The so-called invention of the wheel, Shark Wheels is a unique alternative to the classic longboard wheels. With a unique shape that claims to improve performance, you’re sure to draw a lot of attention to it.
Do they really increase productivity or are they just meant to be used as eye bait? We will check and personally test all your shark questions to make sure they really improve their performance in this shark exam.
Origin of shark wheel
While trying to solve a complex scientific problem, David M. Patrick (inventor of shark wheels) came across a complex new construction of the wheel. He immediately received a physical design and started the process of obtaining a patent.
The shark wheel concept is the result of a combination of cubic(angular edges), ball(so it can roll) and sine(wheel surface).
Later, the company, Shark Wheel, was founded in Southern California and went through a start-up incubator. After the money was raised at Kickstarter, the Shark Wheel was officially born and the consumer could see how it became a physical product.
While shark wheels appeared as longboard wheels because of David’s passion for skateboarding, the company tries to produce their wheels for different vehicles.
Shark Wheel Review: FAQ
HOW CAN A WHEEL BE SQUARE AND ROLL?
Usually the first question you ask yourself when looking at a shark wheel is how it works. They’re square, and squares have edges!
Well, first of all, Shark Wheels aren’t exactly square. The wheels with the sharks are perfectly round like any other wheel. In almost every shot of the shark wheel there is a field camera, which should show the square as a shape, not its roundness.
The square shape is actually an optical illusion If you look at it from above, as shown above, you can see that the wheel is round and that the square shape of the shark wheels is due to a wavy rim on the wall of the wheel.
What are the benefits of the Shark Wheel?
Shark Wheels has a long list of advantages of this new wheel design, and to be honest I don’t really believe what they say. I’ll list what they say here and then we’ll look at each of them in this review by Shark Wheel.
- Faster. Faster. Rolling resistance is reduced when only three wheel edges touch the ground, allowing you to ride faster.
- More clutch and slip control. Variety means more control – width increases and friction decreases! The sinusoidal design provides three lips per wheel for excellent lateral traction.
- High thrust. The sinusoidal design moves the waste smoothly between the channels instead of simply rolling it around like a conventional wheel, creating a firm contact with the ground.
- Perfect wheels for rain and gravel. The alternating groove pattern significantly reduces the load on the hydroplate by draining liquid, sand or gravel from the wheel surface, creating a firm contact with the ground.
Shark wheel overview: Pipe
A week ago I took some sharks especially for this check and put them on my cruising longboard. For half an hour I knew with them what the hype was around the shark wheel. The longboard near the university campus, I got so many looks and glances on my wheels that I started counting. In half an hour I counted up to ten people I caught looking at my bikes.
It is clear that sharks in particular attract attention. From the side people can see the square wheel rolling and it disturbs everything they know about wheels. These wheels are certainly one of the most unique ways to make your longboard different.
Shark wheel overview: Are they faster than normal wheels?
If you keep turning, the wheels underneath me will feel good. There were no flat-spot problems or differences that I could easily notice with normal longboard wheels.
I noticed that Shark’s wheels made my longboard a little faster. This is due to the fact that these wheels have a smaller surface area next to the road, which reduces wheel friction.
One of the Silverfish riders on the forums did a speed test with the Shark Wheels compared to Rayne’s typical longboard wheels. It can be seen that the average and maximum speed of the shark wheels was 10 steps higher than that of Rayne’s wheels.
Shark wheels: Rain efficiency
One of the main advantages of these wheels is that they can be used in the rain or on gravel. Before you check the gravel? I managed to test the shark’s wheels in the rain. The company claims that the grooves in the wheel reduce hydroplaning and push water out of the wheel.
At least it turned out to be true. The Shark Wheels undoubtedly offered better grip on wet roads. Normally I don’t do longboarding at all when it’s wet, and these bikes can change that.
Pay attention: If you plan to take your longboard with you on rainy days, invest in ceramic bearings . These bearings are tighter and last longer than others when wet.
Although it is not specified anywhere, there is a general consensus that shark wheels can only be used for driving and basting. I wanted to test this hypothesis by making intense descents with them.
Shark wheels: Rate of descent
At first, with such strange wheels, I was afraid to pull them out of the monstrous hills near my house. Do what you have to do if you want to write a good review on sharks.
Surprisingly, my fears were largely unfounded. At higher speeds the shark wheels behaved just like normal wheels. I think it’s because speed negates all the advantages of a strange form, but I’m not sure.
I could easily get on the board and the wheels felt as usual. In the descent it just didn’t make any difference.
I’m pretty good at lungboarding right now (at least that’s what I’m saying to myself), but I’m not nearly as good as some of the pros. So I may have missed something in my assessment. To remedy this, below you can see a professional longboarder trying to lay his hand on shark wheels on his usual downhill courses.
Shark wheel overview: Sliding
With the different grooves I was at first afraid to lose the grip of the wheel. However, when I glide, I just let my impulse guide me (learn to glide if you haven’t already) and these wheels easily break the grip.
When I slipped in the afternoon, I was worried about the life of those bikes. During a pushing session I made most of the grooves that enabled me to level the wheel. It’s clear to me that you can slide on it, but be prepared for how fast those wheels wear out.
Who should buy sharks?
Especially sharks attract attention. If you want to test this invention of the wheel yourself, go ahead! You are certainly unique and will set your board apart from others.
In terms of performance improvement there are some small differences (at least in my opinion!) between a shark wheel and a normal longboard wheel. They ride a little faster than normal bikes and work better in the rain than normal longboard bikes, which is an advantage for all our riders. Moreover, they are able to cross a little more debris than normal bikes.
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