Heading into the new year, Michelin has some new tires focused on the road. Revising their Power Road tire line, the 2020 line up features a few very interesting additions including an all new tubeless-ready version of their Power Road tire.

Michelin Power Tire range adds tubeless ready road & Time Trial specific tires for 2020

Power Road Tube Type

The Power Road will be sold in two versions  – Tube Type, and Tubeless Ready. Both will use Michelin’s current X-Race silica-based rubber compound which claims to offer excellent grip in both wet and dry conditions. The tires have a new siped shoulder design may increase cornering grip in the wet, and the Tube Type version gets an aramid Protek+ puncture resistance band under the tread.

Michelin Power Tire range adds tubeless ready road & Time Trial specific tires for 2020

Michelin Power Tire range adds tubeless ready road & Time Trial specific tires for 2020

Power Road Tubeless Ready

The tire we’re most excited about is the Tubeless Ready Power Road tire which uses an “Air Proof” tubeless tech that seals the carcass from bead to bead. The tire uses a 4×120 tpi casing where the Tube Type is 3×120, and will be offered up to 700 x 28mm sizes. Note that the Tubeless Ready tires won’t be available until March.

Michelin Power Tire range adds tubeless ready road & Time Trial specific tires for 2020

Power Time Trial

Another completely new model is the Michelin Power Time Trial which is all about setting the fastest time. That could be for a road race, a time trial, triathlon, or ultra distance event where speed is most important. This tire claims to be the lightest of all the high end Michelin road tires, and uses a 3×180 tpi construction with their Race-2 compound. Only offered in tube type and in 700c x 23 or 700c x 25mm sizes, this tire should be available this month.

Michelin Power Tire range adds tubeless ready road & Time Trial specific tires for 2020

Power Competition Tubeless

Not into tubeless or tubes? The Michelin Power series includes a Power Competition Tubular model that has been available since April 2019. The tire features an aramid-reinforced cotton casing with a latex inner tube with their Race compound for mix of durability and speed. A Protek barrier under the tread is there to prevent punctures, and the tire has a knurled Grip design on the shoulders. Available in 700c x 23-28mm sizes.

Michelin Power Tire range adds tubeless ready road & Time Trial specific tires for 2020

Power All Season

Finally, the Power Road line continues with the All Season tire. True to the name, this tire uses their Hi-Grip tread design for better traction in all conditions and a more durable 3x60tpi casing with a wider aramid Protek+ reinforcement that covers the shoulders as well as the tread. The rubber compound is also formulated to work better in cold conditions which are likely during wet weather.

The Power Road line is joined by the Power Cyclocross Jet & Mud tires in 700c x 33mm, and the Power Gravel tire in 700c x 33, 35, & 40mm.

bike.michelin.com

6 COMMENTS

  1. With both Conti and now Michelin in the road tubeless game, it’s official: road tubeless is here to stay. I can’t wait to read about how the Power Road TLR compares to the GP5000TL.

  2. Kind of nitpicking here, but I will never understand the propensity for some manufacturers to label their goods after the discipline. As in this case “road” or “time trial”, or technology like “TL” for tubeless, or “carbon” that Ritchey plasters on their wheels. It’s like the respective marketing departments just threw up their hands and gave up…. Sorry folks, that’s cheesy AF! Just the same as if Zach had his name tattooed on his chest backwards so that when he looks in the mirror he doesn’t forget it.

    • In my past retail experience, I found that even though it seems obvious, products do better when they’re name simply says what they are. Leave off something like “carbon” or “race” and the questions that come up are pretty surprising. The best and most recent example I can think of is gravel. There are tons of great tires and products out there that predated the gravel phenomenon but lacking that magic word, these things didn’t find success.

    • Labeling TL(R) actually makes some sense as it at least refers to a function, the rest is just hi-mod gravel carbon marketing 101.

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