The StarCross 5 represent the most significant upgrade to Michelin’s off-road tyre range in many years. The biggest departure from their predecessors (StarCross 3 and 4) is an all-new, 15% lighter casing design, coupled with the use of higher-density, more durable materials. The StarCross 5s come in Soft-, Medium- and Hard-Terrain options and in a wide range of sizes for both trail/enduro and motocross bikes. We’ve predominantly tested the Soft and Medium fronts and rears (in 90/100-21 and 120/90-18 sizes, respectively), so our feedback focuses on those particular hoops.
The Starcross 5 Soft and Medium rear tyres are similarly versatile, offering excellent grip, feel and predictability across a variety of terrain. The ‘Mud-Phobic Bars’ (which first appeared on Michelin’s Enduro Comp 6 a few years ago) used on the Soft rear work very effectively in preventing dirt build-up between the knobs to optimise traction. It delivers excellent drive in soft and medium terrain, but does wear noticeably faster than the Soft front (and Medium rear) on harder, rocky ground.
After months of testing, the tyre combo we’ve found to offer the best overall combination of grip and durability across a wide variety of terrain is the Soft front paired with the Medium rear.