After an intense year of research and development, the Ljubljana-based Tratar Bikes team just debuted their beautiful handmade wooden bicycles on Kickstarter. The bicycles are crafted from top quality, locally sourced Slovenian wood and assembled by hand with biodegradable glue to minimize the production’s environmental footprint. These handmade wooden monocoque bicycles are 100% recyclable and are available in a single-speed or in a kick shift version.
Built for city commuting, the bicycles come in two versions: a simple single-speed that operates on one gear and weighs in at 24 pounds; and the kick shift version, which features two gears, an internal brake built into the rear hub, and weighs 26 pounds.
Each wooden layer is laminated with a two-layer component coating system, attached with weather-resistant glue and metal bolts, and molded into shape with large pressing tools.
These handmade wooden monocoque bicycles are 100% recyclable.
According to the designers, the Tratar bicycles should be maintained in the same way as carbon fiber bicycles.
The bicycles are all designed, made, and assembled by hand in Ljubljana.
A headtube detail of the new Tratar Bikes wooden bicycle.