Hand-crafted wooden bikes with a beautifully smooth ride quality. Using a combination of various timbers chosen for their strength and natural beauty, Silva Cycles combines art and craftmanship to build unique frames that exceed expectations in performance, style and elegance.
We alternate layers of, ash, walnut or maple to produce frames which naturally absorbs the high frequency road vibration creating a beautifully smooth ride which in turn reduces muscle fatigue.
Metal inserts are used at the headtube, bottom bracket and seat tube allowing industry standard components to be used.
The frames are created by layering a combination of planks of ash, walnut and / or maple. Be part of the design and choose how you wish to combine the different timbers. Choose either one single wood or combine different colours and textures.
Ash wood is strong, durable and generally light in colour. It is coarse but the grain is fairly straight. As a result of its strength and durability, ash wood has an array of uses but is commonly used in the making of tools, furniture and frames and bikes.
Well known for its characteristic dark coloured wood with attractive grain patterns, Walnut is a dense and strong wood that is highly desired for expensive furniture and carpentry. Commonly used for furniture, musical instruments, and bikes.
Maple wood is incredibly strong, looks great, and stains nicely. Woodworkers and furniture aficionados (and bike builders) gravitate towards maple for its light, creamy colour, smooth grain pattern, and impressive durability
Every single plank of wood is unique, thus making your bike a personal, unique work of art.
Up to 42 pieces of hand selected timber are laminated with approx. 10 meters of 3k plain weave carbon fibre (on certain frames) using a bio epoxy resin in temperature-controlled moulds to create the main triangle, seat and chain stays.
These blanks are then routed into shape and hollowed creating a tubular frame. The hollows are lined with carbon fibre and metal tubes are inserted to accept the headset bearings, seat post and bottom bracket.
The frame then goes into the main jig where the central alignment is checked before the seat and chain stays are bonded in place.
The frame then receives up to 6 coats of polyurethane marine grade varnish before the rear dropouts are bolted and bonded in place.
Once the frame is built up, each full bike receives a road test.
We are often asked “How long does it take to make a frame”? There is no standard answer to this as we are more concerned about reaching the exacting standards, we have set ourselves. However, it takes approximately 100 hours before we are 100 % happy with the final product.
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