Reinventing the Bicycle Wheel

Reinventing the Bicycle Wheel

Since the Stone Age, the wheel has helped spearhead our most important discoveries and changed transportation forever. But all in all, its functionality has remained much the same. That is until Michael Burtov decided to reinvent the wheel (quite literally). While watching the movie Tron, Burtov was inspired to create a motorized wheel that didn’t require a pedal to make it move. The result was the GeoOrbital wheel, an electric, environmentally friendly product that has now been installed in thousands of bikes all over the world. But Burtov isn’t stopping there. He hopes that one day his invention can be used in cars, leading transportation’s second renaissance.

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Finaly Improvin May 22, 2021 @ 1:52 am

    Crock of crap, he didn’t invent the hubless wheel and others have already stuck the electronics etc into the wheel.

    Also, what about the addition of weight onto the unsprung mass, imagine how sticking the heavy crap that makes a car move into a wheel affects handling.
    Marketing wank and nowt else I’m afraid

  2. He keeps stating he is not an engineer but everything he does through the video is what an engineer would do 😂

  3. Ha! Shell?! Make the future!?! More like don’t make the future cos there Killing the environment!

  4. Making the front wheel heavy with the batteries and motor seems a bit dangerous to me, especially for steering.

  5. This mans earlobes are bigger than the known universe

  6. I bought one of these and it broke on me four times each time within two weeks of having it returned to me after repairs. The idea of putting a battery in the wheel is the worst. All the shocks and vibrations the foam wheel did not absorb traveled into the battery and shock it to death, It smelled like a fire was about to start each time it failed. When it does die on you the weight of the wheel and the regenerative braking turned the wheel into a boot, it was easier to walk than to pedal without power. This thing was just a nightmare and a waste of money.

  7. *but how do I do wheelies?*

  8. Does it work with fixed bikes for racing? And what about braking at high speeds?

  9. when i read the title, i thougth reinveting wheel is something like make a square wheel or wheel that dont have freehub in center, etc

  10. Carlo Garcia Cayetano May 22, 2021 @ 2:03 am

    Bought one of these wheels. Worst decision ever.

  11. Y Do You Even May 22, 2021 @ 2:04 am

    You are no engineer……. your friend is

  12. Saurav Shrestha May 22, 2021 @ 2:07 am

    Just buy an electric scooter then. The entire essence of bycycle is in the pedals. You are just removing the essence. Maybe useful for handcapped in tricycles. But on bycycle I think its a NO NO.

  13. Martin Zeplichal May 22, 2021 @ 2:07 am

    It’s a small wheel with a big wheel around. There’s no need for the big wheel.

  14. I don’t get it – he just relocated some already existing components.

    Also, how privileged are you that you can just quit your job to screw around with prototypes for two years?

    This just reeks of something awful.

  15. He probably inspired the tesla

  16. LOL, what’s his grudge against engineers? An engineer would have made that wheel spin true and concentric. Have you seen how much it wobbles? Can’t imagine it be a comfortable ride with all that vibration… Unless I’m missing something

  17. What’s the point? It’s heavy, ugly and bulky? Why not just use a regular wheel?

  18. Smedley Jefferson May 22, 2021 @ 2:13 am

    where do we buy this?

  19. I’d say he is an engineer

  20. Nightmare of every biker – front wheel drive and hideous look! 😉


  22. Reinis Martinsons May 22, 2021 @ 2:14 am

    Just add 3 more fucking wheels into a wheel

  23. Tigers_Fan3811🐯 May 22, 2021 @ 2:16 am

    The point of bikes is to exercise

  24. Dan Fingleton May 22, 2021 @ 2:16 am

    Shell Sucks

  25. It looks a lot like early motorized bikes (1946-1960), the principle was often the same use a smaller wheel to make the bigger one move. Don’t need to say all those designs were quickly abandoned because of inefficiency.

  26. rediculousman May 22, 2021 @ 2:17 am

    Excessive unsprung weight

  27. Can someone explain why videos on this channel are so short? Is it just their thing?

  28. So it must need a special adapter to inflate the tire??? Nice gimmick that people will glom onto because it looks techie. How about a side by side free spinning test with a standard bike wheel, will give a better visual for the "efficiencies" of this reinvented wheel.

  29. “The opportunities are endless” he says, traveling 10mph down a sidewalk.

  30. Rock

  31. Why did his partner leave spacex it would have been better if he left Tesla

  32. I remember a similar idea I saw in Popular Science years ago—similar in that it was a wheel/motor combination, but it wasn’t “hollow”, and it was gas-powered. The whole assembly spun by pushing against the fork of the bike.

  33. Rashad Madura May 22, 2021 @ 2:29 am

    Never seen one??

  34. You can tell he’s not an engineer. Because this is a bullshit idea!

    The wear between the driving wheel and the outer wheel will be huge especially in the real world with dust and dirt on both surfaces. And with this wear the smoothness and contact of the outer wheel and the driving wheel will be compromised. Which will lead to a lot friction.

    The business of "things with wheels" is trillions of dollars big and as old as dirt. If there was a way of improving the wheel it would have been done. Some things are so simple for a reason.

  35. clickbait bullshit

  36. What a twist

  37. Bruce Schneider May 22, 2021 @ 2:31 am

    Mr. Burtov mentioned the car. Someone else had the same idea (not me).

  38. This moron does NOT deserve a video on this amazing channel. Kinda disappointed by the ego of this man. We, engineers, like to engineer, not over engineer.

  39. Can tis system be stepped into a big apple style wheel, (fat wheel) and then due to a wider profile the battery side by side doubled?

  40. nigerian scammer May 22, 2021 @ 2:36 am

    2 things
    1. Why would you put the motor in the wheel, its the most vulnerable part of the bicycle
    2. Why would you put a motor on a bicycle, you’re supposed to use your legs to paddle

  41. ThatWraithMainYT May 22, 2021 @ 2:39 am

    Dumbest thing ever. How am I supposed to shred mountains on this

  42. Journeyfortwo May 22, 2021 @ 2:39 am

    Hurry up and bring them to Australia! Please.

  43. Jaap Soentjens May 22, 2021 @ 2:40 am

    shell- make the future??????? Please stop this sponsorship. Even Van Gogh Museum stopped their sponsorship with shell!

  44. Bravo, Sir. You were not deterred from your creation by the prejudices and obstacles of today’s thinking. That any new technology can only be created by Engineers. As though they are the only ones wise enough to do so. Thinking outside the box, Ingenuity and curiosity are far greater skills to possess.

  45. Mathieu Norry May 22, 2021 @ 2:40 am

    you’d never guess the oil was running out .. would you Shell ?

  46. ronald broersma May 22, 2021 @ 2:40 am

    Yes,Awesome, i always have wanted the empty space in my wheel to be used,so now i have more empty space in my frame, that i can fill with spare parts, of my unnecessary complicated front wheel, that is now way to heavy in doing its job as an light maneuverable steering device and shock absorber. What is this guy gonna invent next? A knive,that is not sharp enough to cut things, so you cant accidentally cut yourself?

  47. Superman WarMac88 a.k.a The Tokken Taker May 22, 2021 @ 2:42 am

    New wheels, new ride.

  48. Made a wheel to do the same thing as a normal wheel ……….

  49. Shrek Thetroll May 22, 2021 @ 2:44 am

    It’s neat and all, but hardly a fucking feat of engineering. A simple novelty that may be convenient in the case of small EVs but nothing more. Putting this on cars won’t even meet basic power requirements let alone revolutionize automotive transportation. It’s restricted to the size of the wheel, thus limiting battery capacity and power output, as well as having a poor gear ratio for all but low rpms.

  50. that wheel has a lot of wobble

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