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Thursday, 26th November 2020

Simon reinvents the wheel for tomorrow’s cyclists

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The SuperWheel - Bike Prototype at DkIT Campus.

Simon Chan has literally reinvented the wheel and the world’s bicycle manufacturers are getting very excited about it.

His new invention, the Superwheel, is a revolutionary bicycle wheel that can significantly improve cycling efficiency and relies solely on human power which comes from the weight of the user.

The young engineer, who is based at Dundalk Institute of Technology’s enterprise and innovation hub, is on the verge of making it really big around the world with his invention.

Superwheel is also the name of a new start-up company operating out of the Regional Development Centre at DkIT’s enterprise and innovation hub.

The enterprise partnership came about when Simon arrived at the centre two years ago for an initial meeting, carrying a plastic bag with a wooden prototype inside.

He outlined how the product worked and also his vision to build a more efficient and eco-friendly bicycle wheel to compete against the e-bike. A wheel he would call the SuperWheel.

The team at DkIT, who had known Simon via a previous project, was impressed by Simon’s clear vision and immediately recognised Superwheel as an innovative idea with significant growth potential.

In this video Simon explains the rudiments of the science behind the wheel that is causing such a stir:

Superwheel is being marketed to city commuters, cycling enthusiasts, to any environmentalists out there that are still using less sustainable transports and to people who may have a mobility disadvantage that restricts them from cycling. Using the Super Wheel is a green and efficient mode of transport that provides over 30% improved assistance, currently.

While still in its early stage of development, Superwheel has received distribution contracts with Stephane Basso of CicloCaffè, Bassin D’Arcachon in France, where the first production units have gone on sale. Agreements are also close to being signed with parties in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.

For more information on the SuperWheel visit www.superwheelsystem.com

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