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Old 10-08-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Airless tires

Forget jacks, spares, air checks and best of all punctures - an American company has announced it is planning to sell airless tires from the beginning of next year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ess-tires.html
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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It looks weird. It will be interesting to see how it performs when is in production. Wonder what it will cost?
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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A link in post # 1 in this five year old thread discussed them.

Space Age Airless Tires

It says they're Michelins. At least I won't have to switch brands.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #4
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My grandad had a 1921 Mack truck that had airless tires, nothing new here.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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My grandad had a bike with solid rubber "airless" tires
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #6
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As of right now they can't withstand the lateral loads required by the daily drivers on the road.
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Didn't one of the manned "moon rover" vehicles have wheels similar to the ones shown?
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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At the dealership I work at we had a Honda Crz with airless tires from Michelin since they are located right here in the upstate. They are made with baffles no sidewalks were on this one and I was able to take a pic if I can figure out how to upload it. The driver told me the road noise was a little more but the security of knowing it could never go flat was a big plus. The engineer from Michelin that I spoke with said they won't be as expensive as the run flats that became very unpopular on the Odyssey van.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:29 PM   #9
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So what happens when them holes get filled with snow and slush and you park overnight in below zero degree weather? What about mud? They look like they would be fine in southern climates only in the city.
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Well the prototypes I saw had no sidewalks. But, the Michelin engineer told me that they would have sidewalks when they come to market. Looking like any other tire, but airless.
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They would have to have side walls. Shoot I live out in the country on a gravel road. When it rains it gets pretty sloppy sometimes. It would not take long to fill the holes with dirt and mud. I suppose the proto types did not just to show how it works. THis is something I would be interested in. We have alot of flats on the farm sometimes.
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I spoke again with a Michelin engineer and he said they are already on skid loaders, fork lifts etc. amazing how the baffles are that strong.
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With all the reading on this forum about tires and those that think they have to be replaced because the rubber hardens after 5 years and causes catastrophic blow outs, what would be safer about them? They are rubber so will they fail after 5 years?
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Nobody said they were safer. Just said they were airless. Personal choice you just buy the tire you think is best.
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