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Michelin introduces largest CrossGrip tyre size

Michelin has introduced what it says is its largest size of the multi-purpose, all-season CrossGrip tyre.

The new 540/80 R38 CrossGrip fitment takes the range up to 13 dimensions in total, available on both the original equipment and replacement markets.

Gordon Brookes, Michelin customer engineering support manager said: “Since we first launched the CrossGrip in 2018 it has proved a very popular choice for operators of backhoe loaders, telehandlers and small tractors. And we are happy to strengthen the range further with this latest size – which is the largest to date.

“The tyres work very well on a variety of surfaces – such as sports fields or grass verges – and are particularly effective on snow and ice, which is particularly relevant as we move into the winter months.”

CrossGrip tyres form part of Michelin’s popular Compact Line range and offer a high load capacity and special rubber formula designed for year-round use.

Michelin says the tyre’s non-directional tread pattern ensures excellent precision for the driver when manoeuvring, in either forward or reverse gear, plus the optimised tread pattern – with multiple biting edges – delivers great traction.

Asymmetrical lateral blocks help to improve grip in winter conditions, when maintaining good traction is imperative for safety, according to Michelin. With 196 tread blocks per wheel rotation, CrossGrip tyres also improves driver comfort by reducing vibration, the tyre maker claims.

Michelin says the tyres are reinforced for excellent puncture resistance and can be studded for ice usage, while the tread depth has been carefully optimised to reduce plant damage during the growing season.