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Michelin StarGrip Winter Tire

Old 01-17-18, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Yeah, that was a great afternoon! I was in a complete funk about getting outside until it hit me to bike to the trailhead. Short ride, and just enough to be fun. Then the rest was snowshoeing.
sitting at home grumbling, is always an epic fail. been there, done that
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Old 01-27-18, 08:33 PM
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Today's temps ranged from 33 to 28 Fahrenheit. Conditions were (are!) perfect for wet ice, and I was able take the StarGrips out to see how they perform in those conditions.

As you might expect, the tires are over matched by wet ice. Any deviation from flat ground, and the bike washes out from under you. Don't brake. Don't lean. There is just no grip to be had on pure ice when the temps are at the freezing point.

old ice, the white packed stuff you find on roadways, that the tires can handle. I'm also comfortable on some of the crusted over ice that I found this evening -- the crust on top offered enough friction to the tires. And on packed snow like we have in colder weather, the flat tread profile helps with stability and flotation.

For wet ice though, use studs.
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Old 01-13-19, 10:33 AM
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Found this thread while looking for reviews on the star tread tires. Any updates or other experiences after a year?

I commute in Chicago and I just don't think there are enough days where the conditions warrant studs, but these might be pretty good.

Any comparable alternatives? Something with grit in the tire compound seems awesome...
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Old 01-14-19, 06:41 PM
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I ended up buying the Star Grips after my one comment in this thread since they were on sale - didn't use them until a few months ago but I ended getting so many little pebbles stuck in the treads (rode only on dry pavement, no dirt or anything). I was worried that one of the pebbles would work its way into the tire, and it finally happened after a few weeks. Bummer because the tires were so good on snow as OP described a year ago. I hate to say it but that was a dealbreaker for me. Trying to get rid of the tires now. I'd like to try the Top Contact Winter though, or if not, maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike.

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Old 01-15-19, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by JMONAY View Post
maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike
they're no good on ice but I was surprised how well they worked on flat hard crusty snow

these are my 45s













but I do not consider them winter tires for my area so they are off the bike!
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Old 01-15-19, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by JMONAY View Post
I ended up buying the Star Grips after my one comment in this thread since they were on sale - didn't use them until a few months ago but I ended getting so many little pebbles stuck in the treads (rode only on dry pavement, no dirt or anything). I was worried that one of the pebbles would work its way into the tire, and it finally happened after a few weeks. Bummer because the tires were so good on snow as OP described a year ago. I hate to say it but that was a dealbreaker for me. Trying to get rid of the tires now. I'd like to try the Top Contact Winter though, or if not, maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike.


Well, that sounds like a deal breaker, I don’t want to be picking stones out of my treads every night when I get home...
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Old 01-16-19, 12:47 PM
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Gathering pebbles is how these are supposed to work. The pebbles are a substitute for studs.
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Old 01-16-19, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by JMONAY View Post
I ended up buying the Star Grips after my one comment in this thread since they were on sale - didn't use them until a few months ago but I ended getting so many little pebbles stuck in the treads (rode only on dry pavement, no dirt or anything). I was worried that one of the pebbles would work its way into the tire, and it finally happened after a few weeks.
Did you actually flat from one of the rocks?

I'd like to try the Top Contact Winter though, or if not, maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike.
I did buy a set of the Top Contact Winter this season. Nice tires. I like their more rounded profile when mainly on pavement. Both tires are nice though.
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Did you actually flat from one of the rocks?

I did buy a set of the Top Contact Winter this season. Nice tires. I like their more rounded profile when mainly on pavement. Both tires are nice though.
Yup, I did. And I figured as much would be true about the Top Contact Winter. They seem like they're longer-wearing as well, based on what my Riddlers look like after one season of not-too-crazy commuting and shredding.
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Years ago a (forgotten) company showed off a bike tire that got stiffer studs, of some plastic, only when cold.. when warm they were not stiff ..
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Old 02-03-19, 03:46 AM
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Hello to all who own this tire I have question for you. I need all year around tire so I bought Schwalbe marathon 365 and they are great, however on my new bike there is no room for schwalbe 700x35C, they are just too high.
Can you help me and measure real tire height and width of Michelins even if you have 40c version? They seem to be on same category as Schwalbe. I know winter contacts are smaller but they are double the price.

There are not many information about this tires on web, please help me
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Old 02-03-19, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by coore View Post
I know winter contacts are smaller but they are double the price.
As winter fizzles out, winter tires go on sale. If you wait a month or so, you may be able to afford the higher priced tires. However the risk is that offerings may get more spotty than now.
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Originally Posted by coore View Post
Can you help me and measure real tire height and width of Michelins even if you have 40c version?
I have the 700c x 40 mm version. Mine measure out at 715 mm diameter and 40 mm width.

Be aware that the StarGrip tire has a squared profile that doesn't fit well against rounded fenders if you are super tight on clearance.
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Thank you Jonathan for going out there and measuring it. i know there may be sale on continentals, but there can also be sale on Michelins...
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