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Michelin Lithion 2 Tire

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The Michelin Lithion 2 Tire features performance and durability at a great price. This puncture-resistant tire is composed of four overlapped 60 TPI ESC (extra supple casings), improving the suppleness and performance of this tire, while the Silica-based tread with a smooth center and chevron shoulder rubber improves cornering grip. Folding tire. 210 grams.

Applications: Training/Recreational, Commuting/Urban 

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Threads Per Inch: 60 TPI

Made in: Thailand 

Black/Dark Grey - 700c x 23mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Min Pressure: 87 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

Black/Dark Grey - 700c x 25mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Min Pressure: 73 PSI

Max Pressure: 102 PSI

Black/Red - 700c x 23mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Min Pressure: 87 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

Black/Blue - 700c x 23mm

Width: 23 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Min Pressure: 87 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

Black/Yellow - 700c x 23mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Min Pressure: 87 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

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Reviewed 7/15/2015
by Born2Roam
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Madison, IN
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Maybe the best all-'rounder out there, check bridge clearance

I love the 23 versions on my road bike and bought these for my Bianchi Volpe, which is my primary winter bike and gravel ride bike in summer. The Lithion 2 25s replaced Kenda K193 Kwest 35s from the winter. Of course these are faster than far fatter CX tires, but they're MUCH faster, corner with tenacity, offer a super-smooth ride quality, roll happily over pavement and gravel and rocks, and after the first couple of hundred miles show great resistance to both puncture and wear. I originally bought these for my Fuji road bike, but the profile is too tall and they wouldn't quite clear the seatstay bridge so I mounted them without any problem on the Bianchi. (Height from the mounting guide ring to the top of the crown is 24.5 mm.) I had a 50% success rate going tubeless. (SunRingle CR18 rims, double layer of Stan's tape, Conti Revo sealant.) Front wheel set up perfectly the first time, rear wheel never sealed properly even after multiple re-tries. Went back to tubes. Love these tires and will continue to use the 25s on my Bianchi while looking for lower-profile 25s for my Fuji.

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Reviewed 5/11/2015
by IronMan
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SW PA
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I love the 25s.

Michelin is My brand. I liked the old PRO 2. But I had one panic stop that took an incredible amount of rubber off the tire. (I stopped and that was good.) So I went to Lithion 23s for better wear and a lower cost. The fracking industry is breaking up the roads in SW PA and the 23s were not dampening the road chatter. I went to Lithion 2 25s and no more problems. In the Northeast I got some flack about my fat rubber tires when I started. But, I managed to ride with some pretty fast bikers and the snickers stopped. I think these tires roll well and I have not had many flats. The 23s seemed prone to pinch flats at times. The lower air pressure in these make for a better ride at no loss of speed. I switched all my road bikes over to these.

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Reviewed 1/8/2015
by PacNW Cyclist
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Snohomish, WA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Hold up well

Typically I was on Service Course or Pro 4 tires, however, I thought I'd try these out to save some money. I'm happy with the switch, but I'm also light on miles so far.

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Reviewed 2/5/2015
by Monterey Retiree
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Monterey, CA
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Two new tires blew off my front and rear rims within 150 miles

Within 50 miles of installation, a minute after giving my front tire a few pumps up to 95 pounds, the tire blew off the rim with a bang. I was not on the bike, I was putting away the pump. The rear tire blew out while I was slowly ascending a hill after descending several miles quite rapidly. I felt a rubbing from the rear for two revolutions and then the tube blew. Apparently the folding bead is not gripped securely, at least by my older original rims on a 1990 Specialized Allez. In both cases the tube came out of the rims under the tire and blew open several inches along the seams of new tubes.

Since no one else mentions this problem, I will consider it the result of my particular rimtire combination. But it frightened me enough to purchase a new set of Hutchinsons to replace these tires with only 150 miles on them.

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments
We are sorry to hear about your tire blowing! Sometimes if the tire doesn't seat properly, the tube becomes pinched, causing a violent "pop". That "pop" can happen immediately after installation or miles later; however as long as the tire and wheel ISO match and the tire is seated, both a proper folding and wired bead will work perfectly. We have an excellent returns and warranty program here at BTD and next time this happens, please contact us at 1-800-682-0570 or sales@biketiresdirect.com and we'll help you out! Best, Jeremy BTD
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Reviewed 12/15/2014
by born2roam
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Madison, IN
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Top tier performance at second tier pricing

I confess a brand bias to Michelin, but that doesn't always dictate my buying choices. Of the 12 or 15 pairs of tires I have on bikes at any given time, there's likely to be 12 or 15 different brands. But as a repeat buyer I come back to Michelin more often than any other brand, and the Lithion 2 illustrates why. These tires are lighter than all but racing tires, wear well, corner predictably, brake with authority, and accelerate briskly. Mounting is easy and they resist punctures well. Lithion 2s provide the performance of more expensive tires at the price of lesser models.

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Reviewed 6/12/2014
by 702rider
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Las Vegas, NV
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Durable and Smooth

Michelin Lithion 2 has to be my favorite clincher tires. Besides the economical price, I found these tires to be so trustworthy. I clocked in over 5000 miles on my first pairs, during my commute and weekend rides and performed wonderfully with only a couple of punctures. I found them more durable than Pro4 and definitely way more than 4000s.

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Reviewed 12/13/2013
by Anonymous
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Santa Barbara, CA
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9 of 10 customers found this review helpful.
Great rear tire

I use the Lithion for my rear tire with a Pro 3 or 4 on the fromt, I've used this combination for a couple of years now and it works great. They also look the same, so you don't have to worry about using 2 different tires. The lithion is more puncture resistant and wears well.

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Reviewed 10/28/2013
by larryville
Lawrence,ks
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7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
pretty comfortable, tough, corners almost as well as costly, fragile race tires.

Fast group rides, Jr races, commuting. groups well, wears very well, seems to not flat until 2000 Mile's or so of wear. Comfort is just shy of top tier tires, at 1/3 the price. Out lives gp4000 by a long ways.

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Reviewed 10/21/2013
by Larry G
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Atlanta, Ga.
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Looks good on the bike!

Tires look very good once mounted. They come all folded up and have a mind of their own until you get them on the rim. I am very pleased with the first 400 miles of riding across North Carolina. My week ride ended when I hit a pothole at 22 mph. The tires did not flat, but the rim was bent! Good Tires!

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Reviewed 10/18/2013
by PastorPoullard
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Waldorf, MD
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5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Love this tire...durable...long lasting. I've had several sets of these tires...usually put 1000 miles on a pair.

I use these tires on my road-bike. I usually ride them for 700 to 1000 miles and only change them because I know I am supposed to. These tires are durable and roll well! They are great training tires.

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Reviewed 9/15/2014
by Anonymous
New York City
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Excellent low rolling resistance tire.

Great tire for the value, so far over 200 miles, no flats, good cornering, nice traction in wet weather. Only down side is the lower tire pressure, at 8.5 bars max, would be nice to increase psi. Tires still look in great shape.

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Reviewed 8/28/2014
by Kashy
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Santa Rosa CA
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
My go to training tire

Great value. I train 150-270 miles per week and go through a lot of tires. I got tried of buying expensive ones that lasted a bit longer but got blown out once in a while even when fairly new with metal or other debris on the roads. This tire is perfect for training and even some minimal low key racing

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Reviewed 3/31/2014
by ibike2work
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Memphis, TN
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
comfortable ride

Bought the 25's which went on smoothly and give a comfortable ride. I'm not sure what others were measuring, but at 90 psi, width and height are exactly 25 mm.

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Reviewed 2/27/2014
by Mitch
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Granby Quebec, Canada
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1 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Great tires !

I needed a tire that would last and be effective on the road.

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Reviewed 11/5/2013
by Anonymous
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Good Tire, Good Value

Like this tire. I ride enough that I change tires every year, and this tire is inexpensive but has good tread thickness.

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Reviewed 11/1/2013
by Ric
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Orlando, FL
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Hit a Curb with these ..

Got these on a special and recently hit a curb going 20 mph and took a fall.. thought for sure tire would have gone flat and only thing messed up was me ...lol

Awesome tires !!

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Reviewed 10/21/2013
by kurt
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new milford ct
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good road tire for the money

good over all tire.road with them all summer had no problems.good color options.I have a set on two bikes

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Reviewed 11/19/2013
by Anonymous
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Mount Prospect IL
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So far so good, will know better after a few thousand miles.

Recreational riding mostly suburban area.

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Reviewed 9/22/2013
by Marquis
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SoCal
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5 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
25's are huge

I don't quite get all the love for these tires. They're inexpensive and have a pretty plush ride at the low pressures they recommend. But I definitely don't find them anywhere near fast or quick.

The 25s are huge. I think I saw balloon tires used to describe these and I concur. Took off a set of 25 Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks and put the Lithions on. I could barely get them in the frame. So I measured. The Lithion 25s are 27mm wide and 28mm high on my Kinlin rims. The Rubino Slick 25s are 25mm wide and 26mm high.

I took the Lithions off my hardcore road bike and put them on the cyclocross bike I now use to commute. That's a more fitting use.

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Reviewed 9/13/2013
by MDWYdave
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Medway, MA
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Durability and price best sums it up.

I bought a new bike last summer that came with these mounted on them. I will be the first to admit, I've never been a huge fan of Michelin tires. Thought they were fragile. I took the Lithion 2's off and put on my go fast tires for the rest of the summer. In the fall when leaves and twigs started to fall, I opted to put the L2's back on figuring I'd cut them all up and put my usual off-season tire on. I was pleasantly surprised!!!

In cycling, as in life, there are certain trade offs. In the case of the off-season training tire, there is the three legged stool of durability, price, and performance. IMHO, the Lition 2 finds a balance of the three. You can get tires with greater durability and comparable performance, but they cost twice as much. You can find tires which are more durable for around the same price, but they feel like they are made out of cement.

Conti's prices have escalated to the point where I can go through two pairs of these and be ahead of the game in $$ and miles. (Although I've yet to see anything wear like a Conti, it doesn't have twice the life of these.)

The only downside I've seen so far is they were a bear to get over my Fulcrum wheels.

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Reviewed 8/26/2013
by Anonymous
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Folsom, ca
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
I have about 1,000 miles and never had a flat

I train and ride on streets,some rough roads too and never any problems

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Reviewed 8/16/2013
by MTCanuck
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Rocky Mountains
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Good resilient training tire.

Mounts easily by hand, good thread count to make the ride supple on the chip sealed roads in my home area. Solid tire, rolls nicely. Not a high end tire, but a good value for price and performance.

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Reviewed 8/5/2013
by Alisha
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Oregon coast
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A very good everyday tire.

I purchased the tire because it matched my red/white/blue bike. The tire tread was wider than expected and the tire does ride a little hard. Overall this has been a very good tire for everyday training. Only 300mi, so cannot rate the durability.

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Reviewed 7/26/2013
by RCN
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southern Utah
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A great all around tire!

I have used this tire for a few hundred miles of training on average to rough roadways in southern Utah. I have had no issues and they seem to be holding up well. Great tire for the price.

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Reviewed 7/15/2013
by Anonymous
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Good performance and value

not the longest lasting tire, but can't beat the price. I got tired of buying $50 tires only to see them get destroyed on roads and having to throw away when it had lots of life in them. Instead I buy these now and although I seem to replace them a bit more often than say a Continental, I don't cry over a gash

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Reviewed 5/30/2013
by Kashy
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Santa Rosa, CA
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Can't beat the price and performance

Fantastic traction, and the tire lasts plenty long. I used to pay much more for fancier German tires until I realized they get holes in them and become useless due to all the things they hit on the road while training. This tire is just as good, perhaps has better traction, and if I tear a hole in it, I won't be bummed that I spent $60 on it. This is my go to training tire.

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Reviewed 4/22/2013
by PastorPoullard
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Waldorf, Maryland
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Outstanding tire!

I am a cycling enthusiast and usually ride between 150 and 250 miles a week. I've ordered 4 pairs of these tires since last year. I put close to 1000 miles on my last pair...with no problems. I got rid of them...not because of any issues other than that I was always told to replace tires after 600-700 miles. These tires are awesome. They are durable and roll well. I highly recommend them!

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Reviewed 4/22/2013
by Anonymous
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fremont, ca
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
easy on tire

I haven't really put enough miles on to give a real road appraisal of these tires but I can tell you this, After struggling thru destroying numerous inner tubes trying to get vittoria zaffiro pro's on my A23 rims, this tire slipped on easily in 3-4 minutes.... I dunno why the combination of a23 and zaffiros was so hard to install but it wasn't a fluke, tried numerous tires and ended up throwing in the towel...

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Reviewed 4/15/2013
by gary1406
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So Cal
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire for the money. Easy to mount, good grip, & so far durability seems good.

Great tire for the money. Mounted up easily and holds air well. The center bead on the tread to very firm but the sidewalls have plenty of grip for windy mountain descents. Just did a long ride with over 14,000 feet of climb & descent in damp conditions and had plenty of grip.

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Reviewed 3/12/2013
by CDRNick
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Orange Co, CA
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire to use on California's fast deteoriating roads.

I don't race anymore and I don't have a sponsor to keep me supplied, so I buy tires whenever ones I like come on sale. I've piced up a liking for the 700Cx25 profile tires as they ride a little less harshly. Lition 2 tires ride well, last a long time, and when on sale don't cost as much. I've done technical downhills on these with speeds in excess of 40 mph without a worry. They are not as supple as a top end race tire, but for 90% of what I do they work well and are tough enough for California's constantly crumbline roads.

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