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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:27 pm 
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Unusual approach to an aluminium bike ................

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................for giants that is :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:29 pm 
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Why is it that people who are trying to think laterally on a problem allways have such a bad sense of design?


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jez-2-many-bikes wrote:
Please....

A balsa wood bike....

Whatever next...


A balsa wood aeroplane?...oh, they actually did do that!! :D


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retrobikeguy wrote:
Unusual approach to an aluminium bike ................

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................for giants that is :lol:


It's a manitou isn't it? :wink:


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Morgan make the whole chassis frame from ash.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:59 pm 
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Aha I was right. Morgans.

But the stresses from a mountain bike frame and solid wood just dont really make sense surely. Think of the woodworm and the warping when its wet ;)

I feel this is a "cos I can" type thing. Not "cos it makes sense" kind of thing.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:01 am 
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here is calfee's bamboo road bike:

http://www.calfeedesign.com/bamboo.htm

... one of the few modern frames i'd consider buying. they use carbon fiber though for the lugs so its not all-wood.


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jez-2-many-bikes wrote:
Aha I was right. Morgans.

But the stresses from a mountain bike frame and solid wood just dont really make sense surely. Think of the woodworm and the warping when its wet ;)

I feel this is a "cos I can" type thing. Not "cos it makes sense" kind of thing.


More like: we cannot yet but we are trying.

Wood is still a bit of a mystery in material science, If you look at trees How strong
they are in relation to their weight they offer possibilities to make a bike frame
much lighter than the current carbon frames.
Nature inspired design is the coolest thing, like your hipbone that just grows there where
the force is needed, the shape is just like a setback seatpost but it is a much lighter
and stiffer construction than anything on the market yet.
Lets just hope oneday they can manupulate nature in such a manner that these wooden
frames will grow on trees.


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Wytze wrote:
Lets just hope oneday they can manupulate nature in such a manner that these wooden
frames will grow on trees.


:shock: Let's hope to god they can't! :shock: There's enough uproar over GM maize before we start down that road! :lol:


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I just "woodnt" be able to take a wooden bike seriously.

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