Bridgestone develops next-gen bicycle based Air Free Concept
Bridgestone Cycle Co Ltd, part of Bridgestone Corporation, developed a next-generation bicycle tyre based on the Air Free Concept, a technology for creating tires that do not need to be inflated with air.
The companies will advance feasibility studies seeking to make this new tyre available in market by 2019, said Bridgestone.
The Air Free Concept is a technology that eliminates the need for tyres to be inflated with air to support the weight, using a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of tyres. In addition, the resins that are used in the spokes and rubbers help realize more efficient use of resources.
Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Cycle adapted the Air Free Concept to develop bicycle tyres 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 tyres.