On July 8th, 2013 Shark Wheel successfully funded its first ever launch via Kickstarter. We met our initial goal of $10,000.00 in just 72 hours!! We eventually raised $79,350.00 in just over 30 days!
These funds will be used to do all of the metal tooling for the 70mm Longboard wheel as well as 2 others (the 52mm trick wheels and the 64mm cruisers.)
Also, we had an enormous amount of requests from the Quad Skate industry and we will be working with them to come up with a version just for that market.
We currently are targeting September for the delivery of production wheels to our over 1,000 Kickstarter backers! We are also going to be creating our dealer/distribution channels all over the world and are excited about the many other opportunities that came our way over the last 30 days. The response from the community was incredible. We were overwhelmed with the amount of requests for sponsorships, distribution, new markets and so much more.
You can see our Launch video here:
The wave-like geometry gives the Shark Wheel superior performance in
It has less surface area touching the ground on hard surfaces, allowing for low rolling resistance.
The alternating path can bite into soft terrain, meaning it can roll seamlessly in soft surfaces.
The alternating center of gravity allows for superior high-speed stability, eliminating speed-wobble that occurs from the geometry of normal wheels.
When used on hard surfaces, the Shark Wheel produces a low friction profile similar to a high performance, low rolling resistance tire. This allows for less energy to be used as the contact patch is very small. Conversely, a wheel that would normally work well as a low resistance wheel would perform poorly in something like soft sand.
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When encountering soft surfaces, the patented design of the Shark Wheel produces a much wider, high friction profile which creates a wide surface area and unsurpassed grip. This ability to travel on soft surfaces is very similar to the way a sidewinder snake moves through the sand.
Another advantage of the shark wheel is that at high speeds the Shark Wheel does not suffer from “Speed Wobble” as it has a self centering design.
The Shark Wheel has all of the advantages of a high speed, low rolling resistance tire while providing the traction of a much wider tire and superior high speed stability.
The Shark Wheel is based on the Spherical Expansion models created by David M. Patrick.
Shark Wheel will be releasing its products in the first quarter 2013. Our first event was at Venice Beach Ca Dec 15, 2012. Click on the news and events link for more information and image galleries from the event.