Discovery 2017

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  • Labbix
    Member Since: 05 Mar 2018
    Location: Albania
    Posts: 602
     
    2018 Discovery Td6 HSE Lux Silicon Silver

    ‘Airless’ Tires

    http://michelinmedia.com/pages/blog/detail/article/c0/a860/

    What do you think? Wondering if they will be off-road worthy as well.
  • DieselRanger
    Member Since: 12 Oct 2017
    Location: God's Country, Colorado
    Posts: 460
    United States 
    2017 Discovery Td6 HSE Silicon Silver

    I think they're still trying to solve structural and heat issues, hence the open sidewalls. With closed sidewalls, heat apparently builds up and can compromise the structure when driving at speed on pavement, so they leave the sidewalls open for cooling. They have to work that out because snow and debris building up inside the wheel structure will mess with balance and ride quality, and potentially safety and structural integrity of the tire at speed.

    I think you can buy airless tires for ATV / Quads now, and maybe mountain bike tires? The mountain bike tire reviews I saw a long time ago were not complimentary, but larger off road tires used in low-speed applications should work out quite well.
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