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By Philipp Wuthe
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About this project

A perfect unit made of two exclusive materials: Each Lenkr is milled from a solid piece of walnut wood, supported by a high-quality aluminum core and the natural grain makes every piece a unique bike component.

I spent more than two years working on this project, taking care of every single detail – puristic shapes, minimalistic design, material selections, safety, durability and local suppliers. Now I ask for your endorsement! Support LENKR, take me on this journey and equip your minimalistic bike with a LENKR!

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TYPE-A 

The curved shaped ends are the distinguishing feature of the Type-A. With a diameter of 31.8mm, Type-A fits on any modern bike suspension and brings a timeless look to your fixed-gear, single speed or custom made bike. At just 285 grams, it’s a real lightweight and ensures a unique riding experience. 

LENKR TYPE-A Walnut with black anodized finish
LENKR TYPE-A Walnut with black anodized finish

The wood grain lends a distinct character to your handlebar, which will subtly change over the years of use, making it even more unique.

Finished with a special varnish, your wooden handlebar is robust and suitable for everyday cycling. The UV protection keeps your Type-A looking great even when exposed to the sun over longer periods of time. 

The aluminum core makes your wooden handlebar a safe and durable bike accessory.
The aluminum core makes your wooden handlebar a safe and durable bike accessory.
Type-A | Choose between silver or black finish.
Type-A | Choose between silver or black finish.

TYPE-B

With the same obsessive attention to detail that was put into Type-A, I’m designing the Type-B with a more puristic approach. Type-B sets itself apart through a seamless connection between the wood and the aluminum. With a diameter of 25.4mm, Type-B fits on any classic bike suspension and brings a puristic, classic look to your fixed-gear, single speed or custom made bike. At just 160 grams, it’s a real lightweight and ensures a simple and minimalistic weight approach.

The same special varnish as on Type-A is used and ensures the classic look of a natural grain.

LENKR Type-B Front
LENKR Type-B Front
LENKR Type-B Side
LENKR Type-B Side
Type-B | Choose between silver or black finish.
Type-B | Choose between silver or black finish.

KRZBERG Bike Hook 

My Kickstarter special! KRZBERG Wooden Bike Hook is a minimalistic, understated and beautifully designed piece of furniture, providing a secure and ingenious wall holder for your bike. The hook pairs come in plain wood, each finished with a high quality aluminum cap and a built-in shelf support.

Each hook is made from a solid piece of walnut wood and finished with an anodized aluminum cap of your choice. With a length of 30cm and a diameter of 3cm, KRZBERG will hold bikes with a weight of up to 15kg. The KRZBERG will come with included dowels and an assembly instruction.

"UNDERSTATED AND BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED, KRZBERG WILL FIT WITH YOUR FURNITURE."

KRZBERG is made for your fixie, single speed, retro race or custom made bike. A stable wall is essential for the use of KRZBERG!

Each package comes in one pair of KRZBERG, dowels included
Each package comes in one pair of KRZBERG, dowels included
KRZEBERG | Length 300mm, diameter 30mm
KRZEBERG | Length 300mm, diameter 30mm
KRZBERG | Choose between black, silver or olive finish
KRZBERG | Choose between black, silver or olive finish

Lenkr stands up to a reasonable amount of rain with ease. Nevertheless, unless you should want a more rugged look, keep your bike under roof, or indoors whenever possible. This protects your LENKR from extended exposure to rain and frost.

Optionally, after a year of use, remove the end-caps and buff with fine sandpaper to rough up a small layer of the surface. Then apply normal teak wood varnish, bought at your local hardware store. If oil is your thing, you can use that.

I spent more than two years working on this project, taking care of every single detail – combining two totally different materials, wood and aluminium, into to a seamless single unit. It is a design-driven approach, maintaining a balance between the beauty of good materials while keeping functionality in mind.

Retaining a continuous grain and addressing the mechanical forces that are applied when riding a bicycle. Is equally challenging. There are many ways to do it wrong, and it takes time to do everything right.

LENKR is the result of countless hours on the drawing board, in the wood studio and in 3D modeling to design the most pleasant and functional bike component. The result is beautifully simple, with immense attention to detail. To realize this idea, I began a cooperation with an experienced, local woodworker. To obtain a natural grain, the process starts with a solid piece of wood. 

"LENKR IS MANUFACTURED WITH SELECTED, LOCAL PARTNERS - ACCORDING TO MY PRINCIPLE 'MADE IN BERLIN'."

A through-hole provides the necessary space for the aluminum tube. It’s then milled to a standard diameter that fits any bike suspension. 

Drilled hole for the aluminium core
Drilled hole for the aluminium core
Milled to a standard diameter to fit on any standard suspension
Milled to a standard diameter to fit on any standard suspension

The smooth surface of a Lenkr is treated with a special varnish that highlights the natural grain and protects it from a reasonable amount of rain.

A great attention to detail makes each Lenkr a unique bike accessory, which gets its finishing touch with a laser graving on each end cap.

An inner aluminum core supports each type
An inner aluminum core supports each type

At the end of the Kickstarter, we’ll send you a survey and you’ll be able to choose from all of these models and end cap combinations.

THE SHIRTS 

LENKR T-Shirt b&w (Size S, M, L, XL available)
LENKR T-Shirt b&w (Size S, M, L, XL available)
LENKR T-Shirt Col (Size S, M, L, XL available)
LENKR T-Shirt Col (Size S, M, L, XL available)
LENKR T-Shirt darkgrey (Size S, M, L, XL available)
LENKR T-Shirt darkgrey (Size S, M, L, XL available)

 THE SHOWBIKE

LENKR Showbike - There is only one available!
LENKR Showbike - There is only one available!

Delivery dates are given as conservative estimates. I commit myself to keeping you informed during the whole process. All possible effort will be put in to ensure that your product arrives on time in perfect condition.

I’m on Kickstarter to move LENKR from prototypes and small batches to full manufacturing. I have already setup the manufacturing process with selected suppliers and manufacturers, but a successful Kickstarter campaign will fund the refinement of the process, cover the upfront money needed for the high quality walnut wood, the cnc-manufacturing of the aluminum parts and set up a professional supply chain. The funds would help me to offer LENKR to everyone for a reasonable price.

It will also give me a huge community of supportive early adopters (you!) who can help me shape and develop further design variants. Help me to make LENKR a real enhancement for your bike.

Please share LENKR with your family, friends, colleagues and your favorite magazine and blogs – Thank you!!!

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Interested in writing about Lenkr? The press kit is available for download here. Also, please feel free to email me directly at philipp@lenkr.de or leave a message if you have any questions.





Risks and challenges

As an enthusiastic cyclist, I really put a lot of work into this product to get it to the point it is today. I am very passionate about it and wanted to ride with it myself.
I already have working prototypes and even sold a small batch of LENKR Type-A. This means, today I have been through prototyping rounds and the manufacturing process is setup. I am working with only local suppliers, all based in and around Berlin. They are anticipating my order and are ready to make any feature upgrades supporters like you may want.

I've given a conservative estimate for my delivery dates and I commit myself to keeping you informed during the whole process. I put all the effort I can into it to ensure that your product arrives on time and in exclusive quality.

I am very excited to bring LENKR to everyone.

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    Awesome!!! Thanks a lot every bit counts. I put your name on my wall.

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    *Kickstarter Special* LENKR KRZBERG Bike Hook Pair

    Get KRZBERG Bike Hook only here on Kickstarter. Choose either silver, black or olive end cap finish.
    Add 5€ for personal engraving.
    Add 20€ for a LENKR T-Shirt.

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    (Super Early Bird) LENKR TYPE-B Handlebar

    Be the very first to get TYPE-B at 40€ less than estimated retail. Choose either silver or black end cap finish.
    Add 5€ for personal engraving.
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    (Early Bird) LENKR TYPE-B Handlebar

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    Add 5€ for personal engraving.
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    LENKR TYPE-B Handlebar

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    (Super Early Bird) LENKR TYPE-A Handlebar

    Get TYPE-A at almost 40€ less than estimated retail. Choose either silver or black end cap finish.
    Add 5€ for personal engraving.
    Add 20€ for a LENKR T-Shirt.
    Add 50€ for a KRZBERG Bike Hook.

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    (Early Bird) LENKR TYPE-A Handlebar

    Get TYPE-A at almost 30€ less than estimated retail. Choose either silver or black end cap finish.
    Add 5€ for personal engraving.
    Add 20€ for a LENKR T-Shirt.
    Add 50€ for a KRZBERG Bike Hook.

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    LENKR TYPE-A Handlebar

    Get TYPE-A at almost 20€ less than estimated retail. Choose either silver or black end cap finish.
    Add 5€ for personal engraving.
    Add 20€ for a LENKR T-Shirt.
    Add 50€ for a KRZBERG Bike Hook.

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    LENKR TYPE-B PACK!

    Have a shop, cycle club or a lot of friends???
    Get a set of 5 LENKR TYPE-B.
    Add 5€ per handlebar for engravings and you can choose the split of colours for end caps.

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    LENKR SHOWBIKE

    There is only one!!!! Get the LENKR SHOWBIKE with the very first LENKR TYPE-B (S/N 0000). A striking british racing green refurbished steel frame. A lot of new bike components among others BLB, PAUL Components and DiaCompe.

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