Michelin, Country Dry 2, Tire, 26''x2.00, Wire, Clincher, 30TPI, Black
The Country Dry is an affordable off-road tire with small knobs that rolls fast and excels on hardpacked trails.
· Lightweight medium-to-hardpack tire, not just for dry use
· 33 tpi casing with durable standard compound high-carbon rubber (SC)
· Compound: SC
· Weight: 565g
· Bead: Steel
· Color: Black
· Model: 26"
· Width: 2.0"
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For a MTB to Gravel bike conversion on 26" rims, was needing a lighter, lower knob profile tire. As Continentals seem to be more expensive and harder to acquire, these $25 (rolling in tax and shipping to the average price per unit) Michelins seem to do the trick. The bike is not yet complete, so there haven't been any test rides. However, the compliance of the sidewall at the tire's lower pressure setting seems positive for smooth riding on rough roads. The steel bead was tight when mounting the first time, but not ten minutes of shouting expletives tight! Knob height in person appears to create a shallower impression than what web pictures provide. The thickness of the knobs and the thinness of the rest of the casing provide a question of durability. However, I will give Michelin the benefit of the doubt and expect a rubber compound that will last as long as anyone would expect. The plan is not to ride MTB/Cyclocross trails, but rather dirt and seldom traveled township roads, so punctures would be limited to road debris and not sneaky trail issues. If you are seeking an affordable and lighter tire, this certainly fits the bill.