My Boo Launches Bamboo eMTB Range

Jun 21, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

The German bamboo bike brand My Boo has launched their first range of mountain bikes using their bamboo technology.

My Boo has already been offering a selection of bamboo bicycles but the Atakora is their first step into the eMTB market. Both models come equipped with a Shimano Steps E8000 motor and a battery capable of up to 180km/111 miles. The Atakora range includes two options with a base model and a premium version that sees upgrades to suspension, wheels and drivetrain.

The base model comes in at €4,499 and uses RockShox Recon suspension and Shimano's 12-speed SLX drivetrain. Stepping up to the premium model the suspension is bumped up to a Fox 34 and the SLX is swapped out for XTR with the Shimano wheelset on the standard model is being changed for a set of DT Swiss H1900 wheels.



Atakora

Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
Battery: Shimano Steps 514 Wh with a range of up to 180 km
Fork: RockShox Recon, air suspension, boost, tapered
Gearing: Shimano SLX 12-speed
Brakes: Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes
Crankset: Shimano Steps E7000
Wheels: Shimano MT501, 27.5"
Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam

Price: €4,499 // £4,090


Atakora Pro

Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
Battery: Shimano Steps 514 Wh with a range of up to 180 km
Fork: Fox 34, air suspension, boost, tapered
Gearing: Shimano XTR 12-speed derailleur gear
Brake: Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brakes
Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Classic Skin
Wheels: DT Swiss H1900, 27.5"
Crankset: Shimano Steps E7000

Price: €5,999 // £5,454


My Boo claims that the individual chambers and the thicker outer wall of the bamboo mean that the fibres can absorb shocks and the tensile strength is higher than aluminum or steel. All of My Boo frames are handmade in Ghana and then tested at their assembly plant in Germany where a long-lasting varnish is applied to the frames to protect against the elements.

You can find out more about the Atakora range here.


85 Comments

  • 91 0
 chain stays longer than top tube? I am bamboozled
  • 45 0
 Bike looks like it just shoots right up the hill
  • 4 14
flag tacklingdummy (Jun 22, 2020 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 I got some serious boo-gers.
  • 26 0
 Looks like total pandamonium.
  • 7 0
 IDK.. its kinda growing on me.
  • 6 0
 This comment section is really sprouting some great conversations.
  • 5 0
 Ok, Boo-mer
  • 3 0
 At least this one wood be easy to kill with fire.
  • 1 0
 My boo is just pandaing to the market
  • 31 0
 Should have called it the Wood-E
  • 2 1
 ...Wood-E Allen
  • 29 0
 Is anyone really spending 5000 euros for this?
  • 174 0
 I have a buddy who SUPER wants one....but he's a panda.
  • 2 0
 Some people are very superstitious, that's it's USP.
  • 4 0
 Boo, who?
  • 23 2
 a 60-80 years old eco-friendly vegan dentist.
  • 10 0
 @chyu: nothing eco friendly about a battery.
  • 4 0
 @boogereater42069: Does he know Kung-Fu?
  • 4 0
 I know a dictator that would love one.
  • 8 2
 Extroverted vegan engineers who do crossfit will be very happy to tell you all about it at the trail head (even though you didn't ask)
  • 25 0
 This is the ultimate oxymoron.
  • 22 1
 Exactly. We're so green we use bamboo instead of that horrible metal or carbon. But lets throw a bunch of epoxy on the joints and add a motor and a battery. Then we can go faster so more people can see us signaling our virtues!
  • 23 0
 I woodn’t ride that.
  • 4 1
 But bamboo is grass
  • 20 1
 seriously...who is buying these bikes?? More chance of seeing an Atherton bike on your trails than this
  • 5 0
 I saw a non-ebike version on the trails towards the end of last year, and I pretty much just went, "Oh shit they are real?!" LOL
  • 1 0
 No PBers, but someone must be buying them if they ramped up with new e-bikes and they have 30 employees.
  • 4 0
 I lived in Japan and you would be surprised what is possible to sell on the market Smile
  • 18 0
 Finally the bike that everyone was waiting for!
  • 11 0
 So they make an eco-bike, then strap a motor and battery to it (neither of which are eco friendly) and then ship it from West Africa to Germany before distributing elsewhere. This is still going to have a big carbon tyreprint.
  • 10 2
 I really thought this was a joke when people were talking about bamboo as a material... How does the warranty go when it breaks?

"Well, it's freakin bamboo what the hell did you expect?"
  • 9 0
 Dogpiing on no one wants this, but look at that drop out. Seriously. It looks dremeled out of plate stock.
  • 4 0
 I'm all for manufacturing in Ghana and there is a certain charm to the Gilligan's Island aesthetic. But...

Seems like this still uses resins, labor and high price of carbon fiber. But lacks the high tolerance of tooling and CNC part layup (so the variance from frame to frame will be bigger).

I have a ton of giant bamboo at my house - it is cool stuff and wears better than wood but... I don't want a wood bike either.

Still, good luck to them . I'd totally demo it.
  • 8 1
 Nobody wants this. Does no one do market research anymore?
  • 2 0
 They have 30 employees, so people are buying them. Not sure who, though.
  • 3 0
 For anyone who doesn't know about this company...
This company produces both electric and normal bamboo bikes - and their projects fund a school in Ghana, keep many in Ghana employed with fair wages, and get kids in Ghana riding to school

www.my-boo.com/our-story.html

Seems like a great project, well done.. And you're bikes are cool
  • 5 0
 Nothing is more polarising than ebikes. Well, except maybe bamboo ebikes! Lol
  • 3 0
 I feel like this should come with a slender curvey glass filled with a frosty frozen libation and a tiny umbrella sticking out of the top....oh, and a floral Hawaiian shirt too.
  • 5 0
 I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.
  • 5 0
 Sorry, I have a really tough time embracing a bike named My Boo.
  • 7 2
 Longer, lower, slacker, Vietnamesier
  • 4 0
 These guys stole my idea. Except that my frames were going to be made out of noodles sourced from Italy.
  • 1 0
 Columbus SL?
  • 5 0
 No. Just no.
  • 5 1
 Yo, where are the solar panels on those eco friendly Ebikes?!
  • 2 1
 I'm happy to see the use of sustainable, recyclable materials in mountain bikes. I would be interested to see impact resistance testing and the long-term reliability and warranty on the frames.
  • 4 0
 it's the only bike a panda can ride though.
  • 1 0
 Hahahaha
  • 4 0
 Bamboo can grow 1 1/2” an hour..I’d better order a XS just in case
  • 1 0
 Sure looks like the chain is going rub on the chainstay joint in the highest 1 or 2 gears. For sure it's going to smack it a whole bunch.
  • 2 0
 Is the power of these electric motors such that we need wheely prevention chainstays?
  • 2 0
 Gotta make a video, until I see a pro rider shred on one, I’ll never believe it won’t splinter or unravel
  • 4 1
 sorry, but this is so stupid in so many ways
  • 2 0
 Better get out the Birkenstocks. Why am I not surprised it's made a German company?!
  • 2 0
 Interesting they have a XTR 12-Speed build w/ Fox 34 front fork. It costs 4500USD.
  • 3 0
 They slapped that with the ugly stick: the ugly bamboo stick.
  • 3 0
 Every time a stem gets set up like that Jesus kills a puppy.
  • 3 0
 I could see this as product placement on South Park.
  • 1 0
 i rode a fat ebike made of bamboo and it was so flexy it was dangerous to ride, complete lack of control, dont buy this you will crash while looking like a berk
  • 3 0
 My POO
  • 2 0
 These will sell like hot cakes...
  • 2 1
 It is beautiful without a doubt. I'd want a non ebike frame just to hang on the wall of the man cave.
  • 1 0
 But not to ride...
  • 2 0
 Do you Boo Boo, do you!!!
  • 1 0
 Hahahaah
  • 2 0
 Looks like an abomination
  • 1 0
 To me it looks like the lego bikes. But those are lego, so they are allowed to look a little weird.....
  • 3 0
 I'll buy the FS version
  • 3 0
 Looks like panda food
  • 2 0
 Needs kashima.
  • 4 0
 Yeah call me when they make a bamboo suspension fork
  • 1 0
 I wood like to see one in person.
  • 1 0
 the joints are made out of string?
  • 1 0
 this is what we all need..
  • 1 0
 Instant fire hazard, nice!
  • 1 0
 A flammable e-bike!? hmmmm
  • 1 0
 Wait, my PB bamboo bike article filter stopped working?
  • 2 0
 Ah, finally.
  • 1 0
 Only use for that is fire wood
  • 1 0
 For the vegans.....
  • 1 0
 Stronger than steel?
  • 1 0
 26 ain't dead.
  • 1 0
 So hipster it hurts..

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