Bamboo in the Cascades – the Movie

For the Summer Bicycle Quarterly, we test the incredible Calfee Bamboo show bike from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Not only does this bike feature Calfee’s new bamboo tubes – lined with carbon for lighter weight and greater strength – it’s also equipped with Rotor’s brand-new hydraulic shifting.

When I admire bikes at shows, I always wonder how they ride. Fortunately, Craig Calfee was happy to send us the bike for a real test.

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How do you test a bike like this? For us, there is only one way: We take it on an adventure into the unknown! Enjoy the video – make sure to watch it in full-screen mode! Then check out the current Bicycle Quarterly to read all about this amazing bike:

4 Responses to Bamboo in the Cascades – the Movie

  1. thebvo July 17, 2019 at 1:02 am #

    Awesome video. Do you have any studio photos of the bike while it was clean? I get the idea of the beauty of a bike covered in the dirt of an awesome ride, but you can’t see the details of the beautiful natural material. Not trying to be a hater. Just kinda want to see the details like the seat cluster without it being obscured and covered in crud.
    That being said, covering a bike in crud is the fun part of a beautiful bike ride

    • Jan Heine July 17, 2019 at 7:57 am #

      With some of these brand-new bikes, our schedule is very tight. We get them for a short time, then they need to go to their next appointment. So we could only shoot them in the studio after our test rides. With this one, we decided that the mud splatters enhanced the organic look of the bamboo, so we didn’t clean it. When you get the magazine, you’ll find many studio shots, and you’ll be able to see all the details.

  2. Steve July 18, 2019 at 2:07 am #

    Hi – I enjoyed the review but there wasn’t very much about the rotor groupset. Will there be a review at some point?
    Thanks

    • Jan Heine July 19, 2019 at 7:24 am #

      In the article, we comment on the shifting and the brakes in detail. The only thing we could not assess was the longevity of the parts – we’d need to ride the bike far longer than even the relatively long Bicycle Quarterly tests (usually 200 miles/320 km minimum) allow.