MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Tuesday said it was introducing the Bridgestone-brand R197 low rolling resistance radial.
The R197 is approved for use on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay-certified equipment and is ideal for fleets running California Air Resources Board (CARB)-compliant vehicles, according to Chris Hoffman, manager, TRD and Retreat Product Marketing.
The new tire is suitable for all-position use but is designed for single and tandem axle trailer and dolly applications in long haul and regional haul service, Hoffman said.
“The R197 is the next generation trailer tire for fleets who demand exceptional fuel efficiency without sacrificing mileage,” Hoffman said. “Its innovative casing and tread compounding promote lower rolling resistance for improved fuel economy, both when R197 is new and when it’s retreaded, which reduces total life cycle costs.”
Building on an energy-efficient casing and adding low rolling resistance tread and sidewall compounding, R197 combines fuel-efficient tread designs and a shallow 11/32? tread depth to further increase fuel economy, offering fleet owners exceptional cost per mile, Hoffman said.
For long, even tread wear, R197 incorporates the Defense Groove design that helps create uniform pressure across the shoulder to minimize edge wear and cupping, BBTS said, adding that stress relief siping along the rib edges promote even wear for higher mileage.
A classic straight-rib tread design evacuates water from the footprint for outstanding wet traction, while cross-rib sipes provide solid grip on wet roads.
To enhance durability, Hoffmann said the R197 incorporates tough shoulder protector ribs on both sidewalls to fight damage from cuts and abrasion from curbing. When one set of ribs is worn away, the tires can be reversed to expose a fresh set of ribs for continued protection.
The R197 low rolling resistance radial is being introduced in the 295/75R22.5 size with a “G” load rating.
For more information on the R197, go to www.BridgestoneTrucktires.com.
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