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sustainability

We care about nature, the forests and mountains are our playground. Therefore we focus on creating long lasting bikes that eventually can be re-used and recycled.

end of life

“Your bike will most likely last a very long time. You might pass it on to the next generation. But even then there will be an end-of-life moment eventually.


Or your frame might get damaged in a big crash. That just happens. In both cases we like to help to recycle your frame properly.”

buy back

If your bike is younger than two years old, in good condition and for some reason you are not able to ride it anymore, we are happy to buy back from you.

 

Send an email to buyback@instinctive.bike

to get instructions how we can make you a price.

recycling

If your frame has been damaged beyond repair, we can help you recycle your bike frame in a proper way, so that the carbon from the frame can be re-used in other products, like high quality public transport seats or even bike frames.

 

Write an email to recycling@instinctiv.bike so we can help you. We will pay for the transport of the bike or frame and you will receive a nice Instinctiv jersey for free from us.

what about the recycled carbon?

In a first small production batch we have used 7% recycled carbon, that we bought from the automotive industry in Germany.

 

This prepreg material is great and our frames with the recycled material are of the highest quality. Only in terms of logistics it was a less good option. We had to transport the prepreg rolls in cooled containers with dry ice from Germany by air to the carbon factory in Taiwan. You can imagine that that does not sound like very sustainable.

 

Most of our production steps are done in the EU, we actually add about 55 up to 65 percent of the production value in the European Union, but for now our carbon parts are made in Taiwan, so we had to reevaluate the use of recycled carbon prepreg.

 

Our dream is to move carbon production to Europe, that would also be the moment to re-start the use of recycled carbon prepreg.

why not aluminium?

We understand that question and it is a hard one. Some bike manufacturers like Pole are doing really interesting things with aluminum frame building.

 

After a lot of research we decided that for us potential counts most. Although carbon fiber is a composite material, which means that inherently it is hard to recycle, we believe the largest opportunities are for carbon.

 

Aluminum has evolved to its pinnacle and offers little room for improvement. New technologies like high quality additive manufacturing in titanium or aluminum could offer new opportunities, but are still extremely expensive to use for bike frame building.

 

Carbon becomes more and more recyclable, and our well-made carbon frames have the potential to maintain their performance and appearance for many years.

 

And they can be repaired and finally recycled into new carbon parts, although until now from a lesser quality.

 

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