Cooper Tire has announced the launch of its latest Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire. Labeled as a cost-effective option for fleet use, the tire builds on a previous iteration and features the tire manufacturer’s latest shoulder decoupling rib as well as a tougher sidewall to protect against curbing and irregular wear patterns.
Cooper’s ECO (Energy Conservation Optimization) technology features in the revised tire compound and construction, providing ultra-low rolling resistance. Consequently, the tire exceeds SmartWay standard requirements by 15%.
Featuring a four-belt steel construction, 15mm tread depth and a wide footprint, the tire has been designed to distribute weight more efficiently, improving traction and promoting even wear over the tire’s service life.
“This is a premium steer tire designed to lower costs for our customers through fuel efficiency and long miles to removal,” explained Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business. “We’ve built on the success of this new tire’s predecessor and continued to innovate with improvements made on this new product.
“Cooper has made this high-performing tire even better with the new decoupling rib, which has a unique size and shape that adds to its rigidity, allowing irregular shoulder wear to be minimized, which results in added durability in highway applications. Another unique feature on this new steer tire is a patented stone ejector design with a stepped groove wall in the tread pattern. This feature helps prevent stone drilling to ensure the integrity of the casing for multiple retreads.”
Cooper’s Wear Square features on both sides of the tire’s shoulder ribs to provide a visual indicator of tread depth and alignment, and information about when retreading is needed or when a complete replacement tire is necessary.
The tire will be available in size 295/75R22.5, with a load range of G and H. Additional sizes will be added to the range in October.