Michelin has expanded its TrailXBib range of agricultural tyres for trailers, spreaders and slurry tankers with the addition of seven new sizes.
Initially launched to market in two key sizes in June 2020, the TrailXBib has been developed in close association with farmers and benefits from Michelin’s Ultraflex technology, helping to limit compaction and protect the soil.
According to the manufacturer, the tyres are designed with a robust VF (Very High Flexion) casing and a deep tread for greater endurance and longevity. In addition, the tyres feature self-cleaning capabilities thanks to an advanced tread pattern with wide inter-lugs, meaning fewer closed areas for dirt and soil to accumulate.
Commenting, Gordon Brookes, Customer Engineering Support Manager for Michelin’s agricultural division, says: “When the TrailXBib was launched last year it was the result of discussions with our agricultural customers in many countries. It has proved very popular and we are happy to now introduce these additional sizes, meaning more machinery can benefit from the tyre’s qualities.
“The TrailXBib offers great longevity and endurance and will help our customers keep ground compaction to a minimum, protecting their crops and ultimately improving their yields.”
Michelin’s Ultraflex technology allows for greater flexibility – meaning the tyres can work with a larger footprint, reducing the impact on the soil. The TrailXBib can carry more load than the same dimension of its predecessor, the CargoXBib, and at a reduced pressure. The reduction in pressure lessens the stress into the structure of the trailer, reducing mechanical strain and wear.
The range also now enables farmers to equip their entire tractor and trailer combination with Michelin Ultraflex technology VF tyres, with the choice of AxioBib 2, XeoBib and YieldBib ranges for the tractor, and now TrailXBib for the trailer – meaning users can optimise the efficiency of their operation throughout the crop cycle.
The TrailXBib’s robust VF casing and a deeper, specially-designed tread now offers a significant improvement in tyre life compared to the CargoXBib range, while a strong central RIB ensures regular wear and improves handling and endurance on the road, Michelin says.
The tyres are fully compatible with Central Tyre Inflation Systems (CTIS), allowing them to run at the optimal pressure for the precise ground they are working on, helping to reduce fuel consumption and improve agronomic performance.
The seven new sizes – VF 500/60 R22.5 160D, VF 600/50 R22.5 164D, VF 710/45 R22.5 170D, VF 600/55 R26.5 170D, VF 710/50 R26.5 176D, VF 650/65 R30.5 181D, VF 750/60 R30.5 187D – are immediately available on both the original equipment and replacement markets. They join the two original sizes of tyre launched last year – the VF 560/60 R22.5 166D and VF 650/55 R26.5 174D.