Michelin to Launch Six New Race and Track Day Tires in 2015

Let’s be honest – tires are one of the least sexy things about a motorcycle. We’d all much rather talk about capacity, horsepower, torque – even how many pistons the front brake caliper has than really give a huge amount of thought into what rubber wraps around the wheels. But alongside your brakes, they quality of the tires you use is the main factor in not only how quickly you stop but how you grip the road in corners.

Michelin has announced that it will be revamping its performance motorcycle tire range starting in May this year with six new tires aimed at the track. The range goes from full racing slick to performance orientated tires you can use on the street as well. Michelin creates what we think is the best general riding tire – the Pilot Road series – so we don’t doubt that their track tires are among the best as well.

As per the press release, the tires (which will initially be available in the USA and Canada) are as follows:

  • MICHELIN Power SuperMoto
    Developed in collaboration with the best riders, this range turned in a winning performance at the 2014 FIM SuperMoto World Championship.It features a new 16-inch version and innovative rubber compounds that significantly and simultaneously improve feedback from the front tire, handling, grip and longevity.
  •  MICHELIN Power Slick Ultimate
    Designed for experienced racers looking for quick lap times, this range is directly derived from the latest technological advances tested on the circuit.
  • MICHELIN Power Cup Ultimate
    This tire is a treaded version of the MICHELIN Power Slick Ultimate.
  • MICHELIN Power Slick Evo
    The MICHELIN Power Slick Evo is intended for the track and is ideal for weekend racer. Easy to handle, it features MICHELIN Adaptive Casing Technology (ACT) and a new highly versatile rubber compound that avoids having to make difficult tire choices related to weather and track conditions.
  • MICHELIN Power Cup Evo
    This tire is the treaded version of the MICHELIN Power Slick Evo.
  • MICHELIN Power SuperSport Evo
    The MICHELIN Power SuperSport Evo is designed for both road and track use. It delivers excellent longevity combined with wet and dry performance due to a combination of new rubber compounds and MICHELIN Adaptive Casing Technology (ACT).

Having officially announced its return to MotoGP in 2016, Michelin is gearing up for a new challenge in this premier motorcycle racing championship where bikes deliver up to 250 hp. A continuously evolving showcase of advanced technology, MotoGP is set to adopt the 17-inch wheel size which is the market standard for sports and road motorcycles which means more than ever we’ll begin to see MotoGP inspired and developed rubber available for sale.

Michelin to Launch Six New Hypersport and Track Tires in 2015

 

Jihua & Michelin- A Partnership To Design A New Generation Of Shoe Soles

By formalizing their partnership, Jihua and Michelin have forged an alliance to take giant step in high-performance soles and technical footwear.

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Their aim is to ultimately become a global leader with 5%-10% of this market, which represents 500 million pairs of soles.

Announced on November 26, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, the agreement will shake up the industry as it involves JIHUA, the Chinese textile and technical apparel titan, and MICHELIN, a world leader in the manufacture of tires that brings to the partnership a powerful brand. The goal is to provide relevant solutions in a field where expectations for
technological innovations are high.

Through their respective units – JV International and MICHELIN Lifestyle – the two companies are combining their technical expertise and knowledge. The synergy thus created represents a powerful asset.

Upstream, the Michelin Lifestyle subsidiary has supported the MICHELIN brand since 2001 with licensed products that showcase innovation, performance, safety and environmental protection. It brings to the partnership Michelin’s knowledge of rubber compounds, new materials, tread design and innovative technologies, from design to prototype production.

A benchmark in the area of design, JV International will coordinate each project worldwide, managing the entire manufacturing process, from needs identification to manufacturing to finished product delivery. The approach is intended to create close-knit relations with customer partners.

The first projects involve soles for work footwear and mountain bike shoes as well as for motorcycle boots. The first MICHELIN soles, distributed by TCX, Northwave and Diadora, benefit directly from special tire-related technology and expertise that provide advantages in terms of grip, durability and comfort. For Michelin, this approach is the logical extension of its previous collaborative ventures, beginning with Babolat in 2003 for tennis and then badminton footwear, with Kempa for handball shoes and more recently with Le Chameau for boots.

Michelin Partners With Jihua To Create Motorcycle Boots

Michelin is well known for creating excellent motorcycle tires, especially for the street. Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires are regarded as the best wet weather street tire currently on the market. And now the French manufacturer is looking to put their rubber on the soles of your feet too in partnership with Chinese textiles and manufacturing firm Jinhua.

While the partnership is aimed to produce footwear for many active sports, their first products will include a pair of motorcycle boots (plus a pair of mountain bike shoes) and incorporate many of the technologies that they use in their tires. Given that a shoe’s insole, midsole and outsole all contain rubber, it certainly makes sense for a specialist tire manufacturer to get involved in performance footwear.

The TCX-Adventure Infinity is designed for touring and is aimed at being comfortable both on the motorcycle and off it. Inspired by the Michelin Anakee 3 Enduro tyre, the sole has technical characteristics that, according to Michelin, perfectly meet motorcyclists’ needs. The sipes for example crafted to evacuate mud, gravel and water. They also deliver just the right amount of stability and adherence. The tyre’s notched sipe design has been reproduced on the sole to improve traction, control and adherence on the road and on loose, muddy soil. Other features include a rubber compound that offers heat and abrasion resistance.

The second motorcycle boot is the TCX X-Cube which is designed for the urban environment. According to Michelin, this shoe takes inspiration from The Michel Pilot Road 3 and Pro Grip 4 motorcycle tires. The exterior part incorporates XST technology from the MICHELIN Pilot Road 3 and 4 tires to effectively disperse water and enhance adherence on any kind of surface, from tarmac to paving stones, which is particularly important for motorcyclists when they have to dismount and walk their bike.

The interior part features technology borrowed from the Michel Pro Grip 4 tire, with rounded sipes providing exceptional adherence and pedal control in all weather conditions.
The product is also made from a rubber compound that guarantees good grip and high resistance to abrasion and heat.

Now word yet on availability and pricing.