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.