We first tested wood as a bike frame material 10 years ago based on founding partner Ken Wheeler’s knowledge of the wood structure of historical aircraft, his experience in design and manufacture of carbon/foam/eglass composite aircraft, and the engineering properties of wood which promised dramatic improvements over common materials including carbon. Extensive testing confirmed the initial analysis and Renovo began producing wooden bicycles in 2007.
Renovo introduced modern technology to wooden bike frames in 2007, 190 years after the first wooden bike. We originated the process of laminating hardwoods and using a computer-controlled (CNC) router to precisely mill our frames in hollow halves, which are later bonded together.
It takes many steps to make our frames, and at each one we take steps to ensure quality.
Ok, let us start with a wee bit of engineering on the matter of weight, which for many cyclists is like starting a conversation on politics or religion.
For years, the orthodox position on weight has been something along the lines of “Lighter bikes result in significant performance gains.” Recent engineering work by others on aerodynamics and tire choices have begun to dethrone light weight as the ultimate goal for a bicycle, but weight still reigns supreme in many minds.
The problem with this belief is that it’s largely based on marketing and assumption.