This project's funding goal was not reached on June 5, 2012.
About this project
Here at Ozon cyclery we tend to pursue our dreams. For the past 2 years that dream has been to develop a new method for constructing Bamboo bike frames, allowing for improved stiffness and reduced weight. We have built about 20 prototypes which have been test ridden thousands of kilometers. Our bikes get great reviews from their owners, both for the ride quality of bamboo and for our custom geometry. They have been ridden from Berlin to Paris, Berlin to the Baltic Sea, Berlin to Poland, and are the daily ride of a number of couriers and commuters within Berlin itself. The frames weigh about 1.8 Kilos (4 pounds) and have a ride quality similar to high end steel.
Bamboo has excellent DURABILITY and VIBRATION absorbing qualities, making it more comfortable than aluminum, safer than carbon, and perfect as a daily rider or training bike, just like a custom steel frame. In fact, riding a bamboo frame feels almost EXACTLY like riding a high-end steel frame. So why Bamboo over steel? Because the natural variation in size/wall thickness of bamboo tubing allow us to custom select a tubing set that fits your body perfectly, unlike steel where there are limited tubesets to choose from. This also allows us to better control the ride characteristics according to the wishes of the customer, by including an oversized downtube for example, or more flexible seat stays. Whatever you want! Not to mention the fact that it's environmentally friendly...
We are finally ready to go into production so we can offer our frames to the general public. However, one huge hurdle we have is MARKETING. To get the word out about our frames, we need a small fleet of “tester bikes” which we can send around the United States and Europe to magazines, bloggers, bike shops and potential customers, so they can experience for themselves the amazing ride quality of our frames.
We are asking for $6,000 so we can build three tester bikes and outfit them with high quality components. While a small portion of the money will go to materials and time compensation for the framebuilder, most of it will be spent on the expensive components that our frames deserve. Since we are starting this whole business on a shoestring, dropping several thousand dollars on expensive wheelsets is something we otherwise cannot afford, and thats why we need your help!
If we get MORE money than we ask for, then the first thing we'll do is hire back our intern Matt for the next semester. He created our website AND the Kickstarter video, and without him this wouldn't be possible! Thanks Matt!
To find out more about us, check out our website, facebook page or blog. Thanks so much for your support!
Here are more photos! Enjoy!
A frame can be finished in three days, but most people prefer to take five. We also require a 100€ material fee for the workshops (or an additional $100 kickstarter certificate). If you want to be sure you have enough time to complete a frame, then pledge $600 (five days plus material fee). If you start a workshop but only have one or two certificates, then you can just pay for the extra days the "old fashioned" way. The certificates would make great gifts!
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