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Michelin Power Cup Tubeless Ready Tyre 700x28



Fast, grippy, and easy to set up tubeless
Impressively grippy
Spin up quickly and maintain speed well
Simple to set up tubeless
£17 more than the clincher version
269g Recommends

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The Michelin Power Cup Tubeless Ready Tyre is as impressively fast rolling and grippy as the clincher version Steve tested last year, but with the added bonus that it can be run tubeless – and it's easy to set up, too – though there is a not insignificant increase in price to go along with that.

For more options, check out our guide to the best road bike tyres.

Steve reckoned the clincher versions of these tyres were impressively grippy and speedy when he tested them in June 2022. Not to give away any spoilers, but with the same compounds, these are just as good. The only real difference between the two versions is that these can be set up as tubeless.

It's worth noting that ease of fitting can be subjective, with rims suiting some tyres better than others for a number of reasons such as basic profiles, rim hook shapes, and width – even the type of sealant can impact how well they seat.

I ran these tubeless on a set of Hunt Aerodynamist wheels with 20mm internal widths and setting them up was simple. They seated easily, with the front going on without even needing a blast from a pressurised tank, and the rear needing just one blast.

There was some initial deflation in the first couple of days, as is standard, but after a couple of spins up and down the road they held air well.

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Steve ran the clincher versions at 80psi and found the tyres comfortable and fast, and when I ran the tubeless version at 60 I found exactly the same thing. I used these on some of the roughest roads around me and they provided a good amount of compliance while still allowing for enough feedback that I felt confident about knowing what was going on under me. It is a good combination.

I didn't notice any punctures or see any sealant blobs throughout the review period, which suggests the impressive robustness of the clincher versions is replicated in the tubeless option.

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I used these in a few rougher conditions, too, after heavy rainfall when you might reasonably expect the kind of puncture-causing rubbish to be washed into the road, and didn't have any issues.

What's interesting here is that the clincher versions have an additional Aramid Shield layer for puncture protection, which is ditched on the tubeless version, but it doesn't appear to have made much difference in terms of puncture protection.

2023 Michelin Power Cup Tubeless Ready Tyre 700 x 28C - 1

In terms of grip they are excellent. They gave me the confidence to take corners fast, being reassuringly grippy even in wet conditions. This comes from Michelin's Gum-X compound which was originally developed for its Moto-GP tyres.

When these were originally launched, Michelin claimed they were the fastest ever road tyres. I'm not in a position to confirm or deny that, but there is no doubt they are very fast tyres that spin up quickly. Initially I thought I just had a few 'good leg days' in a row, but turns out it was the tyres. (Bicycle Rolling Resistance has the 25s on a par with Continental's Grand Prix 5000 S TR in its rolling resistance tests.)

These tubeless-ready versions have a slight weight penalty against the clinchers, hitting the scales at 269g vs 232g (both 28s). However, this is significantly lighter than other tubeless ready tyres we've reviewed recently at similar and higher price points.

2023 Michelin Power Cup Tubeless Ready Tyre 700 x 28C - boxed 1

Talking of which... with an rrp of £69.99, they're £17 more than the clincher versions. They do compare fairly well to other tubeless-ready tyres, though. For instance, the Pirelli P Zero Race TLRs that Stu reviewed recently hit the scales at 305g and cost £78.99.

Specialized's S-Works Turbo 2BR 2Bliss Ready T2/T5s, which I tested at the end of last year, are slightly heavier at 295g, but £15 less.

The Michelins come in two colours, either solid black or tan wall. In black they come in three sizes, 25, 28 (as tested) and 30mm, and in tan wall either 25 or 28mm.

Overall I was very impressed with these tyres. They are fast, grippy, and appear to be impressively puncture resistant too. They certainly aren't the cheapest tyres you can find, but nor are they mind-blowingly expensive compared with some. I'd say the price is about right for the quality they offer.


Fast, grippy, and easy to set up tubeless test report

Make and model: Michelin Power Cup Tubeless Ready Tyre 700x28

Size tested: 700x28

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Michelin says: "Enhance your riding experience with the Tubeless Ready version of the MICHELIN Power Cup tyre."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Michelin lists these features and details:

Rolling resistance

Speed and efficiency inspired by MotoGP™ technology.


Light and reliable thanks to the Tubeless Shield technology and 4x120 tpi casing.


Efficient handling and stability in both wet and dry conditions thanks to the Gum-X compound.

Performance proven riders approved

The tyres used by the Cofidis team for riding at monuments and Grand Tours.

Wheel Size 700 C

Category Road / Race

Colour Black

Carcass 4 x 120 TPI

Weight 260 g

Type Tubeless

Bead Foldable

Rate the product for quality of construction:

They seat well, hold air nicely, and didn't puncture during the review.

Rate the product for performance:

Excellent; they are fast, grippy, and easy to fit – everything you need from a high-performance tyre.

Rate the product for durability:

No punctures or even sealant beads during the review period, which bodes well.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)

Very good for a set of tubeless tyres compared with others at a similar price.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

Very comfortable, not only in terms of road feel and sucking up the bumps, but also in the confidence that the grip gives you.

Rate the product for value:

Not the most expensive in this class, but equally not as cheap as others.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well, these tyres are fast and grippy, and haven't had any issues with punctures throughout the review.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The grip – they give you real confidence into fast corners.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing of note.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

They compare fairly well to other TLR tyres, such as the Pirelli P Zero Race TLRs, which hit the scales at 305g and cost £78.99. I tested Specialized's S-Works Turbo 2BR 2Bliss Ready T2/T5s recently and they are slightly heavier at 295g, but £15 cheaper.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

They're excellent: fast, grippy performance tyres that spin up very well and give you a real confidence in the corners. The tubeless setup is also simple, and getting them seated was not an issue at all.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

George is the host of the podcast and has been writing for since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between. 

Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.

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Keith Kaminski | 10 months ago

At the finish line: I got 2500 miles out of these, no flats, seated with sealant and track pump. I did about 5 miles of muddy, chunky gravel single track and 75 miles of gravel paths and trails at the end. I switched to corsa pros and was surprised that the Michelins were more comfy. 

Dadams7378 | 11 months ago

As pointed out on BRR, the big issue with these tires is that they come up much wider than their nominal size (the 25 comes up as 27.7 on a 17mm internal rim, so is probably well over 28 on a 21mm internal), and their tread coverage is narrower than the competition (so 2mm narrower than a GP5000 for example).  These factors make them unsuitable for today's wider rims, due to the likelihood of serious damage to the sidewalls.  Pity, as otherwise they would be a great alternative to the Contis (there are far too few alternatives that don't involve compromises IMO).

Rich_cb replied to Dadams7378 | 11 months ago

Interesting, thanks for that information.

Am looking for some new tubeless tyres as my beloved Schwalbe pro ones have just succumbed to a side wall tear.

Looks like the Contis are the best bet.

Dadams7378 replied to Rich_cb | 11 months ago

Hi Rich.  Maybe look at Vittoria Corsa Pro as an alternative?  I believe the new Pirelli Velos are decent as well (just make sure you get the new model, still a lot of old versions floating around).

Rich_cb replied to Dadams7378 | 11 months ago

Thanks, will check them out.

Keith Kaminski replied to Rich_cb | 11 months ago

I ran a GP 5000 STR in the front and one of these in the back for 300 miles and liked these more. They seem tackier, but the casing is less supple. Needs about 10 psi less because a 28 measures 31.5mm on a Zipp 404. I was worried about the sidewalls but they have held up and still look new after 1300 miles of racing, commuting, and even some gravel tracks. 

Rich_cb replied to Keith Kaminski | 11 months ago

Thanks, I have tubed 5000s on another bike, get on well with them. I've found them much better in the wet than the Pro ones. Never say no to more grip though.

Frame I'm going to be putting them on has pretty tight clearances so might not take the chance on the Pirellis if they're coming up that much over.

Joe Totale replied to Dadams7378 | 11 months ago

Pro riders from Cofidis are using the Power Cups and will be leaning into corners far more than us mere mortals. No issues reported from them.

I use the tube type Power Cups and am very happy with them.

Being bigger than what's printed on the box is a long standing issue with Michelin tyres. My 25mm Power Cups are actually 28mm on a 21mm internal rim but given that the rim is 29mm wide it's actually perfect from an aerodynamic point of view.

Tyre reviews should always state the actual size on a tyre and the width of the rims they were tested on.

Dadams7378 replied to Joe Totale | 11 months ago
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I don't doubt you Joe, but I'm not sure it is cornering angles that are the issue, more that having sidewalls that are more exposed inevitably means a greater risk that they will be damaged.  Cofidis riders no doubt have new tires every ride, but that's not a luxury afforded to the rest of us.  If you look on Weight Weenies, there are plenty of people who have encountered issues (and, admittedly, plenty that haven't).  You pays your money and makes your choice I guess!

Dadams7378 replied to Joe Totale | 11 months ago
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Also, if you look on Michelin's website, they do not recommend using their 25s or 28s on 21mm internal rims (pretty common nowadays).  I assume for the reasons I mention.

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