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Michelin Pro4: Pushing the Envelope on All Fronts

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This year, a key challenge in the development of the Michelin Pro4 tyre series was to produce a range of tyres capable of going more quickly. But that wasnt all. For three years, Michelins engineers have been working on improving performance in several areas that many consider irreconcilable fronts. Now the company is at Eurobike unveiling a new family of Michelin Pro4 road tyres made up of four products.

Michelin Pro4: Pushing the Envelope on All Fronts

This year, a key challenge in the development of the Michelin Pro4 tyre series was to produce a range of tyres capable of going more quickly. But that wasn’t all. For three years, Michelin’s engineers have been working on improving performance in several areas that many consider irreconcilable fronts. Now the company is at Eurobike unveiling a new family of Michelin Pro4 road tyres made up of four products.

Maximum efficiency for different forms of cycling served as the cornerstone for each of the four tires. The Pro4 Endurance offers better protection and longer tire life. The Pro4 Service Course is designed for all-round performance. Rolling efficiency is emphasized with the Pro4 Comp Service Course, while the Pro4 Comp Limited Service Course is maximized for speed.

Key features of the line include dual compound design and durable 110 TPI casing and a bead-to-bead breaker ply for the Endurance. The Service Course’s all-round performance is achieved through wider lateral bands and new compounds using elastomers and silica for improved grip, along with a more pointed profile.
Rolling efficiency is the goal with the Pro4 Comp Service Course. The company is claiming a 7% improvement, due to the tire’s new 150TPI casing. As a consequence, the casing is 30% lighter, while the tyre’s overall weight has been reduced by 10% compared with that of the Michelin Pro3 Race.

Extra speed is the key focus of the Pro4 Comp Limited Service Course. It’s the fastest tyre in the range according to Michelin and allows cyclists to travel an extra 4 metres per minute with the same input, compared to the Pro4 Service Course.

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