The Appalachian series, High Performance Bicycles Made and Grown in the USA
We are excited to add the Appalachian series to our lineup. These frames are the same models we currently produce, but instead of imported tropical woods, they are made only from lumber grown, harvested and milled in the Appalachian region of the USA. Not since the heyday of American manufacturing has a rider been able to own a high-performance bicycle frame made in America of American materials.
Renovo's famous ride quality, made more affordable
Over the years we have built many frames with Appalachian hardwoods; they're gorgeous, strong and have the same stiffness and hardness range as the exotic woods, providing identical ride quality. However, they cost less to produce for many reasons including; greater abundance, limiting laminated layers to two per frame, lower transportation costs and purchasing fewer species in greater volume.
Most of the world's hardwoods come from the tropics. However, the Appalachian hardwood region, stretching from northern Georgia to western New York is the source of hardwoods which are unique in all the world thanks to an unusual combination of altitude, climate, soil and terrain. Nearly all the Appalachian hardwoods have ideal properties for bicycle frames, at this time, available woods include walnut, ash, hickory and maple.
American made, American grown
These sustainably managed hardwoods are harvested by American loggers, milled in American sawmills, transported by American trains and trucks, and finally crafted into exquisite bicycle frames by Renovo craftspeople in Portland Oregon. No transoceanic shipping, no sweatshops, no iron or aluminum strip mines or smelters, no titanium chloride, no carbon fiber involved. Breathe a small sigh of relief, earth.
Oh yeah. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Inventory and Analysis, the net annual growth of hardwood timber in the 344-county Appalachian Hardwood Region has been substantially greater than harvest for more than 50 years, and currently, net annual growth exceeds harvest by 245%.