WORDS Biddi Rorke
Sustainable mobility is the name of the game – and Volk Bikes’ hardwood bicycle frame is the clear winner.
A shared interest in cycling, design, sustainability, social upliftment and mobility has resulted in Volk Bikes, the brainchild of Dan (the designer), his wife Jazz (the technical whiz) and his brother Pierce Hoffman (the financier). These three Eastern Cape entrepreneurs make customised bicycle frames out of sustainable hardwood for the design- and eco-conscious pedaller.
“Sustainability is key for us, so we source our timber from premium suppliers,” says Dan. “We use predominantly ash and beech wood because of their strength and durability; a timber frame offers a smooth ride while still being stiff and responsive where it counts.”
Volk frames come with metal sleeves bonded into the bottom bracket and the steerer tube. “We also incorporate a layer of carbon fibre in the downtube to increase torsional stiffness, ensuring awesome handling,” Dan adds.
To ensure exceptional strength and durability, they use marine-grade bonding agents and finish the frame with a multilayer marine-grade epoxy, all naturally derived.
Plans for the future include expanding their range to include “off-the-peg” road, gravel and touring models in standard sizes. “Ultimately, we want to offer a broad selection for mountain bikes, BMX bikes, children’s bikes and even e-bikes,” says Dan. “The great thing about working with wood is that the only limitation is imagination.”
For more information, visit volkbikes.com.