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(11)EP 3 489 036 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 18204349.7

(22)Date of filing:  05.11.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B60C 11/03  (2006.01)
B60C 11/12  (2006.01)

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TYRE

REIFEN

PNEUMATIQUE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.11.2017 JP 2017226871
27.11.2017 JP 2017226869

(43)Date of publication of application:
29.05.2019 Bulletin 2019/22

(73)Proprietor: Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.
Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0072 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • ARAI, Mahito
    Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0072 (JP)
  • WAKASUGI, Masashi
    Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0072 (JP)
  • OMURA, Hiroki
    Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0072 (JP)

(74)Representative: Manitz Finsterwald Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB 
Martin-Greif-Strasse 1
80336 München
80336 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2017/082410
US-A1- 2017 096 034
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a tyre capable of exerting excellent noise performance.

    Background Art



    [0002] Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. 2015-140047 has proposed to specify a total sum of widths of shoulder main grooves and a center main groove in a pneumatic tyre in order to achieve steering stability both on a dry road surface and a wet road surface.

    [0003] Although, grooves and sipes provided in a tread portion can improve wet performance, it is possible that noise generated during running is increased. As a result of various experiments, inventors of the present invention obtained a finding that the noise performance can be improved while maintaining the wet performance by improving arrangement of the grooves and the sipes arranged in land regions divided by the main grooves.

    [0004] A tyre in accordance with the preamble of claim 1 is known from document us 2017/096034 A1.

    Summary of the Invention



    [0005] The present invention was made in view of the above, and a primary object thereof is to provide a tyre capable of exerting excellent noise performance while maintaining the wet performance.

    [0006] In one aspect of the present invention, a tyre comprises a tread portion whose position when mounted on a vehicle is specified, the tread portion comprising an outer shoulder main groove and an inner shoulder main groove extending continuously in a tyre circumferential direction, a crown main groove extending continuously in the tyre circumferential direction between the outer shoulder main groove and the inner shoulder main groove, and an inner crown land region defined between the crown main groove and the inner shoulder main groove, wherein the inner crown land region is provided with a plurality of crown lateral grooves each extending from the inner shoulder main groove with a width not less than 1.5 mm and having an inner end terminating within the inner crown land region, first inner crown sipes each extending between a respective one of the inner ends of the crown lateral grooves and the crown main groove with a width less than 1.5 mm, second inner crown sipes each extending from the inner shoulder main groove with a width less than 1.5 mm and having an inner end terminating within the inner crown land region, and third inner crown sipes each extending from the crown main groove with a width less than 1.5 mm and having an outer end terminating within the inner crown land region, and a length in a tyre axial direction of each of the crown lateral grooves is larger than a length in the tyre axial direction of each of the second inner crown sipes.

    [0007] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the length in the tyre axial direction of each of the crown lateral grooves is in a range of from 105% to 120% of the length in the tyre axal direction of each of the second inner crown sipes.

    [0008] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the outer ends of the third inner crown sipes are arranged on a side of the crown main groove of the inner ends of the second inner crown sipes, and the inner ends of the crown lateral grooves are arranged between the inner ends of the second inner crown sipes and the outer ends of the third inner crown sipes in the tyre axial direction.

    [0009] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the tread portion further comprises an outer crown land region defined between the crown main groove and the outer shoulder main groove, the outer crown land region is provided with a first outer crown sipe extending between the crown main groove and the outer shoulder main groove and second outer crown sipes each extending from the crown main groove and having an outer end terminating within the outer crown land region, and each of the third inner crown sipes is provided at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the second outer crown sipes with the crown main groove therebetween.

    [0010] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that both of an inner edge arranged on the side of the crown main groove and an outer edge arranged on a side of the inner shoulder main groove of the inner crown land region are chamfered.

    [0011] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that both of an inner edge arranged on the side of the crown main groove and an outer edge arranged on a side of the outer shoulder main groove of the outer crown land region are chamfered.

    [0012] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that a groove width of the crown main groove is larger than each of a groove width of the inner shoulder main groove and a groove width of the outer shoulder main groove.

    [0013] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the groove width of the inner shoulder main groove is larger than the groove width of the outer shoulder main groove.

    [0014] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the first outer crown sipe includes a narrow sipe portion and a wide sipe portion having a width larger than that of the narrow sipe portion.

    [0015] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the wide sipe portion is connected with the outer shoulder main groove.

    [0016] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the wide sipe portion has a length in the tyre axial direction smaller than that of each of the crown lateral grooves.

    [0017] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the outer crown land region is provided with a plurality of the first outer crown sipes, and each of the first outer crown sipes is arranged at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the first inner crown sipes with the crown main groove therebetween.

    [0018] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that a groove width of each of the crown lateral grooves gradually decreases toward a side of the crown main groove.

    [0019] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that each of the first inner crown sipes includes a first sipe portion and a second sipe portion having a depth smaller than that of the first sipe portion.

    [0020] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the first sipe portion has a depth same as that of each of the crown lateral grooves.

    [0021] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the second sipe portion is arranged on a side of a respective one of the crown lateral grooves of the first sipe portion.

    [0022] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that each of the second inner crown sipes and the third inner crown sipes terminates without crossing a center position in the tyre axial direction of the inner crown land region.

    [0023] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that a length in the tyre axial direction of each of the second inner crown sipes and a length in the tyre axial direction of each of the third inner crown sipes are smaller than that of each of the first inner crown sipes.

    [0024] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that the second inner crown sipes and the third inner crown sipes are inclined in the same direction with respect to the tyre axial direction.

    [0025] In another aspect of the invention, it is preferred that an angle of each of the third inner crown sipes with respect to the tyre axial direction is larger than an angle of each of the second inner crown sipes with respect to the tyre axial direction.

    [0026] In one aspect of the present invention, the tyre comprises the tread portion whose position when mounted on a vehicle is specified. The tread portion in one aspect of the present invention includes the outer shoulder main groove and the inner shoulder main groove extending continuously in the tyre circumferential direction, the crown main groove extending continuously in the tyre circumferential direction between the outer shoulder main groove and the inner shoulder main groove, and the inner crown land region defined between the crown main groove and the inner shoulder main groove. In the tyre configured as such, relatively large ground contact pressure tends to be applied to the inner crown land region during running straight, therefore, the grooves and the sipes arranged in the inner crown land region greatly contribute to the wet performance and the noise performance.

    [0027] As described above, it is possible that the tyre of the present invention exerts excellent noise performance while maintaining the wet performance.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0028] 

    Fig. 1 is a development view of a tread portion of a tyre according to an embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along A-A line of Fig. 1.

    Fig. 3 is an enlarged view of an outer crown land region and an inner crown land region of Fig. 1.

    Fig. 4A is a cross-sectional view taken along H-H line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 4B is a cross-sectional view taken along I-I line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 4C is a cross-sectional view taken along J-J line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 5 is an enlarged view of a second outer crown sipe and a third inner crown sipe of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 6A is a cross-sectional view taken along B-B line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 6B is a cross-sectional view taken along C-C line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 7A is a cross-sectional view taken along E-E line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 7B is a cross-sectional view taken along F-F line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 7C is a cross-sectional view taken along G-G line of Fig. 3.

    Fig. 8 is an enlarged view of an outer shoulder land region of Fig. 1.

    Fig. 9 is an enlarged view of an inner shoulder land region of Fig. 1.

    Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view taken along D-D line of Fig. 9.

    Fig. 11 is a development view of the tread portion of the tyre according to another embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 12 is an enlarged view of the inner crown land region of Comparative Example 1.

    Fig. 13 is an enlarged view of the inner crown land region of Comparative Example 2.

    Fig. 14 is an enlarged view of the outer crown land region and the inner crown land region of Reference.


    Description of the Preferred Embodiment



    [0029] An embodiment of the present invention will now be described below in detail in conjunction with accompanying drawings.

    [0030] Fig. 1 is a development view of a tread portion 2 of a tyre 1 showing an embodiment of the present invention. The tyre 1 in this embodiment can be used for various tyres such as a pneumatic tyre for a passenger car and for heavy load, and a non-pneumatic tyre not filled with pressurized air therein, for example. The tyre 1 in this embodiment is suitably used as a pneumatic tyre for a passenger car, for example.

    [0031] As shown in Fig. 1, the tyre 1 in this embodiment has the tread portion 2 whose position when mounted on a vehicle is specified, for example. However, the present invention is not limited to such an embodiment. The tread portion 2 has a first tread edge (Te1) located, when the tyre 1 is mounted on a vehicle, on an outer side of the vehicle and a second tread edge (Te2) located on an inner side of the vehicle when the tyre is mounted on the vehicle, for example. The mounting position of the tyre 1 on a vehicle is indicated by a letter or a symbol on one of sidewall portions (not shown), for example.

    [0032] In a case of a pneumatic tyre, the tread edges (Te1) and (Te2) are defined as outermost ground contacting positions in a tyre axial direction of the tyre 1 when the tyre 1 in a standard state is in contact with a flat surface with zero camber angle by being loaded with a standard tyre load. The standard state is a state in which the tyre is mounted on a standard rim, inflated to a standard inner pressure, and loaded with no tyre load. In this specification, unless otherwise noted, dimensions and the like of various parts of the tyre are values measured in the standard state.

    [0033] The "standard rim" is a wheel rim specified for the concerned tyre by a standard included in a standardization system on which the tyre is based, for example, the "normal wheel rim" in JATMA, "Design Rim" in TRA, and "Measuring Rim" in ETRTO.

    [0034] The "standard pressure" is air pressure specified for the concerned tyre by a standard included in a standardization system on which the tyre is based, for example, the "maximum air pressure" in JATMA, maximum value listed in the "TIRE LOAD LIMITS AT VARIOUS COLD INFLATION PRESSURES" table in TRA, and "INFLATION PRESSURE" in ETRTO.

    [0035] The "standard load" is a tyre load specified for the concerned tyre by a standard included in a standardization system on which the tyre is based, for example, the "maximum load capacity" in JATMA, maximum value listed in "TIRE LOAD LIMITS AT VARIOUS COLD INFLATION PRESSURES" table in TRA, and "LOAD CAPACITY" in ETRTO.

    [0036] In the tread portion 2 in this embodiment, main grooves extending continuously in a tyre circumferential direction are provided, for example. The main grooves include a shoulder main groove 3 provided between the first tread edge (Te1) and a tyre equator (C) or between the second tread edge (Te2) and the tyre equator (C), and a crown main groove 4 arranged adjacently to the shoulder main groove 3, for example.

    [0037] The shoulder main groove 3 in this embodiment includes an outer shoulder main groove 3A provided between the first tread edge (Te1) and the tyre equator (C), and an inner shoulder main groove 3B provided between the second tread edge (Te2) and the tyre equator (C), for example.

    [0038] It is preferred that each of the shoulder main grooves 3 is arranged so that a distance L1 between a groove center line thereof and the tyre equator (C) is in the range of from 0.20 to 0.30 times a tread width TW, for example. The tread width TW is a distance in the tyre axial direction of in the standard state between the first tread edge (Te1) and the second tread edge (Te2).

    [0039] For example, one crown main groove 4 is provided between two shoulder main grooves 3, and in this embodiment, it is provided on the tyre equator (C). However, it is not limited to such an embodiment, and two crown main grooves 4 may be provided so as to sandwich the tyre equator (C), for example.

    [0040] It is preferred that a groove width (w1a) of the crown main groove 4 is larger than a groove width (wlb) of the outer shoulder main groove 3A and a groove width (w1c) of the inner shoulder main groove 3B, for example. Specifically, it is preferred that the groove width (w1a) of the crown main groove 4 is in the range of from 1.25 to 1.35 times the groove width (wlb) of the outer shoulder main groove 3A. Thereby, it is possible that excellent wet performance is obtained.

    [0041] It is preferred that the groove width (w1c) of the inner shoulder main groove 3B is greater than the groove width (wlb) of the outer shoulder main groove 3A, for example. Specifically, it is preferred that the groove width (w1c) of the inner shoulder main groove 3B is in the range of from 1.20 to 1.28 times the groove width (wlb) of the outer shoulder main groove 3A.

    [0042] In order to improve the steering stability on a dry road surface and the wet performance in a good balance, it is preferred that the groove width (w1a) of the crown main groove 4, the groove width (w1b) of the outer shoulder main groove 3A, and the groove width (w1c) of the inner shoulder main groove 3B are each in the range of from 4.0% to 7.0% of the tread width TW, for example. Note that when dimensions of the grooves are shown in this specification, the dimensions not including chamfers are shown.

    [0043] Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along A-A line of Fig. 1. As shown in Fig. 2, a groove depth (D1a) of the crown main groove 4, a groove depth (D1b) of the outer shoulder main groove 3A, and a groove depth (D1c) of the inner shoulder main groove 3B are in the range of from 6.0 to 12.0 mm, for example.

    [0044] As shown in Fig. 1, the tread portion 2 in this embodiment is divided into shoulder land regions 7 and a crown land region 8 by the main grooves described above. The shoulder land regions 7 are each defined between one of the tread edges and its adjacent one of the shoulder main grooves 3. The shoulder land regions 7 in this embodiment include an outer shoulder land region 7A and an inner shoulder land region 7B, for example. The outer shoulder land region 7A is defined between the first tread edge (Te1) and the outer shoulder main groove 3A. The inner shoulder land region 7B is defined between the second tread edge (Te2) and the inner shoulder main groove 3B.

    [0045] The crown land regions 8 are defined between two shoulder main grooves 3A and 3B. The crown land regions 8 includes an outer crown land region 8A and an inner crown land region 8B, for example. The outer crown land region 8A is defined between the outer shoulder main groove 3A and the crown main groove 4. The inner crown land region 8B is defined between the inner shoulder main groove 3B and the crown main groove 4. However, the present invention is not limited to such an embodiment, and three crown land regions 8 may be defined between two shoulder main grooves 3, for example.

    [0046] Fig. 3 is an enlarged view of the outer crown land region 8A and the inner crown land region 8B. As shown in Fig. 3, the inner crown land region 8B is provided with a plurality of crown lateral grooves 34 each having a width of not less than 1.5 mm and a plurality of inner crown sipes 35 each having a width of less than 1.5 mm. Note that, in this specification, the term "sipe" means a groove having a width of less than 1.5 mm.

    [0047] Each of the crown lateral grooves 34 extends from the inner shoulder main groove 3B toward the crown main groove 4 and has an inner end terminating within the inner crown land region 8B. The crown lateral grooves 34 cooperate with the inner shoulder main grooves 3B to improve drainage performance in the vicinity of the inner crown land region 8B, for example.

    [0048] The inner crown sipes 35 include first inner crown sipes 36, second inner crown sipes 37, and third inner crown sipes 38, for example. Each of the first inner crown sipes 36 extends between an inner end of a respective one of the crown lateral grooves 34 and the crown main groove 4. Each of the second inner crown sipes 37 extends from the inner shoulder main groove 3B toward the crown main groove 4 and has an inner end terminating within the inner crown land region 8B. Each of the third inner crown sipes 38 extends from the crown main groove 4 toward the inner shoulder main groove 3B and has an outer end terminating within the inner crown land region 8B. These sipes provide frictional force on a wet road surface by their respective edges. Further, relatively large ground contact pressure is applied to the inner crown land region 8B, therefore, the wet performance is remarkably improved by the effect of these grooves and the sipes.

    [0049] Each of the first inner crown sipes 36, the second inner crown sipes 37, and the third inner crown sipes 38 has a width of less than 1.5 mm, therefore, almost no pumping noise is generated at the time of contacting the ground. Further, the first inner crown sipes 36, the second inner crown sipes 37, and the third inner crown sipes 38 moderately moderate the rigidity of the inner crown land region 8B, therefore, it is possible that impact sound when the land region contacts the ground is decreased. Thereby, it is possible that excellent noise performance is obtained.

    [0050] Each of the crown lateral grooves 34 is configured to have a length L12 in the tyre axial direction larger than a length L13 in the tyre axial direction of each of the second inner crown sipes 37. Thereby, frequency bands of the impact sound when the edges of the crown lateral grooves 34 contact the ground and the impact sound when the edges of the second inner crown sipes 37 contact the ground are dispersed, therefore, the noise performance is improved eventually. Further, the crown lateral grooves 34 having greater lengths than the sipes can be expected to have high drainage performance.

    [0051] In order to further increase the effects described above, the length L12 of each of the crown lateral grooves 34 is preferably not less than 105%, more preferably not less than 108%, and preferably not more than 120%, more preferably not more than 114% of the length L13 in the tyre axial direction of each of the second inner crown sipes 37.

    [0052] The crown lateral grooves 34 are inclined with respect to the tyre axial direction, for example. It is preferred that a groove width of each of the crown lateral grooves 34 gradually decreases toward the crown main groove 4, for example.

    [0053] It is preferred that, in a connecting portion of each of the crown lateral grooves 34 with the inner shoulder main groove 3B, a portion between at least one of groove walls and the tread ground contacting surface is chamfered so that the groove width gradually increases toward the inner shoulder main groove 3B, for example. It is possible that the crown lateral grooves 34 configured as such suppress the generation of a stationary wave in the inner shoulder main groove 3B while improving uneven wear resistance performance, therefore, it is possible that air column resonance sound is eventually decreased.

    [0054] It is preferred that a length L14 in the tyre circumferential direction of a chamfered portion 39 of each of the crown lateral grooves 34 is in the range of from 0.15 to 0.30 times one pitch length P1 of the crown lateral grooves 34, for example. Thereby, the wet performance and the noise performance are improved in a good balance.

    [0055] The first inner crown sipes 36 are inclined in the same direction as the crown lateral grooves 34, for example. In this embodiment, one of edges of each of the first inner crown sipes 36 extends so as to be smoothly continuous with one of the edges on the same side of a respective one of the crown lateral grooves 34.

    [0056] It is preferred that, in a connecting portion of each of the first inner crown sipes 36 with the crown main groove 4, a portion between at least one of sipe walls and the tread ground contacting surface is chamfered so that the width thereof gradually increases toward the crown main groove 4. In this embodiment, a chamfered portion 40 is provided on the sipe wall on the opposite side to the chamfered portion 39 provided on the groove wall of each of the crown lateral grooves 34.

    [0057] Fig. 4A is a cross-sectional view of one of the crown lateral grooves 34 and one of the first inner crown sipes 36 taken along H-H line of Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. 4A, it is preferred that each of the first inner crown sipes 36 includes a first sipe portion (36a) arranged on a side of the crown main groove 4 and a second sipe portion (36b) arranged on a side of a respective one of the crown lateral grooves 34.

    [0058] The first sipe portion (36a) has a depth (d8) same as a depth (d14) of each of the crown lateral grooves 34, for example. The second sipe portion (36b) is arranged on a side of a respective one of the crown lateral grooves 34 of the first sipe portion (36a). It is preferred that the second sipe portion (36b) has a depth (d9) smaller than that of the first sipe portion (36a), for example. A depth (d9) of the second sipe portion (36b) is in the range of from 0.40 to 0.60 times a depth (d8) of the first sipe portion (36a), for example. The first inner crown sipes 36 configured as such make it easy for a part of the inner crown land region 8B on the side of the crown main groove 4 to deform moderately, therefore, it is possible that the generation of the stationary wave in the crown main groove 4 is suppressed, thereby, it is possible that the air column resonance sound of the crown main groove 4 is decreased.

    [0059] As shown in Fig. 3, each of the second inner crown sipes 37 and the third inner crown sipes 38 terminates without crossing a center position in the tyre axial direction of the inner crown land region 8B. Each of the second inner crown sipes 37 and the third inner crown sipes 38 in this embodiment has a smaller length in the tyre axial direction than that of each of the first inner crown sipes 36, for example. It is preferred that the length L13 in the tyre axial direction of each of the second inner crown sipes 37 and a length L16 in the tyre axial direction of each of the third inner crown sipes 38 is in the range of from 0.60 to 0.75 times a length L15 in the tyre axial direction of each of the first inner crown sipes 36, respectively. Further, it is preferred that each of the length L13 and the length L16 is in the range of from 0.30 to 0.50 times a width W8 in the tyre axial direction of the inner crown land region 8B.

    [0060] The outer ends of the third inner crown sipes 38 in this embodiment are arranged on the side of the crown main groove 4 of the inner ends of the second inner crown sipes 37. In a further preferred embodiment, the inner ends of the crown lateral grooves 34 are arranged between the inner ends of the second inner crown sipes 37 and the outer ends of the third inner crown sipes 38 in the tyre axial direction.

    [0061] It is preferred that the second inner crown sipes 37 and the third inner crown sipes 38 are inclined in the same direction as the first inner crown sipes 36 with respect to the tyre axial direction, for example. It is preferred that an angle θ1 of each of the second inner crown sipes 37 with respect to the tyre axial direction is in the range of from 0 to 20 degrees, for example. It is preferred that an angle θ2 of each of the third inner crown sipes 38 with respect to the tyre axial direction is larger than the angle θ1 and in the range of from 20 to 40 degrees, for example. The second inner crown sipes 37 and the third inner crown sipes 38 configured as such are useful for making the impact sound generated when the edges of each of the sipes contact the road surface into white noise.

    [0062] Fig. 4B is a cross-sectional view of one of the second inner crown sipes 37 taken along I-I line perpendicular thereto of Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. 4B, it is preferred that each of the second inner crown sipes 37 has an opening portion 41 having a width increasing outwardly in a tyre radial direction, for example. In this embodiment, one of sipe walls 42 on one side in the tyre circumferential direction of each of the second inner crown sipes 37 is inclined, whereby the opening portion 41 is formed. The sipe walls 42 on both sides may be inclined in each of the second inner crown sipes 37, for example. Further, the second inner crown sipes 37 may be respectively provided at the groove bottoms of the narrow groove portions described above, for example. Each of the third inner crown sipes 38 has the same cross-sectional shape as each of the second inner crown sipes 37 described above, for example.

    [0063] Fig. 4C is a cross-sectional view of one of the second inner crown sipes 37 and one of the third inner crown sipes 38 taken along J-J line of Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. 4C, each of the second inner crown sipes 37 extends from the inner shoulder main groove 3B at a constant depth until the depth gradually decreases near the inner end thereof. Each of the third inner crown sipes 38 includes a first sipe portion (38a) arranged on a side of the second inner crown sipe 37 and a second sipe portion (38b) on a side of the crown main groove 4. The first sipe portion (38a) has a depth (d10) same as a depth (d15) of each of the second inner crown sipes 37, for example. The second sipe portion (38b) has a depth (d11) smaller than that of the first sipe portion (38a), for example. It is preferred that the depth (d11) of the second sipe portion (38b) is in the range of from 0.45 to 0.55 times the depth (d10) of the first sipe portion (38a), for example. It is possible that the second inner crown sipes 37 and the third inner crown sipes 38 configured as such, in combination with the first inner crown sipes 36 described above, improve the wet performance and the noise performance in a good balance.

    [0064] The outer crown land region 8A is provided with first outer crown sipes 26 and second outer crown sipes 27, for example. Each of the first outer crown sipes 26 extends between the crown main groove 4 and the outer shoulder main groove 3A. Each of the second outer crown sipes 27 extends from the crown main groove 4 toward the outer shoulder main groove 3A and has an outer end terminating within the outer crown land region 8A. The first outer crown sipes 26 and the second outer crown sipes 27 provide frictional force on a wet road surface by their respective edges.

    [0065] The second outer crown sipes 27 together with the first outer crown sipes 26 further moderate the rigidity of a part on the side of the crown main groove 4 of the outer crown land region 8A. Therefore, it is made easy for the outer crown land region 8A to follow the road surface even in an early stage of cornering in which the ground contact pressure is not sufficiently increased, for example, thereby, excellent initial responsiveness is obtained eventually. On the other hand, the second outer crown sipes 27 terminate within the outer crown land region 8A, therefore, the outer crown land region 8A has high rigidity in a part thereof on the side of the outer shoulder main groove 3A. Thereby, the outer crown land region 8A exerts large cornering force in the middle stage of cornering when sufficient ground contacting load is applied to the tyre, for example, therefore, it is possible that the steering stability on a dry road surface is improved eventually.

    [0066] Fig. 5 is an enlarged view of one of the third inner crown sipes 38 and one of the second outer crown sipes 27. As shown in Fig. 5, it is preferred that each of the third inner crown sipes 38 is provided at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the second outer crown sipes 27 adjacent thereto with the crown main groove 4 therebetween. Note that the sipe being "provided at a position so as to be smoothly continuous" with another sipe at least includes an embodiment in which a minimum separation distance in the tyre circumferential direction between a first region (32a) obtained by virtually extending one of the sipes and a second region (32b) obtained by virtually extending the other one of the sipes is less than 1.0 mm. In this embodiment, the first region (32a) and the second region (32b) at least partially intersect with each other (that is, the minimum separation distance = 0). In a more preferred embodiment, the first region (32a) intersects with an end portion of the other one of the sipes and the second region (32b) intersects with an end portion of the one of the sipes.

    [0067] In this embodiment, due to the arrangement of the sipes described above, it is made easy for the third inner crown sipes 38 and the second outer crown sipes 27 to open, therefore, it is possible that larger frictional force is provided by edges of each of the sipes during running on a wet road surface.

    [0068] As shown in Fig. 3, each of the first outer crown sipes 26 includes a narrow sipe portion 22 and a wide sipe portion 23 having a width larger than that of the narrow sipe portion 22. The wide sipe portion 23 is connected with the outer shoulder main groove 3A. The narrow sipe portion 22 has the width in the range of from 0.4 to 0.8 mm, for example. The width of the wide sipe portion 23 is preferably in the range of from 1.50 to 1.80 times, more preferably in the range of from 1.60 to 1.70 times the width of the narrow sipe portion 22. Specifically, it is preferred that the wide sipe portion 23 has the width in the range of from 0.8 to 1.2 mm.

    [0069] It is possible that the wide sipe portion 23 moderates the rigidity of the surrounding land part thereof more than the narrow sipe portion 22. On the other hand, in the crown land region 8A, variation of the ground contacting load during running is larger in a part on a side of the outer shoulder main groove 3A than in a part on a side of the crown main groove 4, therefore, uneven wear is more likely to occur due to minute slippage of the ground contacting surface. In this embodiment, by providing the wide sipe portions 23 in this region, it is made easy for the surrounding land parts to follow the road surface, therefore, it is possible that the minute slippage is suppressed, thereby, it is possible that the uneven wear of the crown land region 8A is eventually further suppressed.

    [0070] Further, in the outer crown land region 8A, the land parts around the wide sipe portions 23 are likely to follow the road surface even in a state of early stage of cornering in which the ground contacting load is not sufficiently increased, for example, therefore, it is possible that the initial responsiveness is increased as well.

    [0071] Furthermore, in the outer crown land region 8A, the land parts around the narrow sipe portions 22 are provided on the side of the crown main groove 4 of the narrow sipe portions 22, therefore, higher rigidity than the land parts around the wide sipe portions 23 is provided, thereby, large cornering force is exerted, therefore, it is possible that the steering stability is eventually improved.

    [0072] Fig. 6A is a cross-sectional view of one of the wide sipe portions 23 taken along B-B line of Fig. 3. Fig. 6B is a cross-sectional view of one of the narrow sipe portions 22 taken along C-C line of Fig. 3. As shown in Figs 6A and 6B, it is preferred that a depth (d1) of each of the wide sipe portions 12 is larger than a depth (d2) of each of the narrow sipe portions 11. Specifically, the depth (d1) of each of the wide sipe portions 23 is preferably not less than 1.03 times, more preferably not less than 1.06 times, and preferably not more than 1.15 times, more preferably not more than 1.12 times the depth (d2) of each of the narrow sipe portions 22. Note that the depths (d1) and (d2) each correspond to a distance along a depth direction of the sipe between a ground contacting surface of the land region and a bottom of the sipe, for example.

    [0073] As shown in Figs. 3 and 6A, it is preferred that the outer crown land region 8A is provided with narrow groove portions 24 each having a groove width of not less than 1.5 mm and a groove depth of not more than 2.0 mm, and that the wide sipe portion 23 extends inwardly in the tyre radial direction from a groove bottom of each of the narrow groove portions 24. A depth (d3) of each of the narrow groove portions 24 is in the range of from 1.0 to 2.0 mm, for example. It is possible that the narrow groove portions 24 and the wide sipe portions 23 configured as such further improve the uneven wear resistance performance.

    [0074] As shown in Fig. 3, it is preferred that, in a connecting portion of each of the narrow groove portions 24 with the outer shoulder main groove 3A, a portion between at least one of groove walls and the tread ground contacting surface is chamfered so that the groove width thereof gradually increases toward the outer shoulder main groove 3A. Each of the narrow groove portions 24 provided in the outer crown land region 8A has a chamfered portion 25 provided in one of the groove walls thereof. In a preferred embodiment, the chamfered portion 25 of each of the narrow groove portions 24 is provided on the same side in the tyre circumferential direction as the chamfered portion 40 (shown in Fig. 3) of each of the first inner crown sipes 36.

    [0075] It is preferred that a length L9 in the tyre axial direction of each of the wide sipe portions 23 is in the range of from 0.30 to 0.40 times a width W7 of the outer crown land region 8A, for example. Further, it is preferred that the length L9 of each of the wide sipe portions 23 is smaller than the length L12 of each of the crown lateral grooves 34, for example. Thereby, the rigidity of the outer crown land region 8A is relatively increased, therefore, the steering stability during cornering is improved.

    [0076] Each of the narrow sipe portions 22 is connected with the crown main groove 4, for example. It is preferred that a length L10 in the tyre axial direction of each of the narrow sipe portions 22 is greater than the length L9 in the tyre axial direction of each of the wide sipe portions 23. The length L10 of each of the narrow sipe portions 22 is in the range of from 1.60 to 1.80 times the length L9 of each of the wide sipe portions 23, for example. with the wide sipe portions 23 and the narrow sipe portions 22 configured as such, it is possible that large cornering force is obtained while excellent initial responsiveness is exerted.

    [0077] It is preferred that, in a connecting portion of each of the narrow sipe portions 22 with the crown main groove 4, a portion between at least one of sipe walls and the tread ground contacting surface is chamfered so that a width thereof gradually increases toward the crown main groove 4. In this embodiment, a chamfered portion 28 is provided on the sipe wall on the opposite side (the lower side in Fig. 3) to the chamfered portion 25 provided on the groove wall of each of the narrow groove portions 24. The chamfered portions 28 configured as such decrease the air column resonance sound of the crown main groove 4, therefore, it is possible that the noise performance is eventually improved.

    [0078] Fig. 7A is a cross-sectional view of one of the first outer crown sipes 26 taken along E-E line of Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. 7A, each of the first outer crown sipes 26 includes a first sipe portion (26a) arranged on a side of the outer shoulder main groove 3A and a second sipe portion (26b) arranged on a side of the crown main groove 4, for example. The second sipe portion (26b) has a depth smaller than that of the first sipe portion (26a), for example. A depth (d5) of the second sipe portion (26b) is in the range of from 0.45 to 0.55 times a depth (d4) of the first sipe portion (26a), for example. The first outer crown sipes 26 configured as such maintain the rigidity of a portion of the outer crown land region 8A on a side of the tyre equator (C) while improving the initial responsiveness, therefore, it is possible that further excellent steering stability is exerted.

    [0079] As shown in Fig. 3, it is preferred that each of the first outer crown sipes 26 provided in the outer crown land region 8A is arranged at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the first inner crown sipes 36 with the crown main groove 4 therebetween. Thereby, it becomes easier for the land parts around the sipes to follow the road surface, therefore, the initial responsiveness is improved.

    [0080] Each of the second outer crown sipes 27 extends from the crown main groove 4 toward the outer shoulder main groove 3A and has a terminating end 29 terminating within the outer crown land region 8A, for example.

    [0081] A length L11 in the tyre axial direction of each of the second outer crown sipes 27 is in the range of from 0.35 to 0.55 times, preferably in the range of from 0.42 to 0.48 times the width W7 in the tyre axial direction of the outer crown land region 8A, for example. Further, it is preferred that the terminating ends 29 of the second outer crown sipes 27 are located closer to the crown main groove 4 than end portions on the side of the crown main groove 4 of the wide sipe portions 23 of the first outer crown sipes 26. The second outer crown sipes 27 configured as such suppress excessive decrease in the rigidity of the outer crown land region 8A, therefore, it is possible that large cornering force is provided.

    [0082] It is preferred that each of the second outer crown sipes 27 is arranged at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the third inner crown sipes 38 with the crown main groove 4 therebetween. Thereby, it becomes easier for the land parts around the sipes to follow the road surface, therefore, the initial responsiveness is improved.

    [0083] Fig. 7B is a cross-sectional view of one of the second outer crown sipes 27 taken along F-F line orthogonal thereto of Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. 7B, it is preferred that each of the second outer crown sipes 27 has an opening portion 30 having a width increasing outwardly in the tyre radial direction, for example. In this embodiment, one of sipe walls 31 on one side in the tyre circumferential direction of each of the second outer crown sipes 27 is inclined, whereby the opening portion 30 is formed. The sipe walls 31 on both sides may be inclined in each of the second outer crown sipes 27, for example. Further, the second outer crown sipes 27 may be respectively provided at the groove bottoms of the narrow groove portions described above, for example.

    [0084] As shown in Fig. 3, it is preferred that, in each of the second outer crown sipes 27 in this embodiment, the inclined sipe wall 31 is arranged on one side in the tyre circumferential direction (the lower side in Fig. 1) and in each of the second inner crown sipes 37 in this embodiment, the inclined sipe wall 42 is arranged on the other side (the upper side in Fig. 1) in the tyre circumferential direction.

    [0085] Fig. 7C is a cross-sectional view taken along G-G line along one of the second outer crown sipes 27 of Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. 7C, it is preferred that each of the second outer crown sipes 27 includes a first sipe portion (27a) arranged on a side of the terminating end 29 and a second sipe portion (27b) arranged on the side of the crown main groove 4. The second sipe portion (27b) has a depth smaller than that of the first sipe portion (27a), for example. It is preferred that a depth (d7) of the second sipe portion (27b) is in the range of from 0.45 to 0.55 times a depth (d6) of the first sipe portion (27a), for example. Each of the second outer crown sipes 27 configured as such suppresses a portion thereof on the side of the crown main groove 4 from being excessively opened, therefore, it is possible that the uneven wear resistance performance and the steering stability are improved.

    [0086] As shown in Fig. 2, it is preferred that both of an inner edge (43a) arranged on the side of the crown main groove 4 and an outer edge (43b) arranged on the side of the inner shoulder main groove 3B of the inner crown land region 8B are chamfered. Similarly, it is preferred that both of an inner edge (43a) arranged on the side of the crown main groove 4 and an outer edge (43b) arranged on the side of the outer shoulder main groove 3A of the outer crown land region 8A are chamfered. It is possible that each of the land regions configured as such moderates the impact sound generated when the edges come into contact with the road surface.

    [0087] It is preferred that, in each of the inner crown land region 8B and the outer crown land region 8A, a radius of curvature R1 of the tread ground contacting surface is not more than 560 mm. Specifically, it is preferred that the radius of curvature R1 is in the range of from 400 to 500 mm. Thereby, the ground contact pressure applied to the inner crown land region 8B and the outer crown land region 8A is increased while the ground contact pressure applied to the outer shoulder land region 7A and the inner shoulder land region 7B is moderated, therefore, it is possible that sound generated when each of the shoulder land regions 7A and 7B rotates.

    [0088] Fig. 8 is an enlarged view of the outer shoulder land region 7A as an example of the shoulder land region 7. As shown in Fig. 8, the outer shoulder land region 7A is provided with outer shoulder sipes 10 extending in the tyre axial direction. The outer shoulder sipes 10 moderate deformation of the outer shoulder land region 7A at the time of contacting the ground, therefore, the uneven wear thereof is suppressed.

    [0089] Each of the outer shoulder sipes 10 in this embodiment extends between the outer shoulder main groove 3A and the first tread edge (Te1). However, it is not limited to such an embodiment, and each of the shoulder sipes 10 may have one end or both ends terminating within the outer shoulder land region 7A.

    [0090] Each of the outer shoulder sipes 10 includes a narrow sipe portion 11 and a wide sipe portion 12 having a width larger than that of the narrow sipe portion 11. Note that the dimensions of the narrow sipe portion 22 and the wide sipe portion 23 of each of the first outer crown sipes 26 described above can be applied to the narrow sipe portion 11 and the wide sipe portion 12 of each of the outer shoulder sipes 10.

    [0091] It is possible that the wide sipe portion 12 moderates rigidity of the surrounding land part thereof more than the narrow sipe portion 11. Thereby, it is easy for the land part around the wide sipe portion 12 to follow the road surface even in an early stage of cornering in which the ground contacting load is not sufficiently increased, for example, therefore, it is possible that excellent initial responsiveness is obtained.

    [0092] The wide sipe portion 12 of the present invention is arranged on a side of the outer shoulder main groove 3A. A larger ground contacting load tends to be applied to a part of the outer shoulder land region 7A on a side of the outer shoulder main groove 3A than a part thereof on a side of the first tread edge (Te1) at the early stage of cornering. Therefore, by providing the wide sipe portions 12 in this region, the initial responsiveness is remarkably improved.

    [0093] Further, the land parts around the narrow sipe portions 11 are located closer to the tread edge (Te1) than the wide sipe portions 12, therefore, they provide higher rigidity than the land parts around the wide sipe portions 12, thereby, in the middle stage of cornering in which sufficient ground contacting load is applied to the tyre, for example, large cornering force is exerted, therefore, it is possible that the steering stability is improved eventually.

    [0094] It is preferred that each of the wide sipe portions 12 is connected with the outer shoulder main groove 3A, for example. It is preferred that a length L2 in the tyre axial direction of each of the wide sipe portion 12 is in the range of from 0.15 to 0.30 times a width W2 of the outer shoulder land region 7A, for example. It is possible that the wide sipe portions 12 configured as such improve the uneven wear resistance performance and the steering stability in a good balance.

    [0095] It is preferred that each of the narrow sipe portions 11 is connected with the first tread edge (Te1), for example. Further, it is preferred that a length L3 in the tyre axial direction of each of the narrow sipe portions 11 is larger than the length L2 in the tyre axial direction of each of the wide sipe portions 12. Specifically, it is preferred that the length L3 of each of the narrow sipe portions 11 is in the range of from 3.0 to 4.5 times the length L2 of each of the wide sipe portions 12, for example.

    [0096] It is preferred that the outer shoulder land region 7A is provided with narrow groove portions 13 configured similarly to the narrow groove portions 24 (shown in Fig. 3) provided in the outer crown land region 8A, and that the wide sipe portion 12 extends inwardly in the tyre radial direction from a groove bottom of each of the narrow groove portions 13. It is possible that the narrow groove portions 13 and the wide sipe portions 12 configured as such further improve the uneven wear resistance performance.

    [0097] It is preferred that each of the narrow groove portions 13 extends outwardly in the tyre axial direction from the outer shoulder main groove 3A and terminates between an outer end in the tyre axial direction of a respective one of the wide sipe portions 12 and the first tread edge (Te1), for example. It is preferred that a length L4 in the tyre axial direction of each of the narrow groove portions 13 is in the range of from 1.5 to 2.5 times the length L2 in the tyre axial direction of each of the wide sipe portions 12, for example.

    [0098] In each set of one of the outer shoulder sipes 10 and a respective one of the narrow groove portions 13, between the outer end of the wide sipe portion 12 and an outer end of the narrow groove portion 13, it is preferred that the narrow sipe portion 11 extends inwardly in the tyre radial direction from a groove bottom of the narrow groove portion 13. Further, in a region between the outer end of the narrow groove portion 13 and the first tread edge (Te1), it is preferred that the narrow sipe portion 11 extends with a constant width between a bottom thereof and the ground contacting surface.

    [0099] It is preferred that in a connecting portion of each of the narrow groove portions 13 with the outer shoulder main groove 3A, a portion between at least one of groove walls and the tread ground contacting surface is chamfered so that a groove width thereof gradually increases toward the outer shoulder main groove 3A. In each of the narrow groove portions 13 in this embodiment, only one of the groove walls (the lower groove wall in Fig. 8) has a chamfered portion 14, for example. It is possible that the narrow groove portions 13 configured as such decrease the air column resonance sound in the outer shoulder main groove 3A while improving the uneven wear resistance performance.

    [0100] In this embodiment, as shown in Fig. 1, each of the narrow groove portions 13 provided in the outer shoulder land region 7A has the chamfered portion 14 in the groove wall on one side (the lower side in Fig. 1) in the tyre circumferential direction, and each of the narrow groove portions 24 provided in the outer crown land region 8A has the chamfered portion 25 in a groove wall thereof on the other side (the upper side in Fig. 1) in the tyre circumferential direction. Each of the chamfered portions 25 provided in the outer crown land region 8A has a chamfer length in the tyre circumferential direction larger than that of each of the chamfered portions 14 provided in the outer shoulder land region 7A. It is possible that such an arrangement of the narrow groove portions 24 improves the uneven wear resistance performance and suppresses generation of the stationary wave in the outer shoulder main groove 3A, therefore, it is possible that the air column resonance sound is eventually decreased.

    [0101] Further, in each pair of one of the first outer crown sipes 26 and one of the outer shoulder sipes 10 adjacent to each other in the tyre axial direction, it is preferred that a displacement amount in the tyre circumferential direction between the first outer crown sipe 26 and the outer shoulder sipe 10 at the outer shoulder main groove 3A is not more than 1.0 mm. The outer shoulder sipe 10 in this embodiment is arranged so as to be continuous with the first outer crown sipe 26 with the outer shoulder main groove 3A therebetween, and in a preferred embodiment, the outer shoulder sipe 10 includes a portion linearly continuous with the first outer crown sipe 26 with the outer shoulder main groove 3A therebetween. It is possible that such an arrangement of the sipes makes it further easier for the surrounding land parts to follow the road surface, therefore, it is possible that the initial responsiveness is further improved.

    [0102] As shown in Fig. 8, the outer shoulder land region 7A in this embodiment is provided with a plurality of the outer shoulder sipes 10 arranged at intervals in the tyre circumferential direction, and an outer shoulder lateral groove 15 is arranged between each pair of the outer shoulder sipes 10 adjacent to each other in the tyre circumferential direction.

    [0103] Each of the outer shoulder lateral grooves 15 extends inwardly in the tyre axial direction from the first tread edge (Te1) and terminates without being connected with the outer shoulder main groove 3A, for example. It is possible that the outer shoulder lateral grooves 15 configured as such improve the wet performance while maintaining the rigidity of the outer shoulder land region 7A.

    [0104] It is preferred that inner ends (15a) in the tyre axial direction of the outer shoulder lateral grooves 15 are located on an outer side in the tyre axial direction of outer ends (12a) in the tyre axial direction of the wide sipe portions 12. It is preferred that a length L5 in the tyre axial direction of each of the outer shoulder lateral grooves 15 is preferably not less than 0.45 times, more preferably not less than 0.52 times, and preferably not more than 0.65 times, more preferably not more than 0.58 times the width W2 in the tyre axial direction of the outer shoulder land region 7A, for example.

    [0105] In order to exert sufficient drainage performance, it is preferred that a groove width W3 of each of the outer shoulder lateral grooves 15 is in the range of from 1.5 to 2.5 times a groove width W4 of each of the narrow groove portions 13, for example.

    [0106] Fig. 9 is an enlarged view of the inner shoulder land region 7B as another example of the shoulder land region 7. As shown in Fig. 9, the inner shoulder land region 7B is provided with a plurality of inner shoulder lateral grooves 16, for example. Each of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 extends inwardly in the tyre axial direction from the second tread edge (Te2) and terminates without being connected with the inner shoulder main groove 3B, for example.

    [0107] It is preferred that a length L6 in the tyre axial direction of each of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 is preferably not less than 0.60 times, more preferably not less than 0.65 times, and preferably not more than 0.76 times, more preferably not more than 0.71 times a width W5 in the tyre axial direction of the inner shoulder land region 7B. It is possible that the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 configured as such improve the steering stability and the wet performance in a good balance.

    [0108] It is preferred that a distance L7 in the tyre axial direction between an inner end of each of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 and the inner shoulder main groove 3B is smaller than a distance L8 (shown in Fig. 8) between an inner end of each of the outer shoulder lateral grooves 15 and the outer shoulder main groove 3A, for example.

    [0109] Each of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 has a groove width W6 larger than 2 mm, for example. It is preferred that the groove width W6 of each of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 is in the range of from 0.40 to 0.60 times the groove width (w1c) (shown in Fig. 1) of the inner shoulder main groove 3B, for example.

    [0110] The inner shoulder land region 7B is provided with connecting sipes 17 and inner shoulder sipes 18. Each of the connecting sipes 17 extends between a respective one of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 and the inner shoulder main groove 3B. Each of the inner shoulder sipes 18 is arranged between a respective pair of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 adjacent to each other in the tyre circumferential direction.

    [0111] Each of the connecting sipes 17 extends inwardly in the tyre radial direction from a groove bottom of a respective one of narrow groove portions 19 each having a groove width not less than 1.5 mm and a groove depth not more than 2.0 mm, for example. Each of the connecting sipes 17 has a width in the range of from 0.4 to 0.8 mm, for example. It is possible that dimensions of the narrow groove portions 13 provided in the outer shoulder land region 7A are applied to dimensions of the narrow groove portions 19, for example.

    [0112] Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view of one of the connecting sipes 17 taken along D-D line of Fig. 9. As shown in Fig. 10, each of the connecting sipes 17 includes a first sipe portion (17a) arranged on a side of a respective one of the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16 and a second sipe portion (17b) arranged on a side of the inner shoulder main groove 3B, for example. The second sipe portion (17b) has a depth smaller than that of the first sipe portion (17a), for example. It is preferred that a depth (d13) of the second sipe portion (17b) is in the range of from 0.35 to 0.55 times a depth (d12) of the first sipe portion (17a). Each of the connecting sipes 17 configured as such suppresses a portion thereof on the side of the inner shoulder main groove 3B from being excessively opened while improving the initial responsiveness, therefore, it is possible that the uneven wear resistance performance is improved as well.

    [0113] As shown in Fig. 9, the inner shoulder sipes 18 extend along the inner shoulder lateral grooves 16, for example. Both ends of each of the inner shoulder sipes 18 terminate within the inner shoulder land region 7B, for example. The inner shoulder sipes 18 configured as such make it easier for the land region to follow the road surface while suppressing excessive decrease in the rigidity of the land region, therefore, it is possible that excellent steering stability and initial responsiveness are eventually exerted.

    [0114] Similar to the connecting sipes 17 described above, each of the inner shoulder sipes 18 extends inwardly in the tyre radial direction from a groove bottom of a respective one of the narrow groove portions, for example.

    [0115] As shown in Fig. 1, it is preferred that a land ratio (Lr1) of the region between the tyre equator (C) and the first tread edge (Te1) is larger than a land ratio (Lr2) of the region between the tyre equator (C) and the second tread edge (Te2). Specifically, it is preferred that the land ratio (Lr1) is in the range of from 1.05 to 1.10 times the land ratio (Lr2). Thereby, the response during steering is made linear, therefore, it is possible that excellent steering stability is exerted. In this specification, the term "land ratio" means a ratio Sb/Sa of a total area Sa of an imaginary ground contacting surface obtained by filling all the grooves and the sipes and the actual total ground contacting area Sb.

    [0116] Fig. 11 is a development view of the tread portion 2 of the tyre 1 according to another embodiment of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 11, in this embodiment, an outer crown main groove 4A and an inner crown main groove 4B are provided on both sides of the tyre equator (C). The outer crown main groove 4A is provided between the tyre equator (C) and the outer shoulder main groove 3A. The inner crown main groove 4B is provided between the tyre equator (C) and the inner shoulder main groove 3B.

    [0117] It is preferred that each of the shoulder main grooves 3 in this embodiment is formed such that a distance (L1a) between the groove center line thereof and the tyre equator (C) is in the range of from 0.20 to 0.30 times the tread width TW, for example. It is preferred that each of the crown main grooves 4 is formed such that a distance (L1b) from a groove center line thereof and the tyre equator (C) is in the range of from 0.05 to 0.15 times the tread width TW, for example.

    [0118] By being provided with the main grooves described above, the tread portion 2 in this embodiment includes the outer shoulder land region 7A, the inner shoulder land region 7B, the outer crown land region 8A, the inner crown land region 8B, and a center crown land region 8C. It is possible that the above-described configurations are applied to the outer shoulder land region 7A, the inner shoulder land region 7B, the outer crown land region 8A, and the inner crown land region 8B.

    [0119] The center crown land region 8C is defined between the outer crown main groove 4A and the inner crown main groove 4B. The center crown land region 8C in this embodiment is provided with first center crown sipes 45 and second center crown sipes 46, for example. Each of the first center crown sipes 45 extends so as to cross the center crown land region 8C, for example. Each of the second center crown sipes 46 extends from the inner crown main groove 4B toward the tyre equator (C) and terminates before reaching the tyre equator (C), for example.

    [0120] while detailed description has been made of embodiments of the present invention, the present invention can be embodied in various forms without being limited to the illustrated embodiments.

    working Examples (Examples)



    [0121] Tires of size 195/65R15 having the basic pattern shown in Fig. 1 were made by way of test according to the specifications listed in Table 1. As Comparative Example 1, as shown in Fig. 12, tyres each having an inner crown land region (a) provided with crown lateral grooves (b) each terminating within the land region without being connected with a sipe were made by way of test. As Comparative Example 2, as shown in Fig. 13, tyres each having the inner crown land region (a) provided with the crown lateral grooves (b) each having a length smaller than that of each of second inner crown sipes (c) were made by way of test. Each of the tyres as the Comparative Examples 1 and 2 had substantially the same tread portion as that shown in Fig. 1 except for the configurations described above. Each of the test tyres was tested for the wet performance and the noise performance. Common specifications of the test tyres and the test methods were as follows.

    [0122] Tire rim: 15x6.5J
    Tire inner pressure: 250 kPa at front wheels, 240 kPa at rear wheels
    Test car: front wheel drive car, displacement of 1800 cc
    Tire mounting position: all wheels
    The test methods were as follows.

    < wet Performance >



    [0123] while driving the above test car on an asphalt road surface having a radius of 100 m with a paddle having a depth of 5 mm and a length of 20 m, lateral acceleration (lateral G) of the front wheels was measured. The results are shown as average lateral G at a speed in the range of from 50 to 80 km/h and indicated as an index based on the Comparative Example 1 being 100, wherein the larger the numerical value, the better the wet performance is.

    < Noise Performance >



    [0124] In-car noise was measured during the above-described test car was driven at a speed of 100 km/h on a dry road surface. The test results are indicated by an index based on the values of the Comparative Examples being 100, wherein the smaller the numerical value, the smaller the in-car noise is, which is better.

    [0125] The test results are shown in Table 1.
    Table 1.
     Comp.1Comp.2Ex.1Ex.2Ex.3Ex.4Ex.5
    Figure showing Crown land regionFig.12Fig.13Fig.3Fig.3Fig.3Fig.3Fig.3
    Length L12 of Crown lateral groove/ Length L13 of Second inner crown sipe [%] 111 75 111 105 108 114 120
    Wet performance [index] 100 103 106 104 106 106 108
    Noise performance [index] 100 100 95 97 96 95 96


    [0126] From the test results, it was confirmed that the tyres as Examples 1 to 5 exerted excellent wet performance and noise performance.

    [0127] Tires of size 195/65R15 having the basic pattern shown in Fig. 1 were made by way of test according to the specifications listed in Table 1. As Reference, tyres as shown in Fig. 14 were made by way of test. In each of the test tyres as the Reference, in a pair of one of second outer crown sipes (c) provided in an outer crown land region (a) and one of third inner crown sipes (d) provided in an inner crown land region (b) adjacent to each other in the tyre circumferential direction, the second outer crown sipe (c) and the third inner crown sipe (d) are misaligned and not smoothly continuous with each other. The tyres as the Reference had substantially the same tread portion as that shown in Fig. 1 except for the configurations described above. Each of the test tyres was tested for the steering stability on a dry road surface and the wet performance. Common specifications of the test tyres and the test methods were as follows.

    [0128] Tire rim: 15x6.5J
    Tire inner pressure: 250 kPa at front wheels, 240 kPa at rear wheels
    Test car: front wheel drive car, displacement of 1800 cc
    Tire mounting position: all wheels
    The test methods were as follows.

    < Steering Stability on Dry Road Surface >



    [0129] while the test car described above was driven on a dry road surface, the steering stability including the initial responsiveness was evaluated by the driver's feeling. The test results are indicated as an evaluation point based on the Reference being 100 wherein the larger the numerical value, the better the steering stability is.

    < wet Performance >



    [0130] while driving the above test car on an asphalt road surface having a radius of 100 m with a paddle having a depth of 5 mm and a length of 20 m, the lateral acceleration (the lateral G) of the front wheels was measured. The test results are shown as average lateral G at a speed in the range of from 50 to 80 km/h and indicated as an index based on the value of the Reference being 100, wherein the larger the numerical value, the better the wet performance is.

    [0131] The test results are shown in Table 2.
    Table 2.
     Ref.Ex.6Ex.7Ex.8Ex.9Ex.10Ex.11Ex.12Ex.13Ex.14
    Figure showing Crown land region Fig.14 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3 Fig.3
    Length L11 of Second outer crown sipe/ width w7 of Outer crown land region 0.45 0.45 0.35 0.42 0.48 0.55 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45
    Length L16 of Third inner crown sipe/ width w8 of Inner crown land region 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.30 0.35 0.45 0.50
    Steering stability on Dry road surface [evaluation point] 100 105 105 105 104 102 106 105 104 103
    wet performance [index] 100 104 102 103 104 105 102 103 105 105


    [0132] From the test results, it was confirmed that the steering stability and the wet performance were improved in the tyres as the Examples 6 to 14.


    Claims

    1. A tyre (1) comprising a tread portion (2) whose position when mounted on a vehicle is specified, the tread portion (2) comprising an outer shoulder main groove (3A) and an inner shoulder main groove (3B) extending continuously in a tyre circumferential direction, a crown main groove (4) extending continuously in the tyre circumferential direction between the outer shoulder main groove (3A) and the inner shoulder main groove (3B), and an inner crown land region (8B) defined between the crown main groove (4) and the inner shoulder main groove (3B), wherein
    the inner crown land region (8B) is provided with a plurality of crown lateral grooves (34) each extending from the inner shoulder main groove (3B) with a width not less than 1.5 mm and having an inner end terminating within the inner crown land region (8B), first inner crown sipes (36) each extending between a respective one of the inner ends of the crown lateral grooves (34) and the crown main groove (4) with a width less than 1.5 mm, second inner crown sipes (37) each extending from the inner shoulder main groove (3B) with a width less than 1.5 mm and having an inner end terminating within the inner crown land region (8B), and third inner crown sipes (38) each extending from the crown main groove with a width less than 1.5 mm and having an outer end terminating within the inner crown land region,
    characterized in that
    a length (L12) in a tyre axial direction of each of the crown lateral grooves (34) is larger than a length (L13) in the tyre axial direction of each of the second inner crown sipes (37).
     
    2. The tyre (1) according to claim 1, wherein
    the length (L12) in the tyre axial direction of each of the crown lateral grooves (34) is in a range of from 105% to 120% of the length (L13) in the tyre axal direction of each of the second inner crown sipes (37).
     
    3. The tyre (1) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein
    the outer ends of the third inner crown sipes (38) are arranged on a side of the crown main groove (4) of the inner ends of the second inner crown sipes (37), and
    the inner ends of the crown lateral grooves (34) are arranged between the inner ends of the second inner crown sipes (37) and the outer ends of the third inner crown sipes (38) in the tyre axial direction.
     
    4. The tyre (1) according to claim 1, wherein
    the tread portion (2) further comprises an outer crown land region (8A) defined between the crown main groove (4) and the outer shoulder main groove (3A),
    the outer crown land region (8A) is provided with a first outer crown sipe (26) extending between the crown main groove (4) and the outer shoulder main groove (3A) and second outer crown sipes (27) each extending from the crown main groove (4) and having an outer end terminating within the outer crown land region (8A), and
    each of the third inner crown sipes (38) is provided at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the second outer crown sipes (27) with the crown main groove (4) therebetween.
     
    5. The tyre (1) according to claim 4, wherein
    both of an inner edge arranged on the side of the crown main groove (4) and an outer edge arranged on a side of the inner shoulder main groove (3B) of the inner crown land region (8B) are chamfered.
     
    6. The tyre (1) according to claim 4 or 5, wherein
    both of an inner edge arranged on the side of the crown main groove (4) and an outer edge arranged on a side of the outer shoulder main groove (3A) of the outer crown land region (8A) are chamfered.
     
    7. The tyre (1) according to any one of claims 4 to 6, wherein
    a groove width (w1a) of the crown main groove (4) is larger than each of a groove width (w1c) of the inner shoulder main groove (3B) and a groove width (w1b) of the outer shoulder main groove (3A).
     
    8. The tyre (1) according to claim 7, wherein
    the groove width (w1c) of the inner shoulder main groove (3B) is larger than the groove width (w1b) of the outer shoulder main groove (3A).
     
    9. The tyre (1) according to any one of claims 4 to 8, wherein
    the first outer crown sipe (26) includes a narrow sipe portion (22) and a wide sipe portion (23) having a width larger than that of the narrow sipe portion (22).
     
    10. The tyre (1) according to claim 9, wherein
    the wide sipe portion (23) is connected with the outer shoulder main groove (3A).
     
    11. The tyre (1) according to claim 9 or 10, wherein
    the wide sipe portion (23) has a length (L9) in the tyre axial direction smaller than that (L12) of each of the crown lateral grooves (34).
     
    12. The tyre (1) according to any one of claims 4 to 11, wherein
    the outer crown land region (8A) is provided with a plurality of the first outer crown sipes (26), and
    each of the first outer crown sipes (26) is arranged at a position so as to be smoothly continuous with a respective one of the first inner crown sipes (36) with the crown main groove (4) therebetween.
     
    13. The tyre (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 12, wherein
    a groove width of each of the crown lateral grooves (34) gradually decreases toward a side of the crown main groove (4).
     
    14. The tyre (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein
    each of the first inner crown sipes (36) includes a first sipe portion (36a) and a second sipe portion (36b) having a depth smaller than that of the first sipe portion (36a).
     
    15. The tyre (1) according to claim 14, wherein
    the first sipe portion (36a) has a depth (d8) same as that (d14) of each of the crown lateral grooves (34).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Reifen (1) mit einem Laufflächenabschnitt (2), dessen Position bei der Montage an einem Fahrzeug festgelegt ist, wobei der Laufflächenabschnitt (2) eine äußere Schulterhauptrille (3A) und eine innere Schulterhauptrille (3B), die sich kontinuierlich in einer Reifenumfangsrichtung erstrecken, eine Kronenhauptrille (4), die sich kontinuierlich in der Reifenumfangsrichtung zwischen der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A) und der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) erstreckt, und einen inneren Kronenlandbereich (8B) umfasst, der zwischen der Kronenhauptrille (4) und der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) definiert ist, wobei

    der innere Kronenlandbereich (8B) versehen ist mit einer Vielzahl von Kronenquerrillen (34), die sich jeweils von der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) mit einer Breite von nicht weniger als 1,5 mm erstrecken und ein inneres Ende aufweisen, das innerhalb des inneren Kronenlandbereichs (8B) endet, ersten inneren Kronenfeinschnitten (36), die sich jeweils zwischen einem jeweiligen der inneren Enden der Kronenquerrillen (34) und der Kronenhauptrille (4) mit einer Breite von weniger als 1,5 mm erstrecken, zweiten inneren Kronenfeinschnitten (37), die sich jeweils von der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) mit einer Breite von weniger als 1,5 mm erstrecken und ein inneres Ende aufweisen, das innerhalb des inneren Kronenlandbereichs (8B) endet, und dritten inneren Kronenfeinschnitten (38), die sich jeweils von der Kronenhauptrille mit einer Breite von weniger als 1,5 mm erstrecken und ein äußeres Ende aufweisen, das innerhalb des inneren Kronenlandbereichs endet,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    eine Länge (L12) in einer Reifenaxialrichtung von jeder der Kronenquerrillen (34) größer ist als eine Länge (L13) in der Reifenaxialrichtung von jedem der zweiten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (37).


     
    2. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei
    die Länge (L12) in der Reifenaxialrichtung von jeder der Kronenquerrillen (34) in einem Bereich von 105% bis 120% der Länge (L13) in der Reifenaxialrichtung von jedem der zweiten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (37) liegt.
     
    3. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei

    die äußeren Enden der dritten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (38) auf einer Seite der Kronenhauptrille (4) der inneren Enden der zweiten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (37) angeordnet sind, und

    die inneren Enden der Kronenquerrillen (34) zwischen den inneren Enden der zweiten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (37) und den äußeren Enden der dritten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (38) in der Reifenaxialrichtung angeordnet sind.


     
    4. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei

    der Laufflächenabschnitt (2) ferner einen äußeren Kronenlandbereich (8A) umfasst, der zwischen der Kronenhauptrille (4) und der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A) definiert ist,

    der äußere Kronenlandbereich (8A) versehen ist mit einem ersten äußeren Kronenfeinschnitt (26), der sich zwischen der Kronenhauptrille (4) und der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A) erstreckt, und zweiten äußeren Kronenfeinschnitten (27), die sich jeweils von der Kronenhauptrille (4) aus erstrecken und ein äußeres Ende aufweisen, das innerhalb des äußeren Kronenlandbereichs (8A) endet, und

    jeder der dritten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (38) an einer Position vorgesehen ist, so dass er glatt durchgehend mit einem jeweiligen der zweiten äußeren Kronenfeinschnitte (27) mit der Kronenhauptrille (4) dazwischen verläuft.


     
    5. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 4, wobei
    sowohl eine innere Kante, die auf der Seite der Kronenhauptrille (4) angeordnet ist, als auch eine äußere Kante, die auf einer Seite der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) des inneren Kronenlandbereichs (8B) angeordnet ist, abgeschrägt sind.
     
    6. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 4 oder 5, wobei
    sowohl eine innere Kante, die auf der Seite der Kronenhauptrille (4) angeordnet ist, als auch eine äußere Kante, die auf einer Seite der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A) des äußeren Kronenlandbereichs (8A) angeordnet ist, abgeschrägt sind.
     
    7. Reifen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 6, wobei
    eine Rillenbreite (W1a) der Kronenhauptrille (4) größer ist als jeweils eine Rillenbreite (W1c) der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) und eine Rillenbreite (W1b) der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A).
     
    8. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 7, wobei
    die Rillenbreite (W1c) der inneren Schulterhauptrille (3B) größer ist als die Rillenbreite (W1b) der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A).
     
    9. Reifen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 8, wobei
    der erste äußere Kronenfeinschnitt (26) einen schmalen Feinschnittabschnitt (22) und einen breiten Feinschnittabschnitt (23) mit einer Breite aufweist, die größer ist als die des schmalen Feinschnittabschnitts (22).
     
    10. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 9, wobei
    der breite Feinschnittabschnitt (23) mit der äußeren Schulterhauptrille (3A) verbunden ist.
     
    11. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 9 oder 10, wobei
    der breite Feinschnittabschnitt (23) eine Länge (L9) in der Reifenaxialrichtung aufweist, die kleiner ist als die (L12) von jeder der Kronenquerrillen (34).
     
    12. Reifen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 11, wobei

    der äußere Kronenlandbereich (8A) mit einer Vielzahl der ersten äußeren Kronenfeinschnitte (26) versehen ist, und

    jeder der ersten äußeren Kronenfeinschnitte (26) an einer Position angeordnet ist, so dass er glatt durchgehend mit einem jeweiligen der ersten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (36) mit der Kronenhauptrille (4) dazwischen verläuft.


     
    13. Reifen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 12, wobei
    eine Rillenbreite von jeder der Kronenquerrillen (34) allmählich zu einer Seite der Kronenhauptrille (4) hin abnimmt.
     
    14. Reifen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 13, wobei
    jeder der ersten inneren Kronenfeinschnitte (36) einen ersten Feinschnittabschnitt (36a) und einen zweiten Feinschnittabschnitt (36b) mit einer geringeren Tiefe als die des ersten Feinschnittabschnitts (36a) aufweist.
     
    15. Reifen (1) nach Anspruch 14, wobei
    der erste Feinschnittabschnitt (36a) eine Tiefe (d8) aufweist, die gleich der Tiefe (d14) von jeder der Kronenquerrillen (34) ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Pneumatique (1) comprenant une portion formant bande de roulement (2) dont la position, lorsqu'il est monté sur un véhicule, est spécifiée, la portion formant bande de roulement (2) comprenant une rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A) et une rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B) s'étendant en continu dans une direction circonférentielle du pneumatique, une rainure principale de couronne (4) s'étendant en continu dans la direction circonférentielle du pneumatique entre la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A) et la rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B), et une région en relief de couronne intérieure (8B) définie entre la rainure principale de couronne (4) et la rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B), dans lequel
    la région en relief de couronne intérieure (8B) est dotée d'une pluralité de rainures latérales de couronne (34) s'étendant chacune depuis la rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B) avec une largeur qui n'est pas inférieure à 1,5 mm et ayant une extrémité intérieure qui se termine à l'intérieur de la région en relief de couronne intérieure (8B), de premières fentes de couronne intérieure (36) s'étendant chacune entre une extrémité respective des extrémités intérieures des rainures latérales de couronne (34) et la rainure principale de couronne (4) avec une largeur inférieure à 1,5 mm, de secondes fentes de couronne intérieure (37) s'étendant chacune depuis la rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B) avec une largeur inférieure à 1,5 mm et ayant une extrémité intérieure qui se termine à l'intérieur de la région en relief de couronne intérieure (8B), et de troisièmes fentes de couronne intérieure (38) s'étendant chacune depuis la rainure principale de couronne avec une largeur inférieure à 1,5 mm et ayant une extrémité extérieure qui se termine à l'intérieur de la région en relief de couronne intérieure,
    caractérisé en ce que
    une longueur (L12), dans une direction axiale du pneumatique de chacune des rainures latérales de couronne (34), est supérieure à une longueur (L13) dans la direction axiale du pneumatique de chacune des secondes fentes de couronne intérieure (37).
     
    2. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la longueur (L12) dans la direction axiale du pneumatique de chacune des rainures latérales de couronne (34) est dans une plage de 105 % à 120 % de la longueur (L13) dans la direction axiale du pneumatique de chacune des secondes fentes de couronne intérieure (37).
     
    3. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel
    les extrémités extérieures des troisièmes fentes de couronne intérieure (38) sont agencées sur un côté de la rainure principale de couronne (4) des extrémités intérieures des secondes fentes de couronne intérieure (37), et
    les extrémités intérieures des rainures latérales de couronne (34) sont agencées entre les extrémités intérieures des secondes fentes de couronne intérieure (37) et les extrémités extérieures des troisièmes fentes de couronne intérieure (38) dans la direction axiale du pneumatique.
     
    4. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel
    la portion formant bande de roulement (2) comprend en outre une région en relief de couronne extérieure (8A) définie entre la rainure principale de couronne (4) et la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A),
    la région en relief de couronne extérieure (8A) est dotée d'une première fente de couronne extérieure (26) s'étendant entre la rainure principale de couronne (4) et la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A), et de secondes fentes de couronne extérieure (27) s'étendant chacune depuis la rainure principale de couronne (4) et ayant une extrémité extérieure qui se termine à l'intérieur de la région en relief de couronne extérieure (8A), et
    chacune des troisièmes fentes de couronne intérieure (38) est prévue à une position de manière à être continu en douceur avec une fente respective des secondes fentes de couronne extérieure (27) avec la rainure principale de couronne (4) entre elles.
     
    5. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 4, dans lequel
    une bordure intérieure agencée sur le côté de la rainure principale de couronne (4) et une bordure extérieure agencée sur un côté de la rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B) de la région en relief de couronne intérieure (8B) sont toutes deux chanfreinées.
     
    6. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 4 ou 5, dans lequel
    une bordure intérieure agencée sur le côté de la rainure principale de couronne (4) et une bordure extérieure agencée sur un côté de la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A) de la région en relief de couronne extérieure (8A) sont toutes deux chanfreinées.
     
    7. Pneumatique (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 6, dans lequel
    une largeur de rainure (W1a) de la rainure principale de couronne (4) est supérieure à chacune d'une largeur de rainure (W1c) de la rainure principale d'épaulement (3B) et d'une largeur de rainure (W1b) de la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A).
     
    8. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 7, dans lequel
    la largeur de rainure (W1c) de la rainure principale d'épaulement intérieur (3B) est supérieure à la largeur de rainure (W1b) de la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A).
     
    9. Pneumatique (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 8, dans lequel
    la première fente de couronne extérieure (26) inclut une portion de fente étroite (22) et une portion de fente large (23) ayant une largeur supérieure à celle de la portion de fente étroite (22).
     
    10. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 9, dans lequel
    la portion de fente large (23) est connectée à la rainure principale d'épaulement extérieur (3A).
     
    11. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 9 ou 10, dans lequel
    la portion de fente large (23) a une longueur (L9) dans la direction axiale du pneumatique inférieur à celle (A12) de chacune des rainures latérales de couronne (34).
     
    12. Pneumatique (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 11, dans lequel
    la région en relief de couronne extérieure (8a) est dotée d'une pluralité de premières fentes de couronne extérieure (26), et
    chacune des premières fentes de couronne extérieure (26) est agencée à une position de manière à être en continu en douceur avec une fente respective des premières fentes de couronne intérieure (36) avec la rainure principale de couronne (4) entre elles.
     
    13. Pneumatique (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 12, dans lequel
    une largeur de rainure de chacune des rainures latérales de couronne (34) diminue progressivement en direction d'un côté de la rainure principale de couronne (4).
     
    14. Pneumatique (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 13, dans lequel
    chacune des premières fentes de couronne intérieure (36) inclut une première portion de fente (36a) et une seconde portion de fente (36b) ayant une profondeur inférieure à celle de la première portion de fente (36a).
     
    15. Pneumatique (1) selon la revendication 14, dans lequel
    la première portion de fente (36a) a une profondeur (d8) qui est la même que celle (d14) de chacune des rainures latérales de couronne (34).
     




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