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09/05/2013

The British engineer who really has reinvented the wheel

The Loopwheel 2

(From Daily Mail) A British inventor has done the seemingly impossible – and reinvented the wheel.

The Loopwheel system uses springs instead of spokes, giving the wheel built in suspension.

The £600 wheel is set to go on sale in September following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the project.

44 year old Nottingham mechanical engineer Sam Pearce who usually designs parts for pushchairs and other vehicles, has spent four years perfecting the idea.

The current version is constructed from carbon composite strips developed in conjunction with an archery bow manufacturer.

‘I first made myself a mountain bike wheel, and it was incredibly noisy and wouldn’t steer – but it worked.

‘I’ve now been working on making it a product for 4 years, and we’ve made 40 wheels and 200 springs to get it right.

The first wheels are designed around the 20-inch wheels commonly used on fold-up bicycle, and Mr Pearce plans to sell bikes with the wheels fitted for £1200 in September.

‘We’re at preproduction – we’ve made wheels, but we’re now hoping to get funding for tooling so we can mass product them, and we are planning to spend the next two months getting production ready.’

A Kickstarter project has already raised £48,000, exceeding the £40,000 target needed to get production started, and Mr Pearce, who is developing the wheel with his wife Gemma, admitted he was stunned by the response.

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