Michelin Pro Optimum 700x25c Tyres

£35.99

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A great all season tyre

There’s no escaping that dirty wet autumn/winter weather and dark nights, hidden potholes and other debris are only just around the corner. Michelin’s new meatier Pro Optimum tyres show you don’t have to give up on decent performance though.

The 25c sizing isn’t as big as some 25c tyres such as Specialized’s notably fat Roubaix rubber. It adds useful debris-shrugging volume compared to a 23c though while still fitting in most frames. Unlike most fatter ‘training’ tyres, Michelin haven’t gone straight to a cheaper, harder compound. The rear tyre uses a firmer rubber compound to extend wear life, but the front tyre uses a soft, grippy race compound that you’ll be glad of when the roads turn wet and dirty and you don’t adjust your speed accordingly. It keeps the front tyre light at 218g, with the rear a reasonable 248g. This means acceleration and overall rolling speed is sprightly enough to enjoy your training rather than resorting to a slow turbo trainer tempting trudge straight away.

Verdict

Useful extra comfort and debris protection without compromising speed or lively feel.

Value 4/5

Performance 3/5

Overall 3/5

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