Renovo Hardwood Bicycles has introduced its new Aerowood endurance road bike. The bike, including Renovo’s first hybrid wood and carbon frame, is engineered to ‘absorb more vibration and deliver a smoother ride than either material alone’. The hollow wood frame is seen as a unique departure from mainstream bicycles. Although, Renovo has used wood as its material of choice since 2007 after ‘testing showed that it absorbed vibration four times better than carbon and much more than any material of equal stiffness.’
According to Renovo, the frame produces a high ‘stiffness to smoothness’ ratio, delivering both comfort and confident handling. Made in the Renovo shop in Portland, Oregon, the frame blends ‘handcrafted American workmanship, rigorous engineering, and state-of-the-art computer driven design and manufacturing’.
The Aerowood sports a shrouded rear wheel, aero downtube and seat mast fairing to reduce wind resistance. The 2017 Aerowood is newly updated with a carbon layer inside the downtube to allow for enhanced ride quality as well as a more adjustable seat mast design.
Perhaps surprisingly, Renovo was not founded by a woodworker, but by Ken Wheeler, a designer from the composite aircraft industry who recognized the potential benefits of wood for bike frames based on its use in aircraft structures. The original prototype Renovo frame was designed on CAD and machined on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine.
- Hollow frame construction of wenge and curly maple
- Carbon fibre inside the downtube
- Lifetime warranty on craftsmanship and materials including finish
- Full frame shock & vibration damping
- Internally routed brake cables
- Electronic shifting only (Shimano/SRAM/FSA)
- Full range of seat height adjustment with 27.2mm seat post
- Lightweight wood aero seat fairing over the seat tTube
- Headset/steerer tube: 1-1/8” internal / straight
- Tyre clearance: 25mm
MSRP: frameset US$5,495 / full-build US$9,995+