"Stiff. Light. Smooth."
Although seemingly suggestive of a well-crafted brew, the above actually describes a highly engineered, high-performance racing bicycle, the Boo Bicycle, a 15-pound bamboo-carbon hybrid. Its creation, a year-and-a-half ago, is the result of Nick Frey, a 10-year bike buff and aerospace engineer major from Princeton University.
Its light-as-a-feather structure (70 percent bamboo by mass) comes from a carbon fiber frame—a construction involving 50 hours of handcrafted labor at the hands of bike frame builder wunderkind James Wolf. Carbon fiber not only makes for the ultimate stiff frame (a good thing for handling hard knocks while riding) but the material also increases acceleration. Bamboo, according to Frey, even absorbs vibration better than any other bicycle frames on the market.
One of Boo's best attributes is its use of a leading renewable source: bamboo. Some species are known to grow three to four feet in a day. The company even cuts down their own bamboo from a bamboo plantation in Vietnam. They dry out the tubes for six months in a special drying chamber and bore the insides out according to the bamboo's thickness.
If there ever was a geometry equation that equaled a topnotch bike, it's Boo. Whether you wanna cruise the town or commute to work, get your Boo on with one of these four models: Road, Cross, Fixie, Touring and Mountain. You can also check out their catalog.
Photos courtest of Chris Gomez.