Although some of the world’s first bicycles were wooden, it seems that history is now repeating itself — Audi just announced yesterday that it has teamed up with Renovo to create an exclusive set of “Duo” handcrafted hardwood bicycles. The collection will blend the unique lightweight monocoque (hollow) frame that Renovo is famous for with the luxury and performance for which Audi is renowned. Renovo is the first and only bicycle manufacturer to develop wood as a material for lightweight bicycle frames, and they’ve included a number of component innovations as well – the parts include a belt drive, aluminum and carbon fiber components, disc brakes, and LED lights.
Many car manufacturers have dabbled in bikes before, however, Audi is the first to recognize the benefits of a wooden bicycle that embodies the core principles of luxury and performance. Who knows — perhaps these super stylish bikes will encourage some Audi drivers to become Audi bikers.
With a price tag between $6,530 -$7,460, we are glad to hear that these bicycles are built to last — their design combines high-end craftsmanship with high-tech engineering to create a truly durable item. However, it is also good to know that once Duo bikes has lived a long and stylish life, they are also recyclable and biodegradable.
Audi’s new Duo range is available in three models – Road, Sport and City.