All Michelin Tyres

All Michelin Tyres

So, the compound on the Michelin tyres, is generated from computers. Hence, to provide the tyres with tread pattern . Of course, with, high-void tread pattern with interlocking tread blocks. Naturally, this is also backed by placing the sipes in a way that rejects and throws out pieces of grit and gravel. At one time tyres with many sipes would also be noisy when driving on normal tarmac roads. lastly, the Michelin tyres, with all their siping can now run much quieter, on normal tarmac roads, due to the computer design.

Michelin versus Budget Tyres- Planned obsolescence is ‘quite developed’ in the European tyre market

Michelin versus Budget Tyres

Michelin versus Budget Tyres Michelin versus Budget Tyres

Michelin versus Budget Tyres

As a result ,of reading this along with other similar articles. Then I could not believe what came out from the giant french tyre company. Michelin of course. Consequently, many of the large tyre companies are now manufacturing tyres. That have a tread area that finishes at 3 mm. Of course, when I say finishes. Then I am talking about the fact that when the tyres get down to the 3 mm limit then the tyre sipes stop.

Therefore, this means that at 3 mm then the tyre is virtually “bald”. There are no sipes to drain away the water . Especially, on the Continental tyre range.

To me it is a no brainer. As a result, cars are getting bigger with the advent of the SUV and Crossover ranges of vehicles. Tyre sizes are also getting bigger and more technical tread variations are added all the time. So when it comes to premium versus budget tyres what should we expect?

Michelin versus Budget Tyres

Firstly, Michelin are of course a premium brand of tyres. Secondly, the budget tyres are primarily made in China. Premium tyre makers strive to make the best tyre products that they can . Inevitably, making the best products, using the latest developments and technology. Including sustained quality throughout the world tyre market.

Budget tyres are made for price alone. product manufacturing materials are usually pretty basic.Although I have no personnel experience, as I have never visited a Chinese tyre plant. However , I must say that we do sell budget tyres and they do a good job for the price . perhaps they do a bit less mileage . In general though we do not get many complaints.

Another consideration , is that premium tyres are also developed for different styles of vehicles . Some tyres are specific to a certain make of car. Budget tyres are however all made the same for whatever vehicles has that particular tyre size or of make of vehicle.

Many people may think they are saving money by buying budget tyres, and maybe they are in the short-term but in some cases any savings made by purchasing a budget tyre can be lost with lower fuel economy over the life of the tyre, or the loss of mileage, and that’s before you consider safety.

Michelin further re-affirmed its opposition to increasing minimum tyre tread depths (and of those that recommend changing tyres at 3mm) on 11 May when the company held a “The truth about worn tyres…

Source: Michelin: Planned obsolescence is ‘quite developed’ in the European tyre market : Tyrepress

Michelin Tweel Tyre Development- Similar to Tyre Used on Citroën Hybrid Air

Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin Tweel Tyre

New type of Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin tyres help the new Citroën Hybrid Air eco prototype to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, increase its energy efficiency and improve resistance to aquaplaning. The Hybrid Air was revealed at the Geneva Motor …


Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Michelin Tweel Tyre Development

When I first saw this post i thought that the prototype Michelin tyre called the Michelin Tweel Tyre. Consequently which had been developed for real time use.  But looking at this I think not.

The new tyre is tall and narrow 165/50 x 18 will be the size used. This will make the tyre much more dynamic with far less rolling resistance. So, it will be like going back in time 50 years to Michelin’s first radials. They would have been 125 x 400 milimetric size (tall and thin). You know what they say “what comes round goes round”.

It was back in 2005 when the French tyre company first announced the arrival of the Michelin Tweel Tyre . To me it just looks like a light weight solid fork truck wheel with a wheel that has a solid rubber welded to the wheel on the outside. It could also be said to look like the old fashioned horse cart wheel, with the spokes fixed to a hub that is connected to the axle. The spokes then fit to the outer wheel, which is fitted with a rubber band.

The difference is in the materials that Michelin Tweel have used.

The same as the cart wheel. Traditionally, a solid inner hub mounts to the axle. Similar to a normal spokes alloy wheel. From this is another set of spokes that connect to the outer rim, the same as a cart wheel. These spokes are incredibly strong and are the things that replace the air pressure in a conventional tyre. The outer part of the Michelin Tweel Tyre rim is connected with a band of rubber with a tread pattern.

The second spokes that absorb all the impacts and bumps and respond to the cars steering are made from polyurethane and are incredibly strong. The French Company say that these spokes can be made of different strength and tensions, to enable the Michelin Tweel Tyre to be fitted to different vehicles of different weights and physical size, to help improve the handling, much in the same way as a conventional tyre and wheel assembly does at the moment. As I have said earlier in my article these Michelin Tweel Tyre do look like a mixture of the old cart wheels and modern alloy wheels and tyres and in my opinion area very clever concept.

Michelin have said that the Tweels have been tried and tested on an Audi A4

Naturally, giving the car much more lateral stiffness than the conventional wheel and tyre set up. In my opinion Michelin are a massive tyre company and I cannot see them giving up their core business, to make things like this, but I do think that the Tweel may be part of a big mix of technologies in the future.

Compiled by Eric Roberts…

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Winter Tyre and Car Battery business now for 40 years. So, working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Of course, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business to grow.

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Michelin Tyres Development-Set their Targets High as far back as the Thirties

 It is no surprise to the older drivers amongst us that Michelin Tyres Development has always been at the forefront of tyre design 

Michelin Tyres Development

This early Citroen ran on the Michelin Tyres Development XAS tyres

Ever since I started work as a junior tyre fitter all those years ago. So, I have marveled at the skill and professional work that Michelin Tyres Development  have put into their products. Even going back before my time ! French tyre makers were at the top of tyre development.Subsequently, all the other tyre companies were playing catch-up.

Enter the first steel belted radial that started it all off for Michelin tyres.

This was to be the tyre that changed their history. Including the great American tyre makers of the time. Of course, this new tyre from Michelin tyres was to be a far cry from the cross ply. Significantly, made by most other European tyre companies . Including, the Bias-belted tyres that were been developed in the USA.

The new Michelin Tyres Development was to be known as the Michelin”X”. Consequently, first appearing in 1949 (a year after I was born). This tyre would revolutionize the tyre industry ! With a product that would last longer and prove better car handling. Especially, for the type of suspension that was used on European cars.

This tyre was to be fitted as original equipment to Lancia and Citroen cars and also to the Mercedes 190 SL models.

It took a good ten years before the other tyre makers started to catch Michelin Tyres Development up, all trying to copy the steel belted “X” tyre.

Compared to the cross-ply tyre the radial gave many advantages. They  gave a much better mileage and road holding, ( I must admit that when I was in my early tyre fitting days, I can remember drivers complaining about Michelin  being bad in wet weather ?), This also gave added bonus of lower fuel consumption, a great

Michelin Tyres Development

The original Michelin Tyres Development x tyres

bonus for some of those old gas guzzling cars.

This is also the same time that imported cars were coming into the UK cars such as the Citroen 2 CV and Renault Dauphins.

More reading... “The Dauphine took over from the 4 CV in 1956, but not as a replacement. The name dauphine (heiress) was highly significant. Release was a major event on the motoring scene, and followed up by a successful career on French and export markets.  

Dauphine played its successor’s role to the full, boasting all the latest features of the epoch, such as adjustable seats, heating, and an automatic gearbox. The finish was very smart, with a red and black steering wheel and matching seats. The dashboard layout was uncluttered, and the interior roomy.  

Dauphine was a four-seater, with rear bench and two separate seats at the front. In January 1957, the US motoring weekly The Motor crowned it the “prettiest little four-seater in the world”. Sure, it was beautiful, elegant and shapely, totally in keeping with spirit of the 1960s.”…

The Dauphin did not do too well in the “Cold Damp British climate”

So, soon had a bad reputation for bad rust, but it did come out on Michelin tyres, and I will never forget the first time I had to remove one of these products  from the rim. The tyre just fell off the wheel it was so easy to do, a big improvement on the struggle we had when fitting Dunlops . In those days we only had a hand held tyre bead breaker and some tyre levers, balancing was carried out on a small “bubble” wheel  balancer which I still believe never really worked.

To conclude Michelin Tyres Development have never looked back and in the early days because of their better cornering they were used in the early motor-sport cars with great success.

Post written by Eric Roberts

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Michelin ‘America’s Best Employer’- in Automotive Industry for 2017 : Tyrepress

Michelin ‘America’s Best Employer’

Michelin ‘America’s Best Employer’

Michelin ‘America’s Best Employer’

Whenever I read this type of article, then they jolt my memory . Although this article relates to Michelin USA . Consequently , mind  took me back in time to the 1970,s . In those days then Michelin owned a distribution warehouse in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Of course Michelin truck tyres were and still are the best truck tyres on the market. The Michelin quality was second to none .

In those days then I worked for C Neild tyres in Gelderd road. Hence, just down the road from the Michelin distribution centre. In those days Michelin would have two deliveries a day . Because of this we were very friendly towards some of the drivers . Subsequently, the drivers were always telling us how good an employer that Michelin was . In fact, one of the drivers explained that when he moved into his new house . Then the French tyre company actually bought him a new washing machine .

It does not get much better than that ? So it comes as no surprise to me that Michelin have been voted as one of”Americas best Employers”.

Eric Roberts

The Michelin Group has been selected by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Employers” for 2017. On this year’s list, the company is ranked first in the Automotive Industry and 34th overall o…

Source: Forbes names Michelin ‘America’s Best Employer’ in Automotive Industry for 2017 : Tyrepress

Dedicated Michelin Man Restaurant-This Restaurant Is Dedicated To The Michelin Man | Londonist

Dedicated Michelin Man Restaurant

Dedicated Michelin Man Restaurant

This London restaurant is well a look at. Furthermore, the whole interior of the dining area is dedicated to the famous Michelin man. Therefore, it makes me wonder if they are looking for a cheeky star or two?

Michelin stars are very hard to come bye.For this reason, then I have only visited a Michelin star restaurant, The “Star Inn” Harome near Helmsley  a great little market town in North Yorkshire UK. Consequently, I have also written a couple of blogs about our experiences at the Star Inn. Because I have always been interested in anything to do with Michelin tyres. Finally, you must take a look at this special restaurant. Who knows one day you may eat there?

Eric Roberts

Dining with va-va-voom.

Source: This Restaurant Is Dedicated To The Michelin Man | Londonist

Michelin Primacy 3-tops Auto Zeitung summer tyre test : Tyrepress

Michelin Primacy 3

Michelin Primacy 3It’s summer tyre test season, or at least the time of year when the results are published. German car magazine Auto Zeitung has evaluated ten size 215/55 R17 W/Y products. Its decision to only test …

Michelin Primacy 3

Michelin will always be up at the top. Hence, in tyre development and the quality of the end product. Therefore, these tyre test by the German Motoring  magazine. If you are considering buying some tyres in the near future. Then you could go with Michelins.

Source: Michelin Primacy 3 tops Autozeitung summer tyre test : Tyrepress

Michelin Cross climate short test-UK winter 2016 -Now Proven 2018- YouTube

Michelin Cross climate short test

Michelin Cross climate short test

Of course, by getting the correct tyres for your car means you get a better performance out of it. Specifically, with hundreds of different patterns to choose from how do you know which ones are the best for you?

Choosing the correct tyres mean that you should choose a top performer. Including a tyre from Continental, the Conti Cross Contact LX 2   .Performing well in all areas of the independent tyre tests. Of course, which included handling and breaking on dry and wet roads. Including, rolling and aquaplaning resistance, (the power needed to turn the tyre).

Naturally, the other top tyres came from manufacturers Michelin, with their Cross Climate all-weather tyres.  Goodyear and Dunlop with some tyres performing better in wet conditions than others. Amongst the worst performers’ where offerings from manufactures Runway and Maxxis. Subsequently, all tyres tested performed well in one or more areas of the tests.

Winter tyre tests

In the test of winter tyres however it was Goodyear that came out on top with their winter tyre Ultragrip 8. Of the all-round tyres which you can use both in summer and winter the Vredestein’s Quatrac impressed the test panel the most. Pure summer tyres where proven to perform badly in wintry conditions.

Price wise, all-season tyres cost a fraction more than pure summer tyres do while winter specific tyres cost around ₤ 30-40 more. If the recent English winters with snow and ice continue it might be worth investing either considering in winter specific tyres or to fit the car with all-season tyres.

An online magazine recently tested tyres from 12 different brands covering anything from the premium to the budget and suitable for all cars from family hatchbacks to a new Rolls-Royce.

A good video about the very popular CrossClimate by Michelin. This is different to an all-weather tyre. Hence, Michelin say it is a summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities. Thus, the CrossClimate is well worth a try.

Michelin Cross climate short test

Eric Roberts


Michelin-Yokohama Tyre Price Rises-among those set to hike prices – European Rubber Journal

Michelin-Yokohama Tyre Price Rises

Michelin-Yokohama Tyre Price Rises

Michelin and Yokohama Tyres ready to be fitted to your car, At Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK. But price rises will be coming our way in 2017.

Michelin-Yokohama Tyre Price Rises

Michelin-Yokohama Tyre Price Rises

This article in the European Rubber Journal. Hence, is further proof to me that tyre prices are at rock bottom. Therefore, and need to rise. Because, I have been in the tyre trade now for over forty years. Hence, I have seen the rise and fall of tyre prices many times. Due to differing circumstances. Naturally, inflation and stagnation are one of the reasons. Other reasons have been the shortage of raw materials. I can remember a shortage of raw material “latex”. Due to bad weather in the latex growing areas. Hence, this pushed up the price of tyres.

As in many other industrial areas, then the raw materials that tyres are made of has been steadily rising. Manufacturers can and have absorbed the costs. But price increase are imminent. This report sets out reasons. probably a lot better than I can.

Eric Roberts.

Source: Michelin, Yokohama among those set to hike prices – European Rubber Journal

Michelin Tweels-Golf buggies-New wheels to benefit from Michelin’s Tweel technology : Tyrepress

Michelin Tweels-Golf buggies

Michelin Tweels-Golf buggiesA Michelin Tweel airless radial tyre-wheel combination is now available for golf buggies, initially in North American markets. Michelin North America has announced the launch of the Michelin X Twee…

Michelin Tweels-Golf buggies

I must admit, that the golf buggy was not in my mind for the recently introduced “michelin Tweel” invention. When it first came out, I could not understand exactly what Michelin were doing. These were not wheels and they were not tyres. The tweel was going against the main business of manufacturing normal tyres that we all know.

As expected, the new tweels were tested on some car models. Hence, I think they were tested on some BMW models. Thus, later in the tweel development, they were tested and introduced onto plant machinery. This was an excellent idea?

Plant hire equipment had always had problems with puncture repairs. Hence, when I was a tyre fitter in another life, then much of my time was devoted to repairing punctures in small dump truck wheels. As a result, the tweel must have saved the owners of these machines, thousands of pounds in “down time”.

Larger equipment, such as farm tractors, could be the next. Although, I am not sure how big and strong the tweel can be made. They would look like the old steam roller wheels. Of course, the tweel would be much lighter. Because of the new types of metals used in construction. This article in the excellent Tyrepress, opened mu eyes to another use for the tweel. Hence the golf buggy.

At the moment, the golf buggies run on pneumatic tyres. These tyres, run at low pressures. Because of this the buggies are susceptible to puncture repairs. Therefore, the use of the tweel will eliminate this problem. The tweel can also be fitted with a heavier tread pattern.Hence for a better grip on rougher terrain.

More information about the tweel-

Source: Golf buggies to benefit from Michelin’s Tweel technology : Tyrepress

Michelin Rally Tyres-C3 claims stage win on Col du Turini :

Michelin Rally Tyres

Michelin Rally Tyres

Michelin Rally Tyres

Rally news, photos, forums and statistics – simply a great community of dedicated rally fans.

Therefore, more reading-

Source: C3 claims stage win on Col du Turini :