What is a Loopwheel?
A Loopwheel is a wheel with integral suspension, designed for better shock-absorbing performance and greater comfort.
Loopwheels give you a smoother ride. They are more comfortable than standard wheels: the carbon springs absorb tiring vibration, as well as bumps and shocks. They’re designed for everyday use and are strong and durable. They are NOT designed for stunt-jumping and are not invincible!
How do loopwheels help on wheelchairs?
Our loopwheels for wheelchairs help people push over uneven streets, rough tracks and gravel paths, with less effort, and the carbon springs give you extra power to get up or down kerbs. They reduce jolting and vibration, by as much as two thirds compared with a spoked wheel. Our customers tell us this helps them manage pain.
With standard quick release axles, a choice between 12mm or ½ inch bearings and available in 24″ and 25″ sizes, loopwheels fit most manual wheelchairs.
Loopwheels take you more places, more easily, and more comfortably.
What about loopwheels for bikes and trikes?
We no longer make loopwheels for folding bikes or recumbent trikes. Folding bike wheels were our first products in 2013 and we continued making them until 2016, when we decided to focus completely on wheelchair loopwheels. Between 2015 and 2016 we also made and sold loopwheels for recumbent trikes.
We made the decision to focus just on wheelchair wheels because the demand for these was really strong, and we’re a small company. We wanted to do one thing really well, not try to do too many different things at once.
And future plans?
A loopwheel for bikes is an awesome ride. We know because we’ve tried them – a lot. A mountain bike loopwheel is in the pipeline. We expect its launch date will be in 2019.
We reinvented the wheel – so you can enjoy a smoother ride.
Kerbs are less of an obstacle with loopwheels. Loopwheels reduce jolting, soften the impact of landing, and so can help manage pain.
Loopwheels are different from spoked wheels. They look, feel and perform differently. You will be used to a wheel being a rigid thing – Loopwheels have flexibility in them in order to provide shock absorption and suspension. The hub moves within the rim; the springs flex. The whole wheel acts as a flexible moving system which constantly adjusts to the load it carries and the obstacles it encounters.
This means that you may have to throw away your usual expectations of what a wheel should do and look like, and how it works. You may need to conceive afresh what a wheel can be. You’re not just buying a wheel – you’re buying a shock-absorbing wheel . . .
You may notice some differences:
A loopwheel doesn’t have quite the same rigidity and stiffness that’s necessary in a spoked wheel.
The spokes on a standard spoked wheel hold it in tension: if the spokes lose tension, they start to break and the rim may buckle. A Loopwheel is not held in tension by its springs – the rim is strong, double-walled, and less likely to suffer from buckling or fracture at the rim.
You may notice your loopwheel has slight lateral movement. As soon as the springs are loaded, they compress and further change their concentricity. This is what gives you comfort and shock absorption. A spoked wheel will be more rigid and may run more true than a loopwheel – but it won’t provide any shock absorption. A Loopwheel is designed to absorb shocks, reduce jolting and cushion your body against vibration.
The Loopwheel is a different beast. When you have spent your whole life with rigid spoked wheels, they may seem strange to you at first. But we believe you’ll soon love the differences of the Loopwheel.
Enjoy the difference!