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I neglected to mention in my previous review that I also compared the Michelin Run'R Lights with Continental Gran Prix's, the only other serious contender in a 26 tire. The Gran Prix's don't match up to the Run'R's in several areas. First, they generate a fair amount of road noise. Other people I would ride with were always thinking a car was coming up behind us because of the noise, only to discover it was coming from the Gran Prix's, particularly annoying if you want to go for a quiet ride with your wife out in quiet, rural areas. That Black Chile tread compound is not only noisy but sticky as well. That may sound like a good thing, but to me it was like the tires were lightly glued to the road preventing them from rolling as easily as they should. If I stopped pedaling and started to coast on a flat road, you could immediately feel the tires start to slow down. I'd have to rate the rolling resistance as not good because of it. The stickiness also made the tires wander ever-so-slightly in turns, causing me to have to overcorrect to get them back on line. They are much heavier than the Run'Rs taking a lot more time to accelerate, more energy to keep at speed, and eventually, tiring you out much quicker because you have to constantly turn over a good deal more weight with every pedal rotation. I also think they aren't very durable as multiple flats were endured. All-in all, not very good, despite the fact that I loved the Continental 4000S's on my road bike (but still were noisy with Black Chile).
Somehow, Michelin hit every check-point I would have listed for a road tire regardless of size in the Run'R Lights. They are very light, handle extremely well, are comfortable, quiet, have very low rolling resistance, are fairly priced, and so far, are durable. They even mount easily enough that you almost don't have to use a tire tool, unlike to PRO 3's. I paired them with Continental Race Light tubes. If it sounds like tire Nirvana, it is. Get em', and get a bunch, and tell your friends so these tires never go out of production.
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