Apollo Vredestein B.V. showcased a prototype of its Fortezza Flower Power at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
This innovative bicycle road tyre is made of rubber extracted from the roots of dandelions. Vredestein’s involvement illustrates the importance that the company attaches to sustainability and innovation.
The product is the first bicycle tyre in the world produced with natural rubber extracted from the roots of the Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz or TKS). This is why it was named Flower Power (Fortezza is the successful line of Vredestein road bicycle tyres). This particular series of prototype tyres are made with rubber extracted from flowers grown and harvested in the Netherlands.
The tyre prototype provides better grip than traditional compounds, which is directly related to a higher concentration of natural resin in this particular variant of natural rubber. Studies are currently exploring whether this tyre can be mass produced in the future.