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Even more performing MICHELIN DH Racing Line tyres

Building on the experience and successes obtained on the UCI Downhill World Cup slopes together with its partner teams, Michelin is strengthening its offering of tires specifically dedicated to this discipline.

The range consists of 3 models: MICHELIN DH16, MICHELIN DH22 and MICHELIN DH MUD. The MICHELIN DH Racing Line version 2.0 tires provide an even more high-performance response aimed at the needs of this highly technical discipline, in which tires play a fundamental role.

Source: press release

The MICHELIN DH Racing Line tire range has evolved to make a difference in competitions
• New more robust architecture
• New, more efficient tread design
• New, grippier Magi-X compound
• New flexible headband easier to carry
• New, more attractive design
• New and wider dimensional offering

Completely revised tire architecture for greater robustness
Downhill, the stresses are exceptionally high, the tire must be capable of providing an exemplary "feel", of absorbing the stresses deriving from landing jumps, as well as those generated by violent supports during cornering, as well as having to counteract the risk of punctures.
Michelin has redesigned the architecture of the new MICHELIN DH Racing line. The latter is now made up of a Dual Ply 55/120 TPI carcass in order to limit crushing during landings from jumps and thus allow more efficient restarts. This construction also improves cornering stability, thanks to a limitation of carcass deformation. In order to offer better puncture resistance, a double layer of woven nylon is placed throughout the tire reinforced by a protector that extends from one side of the tire to the other. This more robust construction does not weigh down the tires, which, on the contrary, are 11% lighter than previous models. This allows the pilot to achieve more efficient relaunches with the same effort.

Magi-X technology to increase grip

In races and events downhill, tire grip is one of the most important factors for safety and performance. More grip means more confidence transmitted to the rider and therefore more cornering speed. This is why MICHELIN engineers have opted to use the Magi-X compound across the entire new MICHELIN DH Racing range. This technology, combined with the specific tread design for each version, provides maximum grip from the lowest temperatures and regardless of the terrain or track conditions. Additionally, it offers 19% better overall efficiency than the previous generation.

DH16, DH22, DH MUD: three specific tyres, for an even more high-performance response

To better meet riders' expectations and avoid compromising performance, MICHELIN engineers have also reworked the treads of each version for a more targeted, and therefore more efficient, response based on the terrain and track conditions that riders face .
• The MICHELIN DH16 has a tread pattern specifically designed for use on hard to mixed terrain. The side blocks have a new specific design to provide greater grip and therefore safety when cornering. The DH16 has a very compact design for greater ground contact which means greater grip, better load distribution and longer tire life. The MICHELIN DH 16 is the fastest tire in the DH Racing line.

• The MICHELIN DH22 has evolved significantly compared to its predecessor to offer unquestionable performance on mixed and soft terrain. The height of its tiles has been reduced. By minimizing the crushing of the tread pattern under load, the new MICHELIN DH22 increases efficiency in relaunch phases and improves stability on compact terrain. Finally, the progressive and rounded profile of the shoulder blocks reduces aerodynamic resistance and increases lateral grip for better sensations when cornering.

• The MICHELIN DH MUD, as the name suggests, is designed for use on muddy tracks or soft terrain. Thanks to the “Cuttable blocks” technology used for its blocks, the DH MUD version has a wide spectrum of use. On soft, dusty surfaces or where the mud layer is low, the knobs can be trimmed to increase grip and maximize performance. On the other hand, when the mud is deeper, the tread blocks are perfectly adapted and do not require any intervention. In any case, the MICHELIN DH MUD offers its rider a first-class level of safety and performance.

The new Michelin tires consist of a bead that allows them to be folded, making storage and transport easier.

Finally, in addition to the traditional version with the colored Michelin logo, the range is enriched by a new aesthetic option with "dark" sides and carbon effect. The new MICHELIN DH Racing line is available in 27,5 and 29 inch diameters in 2,40 widths.

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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').


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