHR2s, insert only in the back, and found it no worse at climbing than mine. Wonder if the Michelins are that worse

Thanks

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1/5/2021 12:36 AM

Ze_Zaskar wrote:

Hi all,
First proper post here.

Currently running a set of front and rear Wild Enduros with Rimpact inserts. Really enjoying ...more

If a tire get s in your head before you try them you might misjudge it (its 1300grs , super sticky , its gonna be bad, cannot possibly pedal good etc)..wild enduros pedal as good as a DHRII DD maxterra... and IMO a DH34 without insert it's right there as well, grip is outstanding (they are a little bit small for a 2.4, which is a good thing, and that helps for rolling resistance).. if you pair DH34 with Wild enduro front, its a winner.. now.. DH22, that one is an anchor, but you bet your money it's a hell of a tire when things get steep and tricky..
I would live a Wild in DH casing as I like the predictability of these (in their flimsier casing).

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1/5/2021 2:40 AM

I ran a Wild Enduro Front Magi-X for a while and the rubber got considerably harder in colder temperatures, below +5°C. Sounded like I had Lego brick stuck on the tread.
They were noticably harder than the Gum-X nobs on the Rear one. And they stayed harder even after being kept in a boiler room over night.

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1/5/2021 4:16 AM

It's nice to see so many other people struggling to find Michelin tires. I ran Wild Enduros front and rear (the previous version before the new rubber compounds were released) and I loved them. Unfortunately the rough trail surfaces in SoCal eat tires fast. I ran the rear down to threads in about two-ish months and had the side knobs coming off the front. I went to get more and couldn't find them in stock anywhere. What in the world are Michelin doing?

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1/5/2021 5:58 AM

I am riding the 29" E-wild Front and Rear tyre on my trail e-bike for a few months.
Previously I had a Magic Mary up front and a Hans Dampf up rear (both with snake skin casing).
I didn't noticed any improvement in my battery liferange as the Michelin tyre coumpond is certainly firmer but heavier as well.
The grip is really good on both packed and loose terrain, I was riding in deep snow and in muddy conditions with same confidence as if I had mud tyres.
I was able to go uphill on packed snow on ski slopes with same performace as my friends equiped with mud tyres.
On wet rocks/slabs, this Michelin tyre is not the best choice, the coumpond is really hard and can't catch up with Schwalbe Addix Soft rubber.
I had no flat, the tyre is still in really good conditions considering how much I rode with it. Definitly a tyre company to consider, the tyre pattern is well designed.
On last regret : in my oprinion the branding is too big on theses tyres.

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1/5/2021 7:58 AM

After spending some serious time on the DH34 bike park as a rear and a DH34 Race (yellow and blue tire) up front, I can provide a more in depth review. The DH34 provide more braking traction than any tire I've ridden but the DH34 race was the hardest tire I have ever tried to install by far! I can usually change a tire in 10-15 minutes and this tire took an hour!!! Very very stiff sidewalls mixed with a wire bead and low profile with a tire insert made this incredibly tough! I really like the DH34 front and rear for socal dirt. BUT if you ride roots I would pick the DH22 for a front. The DH34 likes to grab on roots and slide. Great tires but for the Race beware install can be a pain!

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