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    Wood frames

    Hey guys,
    I have been researching wood frame bicycles for some time now. There are actually a few manufacturers that offer high quality pieces but my mind is set on these:
    Materia Bikes

    Does anyone has any experience with this brand?
    They are based in Europe and it looks like they know what they are doing.

    Let me know.

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    Looks like a pointless design that is aimed at hipsters with too much money......
    "L'enfer, c'est les autres"

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    no thanks.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Here, you can DIY for cheaper:
    https://calfeedesign.com/calfee-bamboo-diy-kit/

    But if you can do that, wouldnt it actually be easier all around to use lumber from Lowe's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Looks like a pointless design that is aimed at hipsters with too much money......
    The one on the main page is just one of the many frame types they make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .je View Post
    Here, you can DIY for cheaper:
    https://calfeedesign.com/calfee-bamboo-diy-kit/

    But if you can do that, wouldnt it actually be easier all around to use lumber from Lowe's?
    But that's for a grass bike, not a wooden bike...
    Wake me up when it's alarm green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tachycardic View Post
    But that's for a grass bike, not a wooden bike...
    I was thinking the same thing about that.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    A wooden bike holds no interest for me, but I sure would like to try wooden rims. I'm kinda thinkin' that sew ups on wooden rims would be a hell of a nice ride.

    Ghisallo Wooden Rims Eshop¬* Turismo/Touring - tubular - Tubular Rims - Rims ¬*wooden rims, mudguards, handlebars, frameworks
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    Some thoughts from me -

    You're posting in the "beginners corner" about frames costing many thousand Euros?
    This is your first post.
    You're not from the company that makes these frames by any chance are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Some thoughts from me -

    You're posting in the "beginners corner" about frames costing many thousand Euros?
    This is your first post.
    You're not from the company that makes these frames by any chance are you?
    He's a sockpuppet, I'm certain. Only a beginner with more sense than money would buy such a bike.
    "L'enfer, c'est les autres"

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    He's a sockpuppet, I'm certain. Only a beginner with more sense than money would buy such a bike.
    Maybe you meant more money than sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    A wooden bike holds no interest for me, but I sure would like to try wooden rims. I'm kinda thinkin' that sew ups on wooden rims would be a hell of a nice ride.

    Ghisallo Wooden Rims Eshop¬* Turismo/Touring - tubular - Tubular Rims - Rims ¬*wooden rims, mudguards, handlebars, frameworks
    I would absolutely try a wooden frame, but they are all so expensive. For much less money, and if you're willing to DIY, going bamboo makes more sense. Calfee's got a decent kit, but requires a tool set, which 1) is out of stock, and 2) costs more than the frame kit. I'm considering these guys: Shop Bamboo - Bamboo Bicycle Club - Uk Bamboo Bicycle building workshop

    Their prices have gone up over the past few months. I guess they're popular.
    Wake me up when it's alarm green.

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    gee, the OP sounds so genuine.

    just a regular joe on the forum who starts his posting history asking about wood bikes.

    he's looking for 'opinions,' but is set on one brand...'cause they know what they're doing...

    yeah, sure...
    the 45th POTUS is inept, corrupt, and a pathological liar. and those may be his better qualities...

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    I want one with a woodpeckers nest in lieu of a basket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Maybe you meant more money than sense?
    Actually, I meant to say more fashion sense than real sense......this looks like it's aimed at some 'celebutard', or for use in a fashion shoot.
    "L'enfer, c'est les autres"

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    Well the money isn't a factor for me I'm well in my 40ties and this wouldn't be my first MTB...

    I must agree that these bicycles are more of a design statement pieces and I think that's what you get when you look for a wooden frame bike anyway.

    I apologize for posting in the wrong section, I'm new to this.
    I'm too old for this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManStan View Post
    Well the money isn't a factor for me I'm well in my 40ties and this wouldn't be my first MTB...

    I must agree that these bicycles are more of a design statement pieces and I think that's what you get when you look for a wooden frame bike anyway.

    I apologize for posting in the wrong section, I'm new to this.
    I'm too old for this forum.
    Not sure why you'd think that, but just a FYI... I was older than you when I joined this forum.

    As to the bike, I wouldn't buy one simply based on my (likely flawed) preconceived notions. I grew up with steel, so it's gotta be the best frame material, right?

    It's your money, so your decision. Whether or not you'll look back at some point and do it again, it'll be an experience.

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    I think he meant "more cents than money" (or perhaps "more scents than money")!
    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Maybe you meant more money than sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManStan View Post
    I'm too old for this forum.
    You are? How old are you? I've probably got you beat unless you're really really old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManStan View Post
    Well the money isn't a factor for me I'm well in my 40ties and this wouldn't be my first MTB...

    I must agree that these bicycles are more of a design statement pieces and I think that's what you get when you look for a wooden frame bike anyway.

    I apologize for posting in the wrong section, I'm new to this.
    I'm too old for this forum.
    I'm in my 40s and grew up with steel too. Like others here, I've been there and done that on other frame materials (other than bamboo and wood), and still prefer the feel of a well-made steel bike.

    I think when a new guy comes to a beginners sub-forum asking about wooden bikes and then posts a website for a bougey company, this raises suspicions about ulterior motives. It's much easier for the skeptics in us to imagine you as a company employee using this forum as a kind of subterfuge to advertise. Most of who we consider to be as true beginners would be asking about offerings from bikes direct, or from the big companies like Trek, Specialized, or Giant--not Materia, who like Coh&Co of Denmark, Aceteam of Germany, and Kiem from France, represent the upper echelon, and more obscure, side of cycling.
    Wake me up when it's alarm green.

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    I'd be worried about termites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    I'd be worried about termites.
    That's why you need a woodpeckers nest, dumby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    That's why you need a woodpeckers nest, dumby!
    That reminds me of a joke. It's one of those jokes that has a dumb word switch at the end.

    It has the word nest in it and birds.

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    Renovo has been making hardwood frames for years. They used to make only road frames, but now they also make MTB frames. To the person that said "for hipsters with a lot of money," you might be on to something. Renovo is located in Portland.

    https://renovobikes.com/pages/bikes

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