Road Bike Tire Test: Michelin Power Cup TLR

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  • Michelin Power Cup TLR
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
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Michelin Power Cup TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

NOTE: From November 1, 2022, the road bike category has been updated to support multi tire sizes. Because the measured width of this tire is wider or narrower than the original values, the rolling resistance test results have been revised.

The Power Cup is the latest addition to Michelin's road bike tire lineup. With the Power Cup, Michelin goes head-on with the Continental Grand Prix 5000 series that's been the "gold standard" in road bike tires for the past few years. The Power Cup is available in a traditional "clincher" tube-type version, a tubeless-ready (TLR) version, and a tubular version for those that still prefer tubular tires.


A quick look at Michelin's latest road bike tire lineup suggests the Power Cup will replace both the Power Road, Power Road TLR, Power Endurance, and the Power Competition that we've known for a while now. The Power Time Trial is still available as their fastest time-trial tire and the Power All Season also still looks to be available as their highest grip tire.


From a construction standpoint, and although it might be possible more has changed here, the Power Cup TLR comes closest to the Power Road TLR as they both seem to use a 4x120 TPI casing construction. The most significant change appears to be the compound, as the Power Cup comes with Michelin's Gum-X compound, that's supposed to be a step up in performance. Tread thickness has also been reduced slightly to be more in line with other recently introduced tubeless road bike tires.


The Power Cup TLR is available in the 25-622 (700x25c), and 28-622 (700x28c) sizes. Both sizes are available in a full black version and a "classic" version with light-colored sidewalls. As we've found the Power Cup TLR a bit hard to find, this is a test of the 25-622 version with the light-colored sidewalls as it's the only version we've found available for sale.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Michelin
Model Power Cup TLR
Year 2022
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 598238
EAN3528705982386
TPI 4x120
Compound Gum-X
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 270 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 116
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)

Michelin Power Cup TLR Test Results

Michelin Power Cup TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 270 grams
Measured Weight 259 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
279 grams
Measured Width 28 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 25 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.4 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 71 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
Tread Cover (Tread / Casing Ratio) Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Measured Width 28 mm (un-round)
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 132 psi/9.1 bar
25-27 = 120 psi/8.3 bar
28-29 = 108 psi/7.4 bar
Ultra High Air Pressure

(108 psi / 7.4 bar)
8.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00267
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 110 psi/7.6bar
25-27 = 100 psi/6.9 bar
28-29 = 90 psi/6.2 bar
Extra High Air Pressure

(90 psi / 6.2 bar)
9.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00288
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 88 psi/6.1 bar
25-27 = 80 psi/5.5 bar
28-29 = 72 psi/5.0 bar
High Air Pressure

(72 psi /5.0 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
25-27 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
28-29 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
Medium Air Pressure

(54 psi / 3.7 bar)
Members Only
The Road Bike section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Michelin Power Cup TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 42 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.4 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Static Grip Test Results

Michelin Power Cup TLR road bike tire on a grip test machine
Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 71 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Michelin Power Cup TLR
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

The performance of the Michelin Power Cup TLR is incredibly strong in almost all of our tests. When compared to its main target: the Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (read our review), the Power Cup TLR is on par in the rolling resistance tests, performs 15% better in the tread puncture test, and also offers an 8% increase in our wet grip tests.


We would have loved to rate the new Power Cup TLR 5 out of 5, but we have to subtract 0.2 points as the casing seems way too big for a 25-622 tire, and (even more important) the tread is far too small. The tread-to-casing ratio (percentage of the casing covered by the tread) comes in at just 35.2% (GP 5000 S TR = 42.2%), the lowest tread cover of all road bike tires that we've had on the test bench.


The small tread makes this tire unsuitable for wider rims, and we recommend sticking to 15 mm and 17 mm rims as you run the risk of riding on the sidewall on wider rims at high lean angles. We're puzzled why Michelin went in this direction as they only had to copy the Power Time Trial tread and casing sizes, and it would have been fine.


If you're still on 15 or 17 mm rims, we definitely recommend the Power Cup TLR over the Grand Prix 5000 S TR.

RATING: 4.8 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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