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Aushiker 11-01-13 02:30 AM

Loop Suspension Wheel
 
http://www.recumbentriders.org/forum.../5494.imgcache

Steve over at Trike Asylum has a recent post on an interesting wheel, the Loopwheel.

I gather it is designed with the intention of building a suspension into a 20" wheel.

Is this a crazy idea?

The manufacturer's website is at http://www.loopwheels.com/

Andrew

Blue Belly 11-01-13 03:37 AM

for a commuter on cobbles, it seems like a great idea

VegasTriker 11-01-13 01:49 PM

Only available in 20" wheelset and the cost delivered to the US (sans import duties) is $1,194 for 3 speed rear/front pair. They only fit a couple of folding bikes. The technical information at the site is pretty weak. No mention of gear range on the hub and the real weight of the wheels (just 300g - 10.5 ounces more than a "standard wheel"). I hope it works better than the Pantour suspension hub front wheel I bought a decade ago. What a waste of money that was!

rydabent 11-03-13 07:33 AM

I have seen this kind of wheel mentioned before. IMO if it can be lightened some, and the price reduced, it looks like a great idea. The big thing here is it is passive and requires no maintence.

Darth Lefty 11-03-13 07:57 AM

I can't see how anything with bendy spokes is going to stay true from one moment to the next.

Dchiefransom 11-06-13 10:27 PM

I don't see a disc for brakes.

DanWho 11-08-13 03:09 PM

It would have to be disk brakes or drum brakes, if it had rim brakes, one good bump and your calipers would be into the spokes.

JanMM 11-08-13 08:18 PM

Don't see no spokes.

BlazingPedals 11-09-13 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanWho (Post 16230779)
It would have to be disk brakes or drum brakes, if it had rim brakes, one good bump and your calipers would be into the spokes.

... or coaster brakes. Some kind of hub-based brake, anyway. If your rim is going to be moving up and down relative to the hub and the frame, you will, at the very least, need a taller brake surface for rim brakes to work.

MikeWMass 11-09-13 12:02 PM

It seems to have the "vertically compliant" part covered, but I would worry about the laterally stiff.


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