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Lunartic Belt-Driven Hubless Bicycle: This is the Future of Cycling?

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Hubless wheels aren’t new, but combining those with a belt drive definitely make for a distinctive bike. The hubless bike is supposed to be as compact as possible, without having to fold it or being awkward to ride.

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This Lunartic bike was developed by Loughborough Design School student Luke Douglas and it’s belt-driven. On top of that, the rear wheel hasn’t got a hub, so there are no spokes. The goal of his project was to create a compact bike with the performance and comfort benefits of a large wheel.

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It would be cool if that drive mechanism could be used as a dynamo to charge up gadgets. It’s definitely an interesting bike design, but to be honest, we’ll see if it’s ever made.

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Comments (3):

  1. guest says:

    You should make a folder!

  2. Isaac says:

    Cool design but there aren’t too many cities with bike congestion. Hopefully this design will lead to practical ideas. This is a poor design for today, especially considering the new “going green” craze. I don’t know for sure but this design appears to use more materials than a traditional bike design and appears to be far more difficult to manuacture and maintain. Summary, idea is cool but it’s ultimately a waste.

  3. Glen Turner says:

    Why is it that “designers” think the bicycle wheel is broken? Let’s check this attempt: (1) the wheel is heavier, (2) the operating parts are in the road grime, (3) it’s unlikely to survive a pothole as there’s no flex to spread the load in space and time, (4) changing a punctured tyre requires heavy tools.

    The comparison with the length of a road bike is pointless: the reason they are so long is for comfort and speed, and the Lunartic is neither of those. The Lunartic is so short that the front wheel doesn’t have enough trail: you can see how it “hunts” all over the place as people try to steer. My guess is that people would prefer a bike another 10cm longer with decent steering.

    Length is an odd design constraint to choose to optimise. Few people say they’d like a shorter bike. But lots of people would like a lighter bike. Trading more wieght for a short bike isn’t likely to find too many takers.

    What makes bikes like the Brompton and Lotus so special is not just that they break the mold of the safety bicycle, but that they are extremely functional as well (light, fast, strong, etc — all things the Lunartic is not).

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