LAS VEGAS, USA (AVING Special Report on 'interbike 2008') -- <Visual News> Michelin unveiled its new tire 'Pro3 Race' at the Interbike Expo in Las Vegas from September 24-26, 2008.
Michelin Pro3 Race tire features the same dual-compound technology long used by Michelin in MotoGP motorcycle road racing, where it has helped win 25 world titles. This technology, pioneered by Michelin, combines different compounds for the shoulders and the central tread.
In Michelin testing, the technology in the MICHELIN Pro3 Race tire enables a cyclist to ride through a wet, slippery traffic circle with a 25-meter radius at a camber angle of 34 degrees. This corresponds to a speed of 25.5 mph, or an improvement of more than 3 mph compared with the MICHELIN Pro2 Race tire used in the same conditions.
To further improve grip without compromising performance, the Michelin research team developed a new material whose physical and mechanical properties can withstand considerable distortion. This is an important development, since very little of the tire's surface is in contact with the road.
Weighing just 200 grams, the Michelin Pro3 Race tire competes with the lightest road racing tires on the market, despite the addition of its special puncture-resistant layer. Thin, lightweight and composed of highly resistant High Density Puncture Protector(HDPP) nylon piles, this additional layer is placed inside the tire casing under the tread area and helps provide additional protection against tire damage and puncture.
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