This R5 Aero has a fiddleback maple center section with a wenge outer. Indoors it looks more like an all-carbon bike as it appears in profile. But in the sunlight, you can see the beautiful chocolate swirl in the wenge and the chatoyance in the maple as shown in the detail images. We stained the maple with black dye to work with the wenge...hey, we murdered it!
Who buys a wooden bicycle?
We've shipped many hundreds of frames and bikes worldwide and know our customers pretty well. They collectively own nearly every high-end bicycle in carbon, steel and titanium. They’re avid, experienced cyclists whose cycling ranges from commuting, recreation and fitness to:
Ironman World Championships
Race Across America
Why do they buy an upstart, non-traditional frame like Renovo? Because no other frame offers Renovo's sublime combination of smooth, stiff and responsive.
Unequaled Smoothness: A Renovo frame lays a ribbon of smooth beneath your wheels unlike any other. That’s because only wood is a natural shock absorber, absorbing vibration within the material itself, which makes a Renovo the best chip seal bike on the planet. Oh, and stealth silent, same reason.
Stiffness: A Renovo frame can easily exceed the stiffness of a carbon frame by 15%, but that’s not our goal. Instead we customize the stiffness of each frame to suit the owner; a 260 pound rider gets a much stiffer frame than a 100 pound rider.
Climbing and descents: A Renovo has the rear triangle stiffness to lead the pace line up the hill and the front triangle stiffness to track a steep, twisting descent like it brought its own rails. Nothing descends like a Renovo. The unparalleled combination of stiff, smooth and responsive attacks a twisty, steep descent and takes fast and thrilling to a new level. There’s just nothing else like it.
Endurance: A Renovo R4 is the best endurance bike on the planet. But any Renovo road bike is much less tiring than frames of other materials over a century. The only other way to shorten a century is to take a shortcut.
Weight: Our frames are hollow; road frames are 4-5.5 lbs, about the same as a high-end steel frame. Since we make the frames in our own shop, we could easily make them as light as carbon, but then we too would have broken and cracked frames. Think of the slight extra weight of our thick-wall hardwood frames as durability.
A Renovo is a uniquely custom frame, designed by Renovo and you: You design the appearance by choosing the wood combination (we'll help), then we use your measurements to determine your frame size. We then build your frame, customizing the ride quality to your weight and riding style, with stiffness ranging from cushy to carbon+. Your Renovo will be a one-of-a-kind bike that rides better than any you’ve ever owned.
And Finally, Durability:
From one of the original carbon frame producers..."As bicycle companies compete in the arms race to make even lighter, stiffer bikes, safety and durability are pushed to the limit. High modulus (66 Msi and greater) carbon fiber is being used to make stiff yet thin walled tubing. These tubes can be vulnerable to damage from a variety of real world sources. When slightly damaged from a pebble thrown up by a passing car, or an unfortunate event during a group ride or race, a thin walled tube can rapidly degrade to an unsafe condition. Calfee's very popular Carbon Repair business is evidence of this common failure."
A Renovo is perhaps the most durable of frames. Our thick-wall hardwood frames are extremely damage resistant and the easiest, least expensive frames to repair as shown to the right or on the Badash page). They withstand rain, heat, cold, the tropics and the frozen North; we know because we have customers in all these places.
"Yesterday I was driving to ride at Chico Wildflower. Driving down a backroad at about 50MPH, my hitchmount rack broke dumping my bike to the pavement. The end of the carbon bar was broken, the pedal and rear deraileur were scraped, the hanger was bent and the frame had 2 dings where it struck the hitch. I am certain if the frame had been carbon it would have been unridable. Here's a pic of the damage." Eric Olsen
Our customer testimonials are here.