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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:02 pm 
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I already posted some pics of my winter bike (a red anodized ALAN Alu Cross) and here are some of my summer or good weather bike. It is a wooden Renovo R1 with a Dura Ace 25th groupset. I have it in my possession for a little over a year now and I absolutely love it!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:08 pm 
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I've looked at their web site many times, wonderful looking machines.

Snowflake spokes too, very cool.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:17 pm 
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Pure artistry - stunning machine.

How does it ride in comparison to traditional frames?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:13 am 
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In terms of stiffness the ride very much compares to a modern carbon frame. In terms of comfort it compares much more to a modern steel frame. All in all I have found it to be a very nice combination.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:42 pm 
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does sound very much like a nice combination.

what's the weight on this?

any special requirements in looking after the frame?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:13 pm 
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Beautiful frames, you might say the "original carbon" fiber bike. Made in my area of the states by an aquaintance of a co-worker of mine.
Oftern displayed at regional bikes shows. They look even better than the pictures show.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:51 pm 
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i heard about some one making their own wooden bike but this must be it , im thinking now.. 2" marine grade ply< if there is such a thing> as it got shaped then the edge of the individual layers would be stryking..but it would have to be really good stuff...i saw one of calfees bamboo bikes < about £2000 a frame> at boxhill 2012 olympics i wondered what they were like to ride.. your/s as stiff as carbon but as compliant as steel...sounds alright :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:57 pm 
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There is a UK company that makes wooden bikes, but the models I saw at Bespoked Bristol last year were... uninspiring.

The Revovo bikes really are beautiful.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:00 pm 
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Weight of the frame is around 2.5 kg, so heaver than steel. Somehow you don't seem to feel it though. Different types of wood vary in weight also, so you can go lighter.

It does look better in real life, way better! I have some nice shots up on my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quality_vintage_bikes/. Here is one of the best:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:11 pm 
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Beutiful bike. Genneraly I do not fancy wood bikes, yours is the nicest one I´ve seen so far.


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