I ride 30 plus miles a day for pleasure in and around Michigan's trails. These tires are superior in ride and performance to my previous tires. The narrow band white wall looks good and glows at night for added safety.
I have a town bike with big folding panniers and a large rack bag that I use to get groceries (just fits two large bags of groceries and a six-pack in the rack bag) - about 40 lb with no load. These tires carry the load easily yet are lighter and have much lower rolling resistance than the others I have tried on this bike. I absolutely recommend them!
We bought the 32mm Protek from WesternBikeWorks as a Deal of the day. We have it on the rear wheel of our road tandem to see if a lower pressure wider tire will reduce vibration compared to 28mm Gatorskins. Team and tandem weigh just under 400 pounds and we wear rear tires quickly. Weve put over 700 miles on the Protek and were very pleased with the ride, rolling resistance and flat protection.
I only have had them on my bike for a couple hundred miles, but Ive put them through the wringer. They have great traction in wet and sloppy weather and provide an ultra-smooth ride over chuckhole-covered streets. These were a perfect investment to allow me to ride my cross bike year round.
I ride 22 miles per day on the street for exercise. Rarely miss a day. Protek tires last me about a year, maybe even a little longer. I like the reflective belt on the sidewall. Rarely get a flat and usually it's because I'm using the tire past it's replacement point ( I tend to run them kinda bald...)
They remind me of much more expensive touring tires sold by a German manufacturer. They roll well and have nice rounded shoulders for leaning into turns. Other reviewers had noted they run a bit large. I generally run 35s and that is the size I bought but my bike has very minimal brake and fender clearance and If I get another set they will be 32s. Otherwise I am completely pleased.
I use this tire to bike daily on asphalt roads (12 miles). I like the reflective sidewall stripe. Excellent price. Easy to put on. Will see how they hold up, mileage and flat wise, versus the Continentals I have been using.
I'm a big fan of these. I replaced the stock tires that came on by bike that were more of a hybrid tire with a small knobby tread pattern for running on loose gravel and loose dirt and such. They were okay for pavement but not ideal.
The Proteks are pretty amazing on pavement and don't immediately loose grip if you get into the sandy grit on the side of the road. I use them on my daily commuter, which I also take to a rail trail paved with crushed stone. The Proteks have a good balance for both surfaces.
They have good low rolling resistance and are nice and quiet (after break in...more on that later) For street use and commuting with the occasional cut across a grass area or loose gravel in the street, these are perfect. Same for hard packed crushed stone trails. I wouldn't want to go too far on loose gravel with these, but that's not what they are made for.
The reflective strip is nice. It's very visible in the dark when standing behind a bright light source (like a driver in a car). With a camera flash it's easily as bright as the professional grade 3M reflective tape I have on my wheels.
The tread is fine on wet pavement. My first ride on these was in the rain and they held fine and cornered well.
They are a little on the heavy side, but I found that's offset by the slicker tread pattern. They are heavier because they are durable. The tread is thick and unlikely to puncture easily. And the sidewalls are thick too, making them less likely to cut or tear. The thick sidewall also reduces the shock absorption, so it's a slightly rougher ride on any kind of rough terrain. But if you're riding on pavement like these are meant for that's a non issue.
These do come with a coating on them from the factory that has to wear off before you really get a true feel for the tire. It's a grease that they coat the rubber mold with so the finished tire pops out easily. The grease layer on these is thicker than most other tires. I've heard that Michelin leaves a thicker grease coating on than other brands. So for the first few miles they might squeak a little, especially when turning. At least until that grease layer wears off. It's not gooey to the touch or anything. It's dry. It just has to wear off before you get a better feel for the tire. I found it was gone within about 10 miles.
Sizes 35mm and up run bigger than advertised. I got the 35mm tires and they run about 37 mm wide when mounted and inflated. The chart on this listing shows sizes 32mm and smaller run true. Sizes 35mm and up add 2mm to the total width over the stated width. I replaced a pair of 38mm tires with 35mm Proteks and they were very similar sizing. Keep that in mind when choosing your size and trust the chart.
I've had these tires on my daily commuter for the last 5 weeks and I love them. They roads here in Nashville are garbage and these tires have held up to the daily punishment of them. They're solid in the wet and don't kick up too much of a rooster tail. I would definitely buy these again, and will when they wear out.
Been running the 38mm tires for 19 months, it has made a world of difference compared to the OEM set! After about 800 miles of mostly pavement with some gravel, not even 1 puncture or even a flat! The tires have stayed on the rims since I first put them on. However, recently (800 miles) they have developed a bulge with torn threads on the sidewall which will surely blow out soon. Was hoping for a longer lifespan, but they were great while they lasted.
These are smooth,Comfortable rolling tires that add a comfort level that will amaze your bike.Pretty fast Tires and Durable protection.Reflective sidewalls are Bright at night.Tire fits the size without a strain to mount.I sell a lot of used,nice hi-end HybridsCity bikes and are my go-to replacements.They do everything well.
Love Michelin tires but the Protek didn't meet my expectations for this quality manufacturer. Bought a set of 700cX28mm for Winter road riding for the gravel bike. One is still going strong at 1800 miles, the other blew out the sidewall after about 1500 miles while on a local century ride. Had some difficulties getting the tires to mount and seat on tubeless rims using tubes as well.