Hubless wheels in action

Published: 30 January 2009

A new video released by American chopper designers shows hubless wheels, similar to those featured on Honda’s stunning V4 concept bike, being successfully used on the roads.

Tennessee-based Amen Design built a concept chopper based around Italian engineer Franco Sbarro’s hubless wheels back in 2005.

They have finally got the Hubless Monster out on the road and just released a video showing the futuristic rims in action.

Hubless wheels work by fixing the rotating parts, such as the brake ring, to an outer side of a non-rotating inner ring that is attached to the front forks.

Those featured on the Hubless Monster have 23” diameter tyres and use friction drive technology from a carnival Ferris wheel.

These wheels are lighter, reduce structural stress and are said to provide more accurate steering.