Road Bike Tire Test: Michelin Power Road TLR

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  • Michelin Power Road TLR
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

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

The Michelin Power Road TLR is Michelin's entrance into the tubeless road bike tire market. The Power Road TLR is similar to the regular tube-type Power Road (read our review) that we tested a couple of weeks back. The Michelin Power Road series can be characterized as all-round road bike tires that strike a good balance between both training and racing use.


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The main difference between the tubeless Power Road TLR and tube-type Power Road is the casing that has been changed from 3x120 TPI + anti-puncture strip under the tread to a 4x120 TPI casing without an anti-puncture strip. The anti-puncture strip is replaced by a newly designed "Air Proof" layer that runs from bead to bead and, with the help of tubeless sealant, results in a tire that seals very well.


For people that have had a hard time inflating tubeless tires or are new to tubeless road bike tires, the Power Road TLR was by far the easiest tire to set up tubeless. It even inflated very easily on the first try with an old partially clogged valve core in place. The design of this tire results in a very round and stiff tire that pushes the beads outwards like a spring when installed on the rim.


The compound is the same X-Race compound and the tread thickness is also similar to the tube-type Power Road. The available sizes have moved up a size to 25-622, 28-622, and 32-622 which seems to be a trend with tubeless road bike tires.

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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Michelin
Model Power Road TLR
Year 2020
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 876172
EAN3528708761728
TPI 4x120
Compound X-Race compound
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 275 grams
Max Pressure 116
Made In Thailand
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)
32-622 (700x32c)

Michelin Power Road TLR Test Results

Michelin Power Road 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 275 grams
Measured Weight 267 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
287 grams
Measured Width 27 mm
Measured Height 24 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.7 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 67 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 25 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 622x17C rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
CRR: Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
10.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00303
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
10.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00321
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
12.1 Watts
CRR:0.00363
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
14.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00429
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 Road TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 9 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 5 Points

Conclusion


  • Michelin Power Road TLR
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

The Michelin Power Road TLR performs very well but comes a bit short in nearly all tests when compared to the Grand Prix 5000 TL (read our review). The only advantage it has over the 5000 TL is a slightly lower weight of about ~30 grams per tire. Compared to other top performing all-round tubeless road bike tires, its specifications and performance are very similar.


We recommend this tire to anyone looking to try an alternative tubeless road bike tire. The performance differences are small and will be hard to notice on the road. Another advantage, that can be a huge advantage for some, is the ease of inflation the Power Road TLR provides. If you had a hard time inflating tubeless tires, the Power Road TLR helps to make your life easier.

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RATING: 4 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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