New SmartWay Radial From Bridgestone - Tire Review Magazine

New SmartWay Radial From Bridgestone

Bridgestone Americas has introduced a new EPA SmartWay-certified free-axle radial – the Bridgestone R197.

The tiremaker said the new medium truck radial delivers low rolling resistance and long treadwear, and is suitable for all axle positions, but was primarily designed for single and tandem axle trailer and dolly applications in long haul and regional haul service.

The R197 features a shallow 11/32-inch tread depth, stress relief siping along rib edges for long mileage, Bridgestone’s Defense Groove to minimize edge wear and cupping, and a tread design for wet and dry traction, the company said.

To enhance durability, Bridgestone said, the R197 incorporates shoulder protector ribs on both sidewalls to fight damage from cuts and abrasion from curbing. When one set of ribs is worn away, the tires can be reversed to expose a fresh set of ribs for continued protection.

“The R197 is the next generation trailer tire for fleets who demand exceptional fuel efficiency without sacrificing mileage,” said Chris Hoffman, Bridgestone Americas manager of TBR and retread product marketing. “Its innovative casing and tread compounding promote lower rolling resistance for improved fuel economy, both when R197 is new and when it’s retreaded, which reduces total life cycle costs.”

The R197 is now available in size 295/75R22.5 with a G load rating.

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