Meet DURT, The Wooden Mountain Bike

Posted: March 19, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Mountain Biking
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Most bikes are made of extremely high-end composites and fibers that come from the cutting edge of materials science: Carbon fiber, for example, is so light and durable it’s practically a slam dunk for bikes. But it’s also less sustainable than the humble wooden frame, especially when properly engineered. Or at least that’s the idea behind DURT.

You’ve Got Wood

Wooden bikes are, of course, nothing new, but what is new is DURT’s approach to the concept. Part of the reason wooden bike frames are only now catching on is the fact that until recently, we just didn’t have the adhesives to bond wood and other materials in a way that was up to spec. Now, of course, we do, and DURT mixes wood and Kevlar for a stronger, lighter frame.

Kevlar Sandwich

Essentially, the pieces of white ash are layered with pieces of Kevlar for the rear triangle, and glued together with aircraft epoxy. If that weren’t enough, certain high-stress areas on the frame are hollowed out and lined with carbon fiber.

The result is a stunningly smooth ride, even over terrible terrain. Wood naturally absorbs vibration, and it’s just as rigid as even the most modern composites and metals. It’s also a lot less resource-intensive, for obvious reasons. It’s all sealed with marine lacquer for a finish that’s both beautiful and hard to destroy.

Wooden Delivery


The main problem with this bike, though, is that you’ll pay an arm and a leg to throw your leg over it: The “basic” model starts at $7,500 and if you want the fully appointed deluxe model, expect to pay $10,000 or so to get it. On the other hand, at least it’s sustainable, and it could be a lot worse; after all, this is a bike that’s built to last. Unless it lights on fire.

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