These are now my favorite tire on my road bike. Previously ran Conti Gatorskins 70023s because they are bulletproof, especially in winter with road grit sticking to the tires. However, I have been pleasantly surprised by these Michelin 70025s. They seem to be impervious to cuts and sharp rocks, Michelin has came up with a rubber compound that wears like iron. I really like the 25s over the 23s , they help smooth out the minor vibrations from the road. Warning, these 70025s are a little oversized compared to Contis and they have very little clearance on my Specialized Allez. Need to lower pressure a little to slip them between the brake shoes without changing adjustments too much. Got them on special at BTD, very good price!
I've been running these for a while now. They're not stellar at anything but above average at everything. I also get lots of miles from them, which makes them a good value.
I really like the durability of these tires. I ride on rural roads that are oil and chip (large chips) and are quite rough. I have only had one flat when I was leaning on a turn and hit a piece of gravel. These tires are long wearing too, just replaced my back tire after about three years
Love the bright colors on this tire! I bought blue to match my new bar tape!
I put them on myself and found they fit the rim snugly.
I also found that they handle really well on various road conditions drizzle, rain, poor country roads, etc.
Only been on these tires for a month or so, but so far well worth the money.
After going through a couple of the top racing tires and experiencing fatal punctures very early on in their lives, I came upon the Lithion 2. I have found that I get two seasons of heavy riding out of them without a flat. They strike a good balance between performance and durability.
I'm very happy with my tires purchased.
I've had them for several months, 800 miles, and never had to add air. The red color adds a sharp look to my red bike. Next time I need tires I'll buy them again. Thanks
I needed to replace my tires after logging in more than 5K miles on the Vittoria Rubino Pro. I came across the Michelin Lithion 2 which was on sale. From the description, it sounds like it would need my need of a high tread count tire which offer good handling in wet pavements. I really like these tires as they are tacky on light crush gravel roads compared to the Rubino Pro. Will get another set when it's time for replacement.
I was hesitant to buy these because I had no experience with mounting a fold up type tire. A little extra effort and a few extra minutes was all it took to make these beauties my new favorite.
Bought a pair of these in 700x23 size to replace the cheap stock tires that came with my bike. It was a bit of a wrestling match installing them. Popped a tube due to a pinch (It went off like a .22!)- the solution was to install smaller diameter 18-23 mm tubes. They fit right in with no pinch troubles.
Really sharp looking color (blue) and what I feel is a substantial flat resistant tread down the center. Really stoked about these!
These have been great training tires for me. I can run them at lower pressures and rarely have issues with punctures. The best parts are that they are a great price (half the price of Gatorskins) and mount easily on slightly-oversized rims.
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.
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.
My track bike came with some crappy as Kenda 700x23c tires and they were s. I've had a blowout on my rear which then led to me replacing it with a Vittoria Zaffario. Not the best tire of course but I needed something cheap to get me back riding. A year after, I found a really good wheel set for $50 instead of paying $200 for them. New rims meant having new tires. I was thinking of getting some gatorskins since I've heard really great feedback from them but I found them to be a little pricey . Luckily, I found these Michelins and these are honestly the best tires I've had. I was even able to lower the price of these tires at $14.99!!! They're puncture resistant and I really like how they grip when cornering. They really do dampen up the road when riding )
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.