The Michelin Power All Season is designed to provide the best possible grip in wet or cold conditions. To achieve this high grip, it uses a Hi-Grip tread pattern and a special Hi-Grip compound that has been optimized to provide more grip under harsh conditions. The downside of this high grip design is a much higher rolling resistance. Unfortunately, building a tire that offers both an insane amount of grip and a very low rolling resistance is simply impossible.
Compared to the Power Endurance (read review), the Power All Season also offers a wider Aramid Protek+ puncture strip that protects the tread area and the top 25% of the sidewall against punctures. A surprise is the downgraded 60TPI carcass. The Power Endurance, which is the more all-round Michelin Power tire, uses an 110 TPI carcass and the Power Competition (read review) even goes up to 180 TPI. All of these changes will once again result in a higher rolling resistance.
Even though I'm not able to test the grip and wear aspects of tires (yet), I trust Michelin enough to know that this tire will be one of the grippiest and safest tires on the market. Michelin claims the new Power All Season provides 15% more grip than the old Michelin Pro 4 Grip, which was designed according to the same principles. Let's go and test this tire and find out how much speed you'll lose when favoring grip over rolling resistance.
|Model||Power All Season|
|Tire Type||Tubetype (clincher)|
|Supplied By||Bought in store|
|New or Used||New|
|Specified Weight||270 grams|
Size and Weight Measurements
|Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622x17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.9 bar)|
|Specified Weight||270 grams|
|Measured Weight||275 grams|
|Measured Width||26 mm|
|Measured Height||23 mm|
|Total Tire Thickness Center||3.3 mm|
|Total Tire Thickness Sidewall||0.85 mm|
The measured width on my 17C rim, at an air pressure of 100 psi, is 26 mm. height is 23 mm. This means the Power All Season measures slightly smaller than both the Power Competition and Endurance which both came in at 27 mm wide and 24 mm high. While specified weight is 270 grams, my Power All Season puts 275 grams on the scale.
With a total tire thickness at the center of the tire of 3.3 mm, the Power All Season is a bit thicker than both the Competition (2.6 mm) and Endurance (2.8 mm). The 3.3 mm thickness is also a bit more than most other road bike tires which seem to come in closer to 2.7-3.0 mm. With a thickness of 0.85 mm, the sidewalls are thicker than most other road bike tires as well.
Rolling Resistance Test Results
|Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph / 8 m/s, Load: 42.5 kg / 417 N)|
|Inner Tube||Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)|
|Rolling Resistance 140 psi / 9.7 Bar||
CRR: Not Tested
|Rolling Resistance 120 psi / 8.3 Bar||
|Rolling Resistance 100 PSI / 6.9 Bar||
|Rolling Resistance 80 PSI / 5.5 Bar||
|Rolling Resistance 60 PSI / 4.1 Bar||
|Use the formula: RR (watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load|
Whoa! Optimizing a tire to provide more grip results in a sky-rocketing rolling resistance. When compared to the Power Competition (read review), rolling resistance has nearly doubled. This means that (for a pair of tires) instead of 21.8 Watts, you're going to lose 42.6 watts in rolling resistance alone when switching from Power Competitions to Power All Seasons. When compared to the Power Endurance (read review), the difference is smaller (29 watts/pair), but still substantial.
When compared to other tires that are designed to provide better grip in wet conditions, the Power All Season is much slower as well. When looking at the overview page (road bike overview), the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season (read review) seems to really stick out as an all-season tire that still provides a decent rolling resistance. When comparing the GP 4-Season and Power All Season side by side (compare), it's obvious the GP 4-Season still uses Conti's best 3/330 carcass while the Power All Season has been downgraded from the 3x180 TPI carcass of the Power Competition to a much lower 3x60 TPI carcass.
It must be said, the Power All Season might offer more grip over the GP 4 season, I don't know, but it's a mystery why they downgraded to 3x60 TPI when you're expecting the Michelin Power range to be the best choice and are paying good money for them.
Puncture Resistance Test Results
|Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)|
|Puncture Resistance Tread||14|
|Puncture Resistance Sidewall||6|
With a tread puncture resistance score of 14 points, the Power All Season scores slightly above average. Compared to the Power Endurance which uses the same Protek+ puncture resistance material, puncture resistance has improved by 1 point. I expect the 1 point increase to be the result of the increased tire thickness of 3.3 mm Vs the 2.8 mm of the Power Endurance.
Because the Power All Season uses a wider Protek+ strip under the tread that also covers about 25% of the sidewall, puncture resistance of the sidewall has been increased to 6 points. The 6 points is the average between the bottom part of the sidewall with no extra protection (4.5 pts) and the top part with extra protection (7.5 points).
It's hard to judge a tire like the Power All Season -that's obviously designed with high grip in mind- when only testing rolling resistance and puncture resistance. At least we now know how much is lost in the rolling resistance department when favoring grip over rolling resistance. Because rolling resistance is this high, it could very well be possible the Michelin Power All Season is the road bike tire that provides the most grip and safest ride.
I do rate the Power All Season a 2 out of 5 because it is supposed to be a top of the line product from Michelin, but uses a downgraded 60 TPI carcass over the Power Competition and Power Endurance. TPI is not a guarantee for a low rolling resistance tire, but it makes you wonder how much better the All Season could have been when it would have used the 180 TPI carcass of the Power Competition.
TEST VERDICT: Not Recommended