Portland has been undergoing a revolution in the years since Renovo was founded, and our inner Eastside neighborhood has been a particular focus for change. In 2015, local developer Killian Pacific began construction on a new building a few blocks from Renovo. The LEED-certified six-story building took shape from a slightly unusual material- wood.
Mass-timber construction is a growing trend, and the main tenant is also representative of a growing trend. Simple Bank is a Portland-based online-only bank which has recently experienced huge growth, and needed a better home.
So where does Renovo fit in? As a sort of housewarming gift in this case. Killian Pacific commissioned this Renovo bike for Simple Bank as a reminder of the power of modern technology combined with traditional products. Kind of like a bank built solely on a great user interface, or a six-story building made from one of humanity's oldest building materials. So we made a bike that's "Simple" to use, but packed with technology.
We put together a modern city bike based on our original Elwood all-rounder. It features a hollow wooden frame equipped with an internal hub belt-driven drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, dynamo powered LED lighting and of course, a rack and fenders. We hope it inspires Simple Bank employees to appreciate their surroundings and maybe even to ride their bikes more often.
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"The smooth, quiet ride of the Fat-Ash would mean nothing if the bike didn’t also handle superbly. I’m happy to report that the torsional stiffness of the wood works exceptionally with the rock-solid frame geometry, and it’s all tied together with impeccable construction and a great set of components."
|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 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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