Tread Design


It’s the pattern of the tread combined with specially formulated rubber compounds that give each tire its specific performance characteristics. Recognized as a leader in tread design, we’re continually researching new and innovative ways to improve tire performance and fuel efficiency.


Block Type

This tread pattern is composed of independent blocks and has the following advantages:

  • Outstanding braking force and traction
  • Good traction on snow or in muddy terrain

 


Rib Type

In the rib type pattern the tread and grooves follow the circumference of the tire and have the following advantages:

  • Low rolling resistance
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good steering
  • Relatively low noise generation

 


Rib-Block Type

This pattern combines a block type tread in the center with a shoulder rib design and has the following advantages:

  • Low rolling resistance
  • Comfortable ride
  • Relatively low noise generation
  • Good traction on snow or in muddy terrain

 


Lug Type

In this pattern, the grooves are cut across the tread to provide the following advantages:

  • High braking force
  • Excellent traction on unpaved surfaces