With increasing loads and demands for higher performance, the pneumatic tire has become increasingly complex and expensive, but remains vulnerable to punctures and pressure loss, causing tire related accidents that claim thousands of lives every year. Airless tires, with elastomer spokes, introduce new problems because their spokes have to work both in compression and in tension, requiring an impossible combination of stiffness and resilience.
With Absolut Airless, Autovector has invented the simplest possible design that eliminates these problems. The Absolut load bearing mechanism places the elastomer spokes in the longitudinal direction, where they act as beams both between rim spokes as between rigid spokes formed in the outer hoop. The Absolut design allows the beams to carry the load in tension at all times, eliminating the highly disturbing tension-compression cyclic fatigue load while providing effective cushioning and ride comfort.