Michelin Power Cup, premium road tyres
The Michelin Power Cup range is aimed at road cyclists looking for ultimate performance tyres.
This new range of tyres from Michelin replaces their previous Power Competition and Power Road tyres. These tyres are aimed at racers and demanding riders. The Power Cup range is split into Racing and Competition Lines. The Competition Line has the Power Time Trial and Power Cup Tubular, which are top level and race specific tyres.
Meanwhile Competition Line has the Power Cup and Power Cup TLR tyres – TLR for tubeless ready. Michelin have created new tread compounds to improve speed, rolling efficiency and cornering grip. These compounds have come from Michelin’s experience in the world of MotoGP.
Michelin Power Cup Tubular
The Michelin Power Cup Tubular uses Gum-X Technology to optimise its rolling efficiency, cornering grip and longevity. There’s a High Density Shield under the tread for added puncture protection. A double layer 160 TPI casing which should offer a comfortable ride even when running high pressures. Inside a Latex tube is used to offer better rolling resistance, help with ride feel and offer a little more puncture protection. You will be able to see these in the 2023 World Tour on the bikes of Cofidis. Available in the following sizes: 28”-23mm (Black), 28”-25mm (Black, Classic) and 28”-28mm (Black, Classic).
Michelin’s Power Cup Competition Line
Michelin’s Power Cup Competition Line tyre also uses Gum-X Technology. Again this is to optimise rolling efficiency, cornering grip and longevity. Using Gum-X means that these tyres have a slick appearance, relying on the compound for grip, rather than fancy tread patterns. There’s an Aramid Shield Technology layer that adds protection to the crown of the tyre. This Aramid Shield Technology layer is located between the triple layered 120 TPI casing. Available in the following sizes: 700x23C (Black), 700x25C (Black, Classic) and 700x28C (Black, Classic).
Michelin Power Cup TLR Competition Line
The Michelin Power Cup TLR Competition Line tyre uses the same Gum-X compound as the non-TLR, but with Tubeless Shield Technology. This sits between the four layer 120 TPI carcass and tread, to provide an air-tight layer that also offers extra pinch protection. Despite the extra layer Michelin’s comparison table shows that the TLR is faster than the non-TLR tyre. Faster and with better puncture resistance, just what we want to hear. Also available in the following sizes: 700x25C (Black, Classic), 700x28C (Black, Classic) and 700x30C (Black).
To keep in line with Michelin’s ‘All Sustainable’ strategy, all of the point-of-sale packaging for Michelin bicycle tyres is now 100 percent recyclable and is made using responsibly sourced cardboard and paper. This includes vegetable-based inks and water-based adhesives.
We’ll be testing some of Michelin’s Power Cup tyres and will let you know once they arrive and how they perform.
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