For our first 10 years, magazines rarely reviewed our bikes because we only made customs, and every bike was unique.
Then we discontinued customs to meet demand and free up our designers.
Our standardized models enable independent magazine reviews, and reviews are flooding in.
The John Day is so smooth...wood can damp vibration like no other material. Truly one of the quietest rides we’ve ever experienced; road miles just glide away.
Bikes need to lay down power efficiently...the John Day and wood impresses. No piece of wall art, although it would look beautiful on a wall.
Peloton Magazine- John Day, Nov. '17
The degree to which (wood) outperforms carbon, steel and titanium will surprise you. It’s one of the best mountain bikes I’ve ever ridden, and the most beautiful...exceptional build and ride quality.
Outside Magazine- FatAsh 650b+, July '17
As light as some carbon bikes...equally stiff if not stiffer...but with a smoother ride. Diving into turns, our riders often felt they were riding on rails.
It can jump and flow trails as well as any other hardtail...An attention grabbing bike...backs up its beauty with amazing ride quality.
Mountain Bike Action- FatAsh 650b+, Jan. '18
How does it ride? Honestly, amaaaazing. It’s hard to convey how smooth the ride is...Stiffness exceeds all the steel and ti bikes I’ve ever ridden and rivals my current aluminum bike.
Race it hard? Hell yes. Pass to the kids as an heirloom? Of course.
New Zealand Mountain Biker- BadAsh 29er, May '12
The Pursuit has the stiffness and vivacity of a high-end steel frame with the vibration damping of an endurance focused carbon bike...a ride that’s lively, smooth, rigid and well damped without being overly so.
Bicycling Magazine- Pursuit, Jan. '18
The Renovo rides like a proper race bike. The ride quality is firm and direct, but smooth, the bike gliding over rough surfaces rather than chattering...respectably stiff when you give it some power.
Bike Radar- Pursuit, Feb '15
It feels very fast and smooth, I could happily spend all day on it...After a couple hundred miles...I have to admit I am currently in love with this bicycle...I will say one thing...it was most fastidiously-packed bicycle I've ever taken delivery of, and I've received my share. Seriously, they're not messing around.
On balance, being on the receiving end of a Renovo is like taking delivery of a box of 12-year-old single malt Scotch...I also fully admit I feel like hot shit while I'm riding it.
Bike Snob NYC (Blog and Outside Online)- Aerowood, Nov. '17 onward - High Praise From the Chief Curmudgeon Hisself.
We're honored that our bicycles are receiving reviews echoing what owners have been saying about the Total Ride Quality of Renovo bicycles for 10 years!
Read on below to see their praise.
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Our select hardwoods are stiff, strong and naturally absorb vibration.
Engineering wood using computer aided design and manufacturing allows us to create lightweight hollow bicycle frames with the special blend of stiffness and vibration damping we call Total Ride Quality. We pioneered this process in 2007 and continue to innovate.Find Out How
Every frame is crafted in house by our skilled team. Through precise work and an artful eye for detail we transform raw lumber into performance bicycle frames. Each frame is unique thanks to the beauty of wood, enhanced by the Renovo team.Framebuilding Redefined
Our frames are engineered using Computer Solid Modeling and tested both in house and by certified labs using numerous protocols to quantify fatigue, maximum load and subjective ride quality data.
We review our findings and improve wherever and whenever necessary to make high performance wooden bicycle frames.
This video shows a Glenmoranige Original frame undergoing the 'Fatigue With Pedaling Forces' test, requiring a minimum of 100,000 cycles to meet European ISO 4210-6 and U.S. ASTM racing bike structural standards. This is just one of 5 equally tortuous protocols testing a frame in every aspect of endurance and loading it will probably never see in use, but nevertheless demonstrating the strength of Renovo frames.
"Absolutely stunning!! After a year and 8 centuries, the R2 has held up to the miles of chip seal with the frame still looking brand new, I feel it's the best frame for reducing the vibrations and shocks that are part of the north Texas cycling experience." As of January 2015 he had some 17,000 miles on his R2 and it still looks brand new.
"Just want you to know I got out yesterday on my new ride. Holy smokes, I felt so good on it. I totally like the responsiveness and firm but soft ride. I actually had tears going thinking I was one lucky guy, riding such a piece of art!! Feel awesome you have created a wonderful ride. I thought the bike was the most beautiful bike I've ever seen, and it rides nicer than my $7,000 carbon-fiber bike."
"Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoy my new Pursuit. This bike is by far the best ride I have ever owned. I like my Trek and my Colnago but the ride quality of the Renovo beats these bikes hands down. I built the frame up three weeks ago and have just over 600 miles on it so far. Thank you for making a quality product here in America."
"Comparing with my Cervelo R3, the ride is incredibly smooth. Even compared to my old steel Pinarello, it's a more pleasent ride."
It was hard for me to imagine a nicer ride than the two Seven Cycles Titanium and Carbon bikes I have, but the wood structure really damps out the shocks while still recognizing the bumps,
"...the bike is just damned fast. If I get out of the saddle, the bike just GOES NOW in a big way. No frame flex, just power. I don't know if it's the wood, the geometry, the tires of a combination, but it's just a joy to ride. The John Day feels smooth, fast and solid, planted to the pavement in a way different from every other bike I've ridden."
|Pursuit & Aerowood Frame Size||48 / XS||51 / S||54 / M||56 / M/L||58 / L||61 / XL|
|Rider Height (in)||59-63"||64-67"||67-70"||70-73"||73-75"||74-76"|
|Renovo Mountain Frame Size||15 / S||17 / M||19 / L||21 / XL|
|Rider Height (in)||62-66"||67-70"||71-74"||74-76"|
|John Day & G.M. Original Frame Size||52 / S||55 / M||58 / L||61 / XL|
|Rider Height (in)||62-66"||67-71"||72-74"||74-76"|
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