If you have a sport or sporty bike you should definitely check out the Michelin Road 5 because it the kind of tire great to commute on but can also handle some spiriting riding. The Road 5 is the successor to the Road 4 which was a very popular tire. Michelin focused on a couple of key things like wet grip and they wanted to improve that dry grip and stability.
Talking about dry grip improvements we get to the CT , casing technology used by Michelin in this tire. What this basically does is keeping the body plies thin across the face of the tread but much thicker in the side walls which will give you the right confidence in the corners. Another feature in this tire is the compound used. It is a wider strip down the center of the tire of the hard rubber and that provides good wear. Off to the sides of the tire and the shoulders there is a much softer compound laid in. The front tire of Michelin 5 is built with this 2CT compound. However, the rear tire is about a 2CT plus. This means that instead of having three distinct rubber zones, it rather has a base layer of a stiffer rubber across of the entire face of the tread.
The shoulders are laid in on top of that and this is going to provide stiffness to the tire and increase cornering confidence. In order to increase the grip, there is another cool thing added in this tire. Or better said, there is something removed from it. Michelin removed some of the saiping. So the saiping is improved so if you are looking at the sights, the smaller cuts in the tire are actually not straight columns but instaed they are trapezoidal.
One of the other cool things you will notice in this tire is the micro sipping on the sides of the tread. This increases the volume of water the tire can grab and eject. This is a very cool feature as it’s making the cuts in the tire to work a little bit harder. So these are just great tires. Don’t take our word for it, just try them out yourself!