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Old 01-03-2015, 12:07 AM   #1
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Thumb Bib Mousse + Tire combos. What's your favorite?

Post up your favorite Bib Mousse & Tire combinations. Let us know what has worked well for you in the past.

Please specify Bib size/model and what tire it was matched with.

In the past I have had great success w/ some pairs and abysmal failures with others. The weird, non standardized Michelin sizing of their Mousses throws me off.

Do you always opt for the Desert/Baja model or do the lighter Enduro models last just as long?

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Old 01-03-2015, 02:44 AM   #2
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Michelin Desert front and rear with M02 and M15 or M16 has worked well for Rally.
For Enduro riding it is not as critical as speeds are much lower and distances shorter. I have used the Technomousse before with Pirelli Cross tyres but would never use Technomousse for Rally.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:49 AM   #3
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"Michelin Desert front and rear with M02 and M15 or M16 has worked well for Rally. "
that īs the one, enduro and rally.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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I know that's the dream combo, but I guess I'm looking for more mismatched pairings. The Michelin Desert ear is lacking in traction.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:25 AM   #5
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I know that's the dream combo, but I guess I'm looking for more mismatched pairings. The Michelin Desert ear is lacking in traction.
That's why I wouldn't run the Desert for anything but Rally.
I should clarify that when I say Enduro I mean technical single track on a light single cylinder bike, not Adventure riding. I don't do that so no idea what tyres to use for that.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:02 PM   #6
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I'm thinking long distance desert/baja riding.

I once tried a Bridgestone ED-78 120 and a 140 Michelin Mousse and the combo kicked my ass. I was never able to get the ED-78 on.

While a Maxxis IT Desert 120 and the 140 mousse slipped on like a glove.
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For European rallies (Hellas, Serres etc) where the going is rocky enduro terrain and speeds are relatively low, I've had great results from the Maxxis Maxxcross IT (not the desert IT) rear and a Michelin Comp VI front, both with Michelin desert mousses. Although the rear is a 120/100 the desert mousse fits perfectly.

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For European rallies (Hellas, Serres etc) where the going is rocky enduro terrain and speeds are relatively low, I've had great results from the Maxxis Maxxcross IT (not the desert IT) rear and a Michelin Comp VI front, both with Michelin desert mousses. Although the rear is a 120/100 the desert mousse fits perfectly.

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And the Michelin DESERT RACE tyres for these European rallies (Hellas/Serres)?? Should this work well? In combo with the Michelin mousse.
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:03 AM   #9
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No, no grip

Good combination (as well as cadmans suggestion) is a Pirelli Scorpion XC Mid hard rear in 140 with an M02 mousse, and on the front, a metzeler extreme 6 days 90/100/21 with an M16 mousse. The 90/100 profile gives a slightly nicer ride than a 90/90
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:43 AM   #10
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No, no grip

Good combination (as well as cadmans suggestion) is a Pirelli Scorpion XC Mid hard rear in 140 with an M02 mousse, and on the front, a metzeler extreme 6 days 90/100/21 with an M16 mousse. The 90/100 profile gives a slightly nicer ride than a 90/90
ok thanks for the feedback, but needs to be Michelin's!!

How about the enduro competitions??
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:15 AM   #11
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OK let me throw a new wrench in the gears: It must be DOT approved tire (Cortez Challenge).
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:18 AM   #12
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OK let me throw a new wrench in the gears: It must be DOT approved tire (Cortez Challenge).
Pirelli Scorpion XCMH is a pretty good DOT-approved knobby. I used them (with mousses) on my RXV 450 when I lived in Colorado. Right now I'm using the Michelin 403/404 (non-DOT) with mousses on my KTM.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:53 AM   #13
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What about Michelin Enduro Competition VI or IIIe??
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Michelin desert mousse front and rear and Michelin m12 xc front and rear works well for me and was a great combo @ Hellas. As others have said the desert tires are to stiff for good grip.
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comp 6 front and comp 3 rear will barely last a day on a hard ground euro rally.
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