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Boo Bicycles
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Boo RS-R road bike with Di2 1x10, Enve SES 3.4 wheelset, and modified under-tape shift buttons
Boo Bicycles was founded in 2009 by Nick Frey after graduating from Princeton with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After successfully racing a prototype bamboo-carbon fiber bicycle in the spring of 2008, Nick was contacted by James Wolf, an industrial designer and master craftsman…

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.

Award Winner:
Boo Glissando townie concept (Award for: Best alternative material (bamboo, aluminum, wood, magnesium, etc.)):
This is a new concept townie for Boo: the Glissando. A "glissando" is the rapid movement from a lower octave to a higher octave while playing the piano. It is a very graceful, yet powerful, movement of the hands that sets the tone for a transition in a piece.

The goal of the Glissando is to use bamboo as a natural shock absorber in a frame with a titanium backbone. The two materials are kept raw, unpainted and without clear coat, in order to preserve the honesty of the frame. Its form-follows-function aesthetic is accentuated by the external ti-bamboo post connection between the top tube / seat stays and the seat tube. The seamless melding of the bamboo and titanium is meant to further the idea of the two materials acting as one.

While titanium is renowned for its strength, durability, and natural beauty, bamboo is not as well understood as a frame building material. The bamboo in Boo's Glissando is actually a laminate, the first time such a construction has ever been used with titanium. The bamboo is arched and flows uninterrupted from head tube to dropouts--while this creates an attractive, graceful silhouette, it's truly meant to flex under load from the front and rear axles. The seat tube is isolated from the top tube and seat stays by implementing a pivoting-post connection between the two three members.

During construction, many design considerations were addressed: the construction of the bamboo itself into an arched laminate, the connection between the titanium at the head tube, seat tube, and dropouts, and the curvature of the titanium itself. Some design was more aesthetically-motivaed, while other was function first. In the end, the goal is to create a beautiful townie that can be ridden over any road surface, comfortably and in great style.
Award Entries:
Boo Bicycles BOOlossal fat bike (Entry for: Best mountain bike):
The BOOlossal is a new foray for Boo into the world of fat mountain bikes. The concept is to incorporate larger bamboo with more fleshy lignin remaining inside the tubes to create an even smoother ride, capable of handling the rough terrain and high torsional loads subject to fat bikes.

The largest design consideration was that of tire and belt drive clearance. The BOOlossal is built with a Gates CenterTrack drive system coupled to a Rohloff rear hub--this was specified to provide an incredibly wide gear range while making it impervious to even the most treacherous conditions of deep snow, mud, and sand. In order to make room for the proper beltline required by the Gates/Rohloff combination, the chain and seat stays were flame curved in single-radius bends to exacting measurements. A 16mm driveside dropout offset was utilized to ensure proper alignment while using a wider 100mm carbon Press Fit 30 BB and Problem Solvers Eccentric 46 BB for tensioning.
Boo Glissando townie concept (Entry for: Best alternative material (bamboo, aluminum, wood, magnesium, etc.)):
This is a new concept townie for Boo: the Glissando. A "glissando" is the rapid movement from a lower octave to a higher octave while playing the piano. It is a very graceful, yet powerful, movement of the hands that sets the tone for a transition in a piece.

The goal of the Glissando is to use bamboo as a natural shock absorber in a frame with a titanium backbone. The two materials are kept raw, unpainted and without clear coat, in order to preserve the honesty of the frame. Its form-follows-function aesthetic is accentuated by the external ti-bamboo post connection between the top tube / seat stays and the seat tube. The seamless melding of the bamboo and titanium is meant to further the idea of the two materials acting as one.

While titanium is renowned for its strength, durability, and natural beauty, bamboo is not as well understood as a frame building material. The bamboo in Boo's Glissando is actually a laminate, the first time such a construction has ever been used with titanium. The bamboo is arched and flows uninterrupted from head tube to dropouts--while this creates an attractive, graceful silhouette, it's truly meant to flex under load from the front and rear axles. The seat tube is isolated from the top tube and seat stays by implementing a pivoting-post connection between the two three members.

During construction, many design considerations were addressed: the construction of the bamboo itself into an arched laminate, the connection between the titanium at the head tube, seat tube, and dropouts, and the curvature of the titanium itself. Some design was more aesthetically-motivaed, while other was function first. In the end, the goal is to create a beautiful townie that can be ridden over any road surface, comfortably and in great style.