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Skateboard with Many Wheels



Industrial designers Mike Simonian and Pieter Schouten made this skateboard in order to add the flexibility of snowboarding movements to skateboarding:

The Flowlab Skateboard allows you to surf without waves and ride without snow. Years of experimentation resulted in the geometry that allows a device with no moving parts to simulate the fluid motion of snowboarding or surfing on land. The arced axles let you carve to 45 degree angles with no resistance and fluid transitions edge-to-edge.


You can view a technical drawing of the design at the link.

Link via DVICE | Photo: Mike & Maaike

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yeah, how is this different from soft bushings on normal trucks? on a tight turn, the board would still be tilted way over with the wheels almost touching the wood.
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Yeah, I bought one of these back in 2000 when they first came out. The video they had of this guy shredding up and down hills and streets was truly awesome. So awesome, that i bought a board.

It is truly heavier than a normal board because of the added weight of the trucks and extra wheels. I only attempted to ride it once before almost breaking my ankle.

I still have it with the extra wheels if any one wants to grab it??
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These are not new at all. They are very heavy. They made a different board with the same idea, but it works much better. It has 3 wheels on each side, with the middle wheel a little farther from the board. Called the Freeboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFHkA2J-2Tw
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Regular skateboards do practically the same thing. They can still turn the same way. This one looks a little bit smoother in the design, but it seems to be a little bit of a novelty.
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