Michelin Power Competion
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Michelin Power boosts Michelin’s high-performance range to meet the needs of even the most exacting cyclists.
Characterised by extremely low rolling resistance, enhanced grip on wet roads, better protection against punctures and longer life, this new bicycle tyre range benefits fully from Michelin’s extensive research and development expertise. Indeed, passing innovations on to its customers has been the founding principle of the Group’s development ever since its creation, not to mention a powerful means of setting itself apart from its competitors.
The major advance offered by this range is a significant 25 percent reduction in rolling resistance – equivalent to a saving of 10 watts. This is quite a feat, given that to gain just six watts by engineering a more aerodynamically-efficient frame, the cost would be in the region of €2,000!
Michelin has been able to achieve this breakthrough thanks to its wealth of experience and expertise in this domain. Indeed, the brand has been working on energy efficiency since the beginning of the 1990s, with the world’s first ‘green’ car tyre following in 1992. This has served as a vital sphere of research over the past 25 years and is one of the key areas of development for Michelin as the company strives to continuously enhance the performance of its tyres. Michelin’s research into the physical and chemical properties of materials is a prolific source of innovation, as epitomised by the Michelin Power range.
To achieve this unprecedented result, Michelin worked on:
Optimising the materials that make up the tread which is composed of an innovative, elastomer-based rubber compound (race compound) developed specifically for this range, allied to silica to substantially reduce rolling resistance and gain 10 watts (85 seconds over a distance of 40km at an average speed of 35kph) while at the same time increasing grip levels: 10 percent more longitudinal grip and 35 percent more lateral grip (Compared to its main competitor) in wet conditions.
Combining the 3X180TPI casing with aramid Protek protection reduces the risk of crown punctures thanks to aramid’s greater resistance to cuts over more traditionally used materials.
Race Compound: latest-generation elastomer-based compound
Aramid Protek: new Aramid reinforcement
3x180 TPI: casing comprising three 180 TPI crown plies
TWI (Tread Wear Indicator): to ensure that its Michelin Power tyres are employed correctly, Michelin decided to equip them with Tread Wear Indicators.
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