Wood is as diverse and different as the human race. There are estimated to be more than 100,000 different species of trees, with 25% of living plants being trees. Wood is separated into two major categories - hardwoods and softwoods. Generally, hardwoods are stronger as they are denser, however they take longer to grow so are harder to find and mostly come from the forest. Each piece of wood used in a wooden bike frame is unique as it's rider. Wood is one of the strongest known materials in nature.
HTech Bikes uses local West Australian timbers known for their strength, appearance and performance qualities. All our timber is kiln dried to the appropriate moisture content and rough dressed to our requirements by our timber supplier.
Below are the three main hardwoods HTech Bikes use to craft a wood bike frame. The woods used by HTech Bikes are up to 29% stronger, 41% stiffer and 46% more resistant to damage than most other woods used to build bike frames. Adding carbon fibre, which is up to 150% stronger than wood, HTech Bike frames are more than capable of the use and abuse a bicycle must endure.
Jarrah is a exclusive West Australian hardwood renowned for its versatility. Its durability and strength make it an ideal timber for a range of structural applications including bicycle frame building. They have long straight trunks can grow up to 40 metres tall and 2 metres in diameter, creating beautifully coloured and grained timbers. Jarrah has a high resistance to weather, rot and termites making it a good timber for outdoor uses. Its density also makes it fire resistant.
Jarrah is also renowned for its rich red colours that range from deep browns through burgundy hues to pink-oranges. The timber displays a moderately coarse and even textured grain. The occasional incidence of wavy and interlocking grain produces some samples with a sought after fiddle-back figure.
Marri is another native to Western Australia. Marri timber is high in gum, resulting in low recovery rates of first grade timber, making marri a harder wood to build from. However, marri's feature grain and gum pockets can be used to build a more featured bike frame, a unique DNA for each bike. Marri timber is mainly used for fine household furniture. It can only be used for general construction purposes due to its gum veins in large beams. As HTech Bikes remove all strength-affecting gum veins, marri is well suited to bicycle making.
Marri is a yellow, pale brown to white colour with contrasting dark red gum veins. It has a coarse but even texture with slightly interlocked grain. The finished timber is honey-coloured with a distinctive vein structure.