German bike manufacturer LignoTube Technologies designed their ultralight Nemus Cajalun bike by combining layers of veneer, real wood and alumnium. Thanks to its veneer composite pipes (called LignoTUBEs), the bike weighs less than 20 pounds, but retains plenty of durability and strength. The Nemus won the 2014 Red Dot Award for product design in the Outdoor, Leisure, Sports and Fun category.
LignoTube Technologies‘ innovative bike is based on the use of hollow tubes made of thin layers of wood. Individual layers are glued together under pressure, and the lightweight wooden tubes are combined with high-quality aluminum to form a stable bicycle frame. The bike’s visually harmonious design is matched by its high performance.
The bike’s design dates back to 2008, when a group of students decided to design an ultra-light bike using wood. The first model was made from hollow ash wood pipes. The Nemus bicycle study followed in 2012, and after several experiments with walnut wood and plywood, the company decided to use hollow wooden pipes which became the trademark of the final bike. The model can be customized and can be made using three types of wood: ash, oak and walnut.