A: The Enduro rear Medium tyre is actually excellent on hard ground. Riders are often amazed at the performance, and how long the tyres last, so there are no plans for a harder rear tyre .
A: Making a Hard in 90/100 with 48 x 13mm tread blocks would increase the weight on an already bigger, heavier tyre. It would be difficult to turn, give heavier steering and have more rotating mass, none of which is desirable even on slower grounds.
Q: Are the lines on top of the tread blocks performance aids
A: They can add grip when the tyre is new and help to show the slow wear rate, but it is more cosmetic than performance orientated.
Q: Can you use any brand of Bib Mousse with these new tyres?
A: The simple answer is no! The internal structure of the new tyres is perfectly matched to the Michelin Bib Mousse range. The sizing varies massively in other brands of Bib Mousse which can dramatically effect the wear rate, performance and handling of the tyre. Michelin have spent countless hours in developing the tyre and Mousse to work together as a package, so why would you fit a lesser quality performing Mousse?
Q: Years ago I used a 120 Mousse (M18) in a 140 tyre for a softer feel, can I do that now with the 140 Medium Enduro?
A: The quick answer is no! You must stick to the correct Michelin Bib Mousse size for your Michelin Medium tyre (the older Michelin Comps were sized differently internally), however, now the M18 or M14 Michelin Mousses are a perfect fit for the 120 or 140 Medium respectively, so for smaller bikes (125cc and 250cc) you can fit 120/90/18 Medium with a M18 / 120 Bib Mousse, on larger bikes, go for the 140/80/18 Medium with M14 /140 Mousse. Trust us, they require no extra bedding in – just ask any BEC rider!
The exception to this is the new Enduro Xtrem rear tyre in one size only 140/80/18, we suggest using the M14 /140 Bib Mousse for ultra Extreme events. If you need even more grip with the Xtrem, its possible to go to the smaller M18 /120 Mousse, but this will seriously limit the life of the tyre and Bib Mousse.
Q: Do the sponsored Michelin riders really use exactly the same tyres and mousse that I can buy from you?
A: Yes! Their tyres and mousse comes straight from our daily stock. Once the Xtrem tyres become available this will be a production tyre used by all the Factory teams. Feel free to closely examine any tyre or Bib Mousse they use at events and don’t be afraid to ask them for tyre advice.
Q: I don’t use Bib Mousse, am I still ok on inner tubes?
A: Yes of course! We stock genuine Michelin heavy duty tubes, or ultra heavy duty (UHD) 4mm thick tubes as an alternative to Bib Mousse. On Enduro medium tyres, using regualr inner tubes is fine, but on the new Xtrem tyres, we recommend you use the appropriate Bib Mousse.
Q: I don’t require a road legal tyre and am not competing in events that require FIM tyres, do I still use these Enduro Mediums?
A: Good question, the Michelin Starcross 5 MX tyre available in 18″ rear is a great Cross Country Hare and Hounds tyre for short lap events with wide open fields mud and sand etc. But, for traditional forestry type riding, ie roots, rocks, grass or mud, we always suggest Enduro Mediums, with their lower tread blocks and more flexible sidewalls in conjunction with a Bib Mousse.
Q: Do you really need to use genuine Michelin Bib Mousse lube?
A: Over the years we have heard stories of customers using virtually every substance as mousse lube. The genuine lube gel is to prevent friction build up which greatly reduces the life of your mousse. Regular re-lubing will extend the life of your Bib Mousse, for ease of application, one 50 gram tube of genuine gel is required per Bib Mousse, and they come in a box of 12 that will easily last a racing season.
Q: When is the Michelin Xtrem tyre going to be released for general purchasing?
A: Launched at the EICMA show in Milan, keep an eye on our website and social media for an update.
Q: What is the price of the Michelin Xtrem?
A: Due to the incredibly technical compound of the tyre and the lower numbers produced, it’s priced higher than its sister tyre, the Michelin Medium at £99.62 + delivery.