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Is this the tyre of the future?

Friday, May 5th, 2017 8:06am
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Puncture-hating cyclists rejoice! Bridgestone has announced its intention to develop a no-air tyre which *could* be ready to ride by 2019.

Using the company’s own ‘Air Free Concept’, which was originally developed to be used primarily on motor cars, the tyre is made using a unique pattern of resin-based spokes stretching along the inner sides of the tyres.

Not only do these tyres eliminate the risk of punctures, they’re less wasteful that traditional designs – with their thermoplastic resin construction able to be recycled back into new tyres.

We have a few questions…

  • Will the new Air Free Concept bike tyre only be developed for city-style bikes? – think how much more reliable city bike schemes like Boris/Santander Bikes will be!
  • What happens when stuff gets caught in those spokes?!

Is it being designed for mountain bikes too [here’s our mock-up of what could be the future for MTB!]?

‘It’ll never happen!’ or ‘Good idea! I’d use them!’ – let us know below.

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