Kickstarter Project: Flatless Tire Commuter Wheelsets

@cme FlatFree Bicycle Wheesets Set

Hutchinson unveiled their flat proof Serenity tires at Interbike a couple years ago. They do it by using closed cell foam interior, a bit weightier than other tires, with a ride similar to a standard tire inflated at 60psi. Problem is, Serenity tires are specific to certain rims and require special tools for installation and removal. @cme FlatFree Bicycle Wheelsets, a Kickstarter project, jumped on that.

For $280, they’re selling 26″ and 700c singlespeed, fixie, and Shimano Coaster Brake equipped wheelsets with the Hutchinson Serenity tires already installed. The tread is rated to last 3,000 miles, and once it’s worn out, you can send it back to them for new tread installation. All wheelsets are double-wall aluminum rims with machined sidewalls, brass eyelets and nipples, steel spokes, and loose ball hubs. Single speed and fixie wheelsets come in black, Shimano Coaster sets in silver.

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Comments

IJBCape - 07/05/12 - 11:06pm

That’s pretty cool. I like all the sets of Hutch tires I’ve used with Stan’s 340′s, probably ten or more pair by now. And zero flats with any of them. I lost 40psi once but still had 60, 30 miles home no problem.

I like progressive stuff like this, road tubeless and road disc. These wheels should help out a lot for commuters.

John - 07/06/12 - 3:27am

You don’t need special wheels or tools for these. I use the 700×35 version. Any rim with an internal diameter 19mm or less will work. A stiff tyre levers installs them easily (that’s pretty much what the tool is anyway).

BBB - 07/06/12 - 11:10am

Why bother with this “special” tyre/wheel nonsense if you can simply get a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres available in almost every size.
For extra protection you can run them tubeless with a sealant.
If that’s not good enough then I don’t know what is.

James - 07/06/12 - 12:45pm

Walmart sells airless foam tube inserts that don’t need a special tire or rim. It may add 5 pounds of rotational weight to each wheel but it’ll be $260 cheaper than this kickstart.

IJBCape - 07/06/12 - 12:55pm

I think these are for regular joes who don’t have the patience to setup tubeless. In that sense it could be helpful. In my part of New England the winter roads are pretty shitty, potholes, roots, glass, etc., so I use tubeless. Tubes for commuting is just a huge pain in the ass. These could be simple solution for the regular johnny who rides to work.

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