Michelin impressed us with a series of lab tests when we first went out to experience the new Power range in March. We said then that we needed more time on them to build a definitive opinion on their performance in the real world – and now we have.
In our hands, we’ve got the fastest, lightest versions of the Power range: the Competition. Michelin claim (and have partially demonstrated through their own testing) a ten-watt saving over the existing Pro 4 Service Course tyre when rolling at 35km/h for a rider and bike package weighing 70kg.
The thing is, there aren’t many regular 60-62kg riders out there – myself included, currently weighing in at around 80kg, plus bike – so how does this translate in the real world I arguably more closely represent?
In short, very well. I can’t accurately measure the actual wattage saved, but the reduced rolling resistance I experienced when shod to some Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels was a tangible improvement over the Mavic Yksion Pro rubber supplied with the hoops, and matched up well with the Continental Grand Prix 4000 IIs I generally use as my go-to race-ready tyres capable of all-round use.