How to make a hubless wheel

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Very interesting. Would be a good candidate for a solid tyre rather than sticking the valve out the side as he said. I do wonder though if any rim would actually hold up in use. A regular wheel is stressed from all points of the rim at once not just the bottom. I'd like to see a finished bike with that system. I suspect it's not going to hold up and of course rim brakes only.
 
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As you make enough points with bearings it will.
With 3 points, it is probably not good for a trike, but for a 2 wheeler, it is. Depending the rim of course.

Would be funny to have the mid with a 16inch wheen that stands still and a 20 inch rim that spins.
 
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The "hubless" motorcycle wheels I have seen use a bearing race so the force is spread over a large enough area. A kind of demi circular linear bearing.

But except looking very cool, there is no advantage to it. It's heavier than a normal hub wheel, so no gain there. It takes more precise engineering, so it isn't cheaper at all. And it can't take dirt as well as a normal bearing with lipseal or simular. So it's maintenance heavy.

But I'm brooding on an idea.
 
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Yes it has more disadvantages, than advantages but as you go for the looks, than you can do great things with it.
 
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