CARSON, Calif. (BRAIN) —In its 120 years of existence, Goodyear has manufactured tires for everything from Henry Ford’s Model T to Formula 1 racecars and NASA’s Mars rover. But the company’s very first product was a bicycle tire back in 1898.
Goodyear returns to those roots now with a new line of performance bicycle tires developed over the past two years with Rubber Kinetics LLC, a company led by industry veteran Luke Musselman with a team based at Goodyear’s headquarters in Akron, Ohio.
“The inventions and technologies that have come out of Goodyear allow us to bring a premium line of bicycle tires to market,” Musselman said during a recent media launch at the Southern California facility housing Goodyear’s iconic blimp.
(Goodyear also continues to license its name for a separate line of tires and tubes designed by Kent International for the mass market.)
All of the rubber compounds for the new performance line are developed in-house — no other tire brand has them. And the compounds are made specifically for each tread pattern.
“We can design a great-looking tread pattern, but if the compound doesn’t work with the knob size and doesn’t interact with the ground …read more