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Tratar Bikes Hand Crafts Frames From Local Slovenian Oak & Ash

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Janez Tratar is the 28-year-old engineer behind the idea of Tratar Bikes. Slovenia is currently in a bad place with unemployment, and Janez believes this will provide a source of pride, and work, to the people of his country.

Tratar Bikes are city bicycles available in two different specifications on the same frame. The single-speed offers smooth simplistic riding with minimal maintenance, and the Kick shift features two gears and an internal brake built into the rear hub. The frame is made from top-shelf Slovenian wood with metal reinforcements at high stress points.

Tratar says  “I believe that riding a bike is not just moving from point A to B – it should be an experience that every commuter deserves and can be accomplished only by the wooden bicycle.” Take a look after the break to see the details on the bikes and the information on their Kickstarter launch.

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Tratar Bikes feature handcrafted and laminated wooden frame. They say the laminating procedure is similar to making monocoque carbon fiber frames, and that the care of the wooden bike is similar to how you would care for a carbon frame. Wood is not only an eco-friendly material, it is used for the comfort of a smoother ride. The material properties dampen the vibrations from the road very effectively. Metal is used in fastening places to ensure the best fittings for standard bicycle components.

Starting as a team of three people, they are working out of a cooperative resource workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They say their bikes have the lightest possible ecological footprint, and through their ten years of experience, they believe they have reached the optimal design for a wooden bike frame.

FROM TRATAR BIKES –

Layers of top quality veneer are carefully selected and placed in the right directions to ensure the best frame characteristics. The layers are glued with special weather resistant glue and pressed in the desired shape with large pressing tools. Building bicycle frames this way is much more demanding and expensive, so not many producers have previously done it this way. An innovative design reduces the chance of defects with only three different wooden parts. The connection surfaces are glued and tightened with bolts so double security is ensured in every situation. 

Tratar Bikes bicycles were meticulously tested and they achieved all the quality standards. We implement our special two-component coating system on our bikes to protect wood from water and weather. The layer of coating also reduces the chance of the frame being scratched or damaged. Our wooden frames should be maintained the same way as carbon fibre frames.

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The two bikes come in at 24lbs for the single speed and 26lbs for the kick shift bike. Frames come in at 5.5lbs. Tratar says that Kickstarter has been a great resource for Slovenian projects to gain international attention, so they are going after a $25,000 goal this month using the website. A frame is starting at $880, and the bikes range from $1,660-$1,760.

www.tratarbikes.com

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Alex
Alex
9 years ago

Seems to be a copy of that one:
http://www.waldmeister-bikes.de/de/

AlanM
AlanM
9 years ago

@Alex, how is that a copy?

Al
Al
9 years ago

A lovely bicycle. But would actually riding it be a good idea? If you do, at least be sure to wear a helmet. “Don’t lose your head over a piece of ash,” I always say.

Craig
Craig
9 years ago

This is one of the nicest design wood bikes I’ve seen. And a really good price compared to many other wood frames. Also what a great video, excellent presentation.

Al
Al
9 years ago

Initially, I had my doubts. But after watching the video, this seems like quite a fun bike. It’s beautiful. Might appeal to the same people who like wooden canoes or kayaks. Fascinating….

Velo
Velo
9 years ago

Are the full specs of the frame available somewhere?
5.5 lbs is not a bad weight at all.

adam
adam
9 years ago

Please people, stop making wood bikes.

JP
JP
9 years ago

@Velo, I contacted them with regards to S frame geometry and here is the reply:

– Seat tube length 500 mm
– Horizontal top tube length 550 mm
– Seat angle 74°
– Head angle 73°
– Chainstay 400 mm (allows to be variable +10 mm)
– Wheelbase 980 mm
– Bottom bracket height 280 mm

The stand over height of the size S frame is 775 mm.

Craig
Craig
9 years ago

Wood bike frames for general bicycle use have some nice properties over carbon or metal. The vibration absorption of wood far exceeds any other material used in bike frames (yes many times better than carbon). If the frame is designed properly there are no structural issues with using wood. Plus there is some inherent beauty that seems to come with any item crafted from wood. To those (misinformed) who doubt wood bikes to be strong enough, consider what other things that must have high fatigue resistance and good strength that have been successfully made from wood -airplanes, boats, houses, sporting equipment….

chasejj
chasejj
9 years ago

Craig-All those products previously buolt from wood long ago vanished due to massive advances in material science and manufacturing techniques.
Question Wood Bikes…why?
I would like a no BS and non PC answer please.

1Pro
1Pro
9 years ago

Craig, you are “misinformed” as to carbon epoxy’s ability to “absorb shock” when engineered for it.

beyond that i don’t give a rats rear orifice what people make bikes out of if it makes them happy.

Gary
Gary
9 years ago

Al – “Don’t lose your head over a piece of ash.” Excellent. I wooden doubt your advice for a minute. It may sound sexist, but I’m oak-a with it.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
9 years ago

Wood bikes appear to upset some people. There must be a list of cyclist approved bike materials somewhere that accounts for that dislike. It’s got to be a very small list, and open mindedness must vary inversely the length of the list.

chasejj
chasejj
9 years ago

PSI- In an industry driven by material science , why go backward?
There must be a reason some are inclined to go back to a time when the technology didn’t exist. I simply asked for an honest no BS reason why? It doesn’t upset me. It is perplexing as it makes Zero sense in my painfully logical mind.

Kovas
9 years ago

That’s one nice piece of ash.

Ace
Ace
9 years ago

OK another wooden bicycle .I get it ,unconventional materials,a showpiece. Isn’t anyone out there
trying to make a better more durable drivetrain or wheel or something? Why always this hipster (see what i can make) garbage.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
9 years ago

It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t make sense to you, chasejj. It only has to make sense to the potential buyer. There’s no doubt that some of your bike kit doesn’t make sense to someone else.

Any number of things could attract someone to a wood bike: the craftsmanship on display; the ride quality; aesthetics; and likely other reasons. Note that people still ride and buy steel bikes despite the advanced material science of carbon fiber bikes. Advanced materials science might something to you, but there’s no requirement that it has be a requirement of a bike for someone else.

If you want to know better reasons, ask someone who’s purchased a wood bike.

Greg
Greg
9 years ago

@Psi Squared
Some people only know what they are told.
Bring on the wood frames.

Reek Hovac
Reek Hovac
9 years ago

I like wooden bikes as much as the next guy but I hope Tratar Bikes isn’t using white oak in their construction. Here in Kentucky we put white oak to a much higher use. It’s used for Bourbon whiskey barrels and can only be used once. The used barrels are shipped to the Scots and Irish to make lessor whiskeys.

AbelF
AbelF
9 years ago

@chasejj
Because they can.
Why would anyone still be fond of archery?
Why do still bike when you can ride a motorcycle (it was an improvement over a bike back in the day)
Why do some people still cook with charcoal or wood?
Why are people colecting and restoring classic cars?
….

..
To think that only the “new” and “advanced” materials should be used build a bike is preposterous.

Beautiful frame BTW.

JP
JP
9 years ago

By the way, these guys are giwing away a frame right now!

Check out the web page or their fb/insta/tweet.

tratarbikes.com/giveaway

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