arvak is an outcome of keim’s hunt for cycling soul
arvak is an outcome of keim’s hunt for cycling soul
jul 29, 2015

arvak is an outcome of keim’s hunt for cycling soul

arvak is an outcome of keim’s hunt for cycling soul
all images courtesy of keim






named after the horse pulling the sun on its way across the sky in norse mythology, the ‘arvak’ by keim is a quest to construct a responsive cycle that echoes the themes of nature. to achieve a stiff and lightweight monocoque frame, the french company vacuum laminated up to 50 layers of white ash with a high modulus resin between each. to optimize the orientation of each layer to maximize strength, the team had to develop their own method from scratch. three coats of marine grade finish protect the wood layers from weather and dirt. 

keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-02the frame uses white ash wood





each frame is hand built to an exact customer specification and benefits from high quality components, that weighs about 7.5 kilograms. unfortunately the keim ‘arvak’ is in limited production, but go check out their website, and if you ask nicely, maybe they’ll build you one. 

keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-03saddle and wheels are made of carbon fiber


keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-04bike comes standard with single speed hub


keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-05the black crankset to match two tone colors


keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-06the emblem etched on the bike


keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-07the ‘arvak’ weighs 7.5 kilograms


keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-08frames hanging, ready to be varnished


keim-arvak-wood-bicycle-designboom-09layers of wood being sanded


  • I would never buy a bike which has zero seat height adjustment, you need that when switching between different pedals. Interesting concept though.

  • Ooh. nice!

  • Dear piotr, we are a small Dutch company Dwarswerk with the mission to show that handicapped craftsmen can make & sell beautiful things in a tough business world. We are looking for a bike as a product and very much like your design. It looks as if could be made by our people too.
    Are you considering any licensing or other collaboration forms?


    richard tanke
  • A beautiful piece of sculpture that moves!


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