UK designer Sam Pearce has created Loopwheels, a new 20″ bicycle wheel with integral suspension. Instead of traditional spokes, the wheel features a spring system between the hub and the rim that helps cushion the cyclist from bumps and potholes.
This design update boasts a smoother, more comfortable ride, and can take uneven pavements and curbs more easily than conventional spoked wheels. Loopwheels absorb shocks and transmit fewer vibrations to the cyclist.
The springs are made of carbon composite material, developed to give optimum compression and lateral stability as well as strength and durability. There are three springs in each wheel, which work together as a self-correcting system. The spring configuration allows for the torque to be transferred smoothly between the hub and the rim.
Loopwheels is currently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to move into production so they can be manufactured at an affordable price to share with everyone. The project has already passed its funding goal and you can pledge to receive a single front or rear loopwheel or a set of both for £490 ($758). Check out the video below to learn more: