Could square wheels give you a better ride? One new project on Kickstarter is looking to fund the manufacture of sets of weirdly shaped wheels for skateboards. The design is based on a square, but tilted in a third dimension so that the squares actually roll in a smooth line.
The project is popular: Five days after its launch, it's already exceeded its $10,000 goal.
You can see the wheels' square shape from one angle, while in other views, they appear more wavy, like ramen noodles. The startup that's creating them, called Shark Wheels, says that compared to regular skateboard wheels, the Shark Wheels roll more swiftly and offer better grip during turns and on gravel and sand (A problem on the beachfront walks in Southern California, where the creators are based).
Shark Wheels' makers have created prototypes of their design and tested them with experienced riders. They're looking for funding for larger-scale manufacturing, they say.
Those who contribute to the Kickstarter campaign now can get a set of Shark Wheels' first run of longboard wheels. Street skateboard wheels will come out in the future, according to the Kickstarter page.
These square wells is such a weird concept. I really like to see a video of them in action!
@wonder They have a video on their kickstarter page. is very cool concept. sent the link to my brother who skateboards. In the video they show how the track the wheel takes actually looks like a sine curve. pretty neat stuff
Very interesting idea. However, after looking at the 3D model, and thinking I understand the shape, I do not believe it would be appropriate for a bicycle. The wheel looks like it would provide a smooth ride only when it is perfectly upright. If you leaned the bike while making a turn, you would find yourself no longer riding on the smooth surface, but on the curvy noodle-shaped surface instead. It would have to be a very bumpy ride.
That's the way it looks to me, I could be wrong though, I haven't renewed my MENSA membership this year.
C'mon guys. Its not a cube. Its an optical illusion caused by the direction change in the sine wave pattern. Its basically a squiggly wheel. Not that there are no benefits to it, but the advertising is misleading so it makes me wonder about the rest of the claims. Its full of mumbojumbo. There is nothing square about the wheel. Look at the 3D viewer link supplied in the article. Turn the wheel sideways and see for yourself. A view they suspiciously do no show you in any of the kickstarter pictures or on their main site, no doubt to support the claims is in square.
Cool looking. May help with traction. Probably speeds up wear. Doubt it is revolutionary.
Hey Wonder, There are lots of videos of the wheel. Check out our kickstarter.com page or go to our Shark Wheel website. We change them up every few days.
Hey Jack 721, These wheels are totally the cutting edge. They are fast, they have incredible grip, they are smoother than smooth and they look DOPE!
Hey Hbilly Rufus, According to everyone we tested, they all agreed that Shark Wheels are smoother than their round wheels. It is surprising when you look at them, but the ride is beyond smooth.
Hey Strangetimez, No optical illusion here! Because of the unusual shape, the wheels look square. It appears the skater is riding cubes. The sine wave pattern mimics the pattern of of a snake's motion. Snakes leave a sine wave trail. That's a reason why these wheels work so effortlessly on different terrain, for example when there is sand and gravel on the roadway. The usual slide out is greatly diminished. The grip is incredible! These were invented by a scientist and they are totally revolutionary. Nothing else like them on the planet! It took a while for people to accept the earth is not flat or that the sun is not the center of the universe.
We re-invented the wheel, literally!