New flat-free Michelin Tweel UTV carries heavier loads

By Larry StewartNovember 09, 2022

The new 26X11N14 Tweel tire/wheel for UTVs has 85% more load capacity than the current model, with a speed rating of 62 mph. (Photo: Michelin)

Michelin redesigned its new 26X11N14 Tweel tire/wheel for UTVs with 85% more load capacity than the current 26X9N14 model. It’s the second capacity increase since the Tweel for UTVs was introduced in 2018. The new Tweel is 2.8 inches wider with carrying capacity of 608 pounds for each tire. The increase allows customers to fully load their UTVs without exceeding the Tweel’s capacity.

“This new line of Tweels expands our coverage even more for the construction, landscaping and rental fleet markets,” said Tony Marconi, business director of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

The Michelin Tweel airless radial tire is a single unit with an integrated steel hub that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain. It

Michelin Tweel absorbs shock better than a pneumatic radial but with the durability of an airless tire. Full-width poly-resin spokes dampen shock and improve lateral stiffness. (Photo: John Deere)

removes the need for complex mounting equipment, and eliminates downtime due to flat tires.

When facing obstacles, the Michelin Tweel is designed to perform like a pneumatic radial tire, but with the durability of an airless tire. The full-width poly-resin spokes help dampen shock for a smoother ride, and produce lateral stiffness for improved cornering and side-hill stability. Tweel puts more rubber in contact with the ground than tires for improved traction plus better energy efficiency and reliability than tracks.

Available in five SKUs, the new wide-based rear fitment model is offered in five different bolt patterns for compatibility with various

UTVs. Load capacity increased from the current Michelin Tweel (26X9N14) at 715 pounds per Tweel to 1,323 pounds with a speed rating compatible with the current 26X9N14 model of 62 miles per hour.

“This new size is needed for many current UTVs in service today,” said Marconi. “This gives us more side-by-side market coverage and can carry the heavy loads to do the type of work they are intended to do.”

Michelin’s Tweel lineup spans applications from skid steer loaders to castering wheels on mowers. (Photo: Michelin)
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