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Radial-ply

Radial-ply is the type of construction used by almost all modern tyres.

A radial-ply tyre has reinforcing 'plies' which run across the tyre - from the bead on one side, through the sidewall and tread, through the other sidewall to the other bead.

A radial-ply or radial tyre has a stiff tread area and flexible sidewalls, which improves grip, stability and refinement.

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