Airless Tire + Wheel = Tweel

February 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, News, Products | 11 Comments »

Airless tires? Amazing! We’ve seen many attempts at preventing flat tires, such as foam in tires or self-healing tires, but the Tweel looks like the final answer. The Tweel essentially combines the wheel and the tire into a single shock absorbing unit. Not only will it change the car tire industry, but all manufacturers of wheels from bicycles to jumbo jets will be catching up to apply this method. Of course there will be patent issues, but how will the current tire industry (selling 300 million puncture-able tires a day) survive without taking note of this revolutionary wheel?

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11 Comments on “Airless Tire + Wheel = Tweel”

  1. 1 John said at 5:30 pm on February 1st, 2005:

    It won’t surprise me if manufacturers first need to “fool” the public by beefing up the appearance of these “tweels”. They have so much more void than solid that many people might not believe they can support a two-ton monster. Maybe they can be clad with customizable covers; another way for drivers to express themselves!

  2. 2 your mom said at 3:03 pm on November 23rd, 2005:

    i hate the tweel it is a pile

  3. 3 your mom said at 3:05 pm on November 23rd, 2005:

    The tweel is an invention that cokuldve been invented by a three year old.

  4. 4 blah blah said at 11:12 am on December 13th, 2005:

    i’d be afraid to use these tires on streets. they look so flimsy

  5. 5 Roberto Harpo said at 10:06 am on April 25th, 2006:

    yeah they look flimsy as hell but someone somewhere is a millionaire now

  6. 6 Darwin said at 2:16 am on June 21st, 2006:

    Well, it all starts when new inventions looks rediculous and yet simple as for others. But it will evolved eventually. Like the first who invented the CellPhone(Mobile Phone) which look like you’re carrying a lunch box, but now it evolved to a high end phone with camera, radio, tv, and a small PC.
    What can i say, this is a good invention, and i hate flat tires. Keep up guys, and make it better.

  7. 7 V202C said at 5:44 am on October 25th, 2006:

    Do a burnout! Do a burnout!

  8. 8 MIKE said at 12:23 pm on January 30th, 2007:


  9. 9 Bill said at 7:25 pm on March 2nd, 2007:

    this is the next step for tires and won’t hit the streets for some time to come yet as they are still working out some bugs including noise from tweel being too loud for comsumers, but for me i would be willing to try a set out if price was equal to what i pay now. which i would not be until 50% of market was switched over. I do see this making it into military and bike market first.

  10. 10 Jerry said at 12:01 am on April 2nd, 2007:

    You have to be KIDDING. I buy a car for looks as well as performance and convience. I wouldn’t be caught dead with those ugly things on my car.

  11. 11 Robert said at 1:11 pm on April 8th, 2007:

    its stronger than it looks, cuz of the materials used, the only thing is that it is kinda loud, with the design of the tread…but 5x stronger than regular wheel and safer… trust in the Tweel

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