Of all the cycling gadgets we’ve had the chance to test here at New Atlas – and there have been quite a few – the GeoOrbital Wheel has got to be one of the most fascinating. Like the Electron Wheel and the Omni Wheel, it’s an electric front wheel that instantly converts your existing bike into an e-bike. Unlike them, however, it looks like it belongs in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. That said, is it really the electric wheel of the future?
The GeoOrbital Wheel actually owes its existence to another sci-fi classic – Tron. Inventor Michael Burtov was inspired by the light cycles in that film, which feature what are known as centerless wheels. This means that they have no hub or spokes, instead consisting of a rim and tire that revolve around an empty space in the middle.
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