Handcrafted wooden hardtail
The founder of Renovo Hardwood Bicycles, Ken Wheeler, dreamed up the idea of building a hollow-framed wooden bike back in 2007 after studying the positive attributes of
wood structures used in historic wooden airplanes. Wheeler, an
engineer, avid cyclist and designer of the Wheeler Express (a small
four-seater, all-composite airplane), found that wood offers better
vibration damping and stiffness than traditional materials used
for bikes, such as steel, aluminum or carbon. Renovo was born
soon thereafter, and over a decade later the company is still going
strong with 15 full-time employees in its Portland, Oregon, shop.
The company currently offers a full line of road bikes, as well as
one unique hardtail mountain bike. The FatAsh is that hardtail,
and what sets this bike apart from other hardtails on the market
is that it’s beautifully handcrafted out of wood. Renovo’s
meticulously engineered wooden bikes have caught our attention
a few times in the past; however, it wasn’t until we laid our eyes
on the plus-sized FatAsh that we suddenly felt the urge to invite
one of these handcrafted beauties into our test fleet.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
Looking past the wooden frame, the FatAsh is an aggressive
cross-country hardtail designed to give riders a unique feeling
out on the trails. Riders can choose between 29-inch wheels
and 27.5-inch plus-sized wheels, transforming the FatAsh from a
cross-country race bike into a trail-ready hardtail. The FatAsh is
striking in appearance and delivers on performance, making it a
great choice for the rider looking to find a bike that can stand out
in a crowd while also being able to handle the toughest trails.
Oh, yeah, and did we already mention the entire frame is made