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The fastest and cleanest rear wheel change ever developed. HubDock connects more solidly to the frame than any other quick release. Read more

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The fastest and cleanest rear wheel change ever developed. HubDock connects more solidly to the frame than any other quick release.

Folsom, CA Technology
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HubDock

Quick Release Bicycle Rear Wheel Axle

Just Released

HDMTB: The HubDock for Mountain Bikes

After receiving a sizeable response from the mountain bike community who felt left out because the HubDock was not offered for their bike of choice, we listened, and now have exciting news. The first and only quick release axle for the rear wheel , the HubDock, is now available for the MTB equipped with disc brakes, and is yours for the pledging . Information on the price and estimated delivery date can be found in the rewards.Your speedy response is critical in reaching our funding goal, so pledge now .You wanted them. We’ve got them. Be a backer.

The fastest and cleanest rear wheel change ever developed, starting the new Bicycle Revolution. Are you a cyclist who is frustrated with greasy, time-consuming rear wheel changes? Have you dreamed of easily stowing your bike in the trunk instead of on a bike rack? Are you a competitive cyclist who would like to add stability to your ride? What you’ve been waiting for is HubDock, a patented technology that enables a rider to quickly and easily remove the rear wheel without touching the chain or derailleur.

HubDock Rear Hub, ready to be laced up to your rim.
HubDock Rear Hub, ready to be laced up to your rim.

A Revolution in Bicycle Wheel Technology

Years ago, long-time bicycle enthusiast and three-dimensional mechanical designer, Leonard Ashman, was watching his father-in-law struggle trying to change his rear bike wheel. As Leonard watched, he had a flash of insight that after years of design, prototyping and testing lead to the industry-changing quick-release rear wheel axle design – HubDock.

Now that the design is finalized and the prototype perfected, we’re ready to take the HubDock into its first production run. By supporting our efforts, you can be the first to get your hands (and wheels) on this new industry-standard rear wheel axle, and help us revolutionize the cycling industry. Over the last three years, Leonard and his team have done exhaustive testing, refinement, and prototyping to bring to market a quick-release rear wheel axle that is easy to use, beautiful, and competitively priced. No such products exist in the market today.

Tests to date have shown that a wheel using the Liberty Wheel driven hub can be removed or replaced in as little as five seconds as compared with contemporary systems requiring between fifteen to twenty seconds or more. Additionally, the Liberty Wheel driven hub exhibits light weight and a more stable load bearing axis. This is accomplished through a double bearing design and use of lightweight metals.

Advantages of the HubDock 

1. The rider never has to touch the chain or derailleur in order to remove the wheel. Fastest and cleanest rear wheel change ever developed. 

2. Saves space when stacking rear wheels. Gears stay on the bike! 

3. Transfers torque with great efficiency. 

4.  It makes a more rigid attachment to the frame than a stock skewer. 

5. Hubdock uses a 10mm axle through the frame connection.  

6. Strong, quick, convenient.  

7. HubDock is equal to a standard light weight hub at 415 grams, complete unit.

8. Once set, never has to be readjusted.

Technical Description of the HubDock: Improved Solid Forming Bicycle Axle The present invention teaches a novel axle apparatus for a driven bicycle hub that when used in conjunction with contemporary hubs and freewheel sub-assemblies eliminates the need for a user to become involved in any way with the cog set or chain. The axle is comprised of four main parts: a non-driven side lever and shaft sub-assemblies, a non-driven side axle half shaft sub-assemblies, a guide pin hub insert sub-assemblies, and a driven side axle half shaft sub-assemblies. The design of the HubDock is adaptable to fit all contemporary bicycles. The four sub-assemblies act in concert to form a solid axle in a two-stage action. The mating action is such that misalignment of the wheel is impossible. Here’s how far we’ve come already.

1. Formed an excellent team based in Folsom, California

2. Built and tested generations of prototypes

3. Patented the HubDock technology 

4. Tested a production run of alpha units. We have our manufacturing vendors in place for the initial run. 

Now, all we need is you!

Within a few months of funding, HubDocks will be ready for shipment. We’ve worked so hard and so long to get this far, so we’re turning to Kickstarter to take the HubDock the last mile. If you decide to give the HubDock a kickstart, you’ll be one of the first to get a revolutionary quick-release rear axle. But more importantly, you’ll play a huge part in starting this revolution in bike technology by providing your feedback and spreading the word about the HubDock. Once our first run of HubDocks is completed the market interest will then be used to create demand from the cycling public.

Project Goal: The goal for the Kickstarter phase of the project is gaining sufficient subscribers to finance the first production run of the driven hub. Our Kickstarter funding goal is $47,000.00.

HubDock

Starting the New Evolution of the Bike

If an invention could be a hero, HubDock would wear a cape. It’s the first, best, and only product able to solve what many call the number one problem with the multi-speed bike. A problem that’s plagued the industry since its first model rolled off the assembly line; and every cyclist whose bike of choice has gears. Simply, and innocently, it’s called The Back Wheel. But don’t let the name fool you. Because this spoked, sprocketed, and chained piece of bicycle anatomy is single-handedly responsible for frustrating millions upon millions of riders the world over. The back wheel of a multi-geared bicycle is just plain exasperatingly hard to take off and even harder to replace and reattach. So, you ask, why do it? Answer? You have to.It is the only way to fix a flat in the back. Why else? Mobility and storage. But that’s only if the rear wheel were easy to remove…which it’s not…without HubDock.

What cyclists hate about removing the back wheel?

·It’s difficult. When it comes to fixing a rear flat, plenty of cyclists find it so complicated, even intimidating, they just can’t do it. And no wonder! A flat in the back requires the rear wheel to be removed, realigned, and reattached. And that can all add up to a minefield of problems for the average recreational ride; getting the derailleur or chain caught up in the wheel, or the cogs snagged in the chain; or, the dangling, greasy chain accidentally being dragged through dirt. And, improperly mounting the wheel to the frame during reinstall could result in trouble shifting and bike handling.

·It’s dirty. That greasy chain and grimy derailleur get you, your hands, your clothes and gear filthy.

·It wastes valuable time. Having to remove your rear wheel means a loss of leisure time, and often at the worst time…like on the bike trail near dusk. It takes away time on the road, which is why you’re on the bike to begin with.

What do cyclists love about removing the back wheel with HubDock?  

·It's Easy. From a complex and confusing task, HubDock makes changing a real wheel easy, almost effortless, so you can literally pop the rear wheel off and on like magic. No more stress fest. When fixing a flat, the troublesome chain and derailleur no longer interfere with the rear wheel allowing better, more secure reconnections and no misalignments. And now, with HubDock, you can remove both wheels in seconds, stash your bike in the trunk, and head out for the open road.  Even more, HubDock creates new possibilities for storage. It’s amazing the spaces and places you can find for your bike without that rear wheel attached.

·It's Clean. These days even average car owners refuse to change their own oil. And changing a back wheel on a geared bike can be an even dirtier business. Without having to touch the greasy chain or derailleur, HubDock makes rear wheel removal stain-free.  No more greasy, grimy hands that can ruin a bike trip and pricey apparel.

·It’s Fast. You can time it.Taking only about 5 seconds to put on and about 5 seconds to take off, a HubDock wheel removal is the speedy solution to getting back to those happy trails.No more stress fest …and no more throwing away precious free time on a dirty task.

This photo is a view of the HubDock in the released position and is ready to be removed.
This photo is a view of the HubDock in the released position and is ready to be removed.
Sterling Ashman (son) and Leonard Ashman
Sterling Ashman (son) and Leonard Ashman

Reward Details 

The $379.00 reward is for a Hubdock Axle which will need to be laced up on your wheel.  You may choose from the following colors: Silver, Black, Red, Blue or Gold.

The $800.00 and $1500.00 reward includes the Hubdock laced up on wheels and you may choose from the same following colors: Silver, Black Red, Blue or Gold. Please specify your hub spoke count, such as 32, 30 or 28 number of spokes.

Red anodized
Red anodized
Blue Anodized
Blue Anodized
Gold Anodized
Gold Anodized

Reward Detail

Picture of HubDock Key Chain $10.00 Reward

Reward $10.00 HubDock Key Chain
Reward $10.00 HubDock Key Chain

Risks and challenges

Risks: None. The production facility is locked in for both time and cost parameters. Prototypes have proven the concept and testing has proven the performance.

Challenges: No perceived challenges at this time. As mentioned above, the production facility is reserved and the cost structure of the product is set. Should the production facility suffer a serious calamity, an alternate facility has indicated they would be happy to take on the production phase of the project.

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    Team Liberty Wheel gold seal Certificate of Appreciation personally signed by the inventor, Leonard Ashman, and you will be listed on our website as a proud backer of this project.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $10 reward

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    HubDock Limited Edition postmodern art bike on a keychain. Thick metal dipped in copper and stamped with a mini HubDock logo. Each a keepsake and reminder of the real thing coming soon. Please view a picture of the key chain at the end of our story section.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Team HUBDOCK Riding Cap

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    Team HubDock T-Shirt

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    $170 reward

    1 backer

    Team Hubdock Jersey Long or Short Sleeve

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    HUB1
    Quanity 1 (one) First Production Run HubDock Axle
    Choice of Clear Anodized Silver Color

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $379 reward

    6 backers

    HUB2
    Quanity 1 (one) First Production Run HubDock Axle
    Choice of Custom Red Andodized Color. Please visit our story section for color sample.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    HUB5
    Quanity 1 (one) First Production Run HubDock Axle
    Choice of Custom Blue Andodized Color. Please visit our story section for color sample.

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    $379 reward

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    HUB6
    Quanity 1 (one) First Production Run HubDock Axle
    Choice of Custom Gold Andodized Color. Please visit our story section for color sample.

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    HDMTB: The HubDock for Mountain Bikes
    Quanity 1 (one) Mountain Bike First Production Run HubDock Axle Choice of Custom Andodized Color: Red, Blue or Gold, Silver or Black. Please visit our story section for color samples available.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    LACED HubDock, to high-end rim
    Quanity 2 (two) First Production Run HubDock Axles
    Choice of Custom Andodized Color: Red, Blue or Gold, Silver or Black. Please visit our story section for color samples.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (60 days)