Boo Bicycles: Bamboo Hardtails - Interbike 2013

Sep 17, 2013 at 12:18
Sep 17, 2013
by Richard Cunningham  
 
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Nick Frey was an avid road racer who was attending Princeton University when he decided to build a race bike using bamboo as the main frame material. The engineering student eventually worked the project into a graduate study program. Frey raced the prototype, and while he freely admits that the prototype was a flexible pile of good looking bicycle, the concept was encouraging enough that Frey continued to improve upon bamboo building techniques until he was satisfied he had a competitive race bike. When pressed by interested customers, Frey began making custom bamboo frames for sale.

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Boo Bicycles founder and owner Nick Frey poses with his aluminum and bamboo fat-bike prototype.



Frey says that the challenge for him is to convince customers that bamboo is a valid structural material for bicycle construction. Frey will be driving around the country in Boo's converted bus, giving demo rides to show hard-core riders that bamboo is not simply a greenie alternative material, whose primary purpose is to raise awareness of one's personal commitment to the planet at Whole Foods or Starbucks when your Prius is in the shop. "Bamboo," says Frey, "can grow up to a hundred feet tall, and yet it can support itself against a strong wind. Its fibers are very dense at the surface where stress is carried and then the material becomes lighter weight and less dense towards the inside. It is a near-perfect composite structure."

Frey's bamboo construction techniques are intended to provide maximum performance, so he uses a variety of metals and carbon fiber applications where they make more engineering sense than bamboo, yet he is careful to design his frames to showcase the natural damping qualities and strength of the natural tubes. Frey was content to custom build one-offs using his own skills and co-opting with local frame makers builders, until he was contacted by a US expatriate in Vietnam, who made custom fishing rods and utilitarian structures from bamboo.

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The aluminum lug-type design begins as a complete aluminum frame, which is cut back and fitted with bamboo. Each piece is meticulously hand fitted and then bonded into place in a fixture.



The man's name is James Wolf, and after reading a small article about Frey's bikes, he offered to build them in Vietnam. The partnership was launched over the internet - the two did not meet face to face until much later - but the business was a perfect match and Boo Bicycles is now producing a modest number of bikes and frames that can be purchased on line and through a growing dealer network. Boo offers mountain bike frames only in 29-inch or 27.5 and also has a bike-builder page that offers complete bikes with a number of frame, fork and accessory options. Frames sell for about $3000, which isn't cheap by most standards, but their customer base is growing quickly, which tells us that their bikes perform as promised.

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Boo racing hardtails are fitted together and assembled from bamboo and then reinforced at each junction by wraps of carbon fiber. The technique is similar to the original Calfee bamboo frames - and is still used to construct 'tube-to-tube' style carbon fiber racing frames for road and mountain uses.


bigquotesBamboo can grow up to a hundred feet tall, and yet it can support itself against a strong wind. Its fibers are very dense at the surface where stress is carried and then the material becomes lighter weight and less dense towards the inside. It is a near-perfect composite structure. - Nick Frey

Boo makes a variety of designs, all with rigid frames, from road racing, to townies, to mountain bike hardtails and offers custom sizing and geometry for those who need such things. The road racing frames are made to accept larger cyclocross tires, as many Boo customers are gravel road riders and CX racers who rave about the comfortable ride of the bamboo composite chassis. The Boo website boasts a number of victories in various cycling disciplines.

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The head tube is a bamboo tube inserted with a slim carbon tube insert that forms the headset interface. The seat tube is all carbon to correctly fit and support the seat post. The brake torque brace near the left dropout is a slim bamboo strut that is wrapped completely with carbon. Frey says that the dropouts are bonded for a significant distance into the bamboo stays and the wrap extends past the tube and onto the aluminum.



Materials range from aluminum 'lugged' designs that begin life as a basic aluminum or titanium frame, which is then cut apart. Bamboo is carefully measured and fitted to the frame segments and then bonded in place using epoxy-based adhesives. The result is a lug-type design that reportedly delivers a smooth ride without feeling flexible under power. Racing frames are built by fabricating a bamboo frame, bonding the tubes together, and then wrapping the junctions with pre-impregnated carbon fiber. Dropouts and brake caliper fittings are made from aluminum and inserted into the bamboo before getting wrapped with carbon, and places where bearings must be inserted, like the head tube and bottom bracket, are built around carbon tubes or inserts. The carbon junctions are wrapped with special plastic, a vacuum is applied to compress the fibers and the assembly is then cured in a heated oven. The result is quite beautiful.

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142 Comments

  • + 306
 What will the pandas eat? No one ever thinks about the pandas
  • + 59
 so, he's basically wasting time and creating garbage.. cutting up a frame then fitting bamboo onto it. WHY!!!???!!!!
  • + 16
 Exactly, WHY?
  • + 9
 its a fun project but the xx1 drive chain might be a tad over kill and the enve carbon rims...
  • + 27
 It's spelled out pretty clearly in the article. Bamboo is an excellent material choice for parts of a bicycle because of its unique properties. Aluminum and carbon fiber have unique properties that make them more suitable than other materials depending upon the application; why not use bamboo too, if it offers benefits? Apparently, bamboo offers superior damping compared to aluminum, and therefore provides a better ride.
  • + 51
 Will it grow?
  • + 8
 @makripper.. i agree COMPLETELY with you. i know the owner wont read this.. but what he fails to realize is that manufacturing methods are not green at all. make an alu frame, cut it up, and only use portions of it? not 'green' at all... its more wasteful than anything else

honestly, it makes sense to as why 'most frames go for 3k'.. its cause he has to make two. one alu to cut up, and the bamboo one that he should have just made in the first place..

gah, i shouldnt be this into this, but i really dont understand why someone would create twice the work for themselves, as well as not be eco friendly, all while theyre trying to advertise that this is good for the environment..
  • + 15
 ^What you really meant was.... Will it blend...?
  • + 21
 Cooler than the e-bikes...
  • + 10
 this sh!t is wayyyy cooler than e bikes.. IMO the two dont even compare.
  • + 8
 as if it wasnt bad enough he puts a lefty on it, it might be the article that got the most WHYs? out of me ever.
  • + 29
 Where can I get seeds for my next bike?
  • + 19
 At least if you get lost in the outback you can light it on fire and keep warm.
  • + 2
 @h82, hahahahahaaa too good
  • + 10
 it seemed sketchy and unnecessary just looking at the bamboo on the bike, but when I read that a complete frame was made and then cut up to make way for the bamboo now puts it in the absurd category for me. Theres an element of hipsterism in this project.
  • - 2
 A lacrosse company called Bamshaft tried the same thing, saying that they were stronger then the metal shafts. My friend bought one and it broke the first game. I'm not trusting one...
  • + 0
 @obee, its more or less wasteful than hipster-ism. still kinda hip, but defo wasteful..
  • - 3
 Aside rom all the chopping of the frame and wasting it, they dont even stuff enough bamboo in forit to evev be a coollittle novelty bike! It has like two little sections!
  • + 4
 three if you want to get technical. 1k for each bamboo section. Wink

freal tho. 3k is a lot for a frame that should be mostly made from something that grows with so much abundance, like a weed. hell, some places consider bamboo be to an invasive species.
  • + 2
 One of those places being my backyard, it has to be hacked back, and then a blow torch taken to the roots to make sure its done
  • + 4
 I could make so many bikea
  • + 0
 tell me about it.. i spent 2 hours harvesting my buddies black bamboo yesterday and it barely put a dent in any of it..
  • + 1
 Well, go make "bikes" and rip people off!
  • + 1
 Already made a few grand took me 20 min. Suck that boo! I call mine... BAM!
  • - 1
 What's more homesexual then a bamboo bike? A bamboo bike with a Cannondale lefty fork!
  • - 2
 Lilshredman...beat me to it!
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 The fat bike uses a cut-up aluminum frame, primarily because the bends required to build the rear triangle are more effectively done with a metal part. The hardtail in the feature is made almost completely from bamboo, mitered just like metal tubes and then glued together. Calfee uses this technique as well. The joints are wrapped in carbon prepreg. Boo uses a carbon seat tube so the post will slide into the and be completely supported.
  • + 1
 I hear ya HarrDog and I want to know...
  • + 0
 Lilahredman! That was hilarious! Hahaha cannondales are amazing bikes, worth every penny, and unlike specialized, not only are the frames worth something, but so are the components! Haha, however, what were they thinking with that lefty? Oh, it will have one side, be made of steel and have one inch of travel; oh and dont hurt that wheel, u cant find it anywhere
  • + 4
 The answer to why is: "When pressed by interested customers, Frey began making custom bamboo frames for sale."

Hooray for Frey! Capitalist!

Maybe we can get some pictures of the "interested customers" and make fun of them, in their lycra kits with matching socks and gloves!

Woo Hoo! Hooray for Frey! Capitalist!
  • + 2
 Even though this bike seems like a bad idea, robmanzanares is right, capatilism is awesome!
  • + 4
 Nooo thank you, I'm holding out for the Chia bike so I can watch it grow.....
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 You do realize that the bonding of the bamboo with carbon and aluminium is a lot harder that building a frame made entirely out of carbon fiber... so statements like "it grows in my back yard you can get it anywhere" are not necessary... They tried something new and it seems to work so don't hate on those guys for making it their trademark... just providing us with more options materialwise... plus i think they look pretty sweet... and by the way leftys are a piece of wonder for me for example and i'm sure it was for everyone at first... but as weird as they look we accept them and now put them on our bikes like all the other forks.... love and peace among bike parts people...
  • + 0
 I will easier forget norbs getting robbed than accepting a lefty.
  • + 1
 Wait what? So I can by a small for my son and they'll grow together? One bike?! Wow, now I understand the price point.
  • + 1
 Wait what? So if I buy one for my son they can grow together? One bike?! Now I understand the price point. Does it come with a watering can and panda repellent?
  • + 3
 Wait what? So if I buy a small for my son they can grow together? That's one bike all ages?! Does it come with a watering can and panda repellent?
  • + 2
 ONly if you spend another $3000, cuz the watering can is made out of rose buds.
  • + 1
 Yeah, replacing the leaf spouts in those sucks. If you get the package, make sure u get theone with male rose buds. The feamle ones mix in the water and cause the bike to be slower, and not have as much style
  • + 1
 I don't believe I'm acquainted with the word feamle. Smile
  • + 1
 Haha, u should work on that, the human variety of'm can habe some fine specimen. Hahahahahahahaha
  • + 1
 just add water for a bigger frame size!
  • + 1
 now the happy polar bears can eat any excess pandas
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  • + 31
 I'll make you a bike out of cardboard for just $2,000 plus postage and packing. Who's in?
  • + 7
 Jest? It's a serious bike for serious hipsters.
  • + 4
 thats just down right silly..but if you encorporated shipping. the box unfolds into a bike and when you travel it folds into a box. shut the front door essay!!
  • + 2
 @HUCKSTER that link made me barf, a bike with parts totaling 300-400, and a production cost easily 10x that, but they claimed 9$ what a crock. I hate people that think a paper bike will change a 3rd world country or be more eco friendly...they're simply stating the cost of the cardboard and hoping stupid hipsters overlook the thousands they spend on their "innovation"
  • + 1
 thanks huckster.. That s*** made me laugh a lot. loved watching him cruise around on it. Pb if you can do a piece on this over priced BAM bike, then do one on this cardboard bike. think of the comments.
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 Ahh…But is it faster than a hungry panda?
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 bamboo and a lefty!!?? count me out
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 I've always wanted my bike to be able to resist a strong wind! count me in!!
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  • + 11
 Bamboos are strong. How do I know...My mom use to beat my sorry little ass with them when I was little....Sucks sometime growing up in a Asian family. But then again...The belt didn't look all that great either...
  • + 28
 but then again you're really great at maths and starcraft so fair trade.
  • + 11
 Ride the bike, then turn around and use it to beat your kids when they are out of line.....I like it.....it's a twofer!
  • + 7
 Touché my friend, touché.
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 "The aluminum lug-type design begins as a complete aluminum frame, which is cut back and fitted with bamboo. Each piece is meticulously hand fitted and then bonded into place in a fixture."

Well there goes any potentially green benefits... =/
  • + 3
 +1.. once i saw that, i was no longer impressed.

the whole point of a bamboo bike is to go green. not make an alu frame, then cut it up to make a bamboo bike.
  • + 2
 aluminium is cheap to produce and easy to recycle...
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 it depends on what kind of aluminum that youre talking about here.. but thats not the point at all:

this whole bamboo bike thing is supposed to be good for the environment, using only alu for a headtube insert, as well as the bb, dropouts, etc to keep it down to an absolute minimum in terms of metal being on the bike..

im sure you know all the raw materials have to be mined for to make aluminum. the C02 given off from mining, transporting, and processing to make the aluminum is not good for the earth.. granted, you still have that with your aluminum inserts in traditional bamboo frame making, but the fact that he's using atleast 3x the amount of aluminum that he should be using is a bit alarming. lets also not forget to mention how the rest of the aluminum that doesnt get used is essentially, good, processed aluminum thats just being wasted. of course hes going to recycle it, but again thats not the point.

there is a right way and a wrong way to make a bamboo frame, while helping the environment out.. this is not it. the way it should be done does NOT waste a single gram of good, processed, aluminum.
  • + 3
 show me where it says that bamboo is used for environmental reasons... his only remark regarding the environment is:

"to show hard-core riders that bamboo is not simply a greenie alternative material, who's primary purpose is to raise awareness of one's personal commitment to the planet at Whole Foods or Starbucks when your Prius is in the shop."



and no, he's not using 3x the amount of aluminium he should be using, most of the material within a frame is at the tube junctions. he's using ,maybe 1.5 times the amount of aluminium that he has to.

Like I said though, aluminium is 100% recyclable and it's the most abundant element on earth.
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 All I'm saying is I don't think there is any performance benefit worth going to a bamboo frame (especially at $3k for a hardtail). Without any green benefit in this incarnation I don't think there's anything to gain from going to bamboo that you can't get from carbon fiber, especially since this is bamboo + aluminum and costs a premium. So once again, without any green benefits, I think this whole thing is pointless unless you just happen to like the looks of it or just want something different for the sake of being different. Making an entire frame from aluminum, then cutting it apart to fit bamboo just seems silly to me.
  • + 1
 there are a bunch of green benefits to using aluminium+bamboo vs carbon though. Carbon fiber has zero recycle-ability, and anything left-over is landfill. whereas bamboo is an abundant fast-growing grass.
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 I do also have to add that I saw one of these in person at the XC race in Winterpark this weekend and was unimpressed. Personally, just not that striking. It looks cobbled together.
  • + 3
 nobble. it may not say it in this article.. but its basically common sense. any REAL bamboo bike manufacture cares enough about the issue at hand to start a company, is doing it for numerous number of reasons, but one of them being: its good for the environment.

as for the 3x comment, i stand by it.. if i gave you a headtube, a bb, and a dropout, and then gave you 1.5x the amount. you wouldnt be anywhere near the amount of alu needed to make a complete aluminum frame. you would need a lot more. think how long TTs and DTs are..

.. aluminum is recyclable, of course. but its harder to mine the elements and raw mat'l needed for aluminum, than lets say, something like steel.

btw, alu is the eighth abundant element in terms of the earths mass, not first. if were talking about comparing ALL of the elements abundance, its not even in the top 10..

"The mass of the Earth is approximately 5.98×1024 kg. It is composed mostly of iron (32.1%), oxygen (30.1%), silicon (15.1%), magnesium (13.9%), sulfur (2.9%), nickel (1.8%), calcium (1.5%), and aluminium (1.4%); with the remaining 1.2% consisting of trace amounts of other elements. "
  • + 0
 If you read the article about the design thoroughly you would have seen the part where he explains why bamboo is a great composite material that has good ride characteristics while being cheaper and more renewable than carbon.

As for 3x, have you ever seen the wall thickness of a tube on a bike? you'd be shocked how thin they are. Also, they use the thicker gusseted parts of the aluminium frames. they literally only remove thin straight tubing.


Also, I miss-spoke, aluminium is the most abundant metal on earth.

it is nice to see that you can quote wikipedia though.
  • + 4
 yep. doesnt matter where it comes from though. info is still correct, i checked two other places tup


of course bamboo is a great composite material.. but the even more amazing thing about it is how viable and plentiful it is.. it just seems like a win win to make bamboo bikes.. but only if it means making 1 frame, and not 2.. just to make 1. Wink
  • + 1
 Oh silly me. I totally thought that magnesium, nickel, and calcium were considered metals. Apparently they're not though since Nobble seems to think Aluminium is the most abundant metal on earth. Nobble has a point though. Aluminium is recyclable and the process requires less energy than that of refining bauxite (aluminium ore), so, if you take part of a bike that you made and replace it with bamboo then recycle that aluminium you don't need to go and refine bauxite to build more bikes. Meaning energy consumption decreases and making bikes becomes more energy efficient. It really is about energy efficiency since right now we get this energy from not so desirable sources. Although it would be better if the bikes had more bamboo.
  • + 0
 Aluminium is the third most abundant element on earth's crust after oxygen and silicon. According to my chemistry class, neither of those are metals...
  • + 1
 you are correct.. earlier, the info i copied off the net was for the whole earth.. not just the crust.
  • + 1
 .. on another note.. the whole alu vs bamboo debate earlier side tracked me from seeing that the rear triangle is made of alu and not bamboo... interesting. i think id consider it some sort of 'hybrid' frame over a bamboo one. Wink
  • + 1
 Nobble, so is it earth or earth's crust? Because you said "aluminium is the most abundant metal on earth" which is not the same thing as on earth's crust.
  • + 3
 well we currently cant exactly pull minerals out of the earth's molten core can we?
  • + 1
 That's exactly what I was thinking after ingot sucked into this black hole discussion. I like bamboo bikes. As a frame builder, I can see the advantage of staring with a basic frame rather than lugs. Bamboo being a natural material would need to be cut based on the piece, and can be matched to the section it would replace. There is less flexibility with a fixed lug, unless they were oversized and cut, but that is the same problem, and more time would need to be spent on alignment.
  • + 2
 Ah Pinkbike...you never cease to amaze me. Can never predict where a conversation on Pinkbike will go... Smile
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 Everyone banging on about aluminium frames, carbon frames... What about steel? Have you all forgotten it? When done properly, light and compliant too. Or ti if your budget allows, way more zingy than alloy tubes and fatigue slower too. I'm steel all the way, nout beats it for me!
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 Create a product for a lucrative industry with a wealthy niche group while using original marketing to support customer satisfaction throughout the life of the product. Then charge quadruple the actual product value while maintaining low production costs utilizing overseas manufacturing... Yep, that's a Princeton education.
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 I can see this being popular amongst the urban hipsters (the very few who could afford it) I'll stick with aluminium frames and if I ever crash into a hipster on his bamboo bike, I'll just ride away laughing while he picks out the splinters embedded in his skinny jeans and wool cap which he wears in the dead of summer.
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 For all the Haters .....

I ride a bamboo HT which i built my self ..... and i ride this thing HARD ... its taken so much abuse - drops, gaps, DH trails. It wont snap (and yes i have snapped frames)
Ride quality is unparalleled, so much smoother than ali, steel, and even carbon. I wont be riding anything else unless there is a major breakthrough in material science (unless i want a full sus!)

Dont be so dismissive, you have not tryed it!
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 Pics or it didnt happen
  • + 1
 agreed. i call shenanigans on this claim.
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 Later tonight, when i get back from work .... what motive could i possibly have for lying ?!
  • + 1
 Some quick snaps, one AM bike (mine) and my girlfriends XC bike (needing parts)
www.pinkbike.com/u/weedling/album/Bamboo
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 Fair dinkum, you have succeeded in proving that you have bamboo bikes. Props for building it yourself. Well done. Speaking for myself, your claims of drops gaps and DH runs is the focal point of my shenanigan callout. Which I still hold to, and obviously the idea that its unparalleled ride quality cannot be proven or disproven through photos. post some gaps and hucks pics. And again, good on ya for building it yourself.
  • + 1
 I ride with weedling and its true he rides that bamboo ht way harder than it should be able to take, enduro, dh, gaps, step downs the lot. We rode at revolution bike park and all the riders questioned it..until they saw him do a full days uplift and hit everything. We've also ridden lots in Catalonia and Andorra! Will try and dig out some pics when I'm back from work
  • + 1
 I'm calling shenanigans on how hard the bike is ridden, purely on the front derailleur. Even god dropped a chain with a front derailleur.
  • + 1
 make a bamboo chainguide and i'll exonerate you from all shenanigan charges. and make bamboo cranks. that'd get some creed
  • + 1
 I use a chain device on the bike - you can see this for yourself if you look at the photos. Simple stuff.....
I need it because my chain falls off without it .... do you see the connection?
  • + 2
 oh yeah, that little bottle opener thing you zip tied to the bottom of your chainstay. also not bamboo. that keeps the chain on? cool. its like a time travel machine to the mid 90's. I can hear the pearl jam as I look at your bike pics. cool.
I keed I keed.
gaps pics!
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  • + 4
 I'm sure it's very safe but no matter what they say about the strength of bamboo, I wouldn't be able to help feeling a bit wary of the fact I'm riding some sticks...
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 ............I love riding wood.............
  • + 3
 DirtMerchant24 we're talking about bikes here.....
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 This isn't the first, Calfee has been doing bamboo bikes for years. I'd buy one.
  • + 2
 tomsc - if you ride an aluminium bike, then you should see how thin are walls of the tubes in your frame, it could give you something to think about "confidence inspiring" solutions Big Grin

Calfee are damn bloody expensive... but I'd love one!
  • + 2
 calfee is the right way to do bamboo bikes. not this.
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 Damm, you do have an axe to grind ;-)

To create an aluminium frame you need to mine bauxite and consume vast amounts of electricity in a smelter.
To create a bamboo frame you need to grow some bamboo, harvest and then cure it.

If you can't see why that might be of use, go read Weedling's comment for another reason why some of us are interested.
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 bamboos as a streetbike yes.
the price here is cheaper an you support the economy of ghana. aaand the bike looks so much better: ghanabamboobikes.org/Photos/Bamboo-Bikes/Customized-Bamboo-Bikes-14.html
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 that's just an amazing program!!!!!!!!!!!
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 I think I'm the only person on this entire site that sees all the bikes at interbike and thinks "I bet that would be fun to ride."

Then again, I like bikes. Not just DH bikes or just DJ bikes or just FR bikes. I like bikes. They all have their quirks, their own unique aspects to them.
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 The boo bike is like 80% not bamboo, ha ha, what a joke. If you'd like superior damping quality, without the complications of bonding unlike materials, why don't you just make a steel bike using recycled steel?
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 after seeing this, i am no longer impressed by this guys stuff.. you make an aluminum frame, just to cut it up, and use the junctions only? what about the alu you just wasted? i am not sure if he knows how much energy goes into mining raw materials to be made into aluminum.

this is hardly green if you ask me... the link you posted on the other hand... much nicer.
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 Wow. I'm impress.
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 bikes for hipster douchebags.
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 I'll hook you up with the bloke who held "29ers are gay" transparent at the side of track durign the XC race in Hafjell. I bet you ride something that looks like a Session
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 yes 29ers are gay Smile
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 29'ers are super gay. Also they feel the need for bigger things to compensate for their thing which is small.
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 Hipsters only ride 26" bikes in 2015. Mark my words.
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 So basically, it's a wicker bike.
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 how about a dual suspension, fatbike, e-bike, made of bamboo?
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 its got EVERYTHING: carbon fibers and bamboo and advanced metals! what more could anyone want... pppfhh. the buzz word mafia is running out of options
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 Its an international travel problem:
in a bike bag/box the US Customs would think its a bong disguised around wheels.
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 It would look better with a bamboo seat post too. I wonder if that could hold up?
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 it would probably wouldnt hurt to bring a bamboo bong along on the demo tour.
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 I think this is more badass...bamboo bike speaking. Proudly Philippine made.
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 Check out bamboosero bikes. Full bamboo, way cooler
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 How often do you need to water it?
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 uhh i live in Vietnam, where are they building their bikes? i would love to go see!
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 there are bamboo bongs at the demo site to encourage sales
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 I can totally see why he dumped his Princeton degree for this.
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 Like what Bear Grills said- good source of vitamins!
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 what next? a POO bike?
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 Marketing over substance.
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 Bizarre but i like fat tires
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 More aluminum then bamboo. It's stupid!
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 It would be better if the bamboo grows into a bike frame.
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 Bamboo Fat bikes? Ummmmmm, No!
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 The carbon lugs look beautiful, bamboo too.
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 Bamboo is no mere stick! it is one tough stubborn to break mofo.
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 That lefty fork just killed it for me!
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 Princeton huh? what a waste of a good education and aluminum frame! lol
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 Go home boo...Your drunk
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 Highdea of the year.
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 Bamboo - most pointless gimmick ever.
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 -1 I agree it seems a gimmick on this bike, but consider a bike built like bambike.com and you might change your mind.
  • + 2
 When you look at the needs of the developing world, bamboo bikes ( and other products) make a lot of sense. From what I have heard about bamboo frames, I would love to try one.
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 Bamboo bikes are NOT cheaper to make, and they do not last longer. It is for rich first world poseurs only.
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 No-one said they would be cheaper, and rich first world poseurs enabling low income earners a living by purchasing an interesting, boutique frame using a local, sustainable resource? oh the humanity!

Bambike's mtb frame bambike.com/store/10278496 has a 5 year warranty, which given my location is probably not worth much, but I'd also love to take one for a ride as I'm after a hard-tail commuter. $800 (delivered) is not cheap, but is when compared to the frame in this article, or a calfee.
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 Oh, a whole, what, ten people earning a living making a useless doodad? Amazing. Stop the presses.

What a load of marketing bullshit. Pathetic that people keep falling for it.

How about those same people getting trained and earning a living making a product that actually makes sense? What, maybe sewing handbags out of cowhide? I guess Loius Vitton shoppers can also be proud - hey, it is a "sustainable resource".
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