Rim (or Felly) And Spoke Connection Patents (Class 301/58)
  • Patent number: 10315461
    Abstract: A composite rim is used in spoked wheels, such as bicycle wheels. The composite rims has molded-in spoke holes. The composite rim is manufactured using a unique fabricating technique. The construction of the composite rim dramatically improves the bearing and loading strength of the composite rim over prior composite rims, which drill the spoke holes therein after fabrication of the rim hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ENVE Composites, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Schiers
  • Patent number: 10201999
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a lightweight wheel with high strength flexible spokes of the present invention, includes providing a rim and hub, and a plurality of lightweight, flexible and resilient spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The wheel includes a nipple within the rim that receives the high strength spoke and allows for flexibility in adapting the spoke to wheels having differing shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 10201998
    Abstract: A wheel with flexible spokes, including a rim and hub, and spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The spokes are also flexible and resilient such that they can bend while retaining their integrity and strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 9956818
    Abstract: A method for making the composite material wheel rim includes the steps of: configuring a plurality of inner lining chunks individually to the desired position where the spokes are to be mounted to allow the inner lining chunks to be integrated with an inner annular portion of the wheel rim, next, integrating the formed inner annular portion with an outer annular portion of the wheel rim to form a semi-finished wheel rim, and then, creating the requested threaded holes for connecting the spokes in the inner lining chunks of the inner surface of the semi-finished wheel rim subject to the requested amount and angles of the spokes. By the present method, the semi-finished wheel rim allows drilled, threaded holes subject to needs to fit different types of wheel hub units to increase the yield rate and reduce the inventory of the wheel rims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Hodaka Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 9844976
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing self-locking nipples comprising the steps of providing a semi-finished nipple (10) with an enlarged head (5) in comparison with the shank (6), providing at least a first blind hole (11, 11a) in that head, injecting a fluid resin into the hole (11, 11a) and solidifying so as to obtain a corresponding insert (9, 9a), making a second axial hole (7) in the semi-finished product at least partly intersecting the said insert (9, 9a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ALPINA RAGGI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Guido Cappellotto
  • Patent number: 9682596
    Abstract: A wheel with high strength flexible spokes of the present invention, including a rim and hub, and spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The spokes are also flexible and resilient such that they can bend while retaining their integrity and strength. The wheel includes a nipple within the rim that receives the high strength spoke and allows for flexibility in adapting the spoke to wheels having differing shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 9662934
    Abstract: A bicycle wheel rim including an outer annular portion adapted to receive a tire and an inner peripheral radial portion that has both a plurality of circumferentially arranged spoke openings and a braking surface on this portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Nicholas Birdseye
  • Patent number: 9662931
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel hub assembly including an axle extending along an axial axis, a hub shell with a hub flange that is rotatable about the axle, a bearing and at least one spoke assembled and connected to the hub flange at the opening. The hub flange includes an opening to receive the spoke. The axle includes an aperture that serves to provide assembly clearance to reduce or eliminate deformation of the spoke during the assembly of the spoke with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Patent number: 9656516
    Abstract: A rim for a bicycle wheel that includes a tire, hub and spokes. The bicycle rim generally includes a radially outer tire-engaging portion, a radially inner spoke-engaging portion, a first sidewall and a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall. The first and second sidewalls extend between the tire engaging and spoke-engaging portions. The tire-engaging and spoke-engaging portions and first and second sidewalls form a toroid. A maximum width of the rim is disposed closer to the spoke-engaging portion than the tire-engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Joshua Poertner
  • Patent number: 9421817
    Abstract: A wheel for at least partially muscle-powered vehicles and two-wheeled vehicles includes a hub and a rim having a plurality of spoke holes and a plurality of spoke systems for connecting the hub with the rim. A spoke system includes a spoke and a spoke nipple. A reinforcing unit with a through hole between the rim and the spoke nipple is provided. The reinforcing unit is a disk-type and is configured curved about at least one longitudinal axis. The reinforcing unit has a convex inner rim contact surface for bearing against a concave orientation area of the rim matched thereto. The reinforcing unit has a concave outside surface at which a nipple accommodation is provided at a depression having a concave nipple contact surface with a narrower curvature for accommodating a matching, convex supporting area of the spoke nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Walthert, Stefan Spahr
  • Patent number: 9346319
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise a composite rim used in spoked wheels, such as bicycle wheels, having molded-in spoke holes along with a method of fabricating the composite rim. Advantageously, the present invention dramatically improves the bearing and loading strength of prior art composite rims, which drill the spoke holes therein after fabrication of the rim hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ENVE Composites, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Schiers
  • Patent number: 9290042
    Abstract: A spoke receiving hole extends through a flange formed on a rim so as to incline by a predetermined angle in a radial direction with respect to a line perpendicular to a wheel center plane. A head of a spoke seats on a seating surface provided on one side surface of the spoke receiving hole in contact at a region I on the side closer to a rim body, and a head straight portion of the spoke contacts with an edge portion K of an opening on the side distant from the rim body to which a hole portion directly opens on the side opposite from the seating surface of the spoke receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: DAIDO KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomo Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9283804
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel, comprising: a rim; a hub; a plurality of spokes with a span portion extending between the rim and hub; a bracing element including a hole with a central axis, and an engagement surface; and a connector connected to the bracing element, including an overhang. The bracing element comprises a portion of the rim and/or hub. The connector may be laterally displaced relative to the bracing element between a first lateral position and a second lateral position, where the connector may pass within the hole in the first lateral position and the overhang is engaged to the engagement surface in the second lateral position to limit displacement of the connector. The spoke simultaneously contacts the hole and the connector to maintain the connector in the second lateral position. With the connector in the second lateral position, the spoke is engaged to at least one of the bracing element and the connector to support spoke tension forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Patent number: 9114751
    Abstract: A support system (10), including: a spoke connection region (30); a support stand (20) configured to support the spoke connection region (30); and a plurality of spokes (14). Each spoke (14) includes an inner end (34) connectable to a respective spoke connection point disposed in the spoke connection region (30), and each spoke (14) is independently positioned angularly about the respective spoke connection point (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Eric M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9079454
    Abstract: The invention concerns a rim made from composite material for a tubeless bicycle wheel comprising a radially outer portion shaped for the coupling with a tire, said radially outer portion comprising a through hole for an inflation valve. Advantageously, at least one first impermeable-to-air layer is integrally associated with said radially outer portion, around said hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mario Meggiolan
  • Patent number: 8985708
    Abstract: A wheel with high strength flexible spokes of the present invention, including a rim and hub, and spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The spokes are also flexible and resilient such that they can bend while retaining their integrity and strength. The wheel includes a nipple within the rim that receives the high strength spoke and allows for flexibility in adapting the spoke to wheels having differing shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 8985707
    Abstract: A wheel with flexible spokes, including a rim and hub, and spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The spokes are also flexible and resilient such that they can bend while retaining their integrity and strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 8979214
    Abstract: A securing device of a rim includes a rim having a connection bridge and two walls extend from the connection bridge. Multiple installation holes are defined through the connection bridge. Multiple spoke units each have a spoke, a first fixing member and a second fixing member, wherein the first fixing member has a first fixing portion which includes inner threads. A second fixing portion and a third fixing portion extend from the first fixing member. The third fixing portion has outer threads. The second fixing member includes a connection portion having inner threads defined which are threadedly connected to the third fixing portion. By the second fixing member, the first fixing member is secured and adjusted. The second and third fixing portions are reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kunshan Henry Metal Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kee Ping Tho
  • Patent number: 8967731
    Abstract: A spoke attachment structure is provided with a main body and a cover member. The main body includes a tool engagement structure and an external thread. The cover member is disposed on an outer surface of the main body adjacent the external thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Goto
  • Publication number: 20150035347
    Abstract: A wheel with high strength flexible spokes of the present invention, including a rim and hub, and spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The spokes are also flexible and resilient such that they can bend while retaining their integrity and strength. The wheel includes a nipple within the rim that receives the high strength spoke and allows for flexibility in adapting the spoke to wheels having differing shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 8887395
    Abstract: A method for assembling or disassembling spokes of a tubeless wheel includes following steps: selecting a rim, assembling an adaptor onto an assembling tool, assembling the adaptor to the position hole, assembling a spoke, assembling the spoke to the adaptor and disassembling the assembling tool from the adaptor. Therefore, a user can assemble or disassemble the spokes easily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mega Composite Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shu-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8888196
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a bicycle wheel repair kit for joining a first segment of a spoke to a second segment of the spoke, the first segment extending radially outward from a wheel hub to terminate in a first free end and the second segment extending radially inward from a wheel rim to terminate in a second free end. The kit may include a coupler including a first engagement member and a second engagement member. The first engagement member is configured to engage the first free end. The second engagement member is generally opposite the first engagement member and configured to engage the second free end. The coupler is configured such that a distance between the first engagement member and the second engagement member can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Charlie W. Chi
  • Publication number: 20140239703
    Abstract: A wheel for at least partially muscle-powered vehicles and two-wheeled vehicles includes a hub and a rim having a plurality of spoke holes and a plurality of spoke systems for connecting the hub with the rim. A spoke system includes a spoke and a spoke nipple. A reinforcing unit with a through hole between the rim and the spoke nipple is provided. The reinforcing unit is a disk-type and is configured curved about at least one longitudinal axis. The reinforcing unit has a convex inner rim contact surface for bearing against a concave orientation area of the rim matched thereto. The reinforcing unit has a concave outside surface at which a nipple accommodation is provided at a depression having a concave nipple contact surface with a narrower curvature for accommodating a matching, convex supporting area of the spoke nipple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Walthert, Stefan Spahr
  • Patent number: 8801108
    Abstract: A rim assembly includes a rim having a first connection bridge and a second connection bridge, and two walls extend from two sides of the first and second connection bridges. The first and second connection bridges each have multiple installation holes. A pad unit includes multiple pads and each pad has a through hole. The pads are located on a surface of the first connection bridge and the through holes are in alignment with the installation holes. Multiple connection members each have a passage, the connection members respectively extend through the installation holes and the through holes. The spokes are securely connected to the passages. The thickness of the rim is thin and the pads reinforce the connection positions where the spokes are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Kunshan Henry Metal Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kee Ping Tho
  • Publication number: 20140175859
    Abstract: A bicycle hub includes a hub shell body and a plurality of spoke mounting projections. The spoke mounting projections are disposed at one end portion of the hub shell body. Each of the spoke mounting projections includes a first circumferential side and a second circumferential side. The first circumferential side has a first spoke outlet for a first spoke and a second spoke outlet for a second spoke. The second circumferential side is opposite to the first circumferential side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuki KOSHIYAMA
  • Patent number: 8746808
    Abstract: A bicycle rim is provided with an annular tire mounting part, an annular spoke mounting part, at least one spoke attachment member and an orientation maintaining structure. The annular spoke mounting part includes a plurality of spoke openings a circumferential spaced along the annular spoke mounting part. The spoke mounting part extends from the annular tire mounting part to define an interior space containing the spoke attachment member. The orientation maintaining structure is dimensioned with respect to the interior space to form an orientation maintaining arrangement such that the spoke attachment member is slidably disposed within the interior space in a circumferential direction of the bicycle rim to selectively align with one of the spoke openings while also maintaining an orientation of the spoke attachment member within the interior space to align with the one of the spoke openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Components (Malaysia) SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Kim Hong Kuan, Yoke Seng Chan, Masahiro Hanatani
  • Patent number: 8678520
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable wheel which can greatly reduce its size and be carried conveniently, comprising: an extendable hub including a first end and a second end, wherein the distance between the first end and the second end may be changed by adjusting the extendable hub; a plurality of extendable spokes each including a first extendable portion and a second extendable portion, wherein the first extendable portion connects with the first end of the extendable hub and the second extendable portion connects with the second end of the extendable hub, and the first extendable portion connects with the second extendable portion by a first connector; and a plurality of the second connectors connected with the plurality of extendable spokes for connecting to a rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Dongliang Daniel Sheu, Shang-Ji Lee
  • Publication number: 20140062167
    Abstract: A wheel rim structure includes a rim body having a plurality of rim connectors, each rim connectors assembled onto an inner periphery of the rim body and having a first connecting end and a second connecting end at two ends thereof, the first connecting end assembled into the inner periphery of the rim body, the second connecting end exposed from the inner periphery of the rim body, a plurality of spokes, each spoke having an assembling end and an engaging end at two ends thereof, the assembling end assembled to a wheel hub, the engaging end engaging with the second connecting end. Under this arrangement, when the user wants to detach the spokes from the rim body, the user just detaches the engaging end and the assembling end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Mu-Rong Li
  • Patent number: 8657387
    Abstract: An improved connecting system for a vehicle wheel spoke, including a spoke having an end portion, a span portion and a cross-section thereof, a connecting element; a bracing element such as a rim or hub, a tensile axis of applied tensile load along the span portion, and a longitudinal axis along the spoke. The connecting element is made of hardened molding material and the spoke is overmolded by the connecting element during solidification of the hardened molding material. The connecting element is joined to the spoke at an overmolded interface and the connecting element is connected to the bracing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Publication number: 20130342003
    Abstract: A bicycle disc wheel or spoked wheel (10) is disclosed, comprising a hub (12), a rim (14) and at least one disc or spoke-type structural element (60) integral with the hub (12) and the rim (14), wherein said at least one structural element (60) is pretensioned. A process for manufacturing thereof comprises the sequential steps of providing a hub (12) and a rim (14), applying a compression on the rim (14) towards the hub (12) elastically deforming it, rendering at least one disc or spoke-type structural element (60) integral with the hub (12) and the rim (14), and removing the compression onto the rim (14) applied in step a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Mario Meggiolan
  • Publication number: 20130328382
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing self-locking nipples comprising the steps of providing a semi-finished nipple (10) with an enlarged head (5) in comparison with the shank (6), providing at least a first blind hole (11, 11a) in that head, injecting a fluid resin into the hole (11, 11a) and solidifying so as to obtain a corresponding insert (9, 9a), making a second axial hole (7) in the semi-finished product at least partly intersecting the said insert (9, 9a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: ALPINA RAGGI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Guido Cappellotto
  • Publication number: 20130320749
    Abstract: A wheel with high strength flexible spokes of the present invention, including a rim and hub, and spokes between the rim and hub made of fibrous material that causes the spokes to be both lighter in weight and stronger than comparable steel spokes. The spokes are also flexible and resilient such that they can bend while retaining their integrity and strength. The wheel includes a nipple within the rim that receives the high strength spoke and allows for flexibility in adapting the spoke to wheels having differing shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Martin CONNOLLY
  • Publication number: 20130300186
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel, comprising: a rim; a hub; a plurality of spokes; a bracing element including a hole, a hole sidewall, and an engagement surface outward of the hole; and a connecting element with a spoke opening and an overhang surface. The spoke is connected to the connecting element and the connecting element is connected to the bracing element at the hole, with the bracing element comprising one of the rim and hub. With the spoke maintaining alignment with the connector, the connecting element may be transitioned between an insertion orientation where the connecting element may be inserted in the hole and an engagement orientation where the connecting element is engaged to the bracing element, with a toggle angle between the insertion and engagement orientations. The hole is preferably a circular hole. The spoke opening preferably includes internal threads to mate with external threads of the spoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Publication number: 20130214586
    Abstract: Carbon fiber bicycle wheels are formed from parts cut from carbon fiber cloth and then joined together to form a rim, sidewalls, spokes, flanges and a center tunnel on which the flanges are mounted. The parts are then assembled, bonded together, and cured to form a wheel. During assembly, the spokes and the wheel are placed in tension by moving the flanges outwardly on the center tunnel after assembly and then bonding them in place to stiffen and strengthen the wheel. The spokes of the drive side of the rear wheel are specially shaped to accommodate torque transfer forces generated by pedaling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: MAD FIBER, LLC
    Inventor: Mad Fiber, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130181503
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel, comprising: a rim; a hub; a plurality of spokes with a span portion extending between the rim and hub; a bracing element including a hole with a central axis, and an engagement surface; and a connector connected to the bracing element, including an overhang. The bracing element comprises a portion of the rim and/or hub. The connector may be laterally displaced relative to the bracing element between a first lateral position and a second lateral position, where the connector may pass within the hole in the first lateral position and the overhang is engaged to the engagement surface in the second lateral position to limit displacement of the connector. The spoke simultaneously contacts the hole and the connector to maintain the connector in the second lateral position. With the connector in the second lateral position, the spoke is engaged to at least one of the bracing element and the connector to support spoke tension forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Publication number: 20130169027
    Abstract: A rim assembly includes a rim having multiple positioning portions extending from the inner periphery thereof and each positioning portion has a space defined therein. Each positioning portion further has an open side. Multiple spoke units each have the first end engaged with the space via the open side and are rotatable relative to the positioning portion. The second end of each spoke unit is connected with the hub. Each spoke unit has a securing member and positioning member which is mounted to the securing member. The securing member is connected with one end of a spoke and the positioning member positions the securing member and the spoke in the space. The spoke units are easily and quickly assembled with the positioning portions at the inner periphery of the rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: KUNSHAN HENRY METAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kee Ping THO
  • Publication number: 20130169026
    Abstract: A bicycle rim structure comprises a rim body, a hub, a plurality of spokes for fastening the hub and the rim body, and a plurality of adhesives. The spokes in assembling slots of the rim body and assembling grooves of the hub are enclosed by the adhesive. Therefore, the spoke is tightly connected in the assembling slot and assembling groove after the adhesive is solidified. Moreover, the weight of the bicycle rim body is reduced because there are no bolts and nuts, or other assemblies in the bicycle rim structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Mu-Rong LI
  • Publication number: 20130162008
    Abstract: A wheel rim structure includes a rim body having a plurality of assembling grooves equidistantly defined along an inner periphery thereof, each assembling groove having a receiving space defined at one end thereof and a positioning space defined at another end thereof, the receiving space communicating with the positioning space, a plurality of spokes having a connecting end formed at one end thereof and having a positioning block which is adjacent to the connecting end, a wheel hub having a plurality of second connecting holes equidistantly opened thereon. Under this arrangement, the connecting end is assembled into the receiving space and the positioning block is locked at the positioning space; another end of the spokes is assembled into the second connecting hole. Therefore, the spoke could be easily detached from the rim body or be easily assembled to the rim body via the assembling groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Mu-Rong Li
  • Publication number: 20130062927
    Abstract: A bicycle wheel rim 1 includes a wall with two opposite radially outwardly extending annular sidewall parts 2a, b in which a plurality of slit shaped spoke mounting apertures are provided. Spokes 10 are provided which include a shaft 11 with a thickened head 12. Each slit extends both in a sideward and radial outward direction and includes a first slit part 15 and a second slit part 16, where the first slit part has cross sectional dimensions lying between the cross sectional dimensions of the shaft and the head, and the second slit part has cross sectional dimensions larger than the cross sectional dimensions of the head. The second slit part lies further radially outward than the first slit part, and the slit parts are both open in the direction of the central axis of the rim and in the direction of at least one of the sidewall parts of the rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: 3T DESIGN LIMITED
    Inventor: Richard McAinsh
  • Publication number: 20130043714
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel, comprising a rim, a hub, a plurality of spokes extending between the rim and hub, a bracing element including a hole with a central axis, a sidewall, a longitudinally inward entrance, and at least one of an engagement surface and an engagement edge outward of the entrance, a connecting element connected to the bracing element, including an opening extending along an opening axis, and a multiplicity of prongs, with at least one of the prongs including a lateral overhang surface. The connecting element is resilient and may be flexed between collapsed and expanded orientations and is positioned within the hole, with the overhang surface overlying one of the engagement surface and engagement edge. The spoke is connected to the connecting element by a threaded engagement with the central opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Publication number: 20130043713
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel, comprising a rim, a hub, a plurality of spokes extending between the rim and hub, a bracing element including a hole with a central axis, a sidewall, a longitudinally inward entrance, and at least one of an engagement surface and an engagement edge outward of the entrance, a connecting element connected to the bracing element, including an opening extending along an opening axis, and a multiplicity of prongs, with at least one of the prongs including a lateral overhang surface. The connecting element is resilient and may be flexed between collapsed and expanded orientations and is positioned within the hole, with the overhang surface overlying one of the engagement surface and engagement edge in a first overlie engagement. The spoke includes a laterally projecting surface to overlie the connecting element in a second overlie engagement that is preferably located longitudinally outwardly of the first overlie engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Publication number: 20130043712
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel, comprising a rim, a hub, a plurality of spokes extending between the rim and hub, a bracing element including a hole with a central axis, a sidewall, a longitudinally inward entrance, and at least one of an engagement surface and an engagement edge outward of the entrance, a connecting element comprising a multiplicity of discreet segments. The bracing element comprises at least a portion of one of the rim and hub. At least one segment includes a laterally projecting overhanging surface. The first segment is positioned within the hole, with the overhang surface overlying one of the engagement surface and engagement edge in an overlie engagement. The second segment is positioned within the hole to include an opening between the first and second segments. The spoke is positioned within the opening and is connected to the connecting element with the overlie engagement to support spoke tensile load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: RAPHAEL SCHLANGER
  • Patent number: 8371659
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spoked wheel including a rim having a continuous series of circumferential sections each of which has opposed ends and is connected at each of its ends to an adjacent section by means of a hinge that allows the two adjacent sections to pivot with respect to each other substantially in the plane of the wheel. The wheel also includes a hub that rotates with the rim and a plurality of spokes extending between the hub and the rim and supporting the rim on the hub. Each of the spokes having an end that is pivotally attached to the rim. At least one of the spokes is movable with respect to the hub in the plane of the wheel to change the angular spacing between adjacent spokes and alter the shape of the rim between a circular shape and a non-circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Royal College of Art
    Inventor: Duncan Fitzsimons
  • Publication number: 20130033094
    Abstract: A spoked wheel is described that uses flexible spokes having a termination on each end that couple with a rim using nipples. The flexible spokes are supported mid-span by a hub flange cradle that transfers torque from the hub to the rim via two sub-spokes. The hub flange cradle determines whether a sub-spoke is tangential or radial. A plurality of spokes may be used on each side of the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Lubecki
  • Publication number: 20130026814
    Abstract: A rim assembly includes a rim and multiple spoke units and each spoke unit has at least one fixing frame, a fixing member and at least one spoke. The at least one fixing frame is connected to the inside of the rim and has a passage through which the rod-like fixing member extends. The fixing member has at least one positioning hole so as to be connected to an end of a spoke. The other end of the spoke is connected to the hub. The fixing member is rotatable and swings relative to the at least one fixing frame to adjust the position for being connected with the spoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: KUNSHAN HENRY METAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: KEE PING THO
  • Publication number: 20130026815
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein improve airflow around the bicycle wheels by providing for one or more of: (1) a optimum leading edge width of a rim for preventing early stall in cross winds, while still allowing for sufficient stability without undue drag, whilst not unnecessarily increasing the rotating wheel and drag on the frame; (2) a sidewall shape with a subtle camber angle at the leading, which defines a rate of radius change at the max width of the rim—which further defines the max width and placement along the chord length for optimizing the aerodynamic properties of the rim; (3) a continuous rate of change of curvature at a spoke face, which fundamentally improves the performance and stability by generating a side force at higher yaw angles; and (4) wheel sets with a wider front rim relative to a narrower rear wheel to assist in flow attachment in high crosswind areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Smart Aero Technology Limited
    Inventor: Smart Aero Technology Limited
  • Publication number: 20120299365
    Abstract: A nipple (1) for spokes of spoked wheels includes a head (2) which is wider than a shank (3), both of which are traversed by one axial through hole (4) which is at least partly threaded, with a seat in the head opposite the shank to house self-locking means and prevent undesired slackening of the nipple with respect to the spoke (7) when a thread (6) of the spoke is screwed into the hole, in which the seat comprises at least one recess (11) which intersects the threaded surface of the hole and the self-locking means comprise at least one insert (10) of material which is deformable in relation to the material of the nipple inserted in each recess, the recess and insert being shaped and positioned relative to the hole so that the insert is held in the corresponding recess in a position which partly projects over at least one length in the hole to interfere with the thread of the spoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Guido Cappellotto
  • Patent number: 8313155
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise a composite rim used in spoked wheels, such as bicycle wheels, having molded-in spoke holes along with a method of fabricating the composite rim. Advantageously, the present invention dramatically improves the bearing and loading strength of prior art composite rims, which drill the spoke holes therein after fabrication of the rim hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Edge Composites, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Schiers
  • Publication number: 20120286561
    Abstract: The present invention consists in an improved wheelbarrow rim comprised of a series of radial central ribs on the front side of said portions, and a series of sections forming the rim. By virtue of calculating the moment of inertia of the rim, it can withstand greater loads when being manufactured of a metal sheet of 1.06 mm thickness, resulting in savings in production material, and at the same time a greater load capacity. Additionally, the central radial ribs impart a sense of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: TRUPER HERRAMIENTAS, SA DE CV
    Inventor: Moises Sheinberg Frenkel
  • Publication number: 20120280561
    Abstract: Wire wheel assembly apparatus for, and a method of providing, a wire wheel assembly for use with a tubeless tire. A wire wheel element comprises a wheel centre element, a spoke ring element, and a plurality of spoke elements extending between the wheel centre element and the spoke ring element. The spoke ring element is configured to allow a first rim element comprising a first rim tire flange and a second rim element comprising a second rim tire flange to be assembled with said wire wheel element into a wire wheel assembly in which a tire receiving region is defined between said first rim tire flange and said second rim tire flange. A first rim element and a second rim element configured to be assembled with said wire wheel element. A sandwich arrangement and a cantilever arrangement of a wire wheel assembly are disclosed. A split-rim wire wheel is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Charles William Tomkins