Hubless BMX Bike Concept

Found this on Minimalissimo from Russian designer Nikolay Boltachev.  It’s pure concept, built around hubless wheels and magnetic bearings, and apparently he’s looking for help developing those ideas.  Leave some comments with any ideas, and hit ‘more’ to see additional photos…

Note the shaft drive with a gear to drive the rear wheel…similar to another concept bike he’s done that we’ll show you in a forthcoming post.


Branson - 02/10/10 - 1:00pm

This bike seems interesting, yet I’m curious to know if the bearings and rims can take the loads of bmx tricks, let alone riding off of a curb. I love the paradigm shifting concept of reinventing the wheel. I would like to ride one.

Isaac - 02/10/10 - 2:02pm

Rear wheel should have a belt drive. the Wheels should have 2 chambers with roller bearings in between making the wheel function like a huge bearing. There should be at least 2 connection points to the inner race of the wheel (bearing) with one being on top where the wheight of the rider actually rests.

scott - 02/10/10 - 4:28pm

i fail to see where the pegs go.

Dakota James - 02/10/10 - 7:18pm

IDk about this i think the rims would collapse

Stephen - 02/10/10 - 10:13pm

How the hell are all the trend rats supposed to footjam with no fork on one side?

54 - 02/10/10 - 11:23pm

What is this fascination with hub-less wheels? There is no such thing as hub-less wheels, it’s just another fancy name for BIG hub wheel, the hub just gets bigger and unnecessary heavier. I don’t know if any of these kids from design school ever have to spec. or buy bearing…..well, the larger the bearing, the more expensive they get as well…. Let’s get on and design something real, either that or lets put an anti-gravity device on everything.

Factional Character - 02/11/10 - 9:15am

Hubless has been around in motorcycling for a while, the custom chops did it first but the extra diameter of a rim mounted needle roller bearings were heavy, and you dont want weight in the outermost part of wheels. – you got to centralize mass for better handling, dudes!
20″ wheels arent as good for big airs as 22″ ones so that’ll need to change too – in the future you hope the sport will have progressed to a more spectacular level.
If metallurgy takes a massive leap or ceramics catch on its possible the one-sided steering will work – but why all that extra long skinny leg on the fork – join it at the top duh!

Factional Character - 02/11/10 - 9:18am

scott – a very, very good point. Form-over-function ideals should stay in the arts block at Design Colleges

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Dave - 02/12/10 - 1:35pm

Factional Character-The Cannondale Lefty Fork is very similar to this fork, built and designed for MTB. It is a left leg only, with suspension, and uses a specially designed hub/axle setup. The “one sided steering” works just fine, without used of better metallurgy or ceramics. Those two things do not need to make a better leap or catch on better for that to work, it already does extremely well.

I do agree about the longer fork leg, it does look out of place, but due to the “hub-less” design, I can understand it. Putting it at the top would put a lot more lateral stress on a lot of moving parts, causing failure more often.

Everyone else- This is a CONCEPT, not a guaranteed design that will be released soon. (Although if all you kids that want the super-low stand over height on your frame get your way, THIS is what BMX will turn into. So knock it off if you don’t like this.)

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georg - 06/13/10 - 5:08pm

how should i do footjam and where’s the place for pegs??

Tim - 06/24/10 - 5:05am

Doesn’t make any sence… First how are the tires suppose to move their bolted into the rim…Second there are no places to put the pegs… Third the rims will eventually collapse…Fourth you can’t foot jam whatsoever… and lastly the pedal on the side of the back tire would connect with the tire.

Its not cool its really gay and pointless.

Tim - 06/24/10 - 5:07am

one more thing how are we suppose to pedal without a sproket and a chain… you need hubs… a hubless bike will not work at all

Blain - 03/12/11 - 5:17pm

Where can I get one of these!!

Noah - 06/24/13 - 12:10am

It’s pretty cool but, can’t footjam, don’t know how long it’ll last, no spots for pegs, doesn’t look right for a BMX.

Tony Booker - 07/13/13 - 7:40am

You know how some bikes use a generator which is powered when you peddle if you use the same tecnology to power a electro magnet you will be able to use them to power the brakes

Jose Sanchez - 05/01/14 - 11:34am

I agree with you all about peg placement etc. those are all true bmx’ers concerns, for those freestyler’s. Bmx isn’t just tricks that came later, what does bmx stand for? I think it would be great for racing way lighter.

Taylor - 06/06/14 - 9:25am

loving that bike me like mateyy

dakshesh - 11/07/14 - 12:06am

i would like to know more information..i think it would be helpful for future technogly and some remote application

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