Beautifully formed by our carbon craftsmen
Bamboo Road Bike
Our bamboo frames perform at the highest level of the sport.
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.
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.
- Available in Pro (road) and Adventure (endurance/gravel/cyclocross)
- Treated bamboo tubing
- Hemp fiber 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
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 hemp fiber, blonde in color. 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 hemp fiber-lugged bamboo bicycle frames. Read more…