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 copper beech wood core of the frame is made of a renewable material acting as a CO² sink by removing more than 3500 litres of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Wood does not become dangerous to the environment during the production process and can even be thermally processed at the end of its extremely long service life. The optional thin top layer of rare wood is ecologically harvested and helps to preserve the woods in its country of origin. The glue holding together the up to 100 thin layers of plywood is water-based and ecologically harmless.
The plywood layers of the frame are carefully glued together by hand and pressed with air pressure in a process that takes much more time than automatic production but is also more energy efficient. The minimalist, high-quality equipment of the bike saves production energy and material. The bike frame is shipped from the producer near Munich to the assembly in Freiburg in wooden reusable boxes. The production of the frame in south Germany avoids the usual long-distance transportation of bike frames from producers in low-cost countries.
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 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.
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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