Michelin Pro4 Endurance tyre  £39.99

8/10

Fit and forget tyres that are still going strong 12 months in

Weight 225g   Contact  www.michelin.co.uk

by David Arthur   February 11, 2013  

Michelin Pro4 Endurance tyre

12 months of racing, training and commuting - that's the ultimate test of the Michelin Pro4 Endurance tyre, designed with longevity and puncture resistance in mind.

Michelin's new Pro4, the latest line of top-end performance tyres, was introduced in 2011. It's now available in six guises, Service Course, Comp, Comp Limited, Grip, Tubular and, tested here, Endurance. This is the tyre intended for going the distance and lasting a long time.

To put it to the test, I've been riding a pair of these tyres for the past 12 months, and have been astonished at how good they've proved to be. In terms of mileage, I've probably done about 2,500 miles on them. As the photos show, the tread compound is impressive in its ability to withstand the cuts and slices that usually start to eat away at tyres. Especially riding the roads of London, Surrey and Kent, which make up my usual training loops.

The Pro4 is actually the old Krylion tyre, it's been brought into the Pro family. The changes from the Pro3 to the Pro4 focused on the compound, which the French firm looked at improvements. The Pro3, if anyone has used a pair will know, cuts very easily. The company claimed up to 50% improved longevity in the Pro4. The carcass of the tyre is the same as the older tyre, a 110 tpi casing that is shared on all the Pro4's, except the Comp which has a 150 tpi.

Traction has also been improved over the older Krylion, with a claim of a 15% increase. While it's difficult to verify such a figure away from the laboratory, the seat of the pants test does reveal the tyre feels more secure, and therefore more confidence boosting, in less than favourable conditions. Grip through corners is good, with impressive lean angles bolstered by the dual compound construction.

I had no expectations for the tyres to still be going strong this far into the test. But going strong they are. I've raced, trained and commuted on these tyres and they've handled it all extremely well. As all-round tyres go, it's very good. I'd say it's one of the best on the market right now.

However it's carrying a bit of extra weight. The 23mm version (25mm is available too) it's 225g. Now that's not heavy by any stretch of the imagination, but race tyres are typically in the 200g or less category. As a result, it doesn't quite have the same rapid rolling speed that such top-end race tyres exhibit, but it's not far off.

If you want a fit and forget tyre that doesn't puncture all that often and is fast and grippy enough for racing, training and commuting, the Pro4 Endurance is very good indeed.

Verdict

Fit and forget tyres that are still going strong 12 months in.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Michelin Pro4 Endurance tyre

Size tested: 23mm, black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

This tire was designed to meet the needs of riders who place the emphasis on endurance. Thanks to its reinforced protection against punctures and cuts, the MICHELIN PRO4 Endurance combines high performance with outstanding durability.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Its dual-compound tread is designed to ensure exceptional resistance to wear and enhanced grip when leaning through corners. The grey, yellow and red compound employed for the shoulders provides a very high level of grip on wet roads, while the compound used for the central part of the tread delivers greater protection against punctures and impact damage.

The combination of the 110TPI casing and bead-to-bead breaker ply ensures outstanding resistance to perforation and contributes to the tire's remarkable durability.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

I've ridden them for over a year in all conditions, and the tyre is showing very little sign of wear. Neither is covered in cuts, slices or slashes. The sidewall is in very good condition today, suggesting without doubt it's a well constructed tyre.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

This tyre really delivers on its promise. It's reasonably fast rolling but more importantly it shrugs of punctures and last a very long time.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

The most impressive aspect of the tyre is how well the tread has lasted. It's covered thousands of kilometres and is still going strong. No reason for me to change them yet.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

The tyre carries some extra weight over a top-end race tyre, but it's lighter than some tyres that are supposedly designed to be long-lasting and robust. Considering how puncture proof it is, it's not a bad weight really. You do notice the lack of rolling speed compared to race tyres though.

It's a reasonably firm feeling tyre but isn't harsh.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tyres can be very expensive, and these are towards the higher end, but I think they're worth every pound, they're that good

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They delivered on their promise and surpassed even my most generous expectations.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The impressive wear rate.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A little bit sluggish.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A great fit and forget tyre.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

13 user comments

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Mileage is how you measure tyre life. Months = irrelevant.

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posted by dodgy [122 posts]
11th February 2013 - 18:30

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Good point, although got to say I judge my tyres on how long they last. I ride my bike more or less the same distance every day and have never bothered totting up the miles. Conti 4 Seasons lasted about 7 seasons, Schwalbe Stelvios - wnich I like - will do about 5.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4144 posts]
11th February 2013 - 19:27

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So working out the approx mileage won' t be to difficult then, cos that's what really counts! Smile

posted by Krd51 [20 posts]
11th February 2013 - 19:43

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I reckon I've done about 2,500 miles on these tyres, which I reckon is pretty good. I once wore out a Pro3 Light on a ten day 1,400 miles ride, so the Pro4 Endurance is clearly living up to its name

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posted by David Arthur [1577 posts]
11th February 2013 - 22:15

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I haven't tried Pro4's yet but Krylions were astonishingly good. They are like an almost-impossible combination of being light, strong and - while not cheap - still reasonably priced.

Krylions were by far the best road training tyres I've tried so far so once they wear out (which might still take a lot of time), I will probably switch to these new babies. Let's hope they will live up to their legacy Smile

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posted by mikroos [185 posts]
12th February 2013 - 1:27

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Are the sidewalls a bit tougher than the standard Pro4's ? I destroyed 4 pro 4's this year all from single sidewall tears, annoying given they stood up well to 'normal' punctures otherwise.

posted by MattT53 [127 posts]
12th February 2013 - 10:57

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MattT53 wrote:
Are the sidewalls a bit tougher than the standard Pro4's ? I destroyed 4 pro 4's this year all from single sidewall tears, annoying given they stood up well to 'normal' punctures otherwise.

They share the same carcass.

I have to ask, how have you managed to destroy the sidewalls on four Pro4 tyres? I ride pretty hard, but never had that sort of problem with a Michelin, old or new

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posted by David Arthur [1577 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:41

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Little flints, loads of them round Oxfordshire, just catching the sidewalls whilst cornering. Pretty annoying as I really like the Pro4's otherwise. Never torn a sidewall before this year either, maybe just very bad luck!

posted by MattT53 [127 posts]
13th February 2013 - 12:52

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MattT53 wrote:
Little flints, loads of them round Oxfordshire, just catching the sidewalls whilst cornering. Pretty annoying as I really like the Pro4's otherwise. Never torn a sidewall before this year either, maybe just very bad luck!

I would be inclined to put that down to very bad luck. Flint is damn sharp stuff and would probably have ripped through any brand of tyre.

I once slashed a brand new, and quite pricey, mountain bike tyre on some flint once. Right at the beginning of the ride too. I was gutted. It wasn't the tyres fault though, just really bad luck

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posted by David Arthur [1577 posts]
13th February 2013 - 17:53

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2'500 miles is still only around 2 months for me. Though i have been running these since new year (1'600 miles done) and they seem great. Just one puncture and the tyres themselves look fine, the whitewalls not so much. The Pro 3's were terrible for getting slashed, fast tyres though, set 3 KOMs on my first day on them (possible placebo effect).

posted by karlowen [65 posts]
14th February 2013 - 12:34

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I ride lots of test bikes so I never get as much time in on my own bike as I would like. Can't complain though.

2,500miles a month is good going though. That's a fair few hours of riding a week

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posted by David Arthur [1577 posts]
14th February 2013 - 17:51

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Does anyone have problems getting the pro4 endurance tyre on your wheels? It took me over an hour to get the thing on. I also damaged three tubes in the process. I never had this problem with the Krylion it replaced or the pro4 service course I have on the front wheel.
Im guessing if I get a puncture when Im out I will be taking a taxi home!

posted by roxycoxy [2 posts]
14th February 2013 - 20:48

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MattT53 wrote:
Little flints, loads of them round Oxfordshire, just catching the sidewalls whilst cornering. Pretty annoying as I really like the Pro4's otherwise. Never torn a sidewall before this year either, maybe just very bad luck!

Exactly the same thing happened to me. Leaning into a turn on a road covered in flints from a tractor. Sliced the sidewall. No problems otherwise.

posted by earth [85 posts]
17th August 2013 - 23:58

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