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Atelier Suji Releases a 'Hardcore' Version of its Wooden Hardtail

Oct 26, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Back in July, we covered Edouard Delbove's first wooden hardtail. Made from ash sourced from eco-managed forests in the Rhône-Alpes region, the project may have been the most sustainable mountain bike ever. Now Edouard has gone back to the drawing board and created a more hardcore version that is designed to handle everything up to enduro racing.

The previous model was designed around a 140/150mm fork but the new frame gets a bump in travel to 150/160mm. It also gets more progressive geometry and a sliding dropout to allow riders to pick between a 27.5" or 29" set up.
Details

Frame material: Ash
Travel: 160mm fork
Wheelsize: 29" or 27.5"
Head Tube angle: 64°
Seat Tube Angle: 74°
Weight: 4.8kg (size L frame)
Price: €2,700
More info: ateliersujji.fr

As with the previous model, this new Drop frame will be handmade in Vercors by Edouard from ash wood. Edouard personally picks the pieces of timber that go into each frame and says each one is, "carefully selected to ensure stability and strength." The frame is bonded using a bio-epoxy from Portugal over the course of 8-10 weeks and then the build is finished with the headset, seat post, bottom bracket and drop outs that are manufactured in England. Altogether, the final frame weight comes in at 4.8kg in size large.

Edouard's previous bike was 27.5" only but the new frame can also be run as a 29er thanks to these sliding dropouts.

We don't have a full geometry chart for this bike yet as it can be tailored to suit each customer's size and preferences but each one does have a head tube angle of 65°, a seat tube angle of 74° and a boost rear end. It has clearance for a 2.6" tyre in 27.5" and 2.4" in 29".

There are 20 bonding stages involved in the creation of this frame so each one takes 8-10 weeks to create.

The graphics on the frame are pyrographed meaning they are literally burned into the wood. The frame is then coated in varnish to protect it from UV, this is the only step of the construction process that doesn't happen in Eduoard's workshop. The frame is further protected by a cork slip on the chainstay.

The frame includes internal cable routing and room for a 750ml water bottle.

Each frame costs €2,700 and can be ordered directly from Edouard. For more information, click here.


134 Comments

  • 169 1
 I wood ride this bike.
  • 94 0
 Good way to branch out
  • 103 1
 others wood knot.
  • 77 1
 I think that you would be very poplar on the trail.
  • 51 0
 The only people who wood buy this are the type that always go against the grain.
  • 57 0
 You would just make an ash of yourself.
  • 15 1
 @kcy4130: People who buy this have plenty of ash on hand.
  • 9 43
flag pink505 (Oct 26, 2021 at 8:37) (Below Threshold)
 Not to knock on the wood, but this is not the material of choice for a MTB bike. All puns aside this is great for a street cruiser/commuter but it would essentially be a disposable bike after a MTB crash I have every couple of weeks. I love the look and it is great as a design showcase but " get off my lawn" to anyone who considers this a serious MTB you could ride hard.

Maybe they can launch a line of sustainably sourced cork helmets to wear when you ride it.
  • 26 0
 does it float?
  • 61 0
 @pink505: Quit yer birching. Some of us pine for this kind of workmanship.
  • 49 0
 You've got to be kindling.
  • 7 5
 it wood help you cross a river.
  • 11 2
 @pink505: Yeah, a rider would have to be pretty twiggy to not overload that frame.
  • 14 0
 Waiting for the beech cruiser Good to se someone branching out into a different material Can't wait for the kid's Bonzai model
  • 4 0
 It looks sticky...
  • 11 0
 knot for me but intreeguing, nevertheless
  • 24 0
 @whitebirdfeathers: this is the true stump jumper
  • 5 1
 @whitebirdfeathers: it wood be good at stumpjumping
  • 7 3
 Just looking at it gives me a woody
  • 17 0
 This thread is getting far too sappy!
  • 14 0
 @cb7: if you don’t like it, it’s time to leaf
  • 7 1
 is this frame the root of all Evil?
  • 2 1
 @pink505: chip on the shoulder?
  • 1 1
 @littleskull99: knot as far as I know?
  • 1 2
 Can't think of a better song than "The roots is on fire" for the promo vid
  • 10 0
 @pink505: oaky doke
  • 4 1
 @whitebirdfeathers: Hey as long as they aren't trying to Bamboozle anyone
  • 3 3
 This hardtail looks like it wood be a pain in the ash!
  • 6 0
 Fir Sure!.
  • 3 0
 @slowerthanmydentist: More like ASHured!
  • 12 2
 Board this morning, stalked by dreams
A whittle tired I was, it seems
Logging on I saw this bike
wood it be something that I like?
I seed this frame
And axed the forum
Wood we be saps, or show decorum?
  • 4 0
 Maple, maple not
  • 1 0
 I don't have the trunk to store this bike in
  • 1 1
 Sappy...
  • 3 0
 Marginal grains tho building with wood.
  • 8 2
 So for next time the pun guide is this:
Would = wood
Woudn't = wooden
Gain = grain
Ash = ass
Ash = cash
branch = branch
storage = trunk
maybe = maple
singing in = logging
little = whittle
seeing = seed
asked = axed
for = fir
okay = oaky
not = knot
chip = chip
leave = leaf
intriguing = intreegring
sticky = sticky
thin = twiggy
wanting = pine
  • 1 3
 Id probably just hang it on my wall... not!
  • 11 0
 @browner: That's a good list, take a bough.
  • 5 0
 @littleskull99: I saw what you did there! Well planed.
  • 5 0
 @pink505: I'm gonna stop now, these puns arboring me.
  • 1 1
 Shreddable...
  • 1 1
 @littleskull99: if you're boreal you're free to leaf
  • 1 1
 @bitterrooter: What else floats?
  • 3 1
 @nthiery: Very small rocks. And apparently some bikes...
  • 102 2
 A feature that went unmentioned is that the frame has infinite mounting points for bottle holders. Just requires a couple drywall screws.
  • 34 1
 Can also hang your family portraits in case you get lonely on a long solo ride
  • 3 0
 Or make an emergency fire.
  • 2 0
 And cargo racks and tv wall mounts with lag bolts.
  • 84 0
 I guess is basically another form of carbon fiber.
  • 1 36
flag extratalldirtrider (Oct 26, 2021 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 Huh?
  • 11 0
 an early form.
  • 1 0
 Right?!
  • 1 0
 @yvidal: right!!
  • 36 1
 The new ride wrap kit is a box with a sander and some stain... 100% coverage lol
  • 1 0
 All you need is some poly and you're solid. Get a few dings and sand them out and re-coat as needed
  • 23 1
 So if you lie to your buddies about sick sends you did, your bike reach grows?
  • 15 0
 Did he just lay down some cork as a chain stay protector? I mean, there's continuity there, but come on...
  • 1 0
 lol, good catch Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Oaky
  • 15 0
 The best thing about this is in a year or two when it's deemed not long or slack enough anymore, you can just water it.
  • 13 0
 Wood you review this @mikekazimer
  • 1 0
 please!
  • 7 0
 forget the review...huck to flat!
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Watch out for the splinters on the ash!
  • 6 0
 @CSharp: I mean... if it breaks, recycling is easy, make some smores while your at it!
  • 8 0
 Good thing the price isn't Ash-tronomical
  • 6 0
 Wood you be banned from taking this into Forestry England areas due to Ash Dieback disease?
  • 4 0
 I think you should give me the wood for Jamaican testing and see what nature's effect will be on the frame. Could be interesting. Jamaica is the ultimate test zone for any bicycle.
  • 7 1
 nothing like a breezy ride on the hardcore wood in the morning
  • 5 0
 will become more poplar as time goes on. . . Or it could just splinter the community.
  • 3 0
 "the final frame weight comes in at 4.8kg in size large."
4.8 kg.
10.6 lbs.
Just the frame.
I predict this will not take off.
  • 8 0
 Wait for the e version.
  • 1 0
 @rcrocha: thru the window it goes the ecological fact....but heyXD
  • 1 0
 @yvidal: hey no talking about ecology on pinkbike!
  • 1 3
 A giant XTC frame weighs 920g. This bike is dumb.
  • 2 0
 At least it will float
  • 1 0
 This is the same headtube/area stack lamination as used by Twmpa and it is suboptimal. Laminate veneers long grain in a U shape, use the advantage of ash fibre length and strength. Not much if any extra work to do this. I'd be worried about grain splitting/riving failure as it is, especially with long forks.
  • 4 0
 Sam Pilgrim needs to shred this thing.
  • 1 1
 He wood
  • 4 0
 Needs those new bamboo handlebars.
  • 1 0
 I wonder how well wood dampens vibration. Sorry, all the puns I can think of have been used so this comment probably falls a bit far from the comment tree.
  • 1 0
 Well at least when it snaps you can just toss it into a chipper and it can be recycled into the box and shipping protection for a real frame.
  • 5 2
 HARD CORE HARDWOOD!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Waiting for the shou sugi ban colorway
  • 2 0
 You had me at bio-epoxy from Portugal
  • 2 0
 ...have to hide this one from my beaver...
  • 2 0
 Sweet looking, very nice work!
  • 1 0
 The bike may be sustainable but the teeth you could lose definitely aren't. I'll pass, thanks.
  • 1 0
 We can opine all day but this is a bslsay design and I hope there’s no sapply issues.
  • 2 0
 PB, we need a test report on this bike!
  • 1 0
 OK now make one out of stone. I'd like a granite frame with a marble fork please. Maybe a chert saddle.
  • 2 0
 I wood log some miles on that thing til i'm board.
  • 1 0
 I had one of these back in good old 1630. Ran from werewolves and witches. Set my best Trails Time.
  • 2 0
 Wood ya look at that!
  • 3 4
 Hella jokes... but this bike looks great and I wouldn't hesitate rocking it for XC rides or trail rides that don't require jumping or hard hits.
  • 2 2
 Lol, we get downvotes for spitting facts.
  • 1 0
 have fun on an xc ride with a 5kg frame. I mean yeah, I like the looks and the concept too, but there is no single "sports" application for this thing, least of all at this price.
  • 1 0
 I can knot tell a lie, I like this bike ! -pinocchio-
  • 1 0
 Wow it’s wood, wooden you believe it
  • 1 0
 Why did the wooden bike fail? Because it woodn't go. I'll get my coat.
  • 1 0
 Is growing bike frames the future?
  • 1 0
 This would definitely spruce up my life.
  • 1 0
 With this bike you will "stick" all landings!
  • 2 0
 What if it catches fire?
  • 1 0
 I wooden buy this until I saw it in person.
  • 1 0
 I love the guys tenacity, but somehow I just don’t think it will grow.
  • 2 1
 can they just stop with wood bikes? literally no one wants this
  • 1 2
 "So, I'm a dentist but Yeti is soooo mainstream plus I really like Arcade Fire. *sees wooden bike* Aha, what have we here?"

Hipster-Dentists rejoice!
  • 1 0
 that bike wood brake on a dropp
  • 1 0
 Feeling chipper reading all these comments
  • 1 0
 Do not ride this bike across a beaver dam.
  • 1 0
 I wood hate to get a splinter in my ash!
  • 1 0
 It takes balsa make a bike like this.
  • 1 0
 Wittle it be any good though ?
  • 1 0
 If you get lost at least you'll always have firewood close by.
  • 3 3
 PSA: this bike will be featured in Seminuk's upcoming film Forest Fire 2
  • 1 0
 THE HARDWOOD omg
  • 1 1
 I wood not ride this bike
  • 1 0
 morning wood!!!!!
  • 1 0
 I’m getting a woody
  • 2 2
 Looks like wood
  • 1 2
 that looks pretty wood
  • 1 0
 @Roodcrew: pretty...pretty, wood...
  • 2 2
 does is burn?
  • 2 3
 If i drink to much beer
Canopy on it Beer

Sorry just had too
  • 2 3
 put it back
  • 2 5
 Ride to your favorite trail
Set up camp
Take out your matches & start a camp fire
Frame burns well Bon apeti
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