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Jon 03-10-2007 12:10 PM

hubless wheel: Swiss company re-invents the wheel
 
Interesting (although very "conceptual") hubless wheel design:

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/imag...less-wheel.jpg

The potential for improved braking systems was particularly interesting.

More info: OsmosWheel.com.

home brew 03-10-2007 12:58 PM

It was hard to tell from the site - do they have a working model or is it all just concept?

tfeverfred 03-10-2007 01:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by home brew
It was hard to tell from the site - do they have a working model or is it all just concept?

From what I could make of it, it seems to be in the experimental stages still, but that site seems old as a lot of the dates referenced are 2 to 3 years ago. It looks like it could work, but how many people would actually trust something so new at the beginning. Also, the fact that no one with big money has come forward to get involved makes me think that it may not be all that it claims to be.

On a side note, the DONKS will love it! LMAO

powerrodsmike 03-10-2007 01:39 PM

Swiss company just bought the patent from Frank Sbarro.
Lots of disadvantages. It truly isn't hubless, it just has a HUGE axle :D
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubless_wheel

Billy lane used that technology also, I don't know if he stole the idea or bought rights to it also.

Remember this?
http://www.bikernet.com/news/images/PhotoID4888.jpg


Later, mikey

charley1 03-10-2007 02:15 PM

design
 
its a wheel but i think i would want a hub connected to the axle...

charley1

Twisted Minis 03-10-2007 03:07 PM

Hate to tell you, but this is old news. Billy Lane has now built 3 "hubless" bikes. Amen Choppers also built one, and its been done on a car now that was at Sema last year. I actually started building one myself, and have the wheel finished with no drive system. Expensive bearings.

But saying that its hubless is actual not true. Its really a very large hub with a large, hollow axle.

red65mustang 03-10-2007 03:27 PM

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been out for 5 years?

Amen's chopper pic attached

billy Lane got around the patent by driving the tire tread (rubber drive roller against the tread as a clutch)

Jon 03-10-2007 03:28 PM

I think the reason that this is making the rounds is that the Swiss company that bought the original patent for this type of wheel design appears to be making some rumblings that they're going to do something with it that's practical, rather than artistic or conceptual. To clarify, they didn't invent it, they just bought the patent -- "re-invent the wheel" is more of a saying.

steve t 03-10-2007 03:32 PM

cool bike, but i think the front tire is too big

powerrodsmike 03-10-2007 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by red65mustang

billy Lane got around the patent by driving the tire tread (rubber drive roller against the tread as a clutch)


Hahahaha, like a go-ped :D

Mikey

powerrodsmike 03-10-2007 03:50 PM

It seems to me that the advantages they speak of are mostly propoganda. Free up space? Cmon.. :rolleyes:

Check the wiki article I posted for some of the disadvantages.


I see it as being different, not better..


Later, mikey

tfeverfred 03-10-2007 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by powerrodsmike
It seems to me that the advantages they speak of are mostly propoganda. Free up space? Cmon.. :rolleyes:

Check the wiki article I posted for some of the disadvantages.


I see it as being different, not better..


Later, mikey

Different, not better!? That's Donk/Ricer talk! :D

Nightfire 03-10-2007 04:30 PM

Can you really patent a wheel drive system? Man the guy that patented the wheel in the first place must be rich :D
Billy and another biker have been in a huge fit over who came up with the idea first.


Mike

steve t 03-10-2007 04:36 PM

i wonder if the caveman ever got payed for the first wheel :)

red65mustang 03-10-2007 04:43 PM

mikey,
how it is best applied as a drive wheel is driving the rim itself (new thinking required)

you can buy a gas motor driven single hubless wheel vehicle......motor and seat are located in the empty center of the (?) 5' diameter hubless wheel...as an example....made in Norway?....was on Beyond Tomorrow/Science channel


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