Michelin’s Pro Race 3 is reminiscent of the Service Course released in limited numbers last year. The newly developed dual-compound smooth tread proved to be quick in a straight line, and when leant on its edge, the band of softer rubber meant that grip was ample.
Thin sidewalls gave a supple ride and the resistant nylon High Density Puncture Protector Belt ensured that there were no punctures.
Attack and Force use a 24mm rear tyre coupled with a 22mm front, mirroring motorcycle designs. The extra air volume at the rear gives a noticeable amount of comfort but seemingly no increased resistance. The narrow front was excellent when pushed hard, thanks to the Black Chilli compound.
Schwalbe?s Ultremo uses a triple-compound rubber with an entirely slick tread surface. Offering excellent puncture protection with the HD-V Guard, the compound mixture gives a tyre with a low rolling resistance; turn it on its edge and the optimised rubber still gives impressive grip, even in wet weather.
Continental?s Attack and Force both score well on grip, comfort and speed but are slightly outgunned by the Ultremo and Pro 3, which offered the best combination of speed and traction.
Continental Attack and Force
Michelin Pro Race 3