Bridgestone has launched the Bridgestone R244 all-position steer radial tire. The new tire meets the demands of dump trucks and concrete mixer truck fleets which spend a higher percentage of their miles in on-highway use. Designed with a wide-base ribbed steer pattern, the tire is said to perform well both on- and off-highway without sacrificing the traction needed on rougher roads.
Most dump and concrete trucks spend more time on highways where irregular wear and ride are more important, than on off-highway construction sites, says Bridgestone. Customers, the company adds, expressed an interest in a tire that offered longer wear and a smoother on-highway ride while also performing well on sandy sites.
Features of the R244 include special tread compounds to provide resistance to irregular wear, extending life and reducing cost per mile. Sidewall protector ribs protect the casing from curbing damage plus cuts and abrasions. If one side wears away, simply flip the tire over for continued protection, Bridgestone advises.
The Bridgestone R244 comes in three sizes, including the 425/65R22.5 available now. The 385/65R22.5 and 445/65R22.5 will be available later this year.
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