YouTuber who created square-wheeled bike is now looking to do away with hubs

Airless tyres, hub-less wheels, wheel-less bikes - this is lateral thinking at its finest

Q square wheel bike
(Image credit: Q)

If reinventing the wheel is supposedly a lesson in futility, there’s one ingenious YouTuber that didn’t get the memo. Known as ‘The Q’ (real name Sergii Gordieiev) he’s made a name for himself, to the tune of 14 million channel subscribers, with a host of design hacks, including a few DIY two-wheeled inventions that defy convention and, at times, logic.

His most recent offering is billed as the ‘World’s first hubless rollerblade skates’. Designed to enable off-road use, the skate is radically reworked to feature a large base fitted with two hubless wheels equipped with a voluminous knobbly tyre. The video shows the wheels having the plastic spokes removed before having a large cartridge bearing fitted. The result conjures up absoulteBlack’s striking HollowCage rear mech that features a hollow pulley wheel.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.