Michael is revolutionizing the industry by crafting bikes using laminated bamboo—a departure from the conventional approach. While bamboo has been a staple in bike manufacturing since the 1800s, Michael’s innovative method sets Tri-Sept apart.
“I use bamboo like what’s used for floors and kitchen tops,” Michael explains. His process involves acquiring 5mm bamboo veneers, and bonding them together to form a robust 8ft x 4ft board (sufficient material for 2 bike frames). This 25mm board becomes the foundation for crafting a bike frame that defies traditional norms.
The uniqueness of Michael’s approach lies in the use of laminated bamboo veneers instead of the more common bamboo tubes. Tri-Sept’s manufacturing process includes precision cutting of the frame, LH/RH sides, and the seat and chain stays (2 pieces) using a CNC machine programmed to exact specifications.
The resulting frame comprises four pieces, skillfully bonded to create three joints, with an impressive start-to-finish assembly time of just 18 hours. This stands in stark contrast to the traditional bamboo-tubed frame, which typically demands around 40 hours of labor and features nine joints.
Tri-Sept’s laminated design transcends efficiency; it delivers a monocoque construction that not only ensures strength and stability but also guarantees a quiet and true ride. The company is set to showcase the Laminated Bamboo Framed bicycle at the European Bamboo Exhibition, providing a firsthand look at the future of bicycle design. The display will include construction drawings and photographs, offering a glimpse into the meticulous craftsmanship behind each bike.
For those inspired to join the revolution, Tri-Sept is making Michael’s innovative vision accessible by providing drawings and assembly instructions at a small cost. This enables individuals or companies to embark on the journey of manufacturing the unique bicycle in their country, utilizing locally sourced laminated bamboo.
Explore the groundbreaking world of Tri-Sept Cycles and Michael Cubbage’s visionary designs at www.tri-septcycles.com