Tested : Ben’s Michelin Wild Enduro Magi-X Front Tyre Review.

Michelin are back in the mix with their Wild tyres, taking the likes of Sam Hill and Laurie Greenland to victories, but what will Ben make of them?

Ben swapped out the Maxxis rubber on the front of his Santa Cruz Hightower for one of Michelin’s recent releases, the Wild Enduro Magi-X to see if it could steer him through the winter.

Photos by Dave Price.

Key features:

  • Gravity Shield casing.
  • Magi-X rubber compound
  • Front specific
  • Available in 27.5” x 2.4” and 29” x 2.4”
  • £51.99 RRP
  • Bike.Michelin.com

In one sense, Michelin are big hitters in the MTB world with a long list of legendary tyres to their name, and yet they also fly under the radar as you rarely see them out on the UK trails. With Sam Hill winning EWS races and series aboard the French rubber, it seems like they are back on top, and here to stay.

Let’s just get this out there right now. We just had the wettest winter in about a million years here in the UK. Every ride was wet and muddy…. really muddy. These conditions push tyres to their limits and quickly expose poor compounds, tread patterns and casings. I fitted the Michelin Wild Enduro to the front of my long term Santa Cruz Hightower test bike back in November and never took it off. It is exactly what I want from a winter tyre.

I mostly ran the Wild Enduro at about 23-24 psi, although I occasionally dropped this as low as 20 psi when running it with a Rimpact tyre insert as well. I found that the casing was tough and supportive without that wooden feeling that some heavy casing tyres can give you. During the test it did not have any punctures. It weighs in at 1030 grams for the 29” version tested here which is about average for a tyre of its intentions.

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The main features that set this tyre apart though are the combination of the tread pattern and compound. There is just so much grip available across a wide variety of terrain. In the wet it really excels, finding grip where others floundered. Its chunky, well spaced side knobs really bite, especially into sketchy, wet corners, and then as soon as you exit they clear in a flash.

I wondered if the tall knobs might fold or break away on dry, hard packed trails, but it is actually more versatile than you might expect from looking at the pattern. It is predictable and stable, offering decent cornering traction that rivals the big hitters from Maxxis. This makes it a true all year tyre that you could fit and forget, only changing it when it is worn out. On that note, it is holding up very well and after over 4 months there is hardly any visible wear, although most rides were very wet and not likely to cause much wear.

The blocky central tread pattern has plenty of surface area and sharp enough edges to give loads of braking confidence, even when things got steep and gnarly. Despite this it doesn’t feel like it rolls slowly either. It is certainly not fast like a low profile summer tyre, but not draggy either.

What do we think?

Overall I have really enjoyed riding the Michelin Wild Enduro Magi-X. It is an absolute banger of a tyre that would be at home on any trail or enduro bike. It is tough enough to race on and light enough to ride all day. At £52 it is about £10 to £15 cheaper than comparable Maxxis tyres too.

It’s definitely high on the Wideopenmag Recommended list.

We Love

  • Grip, everywhere.
  • Tough but supple casing

Could Do Better

  • Michelin market it as a hard/mixed terrain tyre which sells it short.

Check out the Michelin Wild Enduro tyres on their website here.

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