Calfee Bamboo Pro Road review

Calfee Bamboo Pro Road
Cycling Weekly Verdict

There's no point in directly comparing the Calfee with a £3.5K carbon race bike, but if you want a sporty bike that is unique and that will be a talking point wherever you go, this is it. It is also right in tune with the green aspect of cycling. We would like to see the African-made bamboo bikes sold in Europe at a lower cost, and we are told that the intention is to see if the African projects can be made part of the process in the long term.

Reasons to buy
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    Environmentally friendly

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    Rides well

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    Decent weight

Reasons to avoid
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    Not the most comfortable bike we've ridden

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    We'd like to see some African-made bikes

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This is a really tasty bike... if you're a panda. That's just one of the cruel jokes cracked at the Calfee's expense since it arrived at the office.

Don't laugh: bamboo, a type of grass, has good vibration-damping properties, it is very stiff and very tough. It won't go soggy if ridden in the rain because it is coated in satin polyurethane. To stop it splitting the tubes are smoked and heat treated. The lugs are made of hemp fibre.

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