Custom Bike System by Designer Tristan Kopp, Clamps Wood or Custom Tubing For Frame

prodUser Wooden Bicycle Tristan KoppObviously, there’s a market for custom fixies. With the ProdUSER system by French designer Tristan Kopp, custom gets brought to a brand new level. It lets you jam whatever tubing you want into a couple clamps and start rolling. Shown above, Kopp clamped some regular, everyday branches together for the frame. The ProdUSER system uses a steel chain stay, seat stay, bb shell and fork, but the rest left to the imagination. Click through for images…

prodUser Wooden Bicycle Tristan Kopp SaddleThe system’s still in the design phase, so there’s no pricing yet, or announcements of when it’ll hit the market.

Produser Custom Bike System

Produser Wooden Bike Bottom Bracket

More images over at DesignBoom and Kopp’s website.


T - 11/06/12 - 11:34am

There should be a law that all fixies must be made this way. That would prevent people from ruining otherwise perfectly good bikes.

Ripnshread - 11/06/12 - 12:35pm

I want one…but it screams liability issues for whoever sells it.

hollywood - 11/06/12 - 12:57pm

laterally stiff, and vertically compliant.

Slow Joe Crow - 11/06/12 - 12:58pm

This strikes me as a dancing bear sort of product, it is interesting for what it does, but it does not do it well. I’m also expecting Bike Snob to produce some really brilliant snark about this involving hewing branches with a Bestmadeco axe.

Editz - 11/06/12 - 1:05pm

A rolling tensile strength laboratory!

justin - 11/06/12 - 1:26pm

@ Editz, love your comment

Reminds me of the 3d printed Vorwaertz lugs in terms of a bike I would never want to ride but looks like art.

put a bird on it and hang it in your flat!

James S - 11/06/12 - 1:34pm

I like it. You can cut your hand on the seat tube / seat stay junction as you carry the bike downstairs and then while you’re riding along cussing and bleeding, you can hit a pothole, snap one of your frame “tubes” and hit the pavement face first. Sweet.

NotAMachinist - 11/06/12 - 4:35pm

Having recently walked past a lovely blue late 70’s-ish Colnago with the derailleur tab removed I say “Hear Hear!”

Jim - 11/06/12 - 5:16pm

I’ve had too many people respond with “why not?” when I tell them not to ride a bike AFTER showing them the giant buckle or crack in one of the tubes to think that this is a good idea for the general public. That being said, the whole thing is pretty interesting and might be fun way to play with bike geometries if it came in a few different “lug” angles.

Cool design, looks fun, don’t think I’d pick up the risk of selling it to folks.

Brett - 11/06/12 - 7:15pm

Safe to say again: this is another one of those conceptual things.

How’s the alignment BTW?

RUSTYDOGG - 11/06/12 - 7:29pm

I am now one step closer to making my PVC bike.

Androo - 11/06/12 - 8:39pm

I built a carbon fiber bike using a similar technique, and even wrote an Instructables for it so people can DIY.

I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. Lots of old-school bikes have bolted seatstays. Lots of critical safety parts on a bicycle are clamped (stems. seatposts).

Grit - 11/06/12 - 10:19pm

I doubt anything that blunt would cut a person’s hand, unless you’re a real puss. It looks like a cool design concept, and remember, it’s by a French guy. Now a fatbike kit with the same concept, that would rule!

Sevo - 11/07/12 - 12:39am

Shhhhhh don’t tell the hipsters this isn’t safe….now’s our chance!!!!

Nate - 11/07/12 - 10:33am

Build spec is a little questionable, lugs look like they might hurt you, but if it will potentially keep hipsters from being able to re-produce in the future I feel compelled to support it.

Nate - 11/07/12 - 10:34am

I will be building mine with tubes of string cheese for ultimate ride quality

Nestor - 11/14/12 - 2:30pm

In Portland, some bike shops are already making wooden bikes for thousands of dollars. So for this to catch people’s attention, it would either have to weigh a lot less (hardened bubble wrap plastic) or fold up into a bowling bag.

However, it does look like it could be used for some very interesting children’s bike designs (slim kid-fat kid versatility built into the frame.

Post a comment:

Comment sections can be a beautiful source of knowledge, conversation and comedy. They can also get pretty ugly, which is why we've updated our Comments Policy. If your comment isn't showing up or suddenly disappears, you might want to check it out.