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Old 03-16-2015, 09:59 AM   #1
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Is this the answer to blowouts

Amazing new tires...
Michelin Tires... Absolutely SCARY looking...

Look for 'em in August.
These tires are made in South Carolina , USA

SEE THROUGH TIRES

Radical new tire design by Michelin.

The next generation of tires.
They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

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Old 03-16-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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Those look awesome. It is about time they got away from the old design of adding air to a tire. When was that invented? The 1800's? This looks so much better and will avoid flats and blowouts. This should save lots of lives.

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Old 03-16-2015, 10:11 AM   #3
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Amazing new tires...
Michelin Tires... Absolutely SCARY looking...

Look for 'em in August.
These tires are made in South Carolina , USA

SEE THROUGH TIRES

Radical new tire design by Michelin.

The next generation of tires.
They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

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Hey, those are "Tweels"! They've been toying with them since ~2004-05. I've seen photos and read studied some performance test data available in the industry, but never saw them in-person. Where were they at the show? Didn't see them.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:20 AM   #4
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Yep, that the tweel. They have been in the pipeline for a while. We've had a few conversations thru the years about them here in the forums.

They are still having problems with vibration at high speeds, along with large rocks and such getting stuck in the "spokes"...which has really hampered the passenger vehicle market. They have been putting them on equipment that doesn't go fast though with pretty good success.

Here is a good article on them for those interested. Who knows,they may get it all figured out. Wouldn't it be nice to not have a need for tire pressure monitoring systems?

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Old 03-16-2015, 10:25 AM   #5
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There's a few things they got right at or very near the beginning of the auto industry, air filled tires and pistons in a cylinder making a crankshaft turn. I don't see either going away any time soon.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:27 PM   #6
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Why does this remind me of a wagon wheel.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:28 PM   #7
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Biggest thing I see wrong with them is tire biting dogs will be in for big surprise. Very interesting design.
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I like the design but a little mud in the wheel wall area may cause an out of balance hop. Using in urban areas no mud. Campers and RVs maybe another issue
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:38 PM   #9
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I remember seeing those at the Detroit auto show something like 10 years ago. Glad to see they've progressed from concept to prototype.

I still think it'll be a while before they become mainstream. Looks like there's just too many possible failure points:

- bonding between tread and spoke
- things in the spokes
- possible pinching of fingers/small animals
- snow and ice buildup

Etc....

Now if they could incorporate some kind of sidewall, that might alleviate a lot of those....




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Wonder where they got the idea?






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