Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tyre with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTV’s that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market.
Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the Michelin X Tweel UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tyre is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tyre/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, eliminating the need to carry spare tyres, tools or repair kits.
Michelin says the X Tweel UTV is appropriate for use on construction, farm, landscape, recreation, quarry, mine, emergency service response, logging, parks, hunting, military operations, universities, beach patrol, camping, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tyres cause serious and interruptions.
The tyre is designed to perform like a pneumatic radial tyre, but with the durability and high damage resistance of an airless tyre. Michelin says the advanced spoke technology helps dampen the ride for enhanced operator comfort while providing outstanding lateral stiffness for excellent cornering and side-hill stability. In addition, the low-pressure contact helps provide outstanding off-road traction performance. The X Tweel UTV has a 37mph (59.5km/h) speed rating at a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds (1297kg).
Users may choose from three hub configurations that will fit 4×137 and 4×156 bolt patterns for a variety of machines. Additional hub configurations for John Deere, Honda, Kubota and Argo will be available later in 2018 and 2019.