arndt menke  zumbragel: woodway bicycle arndt menke  zumbragel: woodway bicycle
aug 07, 2009

arndt menke zumbragel: woodway bicycle

berlin designer arndt menke- zumbragel is the creator of this unique bicycle made using wood. the project began by investigating the use of wood as a construction material, paying close attention to its particular considerations. the result is a fully functional bike with a frame weight of 2.3 kg. with some special metal parts and carefully constructed wood pieces, arndt has created a bike that blends new and old together into one unique package. make sure to check out the bent wood detail on the rear support.

http://www.arndtmenke.de

 

 

photography by a. velten

  • A thing of beauty!

    Oliver says:
  • perfect. i love it!

    Faskingwhy says:
  • this is rad..

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    natch says:
  • A Brilliant piece of engineering that combines aesthetics, ergonomics, utility and functionality. When your not riding it , it would also look great on the lounge room wall.
    It would be interesting to find out the cost of producing such a design achievement economically.
    Arndt menke- zumbragels project is inspiring and I wish them great fortune for the future.
    cheers, silicon m

    silicon m says:
  • Beautifully executed! I do wonder about the responsiveness and rigidity of those seat stays though…

    ridenake! says:
  • just one thing… where are the brakes?!?

    Loreez says:
  • it looks like a fixed gear

    bklyn says:
  • and no conventional pedals…

  • no brakes and invisuable leg, see you in hospital 😉

    .. says:
  • this may be a design project but for the bicycle part it’s only funny… bike that weights only 2.3kg- right!- what scale is it then?
    the special metal is troughout known as aluminium…
    i’m also not sure what’s new about it… and what’s old?!
    regarding the aesthetics for me the frame geometry is rather boring and functionally limited (for it doesn’t seem to be a real track geometry… that it should be if it’s fixed gear… what i assume it is, as it has no brakes)

    aaron says:
  • Just like a car, anything that can be used for transporting ourselves is better than walking long distances to work or home. A bicycle is the option for the future, and these models from you are great. Good luck with bicycle sale for your store and manufacture.
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    costarica says:
  • Without a doubt, one of the nicest bicycles.

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    jq says:
  • Definitely a great effort, but i wonder how robust is it?! In terms of styling its just too simple, that it somewhere looks a little incomplete. But great execution.

    Sanya Khanna says:
  • yeah i was just taken a liking about the clean design.
    i quite liked it very much
    good quality of work-craftmanship…
    but then went through aaron’s observations, and i should say he/she is prety much right.
    the practicality of the cycle still beats me
    the bambo cycle by ross lovegrove looks much more practical…
    never the less, i liked it on the whole

    nssunilkumar.... look within you, surprises awaiting you says:
  • wow, that’s one sexy bike

    seb says:
  • wow, that’s one sexy bike

    seb says:
  • Very beautiful. It kicks Lovegrove’s bike butt.
    The only sad thing is that same frame from best alloy, titanium or carbon is 1kilogram lighter.
    Therefore there is a little question sneaking in…Why?

    pac says:
  • We all have to remember this is a show bike. show bikes are built for design and aesthetics. They don’t need to be able to be thrashed around town or the local velodrome. I am an avid cycleist and graphic/apparel designer and this bike has it all. It is Beautiful! As for the geometry, the head angle might be a bit more slack than a track frame but that would make it a little less “twitchy” for around town use which would be nice. The BB is still relatively tall which would still let you rail corners. Awesome design, well thought out. amazing chainstays btw.

    blcollins says:
  • This bike is will slap! It is okay for short period of time. In theory, for a long term at the rear of frame will become weak and slap. Although, it is very good looking design and should be good for bike shop display!

    Nic79 says:

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