Boo RS-R Road Bike
How does a Boo RS-R feel while cruising on the road? Silky, buttery smooth…until you stomp on the pedals. The power input is rewarded immediately with a lively, snappy acceleration and an exhilarating top speed.
The Boo RS-R soaks up the roughest roads with aplomb, thanks to the vibration-eating lignin found between our Tam Vong bamboo‘s stiff fibers. This miracle material has incredible bending stiffness coupled with excellent vibration damping, naturally. With bamboo you can have your cake and eat it too.
While the road bike industry has been racing towards lighter-stiffer for over a decade, we recognize that a brilliant bicycle is not just light and stiff…it must also be smooth. Smooth not just for comfort, but for handling like it’s on rails.
The RS-R soaks up imperfect road surfaces confidently and hooks up in corners and switchbacks unlike most other road machines on the planet. It is truly unique and better.
Boo RS-R: An Unparalleled Ride Quality
Most hear “comfort” and think of a bike that is only good for long-distance touring. But the RS-R is designed to be an incredible race weapon. Because the RS-R is lively and fast, but also corners with surefooted grace, it makes a fantastic criterium bike. You can dive into your classic hourglass course and not skip a beat. Some of the most treacherous courses in the U.S. have been eaten alive by the RS-R, while most other “light-stiff” machines skip and skitter through like walking on eggshells.
The RS-R’s bamboo is also unique because of its progressive stiffness, meaning it has a non-linear response to bending inputs.
Think about a progressive shock absorber—supple and light at the beginning for small bumps, then progressively stiffer for the big hits. Our bamboo has an initial “give” to it that allows for incredible comfort and super-quick handling (flicking the front-end around is horizon-expanding). But then get out of the saddle for a climb or an attack, and the RS-R is ready to go—total efficiency, and no resemblance to traditional “plush” bikes.
The RS-R is also designed with an eye towards the future. Through years of testing, we have built a racing machine that is comfortable to ride day-in, day-out, as well as more durable than anything else made of carbon in the industry. The RS-R is a long-term investment in both speed and comfort.
Because of this we use a disc-brake/rim-brake hybrid configuration on our stock frames. That means you can run either road calipers or disc brakes, or start with the former and adopt the latter down the road. The Boo RS-R can run big fat 28mm tires (measured width) for moderately-gnarly gravel roads during training or racing, absorbing that roughness that normally leads to skittish handling and allowing you to focus on your goals up the road, not the ground beneath you.
Is the Boo RS-R a miracle, a unicorn, a lie? Absolutely not…it’s a revolutionary road bike that must be ridden to be understood. Then you will see the light.