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 Post subject: hubless bike
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:59 pm 
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Are hubs soon to be a thing of the past?!

http://thekevinchen.wordpress.com/2012/ ... -bmx-bike/

Looks cool if you ask me.


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:40 am 
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Very smart 8)
I was expecting to see the usual use of this tech in usually having a huge diameter wheel so it was surprising to see it done on small scale.
Shame it had to be a bmx :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:04 am 
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Whatever that wheels rotating around is its hub, hubless is not an accurate term, plus those photo's dont look entirely real, as if they were computer generated suggesting said bike does not actually exist in a working format :roll: .


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:57 am 
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velomaniac wrote:
Whatever that wheels rotating around is its hub, hubless is not an accurate term, plus those photo's dont look entirely real, as if they were computer generated suggesting said bike does not actually exist in a working format :roll: .

I did wonder actually whether it hasnt been 'airbrushed'. Still an interesting concept though, real or otherwise.

Perhaps 'reinventing the hub' would have been more apt?

However we look at it though, I think it looks awesome, or 'rad' as the kids would say. Pesky kids.


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Not sure if any advantage. It'll be heavier than a traditional centre hub, and not spokes to absorb shock, greater inertia etc.


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:18 pm 
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i've seen motorbikes with similar designs - only logical to apply it on a smaller scale.
drivetrain aside - i wonder how it would handle, steering the wheel from that far down the fork.....
i like the look - and it would save me aaaaaages if i didnt have to clean each spoke :P

here be a real working (albeit at a rather pedestrian speed) example - Tron bike style :P:P:P :P

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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:24 pm 
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I'd think the wheel rim would have to be massively strong to prevent it going out of true, and without any spokes to supports it's weight. Therefor I'd think it would weigh a fair bit more than a standard wheel, so although it looks good, it may well be a case of form over function.


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:29 pm 
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Guitar106Music wrote:
I'd think the wheel rim would have to be massively strong to prevent it going out of true, and without any spokes to supports it's weight. Therefor I'd think it would weigh a fair bit more than a standard wheel, so although it looks good, it may well be a case of form over function.


as with most concepts to be honest! it'd make for a good cruiser bike though :)


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 Post subject: Re: hubless bike
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:09 pm 
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Nothing new.

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Mostly the custom chopper guys (who put function at the bottom of the list) using the tech.

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