Athlete Wheels meeting European trailer trends
European trailer manufacturers are increasingly fitting size 385/65R22.5 tyres with a load capacity of 164K (5,000 kg) on their trailers as original equipment, and in response to this trend Heuver Tyrewholesale is now supplying a compatible 5,000 kg wheel rim from its Athlete Wheels portfolio. Athlete Wheels is the first non-European brand to add a fully-tested 11.75-22.5 ET120 (5,000 kg) wheel rim to its range. As exclusive importer of the Athlete Wheels brand in Continental Europe (International Tyres is the exclusive UK distributor for Athlete steel truck wheels), Heuver is also introducing new wheel rims in sizes 11.75-19.5 and 11.75-22.5 ET135.
“We always keep a close eye on the market. And we immediately report the latest trends and customer preferences to companies that manufacturer our offered brands,” comments Bertus Heuver, director at Heuver Tyrewholesale. “We did the same thing when the 385/65R22.5 tyres (with 5,000 kg load capacity) were introduced to the OE trailer market. When you offer good quality tyres, you must make sure the wheel rims are also appropriate. In addition, we like to offer customers a complete tyre and wheel rim solution. During discussions with Athlete Wheels, they soon recognised the importance of a 5,000 kg wheel rim; partly because they are making major strides as an OE supplier. This shows that Athlete has established a firm foothold in the European market and has become a household brand. After extensive testing last year, the new wheel rim has now become available. We are pleased with this addition because it allows us to offer our customers a competitive range of modern tyres and wheel rims.”
Athlete Wheels has also added other sizes to its range. Bertus Heuver shares information on these: “In addition to the new 5,000 kg wheel rim, we are also offering a 11.75-19.5 wheel rim – typically for German trailers in size 385/55R19.5 – and a 11.75-22.5 wheel rim with a new ET value of 135. The 19.5 inch wheel rim caters to specific customer needs, while the 11.75-22.5 ET135 wheel rim is suitable for front truck axles by e.g. DAF and Scania. They are great additions to our range.”