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The Waldmeister philosophy

At first glance the use of wood as a construction material seems like a nostalgic notion, reminiscent of the good old times. One last salute to a natural raw material that has accompanied the cultural development of man for thousands of years. On closer inspection one finds however, that, besides its visual elegance and the typical emotional warmth of wood, the frame features several sophisticated technical details and is therefore seminal in the use of natural construction materials in the 21st century. The special appeal of the Waldmeister is created by the harmonious fusion of the natural materials wood and leather with hightech materials like carbon and titanium as well as the reduction of all elements to the essential.

The frame

Das für den Rahmenbau verwendete Rotbuchenholz ist eine erneuerbare Ressource, welche zusätzlich langfristig 3500 Liter CO² aus der Atmosphäre entfernt. Der Holzrahmen belastet die Umwelt beim Fertigungsprozess nicht und kann nach Ende seines (sehr langen) Lebens energetisch günstig thermisch entsorgt werden, ohne dass dabei gefährliche Giftstoffe enstehen. Die wahlweise aufgebrachte Schicht aus exotischem Holzfurnier kommt aus ökologischer, schonend betriebener Forstwirtschaft, welche den Waldbestand in den Ursprungsländern sichert. Der Leim, mit dem die über 100 Holzschichten dauerhaft verbunden werden, ist wasserbasiert und sehr umweltfreundlich.

Die Holzschichten des Rahmens werden sorgsam in einem zeitaufwendigen, aber energieeffizienten Verfahren von Hand verleimt und anschließend unter hohem Druck verpresst. Der Rahmen wird vom Produktionsort bei München in wieder verwendbaren Holzkisten zur Endmontage und Qualitätskontrolle nach Freiburg im Breisgau transportiert. Die Produktion des Rahmens in Süddeutschland vermeidet die sonst üblichen langen Transportwege aus Niedriglohnländern.

The design

The technically excellent design is matched by an equally special appearance. The noticeably high quality of the surface is achieved by applying several layers of veneer, giving the smooth surface a special gloss. For a bike, the design has been kept very clear and puristic. Freed of the static seat tube normally found in a bike, the Waldmeister obtains a special kind of aesthetics. Like a predator ready to pounce, the Waldmeister radiates immense dynamics with a mysterious aura of easiness.

The components

The frame is designed without seat tube, giving it some vertical flexibility. The two wooden arches have been calculated to optimally make use of the natural properties of wood, filtering vibrations out and giving the bike a pleasant, relaxed ride quality. The option to fit the attached parts to the customers’ measures further improves the ergonomics of the bike. To make riding even more comfortable, the optional mountain gear integrated into the crank set allows the rider to climb steep mountains easily as well.

Sustainability

We strive to make the Waldmeister Bike as environmentally friendly as possible. That is why we use long-lasting components produced by companies that share our philosophy of sustainability. The Waldmeister Bike is built only from local woods. The wood of the frame comes from PEFC-certified sustainable forestry from the Teutoburg forest. For the optional inlay we use FSC-certified wood.

Being a naturally growing material with very good mechanical properties, the production of wood is especially environmental friendly and actually contributes considerably to a cleaner environment.

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