A partnership between Oxford Brookes University and UK based RAW Bamboo Bikes has seen the launch of a mountain bike frame built from bamboo tubing.
A partnership between Oxford Brookes University and UK based RAW Bamboo Bikes has resulted in the launch of a mountain bike frame built from bamboo tubing.
After 18 months of development at Oxford Brookes University, and passing rigorous safety tests, the bike will be manufactured by RAW at their base in Yorkshire.
The frame is made out of bamboo tubes and advanced jointing technology using flax fibre, which has strength and flexibility to complement the stiffness and durability of bamboo.
Dr Shpend Gerguri of Brookes’ Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment and Dr James Broughton of the Joining Technology Research Centre have developed the frame along with engineering students to maximise bamboo’s unique stiffness and vibration absorption qualities.
Bamboo is a fast growing grass requiring significantly less land and water to grow than other trees, and can absorb up to five times more CO2 and release up to 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. It can be harvested after four or five years, and re-grows easily.
Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes, said : “The bamboo bike frame has been designed, engineered and tested at Oxford Brookes and is a great example of Brookes’ focus on sustainable engineering with a practical application.”
Two of the new bikes, ridden by Dr Gerguri and Dr Broughton, recently successfully completed the Transalps race, putting the new frame through a gruelling eight day test across mountainous terrain.
The bikes will be launched at RAW’s stand at the Cycle Show at the Birmingham NEC from 29th September–2nd October, where there is a Mountain Bike Demo track for people to try them out.
The picture shows James Broughton (left) and Shpend Gerguri (right) during the Transalps race (image courtesy of Sportograf Germany).