High-end automakers may offer wood-trim on their vehicles, but never before have they sold bicycles made completely of the natural substance. Audi recently teamed up with wooden bike maker Renovo to create a line of bespoke bicycles.
Constructed by hand at Renovo's studio in Portland, Oregon, Audi describes the new line of hardwood bicycles as luxurious yet performance oriented, similar to its four-wheel offerings. The bike maker utilizes hardwood for its weight -- which is said to be roughly one fourth that of aluminum -- and shock absorbing properties. And what may be a surprise to many, the frames are said to be more rigid and durable than their alloy counterparts. Veneers were chosen to closely match that of Audi's existing selection within its current lineup.
Consistent with Audi's mission, the bikes all use the industry's latest technology. Riders will immediately notice the rear wheel is belt driven, rather than the standard chain found on most bikes, while disc brakes are used to slow the machine. Carbon fiber and aluminum components are put to use throughout the remainder of bike to keep weight low, while LED lighting illuminates the path ahead.
Audi plans to sell three variants of the wood-framed bicycles, all intended for different uses. For urban routes, the duo City features an upright seating position, wide puncture-resistant tires, fenders, and a rack; the City retails for $6530. For those with further distances to travel, the duo Sport aims to provide comfort, and sells for $7350. Lastly, the duo Road provides long-distance riders with ultra-narrow tires, limited accessories, and no fenders. The Road carries a price of $7460.
The Audi-branded Renovo bikes officially go on sale tomorrow and can be found by clicking here. How do you think the simplistic design of these models stacks up against the new high-tech offerings from McLaren?