Awesome Bike Tires That Can't Go Flat
The life of an average road bike tire is 1000-2000 miles and the cost of changing it between $20-30 plus the inconvenience. How about a bike tire that never goes flat and lasts up to 5000 miles?
Teodora Zareva is an entrepreneur, writer, board games geek and a curious person at large. Her professional path has taken her from filmmaking and photography to writing, TEDx organizing, teaching, and social entrepreneurship. She has lived and worked in the U.S. and Bulgaria and is currently doing her MBA at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Her biggest passion lies at the intersection of media and youth development. She is the co-founder of WishBOX Foundation, a Bulgarian NGO that helps high school students with their professional orientation by organizing events, courses, summer camps and developing digital media resources.
If you opened this article, you’re probably a bike lover already, which means I don't need to go into details about how annoying it is to have a flat tire and fixing it. The life of an average road bike tire is 1000-2000 miles and the cost of changing it between $20-30 plus the inconvenience.
Three bike shop owners from Utah, being well too familiar with the most common problem of their customers - a flat tire - decided to do something more than the regular repair job and created two airless and tubeless bike tire products – Nexo and Ever Tires - that can simply never go flat.
Nexo looks like a regular tire and attaches to your existing bike rim. More than half of the tire's interior is filled with a stable gas reducing its weight by up to 40% compared with traditional flat-proof pneumatic tires. Nexo installs in 15 minutes with a patented safety device (T-Bolt), that ensures they stay in the center of rims, preventing rim-out and a twisted tire. Nexo tires’ life is guaranteed up to 3000 miles.
They can come in some fun colors too.
The second model is the Ever Tires, which comes in a complete wheel set (the tire and rim are practically one) resulting in about a pound more in weight, compared to a regular wheel. However, The Ever Tires are even more durable at 5000 miles. Because they are a bit stiffer than regular tires, the makers don’t recommend them for “elitist” bikers or mountain bikers.
The creators call both models eco-friendly, as they are manufactured via an integrated injection molding method which is basically a one step (30-minutes per tire) production process. In comparison, the production of a regular tire takes 9-steps. The production of the flat-free tires is much more economical in terms of labor, materials, and resources.
Both models are currently selling on Kickstarter, with 7 days left till the end of the campaign.
Photos: Nexo Tires
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