Everyone knows composites materials are the are the lightest strongest high tech material on the planet, right? Well, maybe not always. Arndt Menke thinks nature is pretty good at making super light super strong materials as well, which we call wood. In fact nature produces of 60,000 different woody plants and a vast majority of them could be used. This diploma thesis for Menke’s master’s degree demonstrates how careful attention to wood’s natural retention, expansion and anisotropic properties can be advantageous in design. The end result is an incredibly light weight bike, strong and pretty darn good looking too. I really want one.
The bike Holzweg bike’s frame is completely made of wood and only weighs in at 5 pounds.
Found on yankodesign.com