Michelin launches new race-inspired Downhill tyre range

Michelin has announced its new Downhill Tyre range, which was raced exclusively by pro riders throughout 2019, will now be available to UK riders from Michelin retailers.

Consisting of four tyres, the range has been designed for racing on all surfaces, and sees the debut of the Magi-X DH tread compound offering more grip in wet and dry conditions and consistent dynamic properties across a temperature range from 0-40 degrees.

The DH 34 is the fastest tyre in the range, excelling on hard, rocky terrain and bike parks. Its DH 34 tread pattern, Magi-X DH tread compound and Down Hill Shield casing provide grip and high-speed stability on hard terrain such as dirt and pebbles.

The tyre’s double-reinforced Down Hill Shield casing and puncture-resistant reinforcement gives the rider greater control at low pressure. Tubeless ready and available in sizes 27.5″ and 29″, the DH 34 27.5″ weighs 1,200g and has an SRP of £59.99.

The DH 22 is, according to Michelin, the most versatile tyre in the range, excelling on soft and mixed terrain while also providing a good level of performance on hard terrain.

Also equipped with the Magi-X DH compound and Down Hill Shield casing, the DH 22 ensures good stud penetration on soft terrain while combining stability on harder ground. The tyre is tubeless ready and available in sizes 26″, 27.5″ and 29″, with the smallest sizes weighing in at 1,200g, and an SRP of £59.99.

Self-explained by the name, the DH Mud Downhill tyre is specifically designed for muddy tracks, able to adapt to all types of terrain without compromising performance due to its Cuttable Blocks technology. The tyre’s shape and tread design mean it excels on muddy and wet ground.

Available in sizes 27.5″ (1,250g) and 29″, the DH Mud is also tubeless ready and has an SRP of £64.99.

Finally, the DH 34 Bike Park is designed specifically with bike park tracks in mind, borrowing technology from the development of the Racing Line DH range but with a more durable compound.

The tyre provides greater longevity and durability as a result of Gum-X technology, without compromising on grip. Available in sizes 27.5″ (1,180g) and 29″, the DH 34 Bike Park is the least expensive in the range with an SRP of £29.99.

The new Downhill range will be on display for retailers at Corebike, taking place 26-28 January at Whittlebury Hall, with the full Michelin range available from Silverfish UK.

Hayley Everett

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