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Holy Bat Wheel! -Freakiest ebay wheel of the year award:(11 posts)

Holy Bat Wheel! -Freakiest ebay wheel of the year award:filtersweep
Oct 10, 2003 5:34 PM
I'm sure it isn't UCI legal... I also wonder what bearing system it uses...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3631319575&category=36144
that has to be one of the worst ideas ever nmcollinsc
Oct 10, 2003 6:02 PM
that has to be one of the worst ideas ever nmDY
Oct 11, 2003 10:00 AM
Why?

Care to elaborate....
If only batman did triathlons.........african
Oct 10, 2003 6:03 PM
crumbs that thing will turn some heads. Not for me though. I saw a motorbike that had a wheel with no spokes - I think it had the same principle.
I wonder if "wheel" is quite the right term ...Humma Hah
Oct 10, 2003 6:07 PM
While there's nothing there I'd call a "fork", it evidently provides all you need up to the stem.

I don't think I'd like to have to change a tire on it on the side of the road.

I've seen a lot of fancy wheels ... I've seen little data to prove any of them are significantly better than 36 spokes and a high-flange hub.
tire change might be easyDougSloan
Oct 10, 2003 7:01 PM
Actually, a tire change might be easy; check the other photos; the "fork" is one sided; you could change a tire while the wheel is still on the bike.

Doug
Depending on how fast you ride, you may be right.MShaw
Oct 11, 2003 5:13 PM
but you probably haven't checked out drag figures over at www.analyticcycling.com lately either...

From what I understand, under about 20mph, weight is more important than aero, and over that aero is more important than weight.

Mike
and it includes Manuel also !!fasteddie
Oct 10, 2003 8:37 PM
Although the eBay items doesn't specify, my guess is that Manuel must be the Argentinean engineer who created this mess.
No. He means Manuel from Fawlty Towers...nmbicyclerepairman
Oct 10, 2003 11:34 PM
I've seen this wheel before....bestT
Oct 11, 2003 4:56 AM
It was designed by the engineer that makes LEW wheels. He's related to my neighbor and I've seen many prototypes of these and other carbon goodies.
May be worth a bid...DrPete
Oct 12, 2003 9:13 AM
It's pretty cool if you ask me--whether it works is another question, but it's definitely unique. And if the bidding stays THAT slow, I'd snag it up to sell to someone else. :)