First look at Michelin's brand-new Wild Enduro Racing Line MTB tires

A man riding a Propain MTB with Michelin tires
(Image credit: Michelin)

Michelin has just updated its Wild Enduro Racing Line tires with new tread patterns, and a new option. The revised models are said to be faster and lighter than their previously pretty hefty predecessors without sacrificing control or grip. Michelin hopes the revised versions will be some of the best mountain bike tires around. A set has just landed in the Bike Perfect office, so let's take a closer look.

The Michelin Wild Enduro Racing Line tire on a wheel

The MH option gets pretty aggressive side knobs (Image credit: Rich Owen)

There are two different options for the front wheel – Mixed Hard (MH) and Mixed Soft (MS). As the names suggest, the MH is designed for harder trails and the MS for "intermediate and soft ground". The two tread designs only bear a passing resemblance to one another. The MH has three pairs of lightly siped central blocks in a V shape that get slightly wider before the pattern repeats again. They're flanked by three pairs of aggressively positioned shoulder blocks with a pattern that widens and repeats too. Apart from the repeating basic theme of two Vs of three pairs of blocks, the MH's wider-spaced pattern is quite different. The blocks are taller to help grab softer ground while a third block sits centrally at the top of the inner V. The rear tire again has twin repeating V shapes, but a much shallower central section with a T-shaped block at the widest section of the inner V.

The three Michelin Wild Enduro Racing Line tires

The three Wild Enduro options MH, MS, and Rear (Image credit: Rich Owen)

Michelin says the new Wild Enduro Racing Lines are 10 percent lighter than the previous (heavy) incarnations thanks to a new lighter dual-ply 55TPI casing. The brand has also reworked the Magi-X rubber compound (used by all three tires) to give "enhanced grip in damp, cold conditions (3 to 10 degrees C)" – something that tester, Mick Kirkman, found was lacking in the previous versions when he reviewed them for MBR.

My test set weighs 1,249g for the MS, 1,325g MH and 1,184g for the rear, so while lighter than before, unsurprisingly they fall between Maxxis EXO+ (single 60TPI) casing and DoubleDown (dual-ply 120TPI) weight-wise.

The lighter weight has helped to improve rolling resistance says Michelin, with tire testing lab Wheel Energy showing 20-watt savings for the front tire compared to the old version and 30 watts for the rear.

Three different MTB tires

Left to right: Maxxis Minion DHF, Wild Enduro MH, Continental Kryptotal  (Image credit: Rich Owen)

The tires have literally just arrived, so I've not had the chance to put any miles on them yet. I have fitted the MH to a wheel though and it was quite a battle to wrestle it onto the rim. Using my fairly unscientific but still comparative durometer (hardness) test of the tire compound, the MH measured 51a compared to a box fresh Maxxis DHF 3C EXO+ tire that was 50.5a – both tires were at 20psi.

Michelin tire diagram

Michelin's graphic shows a comparison between the new tires (Image credit: Michelin)

All the tires are available in 29 and 27.5-inch, the three options come in just one width each – 2.5in for the MH, and 2.4 for the MS and the Rear.

Pricing starts at £79.99 for the 27.5in MS and goes up to £89.99 for the 29in MH – US and EU prices TBC. All the tires are available with the blue and yellow sidewall markings seen here, or the more stealthy 'Dark' option. All options are available to buy now.

Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

Rich has been riding mountain bikes for over 30 years and mostly likes hitting flowy yet technical trails that point downhill. A jack of many trades, he has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance MTB races. A resident of North Devon, Rich can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield in the Quantocks, the Mendips or Exmoor. 

Current rides: Merida One-Forty 6000, Banshee Paradox

Height: 175cm

Weight: 68kg