The ‘arvak‘ by keim is the result of a venture to make a bicycle that radiates the synergy between nature, design and technology. The name ‘Arvak‘ is a horse pulling the sun on its way across the sky derived from Norse mythology. To achieve a stiff and lightweight monocoque frame, the French company vacuum laminated up to 50 layers of white ash with a high modulus resin between each. To optimize the orientation of each layer to maximize strength, the team had to develop their own method from scratch. Three coats of marine grade finish protect the wood layers from weather and dirt.
Each frame is hand built to an exact customer specification and benefits from high quality components, that weighs about 7.5 kilograms. unfortunately the keim ‘arvak’ is in limited production, but go check out their website, and if you ask nicely, maybe they’ll build you one.