thonet bike by andy martin
thonet bike by andy martin thonet bike by andy martin
oct 03, 2012

thonet bike by andy martin

thonet bike by andy martin


thonet has collaborated with london-based designer andy martin to develop a concept road bicycle using their steam bending process developed in the 1930s. constructed using beech wood, the frame is precisely adjusted with a CNC machine along with its solid beech pan which sits on sprung rod supports to reinforce joints and major stress areas in the frame. the fixed gear conception takes influence from the tradition of cycling; where one has a greater connection to the bike and the surface a user rides on. built without brakes, it still has the capabilities of using several interchangeable gear ratios.



3/4 front view



rear detail view



close up of the carbon fibre wheel and single speed cog set



context view



  • good luck with that!

    real bike designer says:
  • Looks instable and not-Thonet-like… sorry…

    THonetfan says:
  • Looove it :)))

    GABA says:
  • It would be great in aluminum for mass production!

    SR says:
  • Ohh Goood, why do people continue to make pointless wood and bamboo concept bikes when these materials are not and will never be suitable for real world bikes??? 🙁

    m25 says:
  • Nice design but the front fork as modeled in these pictures won’t turn due to the 2 pivot axes (instead of one)! And if not reinforced the two part of the fork will be broken right at these tiny pivots.

    velo_engineer says:

    Hepaticae says:
  • Flexy. As in not stiff.

    SigNorer says:
  • Half the comments here are obviously from people who can’t grasp the whole point in conceptual design.

    ….hang on, that guy isn’t wearing a crash helmet!!

    Tr3k says:
  • velo “engineer” – study it a little closer – there is a single pivot point which also is the centerpoint of the frame tubing

    dbkii says:
  • Leaving the levers/control/brakes issues, it’s still really bad design.
    And a bad inerpretation from a chair (thonet) to a bicycle.
    bicycle is a technical-functional object by definition, therefore technical systems
    Such as brakes, levers, bearings etc have an lmportant role in the design.
    That is y it looks like bent wood with whils.. and a logo 🙂

    levavi says:
  • @Tr3k: Personally I have nothing against \”concept design\” but one thing I don\’t agree on is PRACTICAL design, like designing a bike is, treated as concept design: obviously this bike would break within weeks or months under normal circumstances and whatever on earth that wood be, the seat is going to move and same for the front wheel or pedals attachments.
    I could make a spaghetti bicycle but would not advertise it as a real thing and encourage people to use it 😉

    m25 says:
  • My point is that some people should at least use a bicycle for some time before actually designing one, because anyone who ever used a bike and heard the steel of the handle bar or under the pedals crackle under the weight shift and normal pedaling would never think about wood as primary material.

    m25 says:
  • All I have to say is keyshot.

    Alice says:
  • Is anyone else concerned about the bottom bracket?
    Just cuz you can render it in Rhino doesn’t make it so….?

    HTS says:
  • As a woodworker, I appreciate the concept. The woodworking is done beautifully. I seriously doubt that anyone intends for me to buy one to ride other than experimentally. It would be fun to have one on display.

    PaulR says:
  • It is 3D graphic?
    I also get wood bicycle style custom & real riding.

    dogiyo says:
  • such a nice tribute to Thonet.
    If mass production will keep traditional thonet technology it can be enough durable. Please don’t disregard bended wood it’s realy tough material. first two minutes explain technology process of bending wood

    grot says:
  • I think Design is Eco -Economical Friendly, I think subject to mass utilization and safety, this is the area has to be focused. and I think people like you can evolve break system urgently through your innovative step. I am looking forward to see your invention practically fit to the community and it’s safety…

    Rekhesh Jain says:
  • good work… fire)))work

    crows says:
  • Looks nice, but I don’t think it could work for cyclists….. I would not choose this as a cyclist so by my oppinion – it’s not functional… Sorry.

    Barbora Slavickova says:
  • Some of the posts here are so negative, if we were to listen to them, then why do concept/proto type design at all.

    Can_do_guy says:
  • Can someone tell me why ‘designers’ think they can ignore the years of evolution that has gone into bicycle design, or even basic engineering fundamentals and come up with utterly pointless concepts like this. By all means use wood, or as others have mentioned bamboo but at least put some thought into how to use these materials in a realistic design. There is a reason that the headset cups on a conventional bicycle are seperated by some distance and that the bottom bracket is joined to the frame alligned to the centre of it’s axis.
    Can_do_guy – people come up with concept / prototype designs to find new and better ways of doing things NOT to come up with something that looks nice but would NEVER work in the real world. Realistic criticism is not the same as negativity and is much more useful than the blind optimism you display!

    Hahahaha says:

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