Boo Bicycles handcrafts bicycles using the finest bamboo in the world. Our bamboo is so strong it is nicknamed ‘Iron Bamboo’ and is commonly used to build bridges and multi-story scaffolding locally in Vietnam, where we grow our bamboo ourselves on our private plantation.
Boo frames are built using a tube-to-tube construction method. All tubes are hand-cut and chiseled to fit together perfectly in the jig before they are bound together with unidirectional carbon fiber. Tubes are hollowed to a 3-5mm wall thickness (dependent on frame size and type) for weight savings and stiffness tuning. The average Boo frame takes 40-50 hours of hand labor to construct.
Aluboo and Alubooyah frames are built using a lugged construction method. Poles with a slightly-larger diameter than our aluminum lugs are selected. The ends of these inserts are ‘turned down’ and textured for a nice, flush fit. The frame is then assembled, and an aircraft-grade epoxy secures the ends of the bamboo inserts in place inside the aluminum lugs.
Boo handles all bamboo procurement in-house. From managing our mature culms for new tube growth, to the harvest of mature poles (3 1/2 years old), to our extensive post-harvest treatment process to temper the bamboo and prepare it for use in our frames, our craftsman James has spent almost 20 years working with bamboo and refining our procurement process. Like a fine whiskey, the raw inputs and aging process to produce high-quality bamboo are intensive and lengthy. But if done properly, the rewards are great. Don’t take our word for it though–ride a Boo or Aluboo today to find out for yourself.
Boo Bicycles builds high-performance bicycles that are also supple, smooth, and comfortable. These traits are often mutually exclusive in the bike industry: you could not have your cake and eat it, too. Boo successfully marries two composite materials – one natural, one synthetic to create the optimum blend of performance and comfort.
- 1st – Overall – Tyler Wren – Crusher in the Tushar – 2011
- 1st – Singlespeed – Brad Cole – Crusher in the Tusher – 2011
- 25th – Cyclocross National Championship Elite Men – 2010
- 18th – Cross Vegas UCI C1 – 2010
- 4th – San Dimas Kross-toberfest UCI C2 – 2010
- 2nd – Utah State Championship Cyclocross – 2009
- 1st – Vuelta Miami 2009
James Wolf, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design, has over 15 years of experience working with all types of bamboo. His company, James Wolf Designs, has specialized in custom structural bamboo installations as well as high-end furniture, fly rods, boats, and much more.
As a professional cyclist, multiple national champion, and mechanical engineer, Nick brought his wealth of experience in the high-end bicycle world to the table. As a master craftsman and talented designer, James took Nick’s ideas and made them a reality. Together, the two have created the highest performance, highest quality bamboo bicycles in the world.
While Boo continues to prove itself at major professional races, it is not engineered to be a one-trick pony. The cycling industry continues to push the limits of performance and technology with their carbon wunderbikes, but these machines are meant to perform under conditions which are a far cry from the reality of 99% of the cycling market. A bicycle should feel stiff, light, supple, and quick…but it should not be ultra-stiff, unforgiving, twitchy, and fragile. Boo Bicycles produces custom bikes that can be raced successfully at the highest levels but are designed to provide a lively, forgiving ride which increases stability and traction on descents and reduces fatigue on centuries and grand fondos.
James and Nick have invested thousands of hours perfecting the design of every Boo model. Their attention to detail and focus on quality is on par with the finest custom bicycles in the world. Absolutely no detail is overlooked in the design of each customer’s bicycle. Boo is able to stand behind their products with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects and a100% satisfaction guarantee. Boo’s success is dependent on the satisfaction of its customers, and you can rest assured that any bicycle carrying the Boo brand will be of the utmost quality.