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Hey! I just saw a TV program on EC cable about Calfee's bamboo bikes. I was surprised to learn that Calfee has business connections in Africa were bamboo is sourced and frames are built. I was also astonished as to how strong bamboo bikes can be built. Their featured rear rack had a weight capacity of 300 pounds!
 

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That's just a thing of beauty...post pics when you build it up!
 

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Cool. Tell us how it rides..

PS, keep it away from pandas ;)
 

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From Calfee website:

Bamboo - Frame

Beautifully formed by our carbon craftsmen, our bamboo frames perform at the highest level of the sport

There are many good reasons to choose Calfee Bamboo for your next bicycle frame. Calfee Bamboo bicycle frames are very stiff, transferring power efficiently; are durable, resisting damage from stress and impacts; are comfortable, surpassing aluminum, steel, titanium and most carbon frames in smoothness. Our bamboo tubes mitered together and bound by epoxy soaked hemp fiber create a frame whose most notable characteristic, beyond beauty, is this incredible vibration dampening.
Our frame is made from bamboo that has been smoked and heat treated to prevent splitting. We finish the bamboo frames with satin polyurethane that functions as a vapor seal and allows the owner to maintain the bamboo frame as they would any metal or carbon frame. Lugs are made of hemp fiber. Importantly, we discovered that bamboo and carbon fiber have different rates or thermal dynamic expansion. Our early bamboo frames used carbon fiber, instead of hemp, to join the tubes and many of the joints failed over time. Our 10 year warranty protected those Calfee customers and they now enjoy our hemp-lugged bamboo bicycle frames.
Bamboo Features:


  • Smoked and heat treated bamboo tubing
  • Hemp fiber lugs
  • Frame weighs 4 to 6 pounds
  • Titanium dropouts
  • Optional carbon PressFit 30, eccentric bottom bracket shell and horizontal dropouts
  • Optional head tube and seat tube extensions
  • Optional rear axle spacing, tire clearance, brake type, cable routing, and accessory integration
  • Optional custom frame geometry
  • 10 year warranty
Bamboo Benefits:


  • Our most crash tolerant frame
  • Amazing vibration dampening
  • Stiffer than many carbon frames
  • Low carbon footprint
  • Functional work of art
  • Uniqueness; very few on the road

$2995.00


Bamboo - Frame - Calfee Design
 
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