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Three Sets of the Pro4 Endurance Tires Ridden and Recycled Great Performance and Durability
I'm now on my fourth set of the Michelin Pro4 Endurance tire model.
I'd previously riddenrecycled four sets of Michelin's Krylion carbon tire model. The Pro4 Endurance tire is a significant improvement over the Krylion carbon tire.
I'm 5'9, weigh 156 pounds, and log about 140 miles of weekly road cycling. I use the Pro4 Endurance 700x23 tire and know from year-around experience that this tire lives up to its Endurance name. It truly is durable and performs well over many miles, in different conditions, and on various surfaces with proper care, tube inflation, and rotation.
I generally ride south and north on Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles County through beach cities in Orange County, and on multiple bike paths that parallel flood control channels in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. The surface conditions of the road and bike baths I ride vary greatly, and the different types and volume of road and bike path debris that must be navigated varies greatly too. The list of things I've rolled over with my tires, or that have hit my tires, would be an entertaining read, but the list is too long. Simply put, I ride and roll over a lot of stuff that can damage or make a tire non-usable.
No bike tire is completely impervious to some type of damage like nicks, cuts, or gouges (heck, no car or truck tire is either) given the various types and amount of road debris that can be encountered. However, the Krylion tire was highly prone to nicks and cuts and was not a durable tire at all. Its rubber seemed to erase itself faster than I would have expected, and so performance and durability were issues with the Krylion tire. Conversely, the Pro4 Endurance tire has proven to be a much more durable tire that's less prone to nicks or cuts from hitting road debris. However, when the tire does get nicks or cuts (and it has, which I expect to happen), I fill them with rubber cement to prolong the lifeuse of the tire.
I keep both the frontback tire inflated to 110 PSI (Max PSI is 116 for the Pro4Endurance tire model), which seems to help the tire shed road debris better. The tires seem to handle fine at the 110 PSI. The ride is a bit firm, but I'm okay with it. For extra flat protection, I place a tire liner (Mr. Tuffy) inside each tire. Similar to a car or truck, I rotate the front and back tire periodically so that I get even wear out of both tires.
Among the three previous sets of the Pro4 Endurance tire model, I only flatted a total of two times. In each instance, a large nail went completely through the tire and tube (but didn't render the tire non-usable). I'd ridden thousands of miles over nearly a year before I got those flats. The Pro4 Endurance tire truly is durable.
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