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Radial Tyres

Radial tyres became the predominant tyres in the 50's and 60's. Longstone Classic Tyres offer radial tyres as an alternative to classic cross ply tyres.
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Classic Radial Tyres

The radial tyre was first patented by Michelin in 1946 after years of research.

Radial Tyre Construction

Radial Car Tyres Construction

The first radial car tyres were marketed as the Michelin "X" in 1949. At that time Lancia was the first company to offer Michelins radial tyres as original equipment on the Aurelia. The Radial Michelin X began a long line of revolutionary tyre designs which include:

  • Radial Michelin ZX tyres
  • Radial Michelin XAS tyres
  • Radial Michelin XWX tyres
  • Radial Michelin TRX tyres

The beauty of the radial tyre design is that it separates the functions of the sidewall and crown of the tyre, allowing greater vertical flexibility whilst ensuring that there is still as much tyre surface in contact with the road as possible. In classic radial tyres the sidewall has a one or two layers of textile cord giving good flexibility, and the radial tyre tread is made rigid by combining the casing layer with two (or more) layers of steel cord bracing plies of the radial tyres. Both these factors give the classic radial tyre excellent road holding capabilities and a longer life span when compared to classic cross-ply tyres.

Radial Tyres


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