What happens when an orthopedics technician, an aerospace engineer, an industrial designer, and, a former bicycle courier join their curiosity and obsessions? A bamboo bike is born in Berlin! I spotted in on the streets of San Francisco last week where a rider from the Ozon Cyclery is currently working as a messenger and testing the bike at the same time.
From their workshop in Berlin, Ozon has developped more and more durable and lightweight bicycles over the last 3 years, and ridden them over thousands of kilometers, from Berlin to Paris, to the Baltic Sea and Poland.
Made from TigerBamboo and hand sculpted flax fiber composite joints, the bikes weigh around 1.75 kg, and, according to the designers, “have a ride quality similar to high end steel, but with better vibration absorption”.
And they look funky! Prices for a customised bicycle (fitting and geometry development for perfect body fit, component selection according to style of riding, and visual renderings) range from 1000€ to 1500€. Or attend a workshop day to build your own frame under guidance!