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September 4th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #1
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Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften up

Currently running the Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib) (over 200 miles) in both the front and rear tires:

Font-Michelin S-12 XC Soft Terrain Tire
Rear- Michelin X-11 Competition Trials Tire (Tube Type)

At this point the Bib is still way too stiff. Any advise on how to get the Bib to soften up would be appreciated.

Things I have tried so far:
Driving on the road for an hour and a half
Driving up curbs for over an hour
Drive into every log, rut, rock, or root
used a binding strap to compress the tire and Bib overnight

I like a tire pressure of about 9 to 10 lbs in the front and 5 to 7 lbs in the rear.

Please limit the response to breaking in the Bib. I have have a history of rim flats that have slice open tires and cut 4 gashes (double snake bites) in an inner-tube.

Thanks taking the time to help me out.

Todd
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften up

Easy, swap me for mine.
I feel that mine are on the too soft side now. I ride a lot of rocky areas, still not suffering rim hit, i just feel they are too soft and squirming around too much for me.
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften up

I presume you are running a Michi M15 enduro mousse in the front, what about the rear ??

Unless you use the front for about 6 months and really hammer it, I'd doubt you would get it to be similar to less than 10lbs in a hurry, they are usually about 14lbs new.
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften up

Buy the Nutec tubliss system works great
www.tubliss.com
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften up

Originally Posted by squizz
Easy, swap me for mine.
I feel that mine are on the too soft side now. I ride a lot of rocky areas, still not suffering rim hit, i just feel they are too soft and squirming around too much for me.
Squizze,

Be glad to swap, when will you be in town? At this time the holiday plans lack any Australia time you know, paying for the Bib and all.
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften up

Originally Posted by Gazza
I presume you are running a Michi M15 enduro mousse in the front, what about the rear ??

Unless you use the front for about 6 months and really hammer it, I'd doubt you would get it to be similar to less than 10lbs in a hurry, they are usually about 14lbs new.
Gazza,

I am running the following:
Front Michelin Bib Mousse Foam Tube 80/100x21Part # 1033980001
Rear Michelin Bib Mousse Foam Tube 140/90x18 Part # 1033980007

From what I read, you are correct about the tire breaking down. If I can not get the Bib to soften up a bit, I might have to take a knife to it. Funny thing, I was told (because I cut up tires and inner tubes) that the Bib would not hold up too long.

Thanks for taking the time to post a response,
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften

Hi
I've just fitted an AC10 120/90-18 with a Michelin Bib mousse (M1 and am suffering the same as you.
Any tips to get the thing softer ? How long/miles does it take? At the moment it's solid and making life very difficult
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften

I don't have personal experience with this but I was told that some guys are drilling 12mm holes into or through the mousse, the more holes the softer it feels. I don't know how this would effect their durabillity.

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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften

Todd, I gotta say I doubt you'll ever get a mouse to feel like 5-7 lbs in a Michelin X11. I have the same problems and have resorted to around 9-10 psi and watch for rocks / carry spare tubes.
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Re: Michelin Bib Mousse (Bib), How to get the Bib to soften

Originally Posted by tazer
I don't have personal experience with this but I was told that some guys are drilling 12mm holes into or through the mousse, the more holes the softer it feels. I don't know how this would effect their durabillity.

Steve
Drilling is your best bet. Trimming or cutting the bib will make it smaller but will not make it softer. 12/13 mm holes drilled every inch across teh tire and through the tire ( make a cross ) will soften it up. Use LOTS of lube to slow the breakdown of the tire.

Might be a tramatic experience to drill into it....seemingly ruining it, but it works like a charm.
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