BFGoodrich launched two new all-terrain tires—the Cross Control S and Cross Control D— at the Mid-Atlantic Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday.
The tires are aimed at tackling energy, oil and gas, construction and logging applications.
“Energy segments are seeing a resurgence and when construction is hot, logging is hot,” said Adam Murphy, Michelin Business-to-Business vice president of marketing. “Those three applications have similar tire needs. They are all operating in difficult conditions. It’s durability, traction and we understand the challenge to attract and retain drivers, and so drivers need to be happy with the performance these tires deliver.”
The new BFGoodrich Cross Control tire line is designed to combat damage and downtime, according to the company, with features that include:
• thick sidewalls to resist damage from impacts;
• heat-release compounds to help reduce internal casing temperatures;
• a full-protector ply, which is 75% wider than competitor tires to protect against penetrations and road hazards even past the outer grooves; and
• anti-cut and chip resistance to help prevent damage that can take a tire prematurely out of service.
The BFGoodrich Cross Control S (all-terrain steer/all-position) tire provides 20% more mileage on the wide-base iteration of the BFGoodrich Cross Control S than with the BFGoodrich ST565TM wide-base tire, according to the company. The serrated shoulder with staggered rib blocks assist with maneuverability in soft soils and snow conditions. The aggressive ribbed tread design provides traction in challenging conditions without sacrificing handling or ride comfort.
“It’s all about traction you can trust. With the serrated shoulders, we use the analogy of a chainsaw,” Murphy said. “Traction comes from open void yielding more biting edges, serrated edges deliver exactly that.”
The new BFGoodrich Cross Control D, an all-terrain drive tire, offers many of the same features as its steer counterpart. Built for traction, it is designed with 25% more lugs on the road to grip snow, mud and dirt, the company stated. A 75% wider protector ply3 than a leading competitor provides greater protection from road hazards and penetrations, which can leave fleets and owner-operators on the side of the road encountering unexpected downtime.
The BFGoodrich Cross Control S tire is available in sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 (Load Range H), 315/80R22.5 (Load Range L), and starting in May 2018 will be available in sizes 385/65R22.5 (Load Range J) and 425/65R22.5 (Load Range L). The BFGoodrich Cross Control D tire is available in 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 sizes (Load Range H). And confident in the Cross Control’s downtime-fighting durability and increased mileage, BFGoodrich offers a work-hard guarantee for the products.