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Michelin Protek 26 Inch Tire
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Michelin Protek 26 Inch Tire

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Description

Replacing Michelin's popular City Tire, the Protek takes up right where this venerable tire left off.

With a tread that is optimized to roll smoothly and still provide grip on both pavement and dirt roads, this tire proves its worth commuting and touring. Its 1mm thick reinforcement also helps keep road debris at bay, so if all goes to plan, commutes will go without a hitch (or at least without a flat). A reflective strip on the sidewall also lends some extra visibility for added safety during low light conditions.

The Michelin Protek 26 Inch Tire is available in 26x1.4 and 26x1.85 sizes (ISO 35-559 and 47-559 respectively).

B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

The product weight specified is an approximate weight based on the manufacturer's specifications (if available) or our measurement of one or two examples. For most products, the weight will typically vary by 5% to 10%.

Specifications

 

Wheel Size: 26" (ISO 559) 

 

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

 

Threads Per Inch: 22 

 

Applications: Training/Recreational, Commuting/Urban 

 

RimSize: 559 mm

 

Made in: Thailand 

26 x 1.4 Inch

Weight: 595 grams

Tire Width: 35mm (1.4in) 

Width: 35 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 35-559 mm

Min Pressure: 37 PSI

Max Pressure: 73 PSI

26 x 1.85 Inch

Weight: 960 grams

Tire Width: 47mm (1.9in) 

Width: 47 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 47-559 mm

Min Pressure: 37 PSI

Max Pressure: 87 PSI

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Very good hybrid tires
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by Anonymous

Mounting to rims was reasonable,

Have them on a full suspension mtb in an effort to create a cross trainer.

Ride is smooth.

Happy with the outcome.

Reviewed 4/17/2023
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Great all around tire - pavement - pathways - dirt
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by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
Rocky Mountain foothills
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

We ride on combinations of street, crusher paths and some dirt. These tires are high pressure so they roll fast on the street. The tread works well in dirt and on crusher fines. The reflective stripe on the sides is a nice touch. We've had the tires for a few months and so far, they ride great with no signs of wear. Very happy with this tire. Would choose it again.

Reviewed 7/16/2017
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Great tires for any type of surface.
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by DCrides
Cycling Enthusiast
Aston, PA
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I put these tires on my touring bike so that I'd have a wider tire to ride the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany. We rode it last week, at times in really bad downpours and the tires didn't let me down. We rode on paved trails, packed gravel, some not so packed gravel, dirt, mud and good & bad roads. I rode with a loaded front handlebar bag and a combo back truck bag with side panniers. Not so much as one flat. I definitely recommend these tires.

Reviewed 8/2/2018
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Versatility
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by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
Chesapeake, VA
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Great tire! Bought a pair for an old Bridgestone City Bike, low rolling resistance and a smooth ride, enough tread and durability for dirt and gravel trails.

Reviewed 5/1/2017
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excellent commuter tire
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by Napa Cyclist
Cycling Enthusiast
North Bay, CA
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

On sale, this is an excellent value..After 10 or more years my old commuter tires needed to be replaced. I bought these because they are bigger, are slick with grooves (kind of like knobs) for traction and have a highly reflective stripe on the sidewall-I ride in the dark often.

Reviewed 12/7/2023
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Great urban and trail tire
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by GrixG
Cycling Enthusiast
Mid-Hudson Valley
14 of 14 customers found this review helpful.

I put Protek 1.85 tires on my go-to bike, a 1983 Trek 850 Rough Terrain bicycle. That bicycle has been with me consistently since '83 though another 20 bicycles have come and gone since I bought it new. This bike has been used for single track, multi-use trails, bush whacking, around town and on 3,100 mile self supported tour. I've worn out a lot of tires on this bike (as well many other components!). I also have special purpose tires for the bike for bush whacking and riding on ice (Schwalbe Ice Spikers). Through all of that I've found that these Protek tires have proven to be the most versatile, comfortable, and safest tires I've used in urban, rural and rough rail trail conditions. Gone for me are the days when riding tubulars was the way to go!

Reviewed 10/26/2018
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My new favorite touring tire
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by Pete
Portland
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

After using Serfis Survivors and Schwalbe Marathons, I bought 4 of the 26x1.8� to try them out. They are my new favorite touring tire for 1990s mountain bikes used for heavy weight bikepacking. They are just the right width to get past an open vbrake but still give me plenty of cushion run at 50psi with 60 lbs of food,gear and water. Easy to get on and off( unlike the Schwalbe Marathons). Flat resistance is very good. The thin tread is another factor I like. In the city streets where my family and I do our commuting, treads just pick up debris. Tread on bikes like these doesn�t really increase traction. It does give dog poop a great place to hide until you�ve brought it into your apartment. $20 bucks a tire fits a budget for the four bikes I have to outfit for longer tours. All considered, I love these tires.

Reviewed 10/29/2022
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Excellent ...
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by Anonymous

Love these tires, been using my mountain bike alot on paved roads with nobbies... Wanting to see what a difference a smother tire would make and wow what a difference, no noise and smooth as silk... Rides decent in dirt although I dont make it a point and have only put a handful of miles on them so far... Ordered a set for my wife I like them that much, sleek design and look great on my bike..

Reviewed 10/27/2022
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On The Road Again!
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by Howie Roll
Casual Cyclist
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Installed on an old MTB collecting dust in the garage due to high rolling resistance (and tire noise!) of its stock Kenda knobbies. These Proteks are much easier to pedal and nearly silent. Ordered the 26 x 1.85 tires and they were a a bit taller and wider (by maybe 0.3 inch) than the 26 x 1.95 tires I replaced, but still fit without issue. Got what I needed at a very reasonable price. Now, I'm doing casual, on-road rides several times a week.

Reviewed 8/3/2022
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Great
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by Maht45
Cycling Enthusiast
Los Angeles
1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I have installed a pair of this on my Proflex 856 for training purposes on the road a few years ago. They are great at a pressure of 50 psi and let me enjoy my ride for hours without feeling any bump on the road, with a perfect grip safely.

Reviewed 7/4/2023
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Smooth with grip
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by The Golfnut
Cycling Enthusiast
Midwest Canada
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

Replaced 1.95 Kenda Knobbies with the 1.85 Protek on my Giant MTB. What a difference in comfort , speed , & little rolling resistance. Very quiet in comparison . I'm 79 & I am done with off road trekking. I ride 15-20 KMS per day mostly on hard top , light gravel paths. These tires are good quality at a great price.

I don't sound like a siren driving down the road anymore. These tires are not as fast as my Trek Domane 700 x 32mm tires but just as smooth !! Love them.

Reviewed 4/26/2021
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Smooth riding tires
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by Donzo
Cycling Enthusiast
SW Florida
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I put these tires on an old Diamondback bike I have. Original tires were knobby and fairly aggressive. I wanted something smoother riding for on the roads. These tires are perfect. Smooth, quiet and hardly any rolling resistance. I would definitely buy again.

Reviewed 2/16/2023
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Smoother & are quieter than my old Kenda knobbies, but...
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by JafC
Casual Cyclist
1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Purchased these to replace the old Kenda 26-inch tires that were on my old mountain bike.

Wanted something that would give a more comfortable ride & were not as noisy.

They definitely ride smoother & are quieter than the old Kenda knobbies, BUT have more rolling resistance and are slower. Think that this is from more rubber on the road.

Fortunately this is not my primary bike, so the mountain bike w/ thees Michelins will be just fine for the 3 mile ride to my local gym...guessing that now I'll arrive thoroughly warmed up.

Reviewed 10/8/2020
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Ride smoother & are quieter than my old Kenda knobbies, BUT...
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by JafBiker
Casual Cyclist
NYC
1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Purchased these to replace the old Kenda K-831 26-inch tires that were on my old mountain bike.

Wanted something that would give a more comfortable ride & were not as noisy.

They definitely ride smoother & are quieter than the old Kenda knobbies, BUT have more rolling resistance and are slower. Think that this is a function of more rubber on the road.

Fortunately this is not my primary bike, so the mountain bike w/ the Michelin Proteks will be just fine for the 3 mile ride to my local gym...guessing that now I'll arrive thoroughly warmed up.

Reviewed 9/25/2020
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Great rollers
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by Cannibal2
Sacramento

These tires smooth out the ride for my sons converted mountain bike, so he has a ride for college. They worked out perfectly for him.

Reviewed 10/31/2022
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Robust road comuter !
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by frankfx
Daily Commuter
San Francisco Bay Area
14 of 14 customers found this review helpful.
I put these tires on my old Schwinn High Sierra (34 year old) that I use exclusively for commuting. The bike is 30 pounds and has rear bags. The tire are not light, but they are tough and smooth rolling.They are very resistant to puncture and very quiet.
Reviewed 4/3/2020
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Delivery was fast, tires mounted easily and they ride great.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Florida

They assembled easily.

Reviewed 4/20/2023
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Reliable road technology
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by CRANKANDSTEIN
Casual Cyclist
Atlanta, GA
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

The tread and round cross section of the tire are similar to Michelin Pilots used on sport motorcycles that can be leaned hard into fast corners. The pattern comes well around to the sidewall with no ragged edge like an off-road tire. In a city with hills and traffic, it's helpful to have predictable performance when necessary.

Reviewed 12/17/2021
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Nice grip.
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by Mike M
Eugene
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

The Protek has good roll while having great grip. Feels like a larger tire as far as feeling protected goes.

Reviewed 7/3/2017
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Nice smooth ride with 55-65 psi
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by JET
Casual Cyclist
Chicagoland, IL
9 of 9 customers found this review helpful.

I went from mountain tires to these & I'm glad I did. I mainly ride on roads so, I don't know about grip on trails.

That being said, the 55-65 psi seems top me to be the best compromise of rolling resistance vs smooth ride.

My friend was amazed on how illuminating the reflective part of the tires were. For me, these tires are great.

Reviewed 6/19/2017
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