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The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery’s DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

We love all bikes on Cycle EXIF, but sometimes the most impressive ones are those that push the boundaries of frame design and materials. Right now, we’re totally bugging out on these bamboo bikes from Germany’s Ozon Cyclery and their Kickstarter project.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

It’s always a challenge to use non-traditional materials for a bike frame and make it look good as well. Looking good isn’t the ultimate goal of a bike, of course, and it’s completely subjective, but it will help it to make them commercially viable.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

Ozon Cyclery has successfully managed to engineer a bamboo bike construction system that hits the apex in the curve between aesthetics and structural integrity. Not only that, they’ve distilled it into a kit form so you can make one yourself.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

The company began in 2009, formed from a group of friends fascinated by the possibility of making bikes out of bamboo. They refined the process until 2013 when they began teaching workshops in Lichtenberg, Berlin.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

These days Ozon Cyclery are more focused on providing support for other workshops and DIY enthusiasts and have just launched a Kickstarter project to supply kits to their backers that contain absolutely everything they need to make a bamboo bike.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

The bikes are constructed from bamboo and a special fibre weave similar to custom carbon frame makers, using jigs that are basic yet effective. The range of kits includes kick bikes, commuters, sport-tourers, gravel bikes, track bikes and cargo bikes.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

The kits offered to Kickstarter backers include everything required to build the frame: jigs, bamboo, epoxy resin, additives, varnish, dropouts, steerer tube, seat tube sleeve and bottom bracket shell, composite cloth and the CAD drawings.

The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit

The finishing kits aren’t included so you can build up the frame to your own spec. Ozon Cyclery’s Kickstarter goal has already been reached, but you’ve still got until October 1st, 2020 to pledge and secure your own kit.

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The Grass Is Greener: Ozon Cyclery's DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit