This is PINE
PINE was founded in 2017 by Martin Friedrich.
A trip to Vietnam got the wheel rolling. The diverse use of bamboo, among other things as raw material, enjoys a long tradition in Vietnam. This is how the first encounter with a bamboo bike came about.
The unusual combination of nature, traditional craftsmanship and technology aroused the desire to build a bicycle out of bamboo.
In order to be able to share the enthusiasm for bamboo with others, a company developed from the initial hobby.
Since then, PINE has been developing innovative bamboo bicycles for all bicycle enthusiasts who are looking for the extraordinary and do not want to forego functionality and everyday suitability.
The Thuringian location of our manufactory and our own origins from the green heart of Germany, mostly covered with coniferous forests, gave PINE its name.
That’s what drives us
- Our demand for an aesthetically pleasing and functional design.
- The use of the latest bicycle technologies.
- The responsible use of raw materials.
- The sustainability of manufacturing.
- The value of traditional craftsmanship with fair working conditions.
- The best service for our customers.
Bamboo not only sets ecological standards. Thanks to its technical and mechanical properties, it is also a top material for building our bicycle frames.
Environmentally friendly, sustainable & fair
Bamboo belongs to the family of perennial, evergreen grasses and is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. During its life cycle, the bamboo plant binds about 30% more CO2 than other tree species.
Most of the commercially used bamboo grows naturally and wild in the bamboo forests of Asia. Neither chemicals nor fertilizers are required for cultivation.
Bamboo is not only a recyclable, sustainable and environmentally friendly resource – it also offers local people the possibility of commercial use and thus a secure and fair income.
Stable like aluminum, flexible like steel
Bamboo is a natural fiber composite material with a unidirectional fiber structure. It is very light and extremely stable. The strongest fibers are distributed on the outer surface area. This means that the most stable fiber structures in the bamboo are located in the places with the greatest longitudinal tension in the frame. Many times more tensile strength than wood, bamboo has roughly the same tensile strength as steel.
Because of these unique properties, bamboo has high compressive, flexural and torsional rigidity – and is therefore ideal for frame construction.
Not every type of bamboo is suitable for frame construction and the climatic conditions in Europe. We use “Tam Vong” bamboo for the frames of the PINE bikes. This type of bamboo has a very hard surface that is naturally robust, shock-resistant and weather-resistant. The additional “carbonization” also prevents cracking and insect damage.