No Spokes Cycle

Seems to be a cycle fest on Yanko Design today, the second installment comes in the shape of the Lunartic Cycle. A bike that’s got a really unique combination of different wheel sizes, a toothed belt drive and hub less rear wheel! The USP being the gyroscopic effect of a large wheel aiding speed and more road-surface contact adding stability. The small front wheel saves space and enhances maneuverability. For a change, here is a concept that goes into a working prototype to prove its point, hope you enjoy the video!

The Lunartic Cycle is an entry for the James Dyson Awards.
The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.

Designer: Luke Douglas

    81 Comments

    • What a nonsense research saying it it is smaller it is only smaller with the small front wheel. Plus a small front wheel is far to un stable riding at higher speeds. Should learn some cycling geometry, having short wheelbase does not help in speed having longer one does, shorter wheelbase helps cornering but a too short one is dangerous unstable at high speed cornering. Also its not solving any problem cause ti make it harder to replace tyres and also its not a lighter contruction than having spokes its havier. Only good thing about not having spokes able place somthing in the open space but the problem with this geometry is that it becomes dangerously unstable and bike wants to tilt backwards.

    • What a nonsense research saying it it is smaller it is only smaller with the small front wheel. Plus a small front wheel is far to un stable riding at higher speeds. Should learn some cycling geometry, having short wheelbase does not help in speed having longer one does, shorter wheelbase helps cornering but a too short one is dangerous unstable at high speed cornering. Also its not solving any problem cause ti make it harder to replace tyres and also its not a lighter contruction than having spokes its havier. Only good thing about not having spokes able place somthing in the open space but the problem with this geometry is that it becomes dangerously unstable and bike wants to tilt backwards.

    • Armin says:

      Hi Luke,
      It is good enough but just for really flat streets.

    • Armin says:

      Hi Luke,
      It is good enough but just for really flat streets.

    • Armin says:

      Hi Luke,

      your bike has a problem: It is useful but just in very flat streets.

      Keep going…

    • Armin says:

      Hi Luke,
      your bike has a problem: It is useful but just in very flat streets.
      Keep going…

    • Melvin says:

      Just want one !

      Do you think about beta tester ?

      I CSN be one if u need…

    • Melvin says:

      Just want one !
      Do you think about beta tester ?
      I CSN be one if u need…

    • lee says:

      that have few problem ,but his idea is very nice and hi made real prototype bicycle …. so~~~many deisgners make only graphic image by computer program. but this product is not.!!!! seems, this design will change.
      His product is deserve respect .

    • lee says:

      that have few problem ,but his idea is very nice and hi made real prototype bicycle …. so~~~many deisgners make only graphic image by computer program. but this product is not.!!!! seems, this design will change.
      His product is deserve respect .

    • Gary Nicholas says:

      I like the prototype I would like to see the front wheel larger and a small fender added.
      Also the front wheel could be with a electric motor in the hub section for more modern look.
      Keep up the good work.
      Gary Nicholas Michigan

    • Gary Nicholas says:

      I like the prototype I would like to see the front wheel larger and a small fender added.
      Also the front wheel could be with a electric motor in the hub section for more modern look.
      Keep up the good work.
      Gary Nicholas Michigan

    • Missy says:

      I cant help thinking the hubless design with multiple supporting rollers will generate more friction that a single axle. Is this bike more effort to pedal due to it being hubless.

      I agree it looks more prone to wheelies that a conventional bike, maybe add a drag racer style wheelie bar :-)

    • Nach0z says:

      Andy,
      If you look at about 1:05 ish, you’ll see that he’s spinning the pedals backwards. If this wasn’t a freewheel-able system that’d either hit the brakes or mess up the belt.

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    • Jacquelyn says:

      I cyclist had to mention this to as many of the day’s races.
      Cycling injuries do not come on gradually. A 3rd place and well deserved Bronze
      medal on the day was the 70 miles Men’s A race where RJ Stuart was looking to
      better his 9th place finish from the Lindsey Wilson road race.
      Stretching at the end of Thanh Toan village, Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy
      district.

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