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To note that we do not stain or dye the woods you see on this website with one exception; the black Aerowood on the custom page where the curly maple was dyed gray to go with the black wenge. The image above is a purpleheart inlay into wenge. The brown wood is sapele.
Wood has unique engineering properties that deliver superior ride quality and durability compared to man-made materials, and...it's sustainable, unlike other common frame materials. When the right wood is combined with an array of advanced technologies, it becomes a high performance material that will forever change your understanding of 'wood'.
Renovo Full Frame Shock and Vibration Damping (FFSVD)
Shock and vibration are the villains in ride quality, delivered to the rider by the frame, so Renovo engineers chose wood as a frame material for its outstanding shock and vibration damping while having the light weight, stiffness, durability and other properties to compete with or surpass other frame materials.
Renovo frames deliver superior ride quality over other frame materials with equal stiffness, even those using plastic inserts to improve the ride quality of carbon frames. We call our approach to ride quality 'Full Frame Shock and Vibration Damping' (FFSVD), combining the damping properties of wood with extensive engineering and testing to achieve the finest possible ride quality; unequaled in smoothness yet carbon-stiff in power transfer and control.
The Renovo Hollow Frame
Renovo frames are hollow to reduce weight, resulting in frame weights of 4 to 5 pounds. There is no internal reinforcement, but there is an aluminum sleeve for headset bearing loads, a short aluminum sleeve for the seatpost clamp, and an aluminum bottom bracket shell. We could make the frames lighter, but we think of them as heirloom rather than disposable, so they're designed for durability and ride quality rather than the lightest weight.
Advantages of Wood