start-up Shark Wheel
reinvents the wheel
by Rich Neher
Former UCLA, pro tennis
player Zack Fleishman on a roll as entrepreneur.
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.
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.
wheel, what could possibly go wrong?'' quipped Patrick, Shark
Wheels chief technology officer.
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.
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
to inspire people that the seemingly impossible can be done.''
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
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 companys 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.
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
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
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
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