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Threw on the Michelin Pro 4 Service Course tires onto my wheels earlier. I didn't take them out very far, just around the neighbourhood and back home. Here are my initial thoughts:
- These tires absorb/mask road shock and vibration better than the Michelin Pro 3. The difference isn't significant but noticeable enough.
- Lots of grip (but this could also mean prone to punctures - only time will tell)
- Low, smooth rolling resistance yet provides a good, solid ride
I find that these are a good compromise between the Michelin Pro Race 3 and Continental GP4000s, but closer to it's Michelin predecessor. Again, keep in mind that I only took it around the block so I haven't really broken the tires in nor have I done any hard riding on it with enough mileage.
Price Paid: $36.12 each from Wiggle (just the tires themselves)
- Tested on a 2012 Cannondale CAAD10-4.
- Reynolds Solitude wheelset
- I had the Pro 3 tires on the same wheelset earlier this season (now on the Guru.)
I'm a little biased but I like these over the GP4000s.
Edit: dat_steve - Beautiful bike man.
30km follow up review:
These tires are pretty awesome. Did some sprints, hill climbs and coffee shop posing. Lots of grip and very confidence inspiring on fast, downhill corners. The tires absorb a lot of road shock/vibration very well, much better than the Pro 3 yet smooth when you hammer down on the cranks.
Hey mike what's PMS' shop rates like? Posted via RS Mobile
In terms of "guy off the street" price - pretty standard, in according to most LBS rates but I've never seen him charge full price (unless somebody's being a douche.) Then there's the "Mike referred me" rate. Best to give John a call. He's opened tomorrow.