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The Nature of Wood: The John Day by Renovo Smooths Any Road

An Elegant Design That Will Take You Anywhere In Comfort And Style

Renovo Hardwood Bicycles – renovobikes.com – introduces the John Day, an elegant and simple adventure bike that moves seamlessly from paved to gravel and mixed terrain roads. The John Day’s hollow lightweight frame is engineered to deliver exceptional vibration damping, offering a remarkably smooth ride for comfort on any road.

John Day features include “longbow” seat stays, wide/flat down tube, curved top tube and
hollow chainstays which augment the Total Ride Quality of wood, making this a great bike- no matter which terrain you choose. The geometry features a long wheelbase, generous BB drop and a tall headtube to let you enjoy the scenery without veering off into it…until you want to.

John Day Features:
· Hollow Frame Construction: Black Walnut, Spruce
· Cable/wiring routing: Internal, Di2 ready
· Brakes: Disc
· Drive train compatibility: Road
· Fenders and Rack Mounts
· Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm
· Headset/Steer tube: 1.125″ – 1.5″ Tapered
· Tire Clearance; 40mm
· MSRP: Frameset: $4,250 Full build: $6,150+

The concept of an engineered, hollow frame wood bike was developed in 2007 by Renovo founder Ken Wheeler. He was an avid touring cyclist who wanted a more stable, comfortable and durable bike for the rigors of touring. At the time, he was designing the Wheeler Express, an all-composite (carbon and fiberglass foam sandwich) aircraft, and in the analysis of materials used in historic wood aircraft he was surprised to discover that woods used in those planes had exceptional vibration damping and fatigue resistance in addition to their excellent structural properties. He felt a hollow bicycle frame of wood could offer a smooth ride, lightweight feel and durability he wanted. After extensive testing confirmed his analysis, he began producing wooden bicycles in 2007.

Photos by Derrick Stembridge.

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