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Loopwheels reinventing the wheel

News International-French

16 Jun 2014

Loopwheels are 20″ bicycle wheels with integral suspension which offer you a very comfortable and fun ride.

Loopwheels are a new type of bicycle wheel that have been designed to make cycling more comfortable. Loopwheels have suspension within the wheel itself: in place of rigid spokes, they have three loop-shaped springs.

How do they make cycling more comfortable?
Loopwheels have a spring system between the hub and the rim of the wheel which provides suspension – cushioning the rider from bumps and potholes in the road. The springs also absorb road noise, reducing vibration through the frame and into the rider’s arms. Because of the suspension within the wheel, you can use high-pressure or puncture-resist tyres. So you don’t need to rely on fat (and sluggish) tyres to cushion your ride.

How does loopwheel technology work?
Loopwheel springs are made from a carbon composite material, carefully developed and tested to give optimum compression and lateral stability as well as strength and durability. Specially-designed connectors attach the springs to the hub and rim. 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.

Front and rear loopwheels have different spring rates. Most of the weight of the rider is at the rear of the bicycle, so the rear loopwheel is stiffer. A front and rear loopwheel can be used together as a set, or you can use a single loopwheel alongside a conventional spoked wheel. So Loopwheels provide suspension on a bike which has none, or can be fitted in addition to suspension forks. Either way, you get a smoother, more comfortable ride.