The Wheels

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Robust and lightweight, our wheels are effective on deep sand at the beach, on turf and on pavement. With a large diameter and wide outer rim, they present a large footprint which minimizes sinking and keeps the wagon on top of loose sand. The polyurethane foam tires will never go flat and offer several other advantages including:

  • low rolling resistance, comparable to a high-pressure pneumatic tire
  • high abrasion resistance and durability
  • excellent cushioning and shock absorption
  • lighter weight than solid rubber tires
  • UV resistance

Each wheel is fitted with two bearings to further minimize rolling resistance and ensure continued performance.

  

 

The cross section of the outer rim and tire shows the wide profile and highlights the central ridge of the tire that provides key benefits. When on hard surfaces, the tire rides on the ridge,  the thickest part of the tire, ensuring maximum cushioning and shock absorption. It also assists in stabilizing tracking and eliminates wobble that could otherwise occur on hard, uneven surfaces. The sections of the tire outboard of the central ridge are thin to minimize weight, but provide substantial surface area and an integrated tread for optimization on soft surfaces such as deep sand.

   Specifications

Diameter           13.0 inches

Width               5.9 inches

Hub Diameter    0.625 inch

Weight                 4.5 lbs

Load Limit           100 lbs

Bearings/wheel             2


Notes on Beach Cart Wheels

Several variables affect the performance of wheels on loose sand including the diameter and width of the wheel, the nature of the sand, the load and even what an individual considers difficult when pulling a cart. There are numerous reviews posted on low cost carts with relatively small wheels in which the reviewer claims that the cart performs well on sand. That may very well be the experience of the reviewer, however it’s often impossible to know the sand condition, load carried or strength of the reviewer. In our experience, carts with small diameter (10 inches or less), plastic wheels perform poorly on loose sand when carrying any load that we would typically take to the beach.


To minimize the effort required to pull the cart in sand, wheels on a cart must be designed to minimize sinking and to remain on top of the sand. Large diameter and wide wheels present a large footprint and distribute the load across more area, reducing sinking. There are carts with wide conventional pneumatic tires, but the effectiveness of those tires in sand is reduced by their rounded cross-section which requires that the tire sink into the sand considerably before the outer portions of the tread make contact and begin supporting the load. The number of wheels on a cart also has a significant impact as a two-wheeled cart would apply twice the load on each wheel and would experience much more sinking than would a four-wheeled cart with the same load.


The wheels on the Spórt Wagon are designed to maximize the footprint, minimize sinking and minimize effort required to pull the wagon in sand. Increasing the load in the wagon will increase the effort required. We think that the Spórt is fairly easy to pull in sand with loads up to 80-100 lbs (above the weight of the wagon) and performs very well with our typical load of 40-60 lbs. Of course, this is highly subjective and others may find it difficult to pull a load of less than 80 lbs. The Spórt may be used to transport loads over 100 lbs in sand but, depending on conditions, considerable effort may be required (though it will certainly be less than what would be required with nearly any other cart).