Yorkshire-based Bamboo Bikes have added a cyclocross model to their bow, alongside their standard 26in-wheel mountain bike. The 'cross bike will be available from 13 April at Blue Door Bicycles in Crystal Palace, London, following a demo day launch.
A hundred bikes will be built this year, and over the summer they will also be available through the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op, Bamboo Bikes MD Rachel Hammond told BikeRadar.
The frame was designed and engineered with help from two Oxford Brookes University academics, James Broughton and Shpend Gerguri, and fuses vibration-damping bamboo poles with organic flax fibres. The designers say these complement the wood’s stiffness with strength and flexibility.
The frame – built at the company’s Scarborough factory – has also been put through rigorous British Standards Institution test procedures. The bike is built with a mixture of Shimano 105/CX50 components and costs £1,899.
James Hards, who rides for the Team Bamboo Bikes MTB squad, has given the cyclocross bike a test run: “Impressed does not begin to describe how I felt on it; quickest bike I've ever ridden.”
The CX bike being put through its paces
Bamboo has been gaining popularity as a bike material for a number of years, especially among bespoke framebuilders. At the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this year, bamboo was used in the Glissando and Boo Bicycles' MTB and cyclocross rigs.