Beautifully formed by our carbon craftsmen, our bamboo frames perform at the highest level of the sport.
Frame and Bike Pricing. Frame Geometry Pro Stack and Reach. There are many good reasons to choose Calfee Bamboo for your next bicycle frame. Calfee Bamboo bicycle frames are very stiff, transferring power efficiently; are durable, resisting damage from stress and impacts; are comfortable, surpassing aluminum, steel, titanium and most carbon frames in smoothness.
Read this build detail about the very special bamboo tandem, pictured above. Consider this October, 2011 review of our Bamboo Adventure in Mountain Flyer Magazine. This duo road two bamboo touring bikes, fully-loaded, 18.5k miles over two years. Our bamboo tubes mitered together and bound by eco resin soaked pounded bark cloth create a frame whose most notable characteristic, beyond beauty, is this incredible vibration dampening. Enjoy this very thorough and well written article about our bamboo product. As well, please consider this recent feedback from a new Calfee Bamboo Pro owner.
Each of our bamboo frames requires over 40 hours of labor to build. Following an interview with the frame’s new owner, we hand select a bamboo tube set that will deliver characteristics consistent with the riders expectations and requirements. Every frame is made to order and every frame is unique. All bamboo bicycles are available in stock or custom geometries.
Our frame is made from bamboo that has been treated to prevent splitting. We finish the bamboo frames with satin polyurethane that functions as a vapor seal and allows the owner to maintain the bamboo frame as they would any metal or carbon frame. Lugs are made of pounded bark cloth from ficus trees. As is the case with all Calfee frames, we use a plant based high performance eco resin to create the required matrix. Importantly, we discovered that bamboo and carbon fiber have different rates or thermal dynamic expansion. Our early bamboo frames used carbon fiber, instead of natural fiber, to join the tubes and many of the joints failed over time. Our 10 year warranty protected those Calfee customers and they now enjoy our bark cloth-lugged bamboo bicycle frames.
We offer our bamboo bicycle frames in all frame styles and geometries. We enjoy this flexibility as we do not use forms or molds to join the bamboo tubes. As a result, there is no imposed constraint. We are able to miter and join the bamboo tubing at any angle to support complete personalization of the product.
While they have long been popular with enthusiastic racers and endurance road riders, owing to our bamboo’s amazing strength they are increasingly seen in Cyclocross, Mountain and Touring dress. These bamboo frames are much stronger than the carbon frames so popular in these categories. This inherent strength lends itself to mounting and even integration of key accessories such as racks, fenders and lights. Interestingly, all of our frames, carbon included, are Gates Carbon Drive and Rohloff Speedhub compatible. You can imagine the visual and functional elegance of a belt driven, internally geared bamboo bicycle with matching fenders, rosewood bottle cages, complimentary cork grips and even an integrated rack.
Calfee Bamboo bikes have won awards for Best Road Bike, Best Off-Road Bike and Peoples’ Choice Award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Further, they’ve been featured by Time Magazine, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Discovery Channel and the BBC, to name just a few of many. Check out the very thorough editorial reviews from road.cc, Cycling Weekly and this test and video review from Road Bike Action for some objective feedback from discriminating industry insiders.
If you are in the market for a bicycle frame that is more comfortable, more durable, more beautiful and far more unique than the carbon and metal herd, look no further than a Calfee Bamboo.
- Treated bamboo tubing
- Pounded bark cloth lugs with plant based high performance eco resin
- Frame weighs 6 to 7 pounds
- Titanium dropouts
- Optional carbon PressFit 30, eccentric bottom bracket shell and horizontal dropouts
- Optional head tube and seat tube extensions
- Optional rear axle spacing, tire clearance, brake type, cable routing, and accessory integration
- Optional custom frame geometry
- 10 year warranty
- Our most crash tolerant frame
- Amazing vibration dampening
- Stiffer than many carbon frames
- Low carbon footprint
- Functional work of art
- Uniqueness; very few on the road