Bamboo bike frame? That's how good the new eco mountainbike is
German newspaper Die Welt, with a global reach, reviewed the Eker Stark in June 2022.
The reporter Stefan Weißenborn writes that "when in the saddle you never have the feeling that the energy is lost when pedaling. At the same time, the frame is pleasant to ride. Together with the wide tyres, it absorbs a lot of bumps and offers a level of comfort that you are not used to in other hardtail bikes. In short: the mix of the damping properties, the flexibility and efficient stiffness feels successful. And the bamboo look adds an extra effect: wide-eyed passers-by and people who enquire about your bike, is engrained in the vintage-look of the bicycle."
Read the full article here (in German) or an English translation here.
If slow food was a bicycle
In the second edition of 2022, the leading Swedish bicycle magazine Bicyling tested the Eker Stark cross country bike. Editor Daniel Breece writes that "we got the opportunity to test this beautiful and unique bicycle, a cross-country hardtail […] It is not as stiff as carbon fibre, but also not as hard and life-less as an aluminium bike. In short, the frame feels different, and living in some way. It gives me an experience I cannot really put into words. But at the same time this could be defining for who the bike is made for. This is the bike for someone who wants something different and unique, something that pops out."
– The Swedish magazine Bicycling (02/2022)
– We were a bit nervous before the test, but both images and review came out great in the Bicycling review, says Johan Mast, co-founder of Eker Bikes.
Dagens Industri 14/02/2022
On the roll with a bamboo bike
In their 14 February 2022 edition, Swedish business magazine Dagens Industri write about Eker and our bikes. They write that "Eker creates sustainable bicycle frames while introducing reasonable working conditions and inclusion in the workplace in Uganda".
– It's great to be covered in the leading business daily and see this as additional proof that there is a great interest in this initiative, says Stefan Krisch, co-founder of Eker Bikes.
Bike Magazin 1/2022
Positive review at the start of 2022
In their first issue of 2022, Europe's largest mountainbike magazine, the German Bike Magazin are reviewing the Eker Stark XC. They write that "the Eker Stark rides surprisingly well and comfortable. We have no concerns about stiffness. […] It steers directly and offers a good climbing position, and the bamboo frame generates enough propulsion even when pedaling with force."
– We're very happy that both the laboratory test and the riding review came out so positively, says Stefan Krisch, co-founder of Eker Bikes.
Eker Stark is a cross country mountain bike that is swift, strong and elegant. The frame is made by hand, all the way from harvesting the tubes to preparing and joining them into unique pieces of art which nevertheless can withstand extremely tough riding in all types of conditions. All sizes are built around the 622 mm wheel size (also known as 29”) to allow you to scale those obstacles faster and safer than with smaller wheels.