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Industry Ticker: SE Portland’s Renovo launches ‘Aerowood’ road bike

Posted by on July 24th, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Renovo’s Aerowood is made in their shop in inner southeast Portland.

While there’s been a bit of a shakeout since the artisan bike maker heyday of years past, Portland is still home to many great builders. One of them is hardwood bike specialist Renovo. Under the tutelage of Ken Wheeler, the company (celebrating their 10th anniversary this year) has found a solid niche.

Their latest is the Aerowood endurance bike. Learn more in the press release below:

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Nature’s Carbon Fiber: The Renovo Aerowood Endurance Bike

A Sleek And Beautiful Design That Delivers A High Quality & Smooth Ride

Renovo Hardwood Bicycles introduces the Aerowood, a complete road standout in regards to race geometry, aerodynamic, stealth. The Aerowood features Renovo’s FFSVD© (full frame shock and vibration damping) technology, which delivers a high-quality and smooth ride.

Wind-cheating frame aerodynamics usually come at the expense of long-ride comfort, but Aerowood’s hollow wood frame makes for a very smooth ride. The Aerowood excels at long rides, so one may comfortably reel the miles. The aerodynamic design of the Aerowood’s frame also shows off the beauty of the wood material. The Aerowood goes far beyond its elegant aesthetic with a lightweight hollow and aero main triangle that is pound for pound stiffer than metal, and has a fatigue life that exceeds steel or alloy — and almost being equal to carbon. Wood of course, is also a renewable and non-polluting resource.

Aerowood Features:

— Hollow Frame Construction from Bubinga and Curly Maple

— Lifetime Warranty on Craftsmanship and Materials excluding Finish

— FFSVD© – Full Frame Shock & Vibration Damping

— Club race, Paceline, Endurance Internal Di2 Caliper Brakes Road, Electronic Shifting Only. (Di2/eTap/FSA)

— Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm

— Headset/Steer tube: 1-1/8” internal/ Straight

— Tire Clearance: 25mm

— MSRP: Frameset $4,995 // Full-Build $8,895+

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  • Justin M July 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Looks amazing. If I place my order today do you think I’ll have it before Sasha Obama is president?

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    • Joseph E July 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      They claim that they now have production frames in stock:

      “Frames are now built for inventory, the only delay before shipping is assembling components to the frame.”

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) July 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Actually unlike other types of locally made custom bikes, Renovos come out of the shop relatively quickly. pretty sure there’s no long wait on these.

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      • Middle of the Road Guy July 25, 2017 at 10:56 am

        Those trees must grow fast 🙂

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    • Mossby Pomegranate July 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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  • Hotrodder July 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Looks pretty. 25c max tire size…I wonder how much a built frame weighs?

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  • Bikey McBikeface July 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    $9,000 for a wood bike lol

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  • dan July 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I really need to test ride one of these bikes some day. Wood still beats pretty much every other material for skis and snowboards, why wouldn’t that be true for bikes too? (Though one of the best materials for boards is a wood core with a titanal layer…wonder if that’s possible for a bike frame)

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    • Alan Love July 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

      I don’t dare Google what “titanal” might be.

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      • GlowBoy July 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        Make sure to use DuckDuckGo in Private mode, and don’t do it on your work computer.

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  • John Liu
    John Liu July 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Renovo’s bikes are gorgeous, and even more so in person.

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  • Kyle Banerjee July 25, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I find it interesting that wooden bikes are listed complete only with electronic shifting — especially since wide cassettes tend not to be shifted so much.

    But then again, I wouldn’t expect anyone in this market to go with a “stock” build.

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    • Middle of the Road Guy July 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

      I think you’re going out on a limb with that assumption.

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      • Alan 1.0 July 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

        You wood say that, but there are plenty more poplar tree puns.

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      • GlowBoy July 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        More like against the grain.

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        • GlowBoy July 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm

          But personally, I would resist a stock build (and geometry) with every fiber of my being. After leafing my deposit I would be on pines and needles waiting for my new bike.

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          • John Lascurettes July 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm

            Custom geometry to fit your limbs and crotch better?

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            • GlowBoy July 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

              Yes. If it doesn’t fit right, it just saps your energy.

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            • dan July 25, 2017 at 2:48 pm

              And your trunk, don’t forget that!

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              • John Lascurettes July 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm

                And your stems.

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              • pengo July 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm

                really rooting for this to stop right now

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              • John Lascurettes July 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

                Leaves it be. You’re barking at nothing.

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    • GlowBoy July 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      A stock build might be fine for budding riders.

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  • GlowBoy July 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    really rooting for this to stop right now
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    What, you’re not lichen this?

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  • nc July 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    An Endurance bike, but only with Electronic Shifting, the least reliable out there, makes no sense, as does the inability to run 28mm tyres or bigger.

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    • GlowBoy July 31, 2017 at 10:29 am

      I wood have to agree.

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