Michelin has launched a range of CargoXBib flotation tyres for trailers. It’s the first tyre to use its flexible-sidewall Ultraflex technology, it says, and the new tyres can operate at pressures from 0.8 to 4bar according to the job the trailer is doing.

“Trailer tyres need to be able to withstand intensive use in fields and on roads, as well as carrying heavy loads – all while protecting the soil they are working on,” says Mike Lawton, commercial director of Michelin’s agricultural tyre division.

“Savvy farmers have long realised the benefits of using dedicated agricultural trailer tyres for this type of work, rather than remould truck tyres,” he adds.

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“We recommend an average pressure of 2.5-3bar – still significantly lower than the 4-5bar required on conventional trailer tyres.”

The footprint is 17% larger than a conventional super single at 2bar and 37% larger at 4bar, says the company. Rounded shoulders are said to minimise ground damage and offer greater resistance to wear on the road.

The new CargoXBib tyres will be available in the UK as both original equipment and on the replacement market from Spring 2015. It will be available as a 600/55 R26.5 165 D, 710/50 R26.5 170D, 710/45 R22.5 165D, 650/65 R30.5 176D and 750/60 R30.5 181D.