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Starcross 5 Medium Rear Tire

WHATEVER the Terrain...

Following an extensive three-year development and testing program, Michelin has launched the new StarCross 5 range of off-road / motocross tires that deliver high performance in a wide array of conditions. The new StarCross 5 line introduces Michelin's latest technologies for one of the most exciting and competitive two-wheel segments. The StarCross 5 was designed based on feedback from riders of all levels, from amateurs to world champions, often riding in extreme conditions, who shared their experiences in the field with Michelin Motorsports and Michelin's world-class research and development team. The Michelin StarCross 5 range breaks new ground for Michelin in the world of off-road / motocross tires. Available in four versions (Hard, Medium, Soft and Sand), Michelin StarCross 5 tires are designed to give high levels of performance across the broadest range of ground conditions and terrain found in off-road / motocross applications. The Michelin StarCross 5 range is available in a large number of sizes, including some key new sizes to cater to all off-road / motocross riders.

The Michelin StarCross 5 is the latest Michelin off-road / motocross tire.

Optimized Rear Tread Patterns:

  • The central blocks of each front tire are designed specifically to enhance braking performance and cornering traction.
  • The tread void on both the front and rear tires is adapted to the type of ground: the more the terrain is soft, the more the tread void is increased.
  • Intermediate tread blocks on the Soft and Medium tires are positioned in staggered rows to minimize block gap zones. Such zones reduce traction and feel when changing lean angle.

Self-Cleaning Tread:

  • Design: Revolutionary fine horizontal tread lines help release soil.
  • Result: Enhanced traction and reduced soil carry.
  • Tread Block Architecture:
  • Design: Aggressive, variable height tread blocks.
  • Result: Increased grip on the front and rear tires straight-up or at full lean angle.

Tire Casing (StarCross 5 vs. StarCross 3/4):

  • 15% lighter (based on 100/90-19 StarCross 5 Sand; average is 10% reduction versus StarCross 3/4) without compromising strength or durability.
  • Weight Savings Benefits:
  • Reduction in unsprung mass on both front and rear tires for better wheel control.
  • Reduction in rotational inertia improves acceleration and braking.

Michelin Comfort Casing Technology (CCT):

  • Switch from three (3) nylon to two (2) polyester plies.
  • Significant optimization in tire construction which reduces tire rebound and augments motorcycle suspension to help reduce rider fatigue.
  • Straight-up or at full lean, the new casing construction provides complete confidence without reducing lateral rigidity.

Monster Scoops (Sand ONLY):

  • Specially-designed tread with monster scoops to evacuate sand more efficiently.

Mud-Phobic Bars (Soft ONLY):

  • Maximize the tire cleaning capability on the StarCross 5 Soft rear tire to prevent mud and dirt from building up and reducing traction.

Optimal Performance - Whatever The Terrain:

The combination of Michelin's new tread patterns and new tire casing design offers maximum grip for braking, cornering traction and acceleration. The new Michelin StarCross 5 was designed from the ground up to establish Michelin as a technological leader in the off-road / motocross segment - tread patterns, casing design / weight savings, and an extensive size offering.

Compared to its predecessors (Michelin StarCross 3/4), the Michelin StarCross 5 line is based on a new casing design that delivers several significant performance improvements. The new casing design incorporates stronger, higher density materials that reduce weight up to 15 percent (based on 100/90-19 StarCross 5 Sand, average is 10% reduction versus StarCross 3/4) without compromising strength or durability. The casing construction also features Michelin's all-new Comfort Casing Technology (CCT), which provides exceptional shock absorption that reduces rider fatigue. Lastly, the new casing design has been engineered to optimize the size of the tire's contact patch. Combined with aggressive front and rear tread patterns, specially designed for each tire in the range, this construction offers maximum levels of grip for precise steering and traction, even in the most difficult conditions.

Tread designs for the StarCross 5 range of tires improve performance across a multitude of applications. The intermediate and side tread blocks ensure good steering response from the front tire and traction from the rear. The central blocks are designed specifically to enhance braking performance and traction on all types of riding surfaces. Integrating Michelin innovations shared across tires for agriculture and off-road truck racing, the Michelin StarCross 5 line sports a self-cleaning tread design to help release soil from the tire. The design includes revolutionary fine horizontal tread lines to release soil and enhance traction in a range of different soil conditions. The Michelin StarCross 5 Sand rear tire features a specially designed tread with monster scoops, which work to evacuate sand more efficiently. Additionally, the Michelin StarCross 5 Soft rear tire features "Mud-Phobic Bars," which also enhance tire cleaning to prevent soil from building up and reducing traction.  The Michelin Starcross 5 is available in hard, medium, soft and sand versions. The soft compound is designed and will handle better in the soft, muddy conditions. Mud-Phobic Bars between the central blocks on the MICHELIN StarCross 5 Soft rear maximize the cleaning capability and improve lateral grip in softer terrain. The Medium compound is going to track better and last longer in the intermediate terrain. MICHELIN StarCross 5 Medium and Soft versions are more versatile and effective in a wider range of terrains and conditions compared to the previous range.

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