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LA SELVA, US (Sep 15) – Through the years, bicycle frames have progressed from steel to aluminium to titanium to carbon and now to bamboo. That’s right, bamboo. Calfee Design of La Selva Beach, California, is marketing bamboo bicycles in custom, pro or triathlon models. They aren’t cheap, ranging from $2,695 to $3,195 for the […]

LA SELVA, US (Sep 15) – Through the years, bicycle frames have progressed from steel to aluminium to titanium to carbon and now to bamboo.

That’s right, bamboo. Calfee Design of La Selva Beach, California, is marketing bamboo bicycles in custom, pro or triathlon models. They aren’t cheap, ranging from $2,695 to $3,195 for the frame only.

The Calfee Web site – www.calfeedesign.com – is presenting its bamboo product as having several features that set it apart from the usual frame materials including, among others, crash tolerance and looks.

Calfee, who has been making bamboo bikes since 1997, gets the Giant Black Bamboo from a local nursery in California and from Japan. Once he crafts the wood into a bike, the results are astounding, he said.

“Bamboo is a great material for vibration dampening. It’s very similar to carbon fiber in how it absorbs shock, and it’s fairly light and fairly strong.”

Since the company specializes in carbon frames, after looking at the pictures on the website, there might be some doubt as to how high the bamboo-content of these bikes actually really is…

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