airless bicycle tires energy return wheel by britek
airless bicycle tires   energy return wheel by britek airless bicycle tires   energy return wheel by britek
nov 01, 2012
airless bicycle tires energy return wheel by britek

energy return wheel - airless bicycle tires by britek

a new system has been developed to eliminate the need of air in bike tires, while still preventing the common
occurrence of punctures, tube replacements, even pressure checks. the ‘energy return wheel’ concept by
colorado-based designer brian russell demonstrates the possibilities of advanced wheel technologies.

instead of air, it uses rubber stretched over a series of carbon nano tube reinforced composite rods to provide 
its cushioning. these rods can be adjusted, changing the tension of the rubber to suit different types of terrain,
improves flexing and recoil cycling. with the intention of reducing weight, a 29er wheel made from carbon
fiber is incorporated. further improvements include the possibilities of implementing a thin sidewall to keep
mud and trail debris out for a more consistent ride.

airless bicycle tire system

detail of the airless system

tires being used on trails

ERW- airless bicycle tires 
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