Shark Wheel is a wheel company founded by a small team in Southern California. In 2012, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator named Shark Wheel as one of its select portfolio companies for its wide array of performance advantages across industries. Based just outside of Los Angeles in Orange County, Shark Wheel has opened its first skateboard retail shop. Attached to the retail shop is a large warehouse where the magic happens.
David M. Patrick (the inventor of the Shark Wheel) works with Pedro Valdez (world renown Hollywood mold maker-Spiderman, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc) to come up with the latest Shark Wheel innovations.
The design is the perfect intersection between a cube and a sphere. It looks like a square or cube rolling from the side/45 degree angle, but from the rear view looks like a snake or three-dimensional sine wave in motion. The Shark Wheel is a revolutionary wheel design that offers superior performance advantages. (refer to ‘Technology’ page for list of advantages).
David M. Patrick discovered the Shark Wheel in his attempt to solve a major scientific principle. He built a physical model from the math his theory predicted and ended up with Nature’s Shape.
Once he realized the significant advantages of the wheel, a team was assembled, a patent was obtained, and Shark Wheel was born. David reinvented the wheel. Literally.
The Shark Wheel Advantages:
1. Faster. The design allows for a thin contact patch touching the ground and therefore less rolling resistance, resulting in a quicker ride.
2. More grip and sliding control. The alternating pattern equates to increased control — the width is increased, but the friction is decreased! The sine wave design provides three lips per wheel for superior lateral grip. A traditional wheel only has one. When you want to slide, they break away smoothly and recover easily.
3. More traction on varying terrain. The sine wave pattern smoothly funnels any debris aside, instead of ‘steamrolling’ over it like traditional wheels, allowing for firm contact with the ground.
4. Perfect rain and gravel wheels. The alternating pattern of grooves significantly reduces hydroplaning by channeling liquid, sand or gravel out and away from the surface of the wheel, allowing for a firm contact patch with the ground. Also, the rounded outer edges allow soft terrain to pass around the outside of the wheel smoothly, providing more aerodynamic functionality through soft terrain.