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Bike Rumor – Sneak Peek: AirFōm promises airless riding – inside your favorite tires

 

 

Duplicated from  Original article on Bike Rumor
Zach Overholt - September 11, 2018

 

As we race towards peak tire insert, we found a new one that’s gearing up for launch this fall. However, this is not your typical flat protector. Instead, it’s actually an airless system designed to allow you to use your favorite rubber tires. Since AirFōm isn’t launching until the Taipei show, details are still fairly limited, but the concept is pretty interesting.

Sneak Peek: AirFōm promises airless riding - inside your favorite tires

Sneak Peek: AirFōm promises airless riding - inside your favorite tires

One of the biggest differences between AirFōm and much of the airless competition is that it’s an insert, not a complete tire system. To ensure proper fit around the rim and to fill out the tire, the inserts appear to come in interlocking sections. It’s mentioned that only the larger MTB sizes use a three piece construction with the Energy, Backbone, and Foundation as shown above, the smaller sizes combine the Foundation and Backbone into one piece.


AirFōm claims their design mimics the ride of a pneumatic tire by using multiple foam layers and it is able to achieve about 60% of the rebound performance of an air tire.
Installed using tire levers, AirFōm also mentions a proprietary installation lubricant that is sprayed onto the tire bead to reduce tire/rim friction by 80%. But it also drys up in 30-45 minutes and won’t be reactivated by water.

With a claimed weight of 240-280g depending on the size, AirFōm is heavier than a tube, but it is impossible to flat. AirFōm also points out that their design uses materials that are not cross linked which makes them easily recyclable, though they’re also completely reusable.

AirFōm says that product will be in stores this winter, with more sizes offered in 2019.

Bike News Online – Air Fom launches new company for airless inserts for cycling

 

 

Duplicated from original article on Bike News Online.
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

 

Close up of a bike tire with Air Fom airless inserts - punture proof - thorn proof bike tires.

Mark Peterman, industry veteran, is launching a new company at Taipei Cycle that will provide airless technology for all categories of bicycles. Air Fom is a product that is mounted into any cyclists existing tire by removing the tube and installing the Air Fom foam inserts.

 

Air Fom will provide airless bike tire insert technology for all cyclists that can be installed at your local IBD for an affordable price with pressure and ride performance close to air. Air Fom is a precision molded, multiple layer, hi tech foam insert that can be constructed to simulate different pressures. The patent pending design also allows Air Fom airless inserts to be lightweight. A 700 x 40c insert (60 PSI) weighs approximately 260 grams in comparison to the avg weight of a normal 700 x 40c tube that is 160 grams. If a thorn proof tube is used as a comparison Air Fom weighs much less. Air Fom inserts are rated to last at least 5000 km with a one year warranty.

 

Peterman is leading a Taiwan based company that will design, manufacture and distribute the Air Fom airless inserts product line globally. The product technology is patent pending with all products manufactured in Taichung, Taiwan using the latest in materials from Japanese sources.

 

All materials used in the Air Fom product are not cross linked and therefore are completely recyclable back to the original raw material for a fully closed product lifecycle loop.

 

Air Fom will begin manufacturing in Q4 of 2018 with shipments hitting shops early in January of 2019. The product line will address all categories; commuting, urban, E MTB, MTB and Gravel.