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CF or Bamboo?

Old 07-20-06, 12:13 AM
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CF or Bamboo?

Its always carbon fiber this, carbon fiber that, but no one ever debates the strengths and weaknesses of bamboo

This frame from Calfee is almost entirely bamboo, bonded with CF for superior vibration dampening. They even claim it's more crash-resilient.

So what do you say? Material of the future or what?
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Old 07-20-06, 12:26 AM
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too heavy for racing so probably will never hit the mainstream.
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Old 07-20-06, 12:36 AM
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First thought: "Indiana Jones?"
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I love it, but the question is does it flex or will it transfer power well?
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I have seen, touched, held, played with that frame

It is heavy!
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Looks like a bike the Professor made for Gilligan
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there's a racing bike made out of wood at my LBS. honest
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It is super cool looking! It would be fun to have to show up on casual group rides.
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I wonder what would come out if this mated with a lumbercumbent...
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I wish they were not so expensive because I would certainly like to own one. I have heard that they really ride well which is what I favor in a bike. Weight difference between this bamboo and CF is pretty much meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Its the ride that I fancy.
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Is that made from high quality European/US bamboo or the crappy metoo stuff they make in Asia?
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Originally Posted by tinrobot
Looks like a bike the Professor made for Gilligan




There is one in our Cycling club. Sorry for the crappy photos from my camera phone.

It's actually a unique bike, not something I would want, but the owner wanted something different.








Love the statement of the Zips on it
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I have enough anxiety worrying about theft without also having to worry that some hungry panda is going to come by and eat my bike!
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I have enough anxiety worrying about theft without also having to worry that some hungry panda is going to come by and eat my bike!

HAAAHAHAHAAAAAAA, now that is some funny ***** Bob Ross!
I like the Zipps on there, kinda like the space shuttle meets The Swiss Family Robinson.
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I saw this bike at a local bike show. It's very cool, but very expensive. If I remember correctly, it's made out of a special species of bamboo.
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It's gotta be lighter than my '72 Schwinn! If anyone wants to give one away, I'll take it!
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I think it would be cool to own. I like the craftmanship and the fact that you probably won't see another one at your next century ride. I am not sure that I like it $3500 worth though. I have never met anyone that has owned a Calfee bike? Are they as good as the website suggests?
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