Lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum are all the rage now, but what about nature’s own composite?
The Nemus Cajalun (via Inhabitat) is a lightweight bicycle from Germany’s LignoTube Technologies. The “LignoTubes” are hollow tubes made of wood. Individual layers of wood are glued together under pressure, then bonded with aluminum to make the frame.
The result is a bike that weighs less than 20 pounds, but with the same durability as a conventional metal frame, the designers say. It can also be customized using three types of wood: ash, oak, and walnut.
The Nemus bicycle has actually been gestating for several years. It began as a student project in 2008. A concept study debuted in 2012 followed by the current version, which won a 2014 Red Dot Design award in the Outdoor, Leisure, Sports, and Fun category.