What is a radial tire

The difference between diagonal and radial tires

Radial tires

Radial tires were developed in 1946. At that time, a more flexible tire was needed that could better absorb the bumps in the road. This tire is also more stable and can therefore better implement the machine's performance.

Radial tires have steel fiber strands that are perpendicularly attached to the bead of the tire. There is also a belt on the carcass. Since the fiber strands are perpendicular to one another, the radial tires have very supple side walls.

Advantages of radial tires

  • Good steering behavior and better road grip
  • Greater driving comfort thanks to flexible tire sidewall
  • Low heat development in the tire at high speeds
  • Less sensitive to damage to the running surface
  • Lower fuel consumption

Disadvantages of radial tires

  • Tire cheek less stable with heavy loads
  • More sensitive to damage to the tire wall

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Bias tires

Diagonal tires have been used instead of solid rubber tires since 1898. They were the standard in the automotive industry before radial tires hit the market. The carcass layers of cross-ply tires are made of nylon fibers. These are placed crosswise in the tread and in the side wall at an angle of 55 degrees. Cross-ply tires are mainly used for work in ports, often with reach stackers.

Advantages of cross-ply tires

  • High stability of the vehicle
  • Greater resistance to damage to the side walls

Disadvantages of cross-ply tires

  • Higher rolling resistance, which means that the tire heats up faster
  • Not as comfortable because of the greater stiffness of the tire
  • Higher fuel consumption

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