Has NASA just invented a puncture-proof tire that will last the life of your bike?

A NASA-affiliated company set up to develop a new category of tire could be one small step closer to a giant leap for the future of transportation.

The SMART Tire Company (opens in new tab) was formed with the aim of commercializing an airless alloy tire called METL (Martensite Elasticized Tubular Loading) that was originally invented for space exploration. SMART is an acronym for Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology.

SMART tire on a time trial bike with the sun shining through

(Image credit: SMART Tire Company)

“Starting with the extreme capabilities of this Mars-grade technology, we’ve developed new, patented tires designed for cycling, automotive, trucking and aerospace applications,” the US brand claims.

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