The beginnings of the company
In 1891, an English cyclist suffered a puncture outside the factory run by the Michelin Brothers, who were then producing rubber brake pads.
At that time, it was a three hour job, followed by overnight drying, to repair tires which were glued directly to the rim.
Edouard Michelin then thought about what the future of the tire might be if it became easier to repair and lodged his first patents.
The Paris-Brest-Paris cycle race won by Charles Terront on removable MICHELIN tires brought them to the notice of the public at large.
In 1892, the Michelin brothers organized a cycle race between Paris and Clermont-Ferrand. They took the opportunity to strew nails all over the road to demonstrate that a puncture was no longer an insurmountable problem with Michelin detachable tires!
Since then, there have been a whole series of innovations
In 1978, Michelin broke new ground and launched the first foldable tire, the famous MICHELIN BIB TS.
The revolutionary MICHELIN BI-SYNERGIC, with its dual tread bands, both lateral and central, made its appearance in 1995. It was at this time that the first tyre incorporating high-performance silica in the composition of its rubber came on the market.
In 2000, MICHELIN launched the first tubeless tire for mountain bikes...
Learn about the worthy successors to these MICHELIN tyres, even faster and more efficient in all weathers: MICHELIN Pro4