Mountain Bike DownHill

Downhill Tires MICHELIN Descent Technology, MTB extreme.

MTB Downhill and Michelin tyres combining research and innovation, that produced MICHELIN Descent Technology.

MICHELIN Descent Technology is Michelin dedicated to technology Downhill.

To give the tire strength that can withstand the higher stresses, the carcass is composed of 30 TPI and is a hard circle to minimize the risk of pinching the air Chamber.

All Michelin tires for Downhill are equipped with the technologies:

– Gumwall to maximize the protection of your hips ground aggression

– Gum-X Series dual compound for traction on all surfaces

Depending on the type of soil, the range is divided into three different tires MICHELIN Descent Technology:

MICHELIN Wild Grip R, Multipurpose tyre for mixed terrain

MICHELIN Wild Rock And R, for extreme terrain

MICHELIN Wild Dig ' R, to muddy

The side knobs this tire give cornering grip and in the slopes.

The central blocks, arranged in four longitudinal lines, offer snug enough extreme braking,, but also more stability. The spacing between the plugs facilitates the Elimination of mud. The height of the blocks and their reduced section (2.20 to increase the pressure on the ground) allow to penetrate into the mud to reach the compact layers for added traction.



R&D by Michelin in figures

At the Center the design and engineering of Michelin

Is the Technology Center Michelin. Is unique and world. Has 3 offices in 3 continents (North America, Asia, Europe).

Michelin maintains 1 full rotation of the Earth every 12 minutes During testing of longevity and durability for tyres of all categories (veil, bike, car, truck, civil engineering) a total of 1,8 billions of kilometres per year.

Michelin is running 4 types of tests:

  • laboratory tests on materials and semi finished;
  • tests on machines;
  • test on road and track (subjective and objective);
  • tests carried out in collaboration with customers.


Is thehike of temperatures in degrees Celsius for tests made by Michelin, that can perform analysis at – 30° C to + 50° C e a velocità che raggiungono i 450 km/h.


Is the number of different crafts in research and development. Researchers, engineers, developers, experts of Tribology (physical science which treats of the friction and its effects), fluid mechanics, acoustics, metallurgy, biologists, agronomists, testers, technicians ...


Is the number of simulation tools Michelin has.


Is, in millions of euro, the amount invested annually by Michelin in research and development.


Is the number of methodstest and measurement, ranging from nanoscale analysis test on tires of more than 4 meters in height and weighing over 5 tons.


Is the number of persons working in Michelin's research and development.

1,5 millions

Is the number of measurements performed every year in the laboratories and semi-finished materials (textile fabrics or metallic and rubber compounds).

  • Research and innovation, Michelin's DNA

Research and Developmentment: two "engines" for Michelin. Innovation is a must together with 6.000 researchers, engineers, chemists in Europe, America and Asia dealing with materials, the design and manufacturing of tyres of the future. Since the beginning of the process, dynamic innovation and development of new technologies to the customer are at the heart of the strategic vision of Michelin.

The scope of activities is wide: from understanding the fundamental physical and chemical phenomena in the creation and testing of prototypes, until the factory production feasibility studies. The Organization of research in three continents, In addition, You can develop knowledge of local specificities and facilitates external collaboration with top research labs and technical partners.




of team 16 February 2013