Renovo builds stunning bicycle frames from various hardwoods and laminated bamboo. From the Renovo website:
Bicycles of wood have been built since the 1800′s, but because the frames were solid rather than hollow, the advantages of wood for bicycle frames was masked by their weight.
The Renovo offers crisp handling, superb ride quality and stunning looks thanks to select woods, a blend of cutting edge CAD/CAM manufacturing, state-of-the-art bonding and finishing technologies, and old-world, hands-on craftsmanship.
- Lightweight; a frame weighs from 3.5 to 4.5 pounds.
- A magically smooth ride thanks to its unique ability to absorb vibration–you feel the difference immediately.
- Stiffness to order: from carbon-stiff bubinga and others to the supple smoothness of laminated bamboo; you can tailor the stiffness and ride to what you want, not just what comes off a production line.
- The hardwood frame is remarkably tough. It easily withstands impacts that ruin butted metal or carbon frames.
- The fatigue life of wood rivals carbon and is substantially longer than aluminum or steel. The Renovo is an heirloom quality frame.
- The Renovo frame is environmentally friendly, with sustainable woods and low VOC waterborne sealers and finishes.
The Renovo Panda delivers rider happiness in laminated bamboo. In four models, the Panda is our made-to-order, complete bicycle. Laminated bamboo is ultra-green, ultra-durable, and strong, with the smoothest ride of any material we’ve worked with. There are two versions of commuters, a road bike and a fixie (we are in Portland). We’ve worked hard to make these mostly handbuilt bicycles affordable. They are a treat to ride, a treat to look at; they’ll make you smile with pleasure.
I’ll have a Renovo Pandurban bamboo commuter in-house for a road test later this year.