No more punctures!?

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by catalan chris, 6 Apr 2010.

  1. I remember reading this some moons ago, but it's reappeared in this months (May) Cycling Plus:
    'Hutchinson has developed a tyre which uses no air at all. The Serenity Airless Tyre employs composite materials and layers of keep the tyre's shape and provide shock absorption and it could be in bike shops in 2010. Anyone making puncture repair kits must be getting nervous'.

    Wos reckon - answer to a maiden's prayers or a false dawn??
  2. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    What goes around comes around. Similar tyres were pushed in the late eighties/early nineties. For many reasons reported in the bike world at the time, they never caught on. However, you never know, these may be the future.
  3. zophiel

    zophiel Über Member

    i used to have 2 on my old 80's mountain bike. they were ok but nothing else.
  4. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    West London
    I am willing to be open minded, but this is what the late, great, Sheldon Brown said:

    Airless tires

    Of all the inventions that came out of the bicycle industry, probably none is as important and useful as Dr. Dunlop's pneumatic tire. Airless tires have been obsolete for over a century, but crackpot "inventors" keep trying to bring them back. They are heavy, slow and give a harsh ride. They are also likely to cause wheel damage, due to their poor cushioning ability. A pneumatic tire uses all of the air in the whole tube as a shock absorber, while foam-type "airless" tires/tubes only use the air in the immediate area of impact.
    Airless tire schemes have also been used by con artists to gull unsuspecting investors.

  5. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    UK City of Culture
    Some already available here. I think someone on CC is/was using them.
  6. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    I reckon they're the future, especially as material technology advances.
  7. Beardie

    Beardie Well-Known Member

    I actually tried an airless tyre and found that although it felt much the same if pinched, the ride was only slightly less harsh than riding on the bare rim. It is one of those things like shaft drive, oval chainwheels, flywheels etc, which come along every so often, just as soon as the makers think that people have forgotten about the last time they came along.

    If they were any good, wouldn't they be on cars and motorbikes?
  8. andyhunter

    andyhunter New Member

    northern ireland
    airless tyre has been around for a couple of years, it was michelin that developed it first for trucks to stop blowouts and to control a truck better and increase life of the tyre. They are currently used on most jcb machinary etc to get better traction etc. all it is, basically a more cool honeycomb structure.
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    can't see it, air is a wonderful thing, especially for a bike, don;t solid tyres have problems with uneven wear to name but one
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