How do hubless wheels work? © Getty Images

How do hubless wheels work?

The magic of a hubless, or more accurately centre-less, wheel is that they aren't actually lacking a hub.

Asked by: Anonymous


They’ve finally managed to reinvent the wheel. In a so-called ‘hubless’ wheel, the hub is actually a large thin ring that fits just inside the rim of a large bearing with the tyre on its outside. The inner ring itself attaches to the vehicle’s frame. On a motorbike, the front wheel also has to handle the steering. With such an unconventional design, one of the challenges is getting power to the rear wheel. This can be done through a specially adapted chain or belt.

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