The wooden bike that weighs less than 10kg

Here’s a rather beautiful wooden bike hand crafted in Italy by Woodbikes

Completely hand-built of ash wood, for its flexibility, and mahogany for its durability, the frame is strong enough to do away with a seat tube.

The wood is laminated with bidirectional carbon fibre before bonding with epoxy and curing to add strength and reduce weight compared to an all-wooden bike. More carbon fibre is laid down in the areas of greater stress on the frame to increase their strength.

The wooden saddle looks like a firm ride. Photo Woodbikes

After lamination, the frame is pared down by hand to smooth out the lines, then epoxy-coated to make it water- and beetle-proof and to leave the grain of the wood exposed.

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As with other wooden bikes we've featured, the carving doesn't stop at the frame. The bars and even the pedals are hand made from wood, although they’ve drawn the line at wheels and running gear.

There’s a conventional fork and stem – Woodbikes show their frame with steel or carbon forks – wheels and singlespeed groupset. The photos show the bike with a single Campagnolo Athena front brake, although production bikes will have Miche components.

A new take on the bidon. Photo Woodbikes

A new take on the bidon. Photo Woodbikes

As with the frame, the bottle cage is also somewhat unconventional and we’re not planning to test the wooden saddle any time soon.

On sale from for around 6500 euros, the complete bike weighs between nine and ten kilos, depending on how many wooden components are bolted onto it.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.