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Southern California start-up Shark Wheel
reinvents the wheel
by Rich Neher
Former UCLA, pro tennis player Zack Fleishman on a roll as entrepreneur.

David Patrick has, literally, reinvented the wheel. Patrick, technology guru for Shark Wheel, a small Southern California company with a large vision, created a revolutionary design that offers superior performance advantages to the traditional wheel.

Patrick’s passion for skateboarding coupled with his interest in the natural world led to the discovery of the Shark Wheel. Patrick discovered the shape while studying natural sciences. It is based on the shape of shark jaws and is a pattern found throughout nature.

The Shark Wheel design is the perfect intersection of a cube, a sphere, and a three-dimensional sine wave. At first blush, it appears to be a square or cube rolling from the side/45 degree angle, but from the rear view it looks like a snake or three-dimensional sine wave in motion.

"A square wheel, what could possibly go wrong?'' quipped Patrick, Shark Wheel’s chief technology officer.

Once Patrick realized the significant advantages of the wheel, a team was assembled, a patent was obtained, and Shark Wheel was born. The Shark Wheel offers a faster ride, more slide control, and better grip through rain and rough terrains. Shark Wheel is dedicated to creating a more exhilarating ride with higher performance.

Shark Wheel’s chief operating officer is former professional tennis player Zack Fleishman, who played at UCLA and won seven singles titles on various satellite tours before turning his attention to the business world.

"We want to inspire people that the seemingly impossible can be done.'' Fleishman said.

After multiple prototypes and extensive testing, Shark Wheel launched a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to bring the Shark Wheel to market. Shark Wheel has received an enormous amount of interest throughout the world and the skateboarding epicenter in Southern California. Pro longboarders are switching to Shark Wheels and winning international competitions.

The Shark Wheel team grew up in the California skate and surf culture. Shark Wheel is 100% designed and manufactured in California.

The Shark Wheel can be used for almost any application that uses a wheel, but it is the company’s intent to manufacture only skateboard products and roller skate/roller derby wheels. Shark Wheel ‘s expansion into a full spectrum of markets where the Shark Wheel could increase efficiency, roll faster, and maneuver through uneven surfaces would be executed only through licensing agreements. The Shark Wheel will not work on items that lean/tilt excessively, i.e. motorcycles, bicycles and in-line roller blades.

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.


About Shark Wheel
In 2012, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator named Shark Wheel one of its select portfolio companies for its wide array of performance advantages across industries. Based in Orange County, Calif., Shark Wheel has opened its first skateboard retail shop in Lake Forest, Calif. Attached to the retail shop is a large warehouse where research and development occurs. David M. Patrick -- inventor of the Shark Wheel -- works with Pedro Valdez – world-renowned Hollywood mold maker-Spiderman, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) -- to create the latest Shark Wheel innovations. Chief Operating Officer Zack Fleishman directs the business side of Shark Wheel.

 
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