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A bamboo do-anything bike with unsurpassed ride quality.


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So Here's Our Deal...

We love bikes!  They're fun to ride and an excellent way to get around. But did you know bamboo makes bikes even better?

Bamboo = Performance

Bamboo is like 'whoa!' when it comes to making great bikes.  Especially the species that we use, Vietnamese Tam Vong. It's nicknamed 'Iron Bamboo' because it is the strongest, densest species of bamboo in the world (there are 2,000 species).  Not all bamboos are created equal (just like wood), and we've got the good stuff!

Why do we make bikes out of bamboo?  PERFORMANCE.  Bamboo is strong, light, stiff, and dampens vibrations really well, making it an excellent material for bikes. 

An Aluboo frame absorbs roughness in the road and the trail unlike any other bike on the market, but it’s still strong, light, and stiff.  Our Boo race bikes have long benefitted from bamboo’s ability to absorb vibration–but custom handmade carbon fiber and bamboo frames are pricey.

That's why we are building the Aluboo–to bring the performance benefits of our custom Boo race bikes to many more riders.

Aluboo Commuter
Aluboo Commuter

As Versatile as a Swiss Army Knife

We grow bikes, and we want your Aluboo to grow with you.

We also don't think you should need to have three different frames if you want to run a few different setups with your bike.  

That's why we designed the Aluboo to be SUPER-versatile.  Chain or belt-drive, compatible with road caliper and disc brakes, room for bigger tires, three different hub spacings, cable guides and fender/rack mounts galore–Aluboo can do it all!  

  • 120mm spacing (track, single-speed, or fixed-gear setup) 
  • 130mm spacing (road/urban/cyclocross setup)
  • 135mm spacing (internally-geared hub setup)
  • Derailleur hanger, or no hanger
  • Rear disc brake mount or standard road caliper
  • Breakable, so you can ditch the chain for a belt drive–no lubrication and no mess!

Other awesome features:

  • Clearance for up to 40mm cyclocross/touring tires
  • Fender mounts front and rear
  • Rack mounts–carry a huge load with pannier bags
  • Removable cable guides for front and rear derailleurs and rear brake
  • Road caliper and disc brake mounts
  • Full belt drive compatibility, up to a 50t front Gates CenterTrack ring

Easier on the Planet to Build

Production sample Aluboos
Production sample Aluboos

Iron Bamboo has recorded over three feet of growth in a single day, and it only requires water, sunlight, and soil to grow. It’s a grass that naturally grows back after being harvested.  It prevents soil erosion, does not contribute to soil depletion like many other crops, and is one of the most efficient means of sequestering carbon dioxide known to man.

We use aluminum because it is the easiest metal to recycle and is strong, stiff, and light.

Aluboo is an incredible bike on its own, but when the whole picture is taken into account, you can feel good about buying one, too.  That's because it is more sustainable to build than most bikes on the road today.

Our Experience

The Boo/Aluboo crew, 2013 North American Handmade Bike Show
The Boo/Aluboo crew, 2013 North American Handmade Bike Show

How do we know what we're doing?  We build Boo Bicycles, the highest performance bamboo racing bikes in the world.  Our team has more than 60 combined years of experience engineering, building, riding, and racing bikes.  And we don't like to brag, but we've won awards and races (see how we humblebragged, that? Boom!).

Why Kickstarter?

Filming for 'The Aluboo Story'
Filming for 'The Aluboo Story'

Why are we doing a Kickstarter project?  We want the Aluboo dream to become a reality because of our supporters, not a bank.

And, to be honest, it's all on the table with Kickstarter–without a successful project Aluboo won't happen.  We've cobbled together some money for development up to this point, but we're boot-strapping and things will get tight real fast without a funded project.  

James and Nick have spent thousands of hours designing, engineering, and testing these bikes, and Drew has become a novice video editor and pro insomniac in preparation for Kickstarter.  

Let's take this Kickstarter project to the moon!

Cheers,

The Aluboo Crew

Aluboo R1
Aluboo R1

BUILD YOUR ALUBOO!

City/Urban Builds:

  • SRAM APEX crankset, brake levers, and calipers 
  • Riser handlebar with foam grips
  • Shimano 18-tooth freewheel and 18-tooth Shimano cog
  • 700c Alex rims with Shimano Tiagra hubs
  • Continental SuperSport Plus 700x28 tires

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Aluboo Single Speed/Fixie
Aluboo Single Speed/Fixie

Featuring SRAM's Automatix 2-speed internally-geared hub, this Aluboo looks like a single speed but it has a secret! Without cables, shifters, or levers, this bike will automatically shift to its rear hub's higher gear at around 11mph! How cool is that? Perfect for someone who needs a little more speed than one gear can provide. 

  • SRAM Automatic 2-speed hub
  • SRAM Apex crankset, brake levers, and calipers 
  • Velocity Deep-V rims, machined sidewall 

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

The Ten is designed to handle everything from around-town cruising to longer rides with it's simple ten-speed drivetrain.

  • SRAM APEX crankset, rear derailleur, cassette, brake levers, and calipers
  • Riser handlebar with foam grips 
  • Shimano 18-tooth freewheel and 18-tooth Shimano cog 700c 
  • Alex rims with Shimano Tiagra hubs 
  • Continental SuperSport Plus 700x28 tires

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Featuring a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internally-geared hub (all the gears are inside the rear hub!) and a Gates Carbon Drive belt-system, this Aluboo is game for everything from around-town commuting to tackling gnarly mountains with its 307% gear range, and everywhere in between!  

  • Shimano Alfine 8-speed internally-geared hub
  • Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes
  • Velocity Deep-V rims, non-machined sidewall
  • Gates Carbon Drive

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Aluboo Commuter
Aluboo Commuter

Rocking Shimano's top-of-the-line Alfine 11-speed internally-geared hub (all the gears are inside the rear hub!), Gates Carbon Drive belt-system, beefy Avid BB7 disc brakes, and a gorgeous Brooks B17 saddle, the Tourer is gorgeous and ready for everything and anything! (Shimano 105 drivetrain and chain drive optional for no additional charge).

  • Shimano Alfine 8-speed internally-geared hub (408% gear range)
  • Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes
  • Velocity Deep-V rims, non-machined sidewall
  • Gates Carbon Drive

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Road Builds

  • Shimano Tiagra components: 50/34 crank, bottom bracket, STI lever set, front and rear brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-28t cassette  
  • Dimension road wheels; Tiagra hubs/Alex DA22 rims
  • Michelin Lithion2 700x25 tires
  • WTB Volt Race saddle

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

  • Shimano 105 components: 50/34 crank, bottom bracket, STI lever set, Super SLR front and rear brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-28t cassette  
  • Handspun Sport Series 2.1 wheels; Shimano 105/DT R450/DT Champion
  • Michelin Lithion2 700x25 tires
  • WTB Volt Race saddle
  • Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

  • Shimano Ultegra components: crank and bottom bracket, STI levers, brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-25 cassette 
  • Handspun Peloton Series 2 road wheels; Ultegra/DT RR465/DT Competition, all black
  • Michelin Lithion2 700x25 tires
  • Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar
  • WTB Silverado Pro saddle

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Aluboo R1
Aluboo R1

Cyclocross Builds

  • Shimano 105 STI lever set, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-32t cassette
  • SRAM Apex 46/36 Crankset with GXP bottom bracket
  • Avid BB5
  • Dimension Value Series 2 wheels; Shimano 2200/Alex DC19
  • Kenda KrossCyclo 700x35 tires
  • WTB Volt Race saddle
  • Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs


  • Shimano Ultegra kit: bottom bracket, STI levers, rear derailleur, and 11-25 cassette
  • Shimano CX70 46/36 crank and front derailleur  
  • Avid BB7 road disc brakes 
  • Handspun Peloton Series Cross disc wheels; SRAM X.9/Velocity A23/DT Competition, all black
  • Challenge Grifo 700x33 tires 
  • Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar
  • WTB Silverado Pro saddle

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs



Non-Bike Pledge Rewards

Limited-edition poster by Eric Noon
Limited-edition poster by Eric Noon
Aluboo trucker cap
Aluboo trucker cap
Aluboo ball cap
Aluboo ball cap
Aluboo beanie (mockup–actual product may differ slightly)
Aluboo beanie (mockup–actual product may differ slightly)
Aluboo tees (mockups–actual product may differ slightly)
Aluboo tees (mockups–actual product may differ slightly)
Bamboo iPhone skins
Bamboo iPhone skins
Aluboo long sleeves (mockups–actual products may differ slightly)
Aluboo long sleeves (mockups–actual products may differ slightly)
Bamboo iPad skins
Bamboo iPad skins
Timbuk2 Commute Messenger Bag (mockup–product may differ slightly)
Timbuk2 Commute Messenger Bag (mockup–product may differ slightly)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have finalized our design, built one Aluboo prototype in each size to confirm, and machined multiple sets of our dropouts for testing. Nick is a mechanical engineer and professional cyclist, James is an industrial designer, and both have been through the designs with a fine-toothed comb. Combined with over four years of experience building custom race bikes with Boo, we are very confident in our product.

We want to be upfront though and mention that there are number of risks and challenges we will face with our first large-scale production run of Aluboo frames.

James is based in Vietnam. Enough said. Don't worry–he has Skype and dial-up internet ;)

Once our aluminum lugs are manufactured and pass QC checks, James will build the Aluboo frames at his shop. This entails him having enough bamboo of the right size and age.

Good thing he harvested a bunch of excellent tubes from his exclusive plantation months ago!

He'll then start hand-chiseling and fitting the tubes, securing the tubes in the frame using our trade-secret process, and clear-coating the frames for protection. The frames will then be shipped to Aluboo headquarters in Colorado–which can be delayed. We should be cool here too–James and our partners have experience with shipping, import/export, and so on.

Then we have to build up all these frames into complete bikes! That means our crew will be assembling, packing, and shipping your bikes to your doorsteps.

So, it will be a bit of a delay for you to get your new shiny Aluboo, but aren't you glad we handle all those logistics?

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  • Backers of the frameset option will have their choice of a road fork, compatible with road caliper and disc brakes, or the cross fork, compatible with disc brakes.

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    Limited Edition Poster: "Aluboo: The World's First Aluminum and Bamboo Bike" by graphic designer Eric Noon. Screen-printed on high quality paper here in Colorado, with your choice of brown or blue ink! (US shipping included)

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    Custom Aluboo Timbuk2 bag. The TSA-compliant Commute Messenger bag embroidered with the Aluboo shield logo. Fits 15" laptops! (US shipping included).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO FRAMESET (frame, fork, and headset). For your support, you will receive a frameset hand-signed by builder James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO Single-Speed/Fixie complete bike, hand-signed by builder James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO 2-Speed Automatic complete bike, hand-signed by James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    ALUBOO TEN: A solid and versatile ten-speed build. Available in XS, S, M, and L. Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Your choice of paint on aluminum and US shipping included.

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO R3 road bike, hand-signed by James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO X2, hand-signed by James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO COMMUTER complete bike, hand-signed by James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    EARLY-ISH BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO R2 road bike. Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Add $90 for paint. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included)

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    ALUBOO TOURER: A truly deluxe build. Available in XS, S, M, and L. Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Paint on aluminum and US shipping included.

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    THE BRECKENRIDGE EXPERIENCE: This package includes airfare (within US), 4 nights lodging, great times, and bike tours of Colorado's Summit County and Front Range with Aluboo cofounders Nick Frey and Drew Haugen. Did we mention the kegerator and the hot tub? (Limited to US residents only).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO X1 cyclocross bike, hand-signed by James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL: ALUBOO R1 road bike, hand-signed by James Wolf with your choice of aluminum paint for FREE–a $150 value! Natural bamboo and brushed aluminum finish. Available in XS, S, M, and L. (US shipping included).

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    THE VIETNAM EXPERIENCE: Want to ride with the Bamboo Master himself? This package includes airfare, lodging in Vietnam, and bike rides with Aluboo builder James Wolf! Tour the shop, see the city, and ride through the countryside with the man who made your bike–pretty cool huh?

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