Michelin adds hard surface backhoe tire

Jan. 12, 2015

Michelin North America Inc. is adding hard surface radial tires to its lineup of products designed for users of compact loaders and telescopic equipment. The Michelin Bibload Hard Surface tires are now on sale at tire dealers throughout North America.

The Michelin Bibload Hard Surface is an expansion of the company’s product lineup. It offers a new tread design and is non-directional and optimized to provide superior tread life when used in hard surface applications.

Designed for asphalt and other solid surface applications, this new tire is the hard surface version of the Michelin XMCL all-terrain backhoe radial tire, made for loose soil applications. The Michelin BibLoad Hard Surface is designed to carry out a large number of lateral, longitudinal and transversal movements on hard, wet and even snow-covered surfaces. To meet all these performance challenges Michelin says it developed an innovative, multi-directional tread and robust sidewalls. Launching initially in two sizes in January – the 400/70R20 and the 460/70R24, the Michelin BibLoad Hard Surface will add six other sizes throughout 2015.

The company outlines these advantages for the new tire:

- Greater longevity thanks to an optimized footprint

- Reduced hourly costs compared with a lugged tread, resulting from its superior longevity

- Enhanced resistance to cuts and scrapes thanks to its reinforced sidewalls

- Improved comfort and stability thanks to the rigidity of the tread

With its patented tread, the Michelin BibLoad Hard Surface is the first tire with diamond-shaped tread blocks made up of beveled facets. Offering six different grip angles, these progressive facets make the block more rigid regardless of the tread depth. The new tread design also includes sipes which increase the amount of biting edges on the tire and facilitate the evacuation of mud. These sipes greatly increase traction in snow removal applications, the company says.

“The Michelin BibLoad Hard Surface tire offers radial construction, steel belts and reinforced casing for puncture resistance,” says James Crouch, compact equipment segment marketing manager for Michelin North America. “It also has proven to be an excellent snow tire.”

For more information about Michelin North America, visit www.michelin-us.com.