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    Michelin Tread Delamination?

    Will the next sound you hear be me crashing or my wallet emptying?
    I have 2 years on these, not a ton of miles, and it looks they are done.
    That's a pisser.
    I'll scope the copious threads on my next set.
    I really liked these. Good traction, no flats, nice ride...
    What's the current tire that replaces this and will it be as good, but not do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davez26 View Post
    Will the next sound you hear be me crashing or my wallet emptying?
    I have 2 years on these, not a ton of miles, and it looks they are done.
    While there is a little tread delamination (where the red rubber is separating) what I see looks like serious casing failure (right at the rim). I would check very carefully that your brake pads are not touching the tire under heavy braking. And that tire doesn't look like it would be safe to ride at all.

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    Oddly I just threw away a ProRace 3 tire that looked like that less than an hour ago. It was three years old. I played with it a bit to see where it was coming from, and it turned out to be a sort of basetape that goes over the bead. It wasn't coming off without a fight, and when it did, the tire still mounted again and took air up to 110 psi. I had over 2000 miles on the tire so I was pleased with the tire and the performance I got out of it. It was almost like there was a colored coating Michelin puts on the tire to color it and protect it. The casing was still in tact. So bottom line, it isn't going to assplode on you. It might be time to start looking for a new tire though.
    Cyclists really need to learn a little Rule #5.

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    Little cracks in the red rubber are nothing. As mentioned, sidewall looks iffy, perhaps damaged during mounting or from hitting something. Could be from brake pads hitting the rubber, but that usually leaves a scar all the way around. I'd inspect it carefully, and if the tire retains its proper shape when inflated and there's no bulging in that area, I'd ride it.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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