The Future of the Pneumatic Will be Airless

Airless tires perform as well as conventional ones

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Sun, Jul 19th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Hankook tires has announced that testing has demonstrated that the Hankook iFlex, an airless tire, performs as well as conventional pneumatics. Reportedly, the new type of tire may be soon ready for consumers.

[...] We’ve ridden on these things for about 130 years now, and while they’ve improved substantially since John Dunlop invented them to keep his kid from getting headaches while riding his bike, it seems that we can still do better. Hankook is trying to make better happen with a consumer-oriented airless tire.

Instead of pressurized air as a shock absorber that can also support the weight of the vehicle, airless tires (also called non-pneumatic tires, or NPTs) use deformable solid materials (usually rubber) to achieve the same effects. [...]

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