If you’ve ever hit the trails, even on foot, you know that hiking paths can be pretty rocky and uneven. So imagine the compounded effect that might have on a person’s body if they were, say, mountain biking instead of hiking. If images of rattled teeth and jarred bones come to mind, you’re on the right track. Which is why Hojun Lee has envisioned his concept for the Triple Absorber mountain bike wheels.
The theory is simple: shocks help displace impact energy, so adding more shocks should mean less physical impact is transferred to the rider. But, since the forks on a mountain bike are already maxed out, these wheels have them built into their own structure. By building the shocks directly into the frame of the wheel, you’d be adding another level of shock absorption between the hard rocky earth and you, the rider. It also means less stress upon the frame of the bike itself, which can lead to a longer life for the vehicle, as well. That being said, this is still just a concept, so it remains to be seen if the technology can actually work in practice.