Tokyo-based tire company Bridgestone has unveiled a next-generation bicycle tire that does not need to be inflated with air. The Air Free Concept is a technology that eliminates the need for tyres to be inflated with air; weight is supported using a unique structure of spokes that stretch along the inner sides of the tyre. In addition, the resins used in the spokes and rubbers help realise a more efficient use of resources.
Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Cycle adapted the “Air Free Concept” to develop bicycle tires without punctures. The high flexibility for design granted by resin has also enabled proposals of next-generation bicycles which have never been seen before.
The Bridgestone Group aims to propose new ways of cycling utilizing the “Air Free Concept” while also adapting this technology to be used in various other types of tires. The companies will advance feasibility studies seeking to make this new tire available in market by 2019.
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