The new reference Bias Touring tyre
An in-depth look into Bridgestone’s latest Bias Touring tyre development.
The Battlax BT46 is set to replace the iconic Battlax BT45. Since its introduction 22 years ago, the Battlax BT45 has been the go-to tyre for touring. Now, Bridgestone has upgraded this design with modern technology. The Battlax BT46 features an inverted V-shape in the front pattern – it tackles working forces on the tyre, reduces irregular wear and gives the rider incredible feedback for superior handling.
The rear tyre is enhanced with a newly adapted silica single compound to maximise performance, grip and wear. Wet performance has been upgraded from the BT45, with no impact on the predecessor’s wellknown dry handling performance and wear resistance.
And the BT46 is compatible with UM application: tubeless marked tyres are approved for mounting on tube type rims if they are used with a tube.
Changing the pattern design towards an inverted V-shape pattern based on predecessor’s acknowledged design properties to tackle the working forces on the tyre has a direct impact on reducing the irregular wear.
Most of BT46 size line-up will be in “UM Application” meaning that the tubeless tyre can be used on a tube type rim if used with a tube.
Adopting a high performing modern single silica compound on the rear tyre provides on top of the very nice feel and dry-handling performance, the necessary wet performance improvements to give great all-round performance to BT46.