SOBEN - advanced bamboo composite

SOBEN is a bold project of two bamboo enthusiasts.

We have developed an innovative solution: ©SOBEN-composite. This material is made from resins and bamboo fibers; lightweight, dynamic and durable fibres.  

Road tested over 17,000 km with our Bamboo bike, ©SOBEN-composite has demonstrated its resistance over time and its ability to be applied to unlimited domains!

A range of

outdoor and urban sports articles

Are you in love with two-wheelers?

Choose between travel bikes, city bikes and mountain bikes

Do you prefer a more compact way of travel?

You will love our scooters, roller skates and longboards

And to get the bamboo style

Choose from our bamboo accessories: mudguards, travel bags, luggage racks, hiking poles

A range of outdoor and urban sports articles

  • Are you in love with two-wheelers?
    Choose between travel bikes, city bikes and mountain bikes
  • Do you prefer a more compact way of travel?
    You will love our scooters, roller skates and longboards
  • And to get the bamboo style
    Choose from our bamboo accessories: mudguards, travel bags, luggage racks, hiking poles

Our first prototypes

Soben’bike

Soben’bike

Tested over 17,000 km, this travel bike is designed to endure the most extreme environments and weather conditions. The geometry of its frame and the natural vibration-absorbing qualities of bamboo offer unparalleled comfort.

Tested over 17,000 km, this travel bike is designed to endure the most extreme environments and weather conditions. The geometry of its frame and the natural vibration-absorbing qualities of bamboo offer unparalleled comfort.

  • Durability
    (round-the-world guarantee)

  • Comfort on long journeys 
    (beyond your limits)

  • Lightweight 
    (18 kg fully equipped)

  • Compatible 
    (with all travel accessories)

  • Durability
    (round-the-world guarantee)

  • Comfort on long journeys 
    (beyond your limits)

  • Lightweight 
    (18 kg fully equipped)

  • Compatible 
    (with all travel accessories)

On sale from 2020

Soben’scoot

With its elegant colors and slender shape, the SOBEN scooter is designed for urban use. Its 8-inch wheels will also allow you to venture out on the trails.

With its elegant colors and slender shape, the SOBEN scooter is designed for urban use. Its 8-inch wheels will also allow you to venture out on the trails.

  • Foldable
  • Lightweight (6kg)
  • Kick or electric
  • Foldable
  • Lightweight (6kg)
  • Kick or electric

On sale from 2020

Soben’scoot

The beginning - A bamboo dream

Bamboo’bike was born in my garage

Just after graduating from engineering school, Tony set a new challenge for himself: to create a 100% bamboo bicycle frame. He then spent a year doing tests, working on bamboo, and developing an innovative solution called ©SOBEN-composite.

What better way to prove to you what #bamboopower can endure? Than by driving continuously, day after day, from country to country…

On September 18, 2016, Tony began the France – Cambodia journey.

The objective: to ride autonomously for more than 15,000 km with Bamboo’bike, a tent, a stove and tools – about 35 kg of luggage!

The strength of the ©SOBEN-composite has been demonstrated as after two years of roads and paths that have taken it through the Himalayas, the bike has not weakened.

In fact, it has been very robust, enduring snow, rain, wind, 45°C of dry heat, 98% of humidity, mud, ruts…

On August 3, 2018, the trip ended in Phnom Penh. But the adventure continues!

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#Au Bambou de mes rêves

#bamboobike

People all over the world have admired his beauty,
     touched him with curiosity and I pushed him into his limits!

     And he amazed us all!

 

                 

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People all over the world have admired his beauty,
touched him with curiosity and I pushed him into his limits!

And he amazed us all!

SOBEN - bringing the dream to life

With the ©SOBEN-composite material tested and validated and Astinée’s arrival to the project, we move from the “Au Bambou de mes rêves” adventure to the SOBEN company. We will open our manufacturing workshop in Phnom Penh.

SOBEN = dreaming in Khmer

SOBEN - dreaming in Khmer

With the ©SOBEN-composite material tested and validated and Astinée’s arrival to the project, we move from the “Au Bambou de mes rêves” adventure to the SOBEN company. We will open our manufacturing workshop in Phnom Penh, the final destination of the trip and the ancestral land of bamboo culture.

SOBEN = dreaming in Khmer  

Ancestral land of bamboo

Cambodia is the ancestral land of bamboo culture and processing. This proximity allows us to be inspired by local knowledge and to collaborate with bamboo experts.

Bamboo in Cambodia: an alternative to deforestation

Cambodia having lost 75% of its forest area in the last three decades, the use of bamboo is an alternative solution to deforestation. We are part of the movement to continuously innovate and diversify the uses of bamboo.

A Makerspace in Phnom Penh

Cambodia is a country with a very young population, exponential economic development and a strong interest in entrepreneurship.

We are committed to being part of this ecosystem – by creating a place where knowledge can be shared between project leaders: A makerspace in Phnom Penh!

Cambodia is the ancestral land of bamboo culture and processing. This proximity allows us to be inspired by local knowledge and to collaborate with bamboo experts.

Cambodia having lost 75% of its forest area in the last three decades, the use of bamboo is an alternative solution to deforestation. We are part of the movement to continuously innovate and diversify the uses of bamboo.

Cambodia is a country with a very young population, exponential economic development and a strong interest in entrepreneurship.

We are committed to being part of this ecosystem – by creating a place where knowledge can be shared between project leaders: A makerspace in Phnom Penh!

Learn more about ©SOBEN-composite

Soben-composite is the wonderful combination of bamboo fibers and resin.

After three years of research and development, we invented the Soben-composite. It has a high flexibility allowing it to adapt to composite process standards without modifying manufacturing methods.

The ©SOBEN-composite can be applied to an infinite numbers of areas.

An ecological fiber

By replacing synthetic fibers (Carbon, Glass, Kevlar…) with bamboo fibers, we reduce the ecological footprint of our products.
Did you know that? Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, usable after 3-5 years compared to 20 years for trees. It also releases 30% more oxygen!

A light, dynamic and tolerant fiber

Our bamboo fiber fleece binds perfectly with the resin so as to transfer 100% of the mechanical characteristics of the bamboo to the ©SOBEN-composite.

A sleek and natural fiber

Composite bamboo provides a streamlined design that can be adapted to any molds. Our process preserves the natural grain of bamboo and the binding with the resin enhances its golden sheen..

Research and development

Our R&D work is now aimed at setting up a production unit to continue improving the characteristics of the ©SOBEN-composite.

We also carry out advanced research on the use of 100% bio sourced resins and recycled plastics for an even more positive ecological and social impact.

The team

Tony Morvant

Creator – Engineer – Traveller

“I don’t want a normal life, I want an extraordinary life.”
This is the motto that guides Tony, a young engineer from Nantes with many projects in mind. Inventor, tenacious and above all, with unfailing optimism, he likes to tackle challenges and seemingly unrealistic goals. He is the creator of the ©SOBEN-composite, the tireless traveller of Au bambou de mes rêves and the founder of SOBEN.

Astinée Jacolin

Communication – Event – Marketing

Versatility is her key word!
With her entrepreneurial, project and event management background, she has the drive to plan it and the experience to successfully implement it!

Her role in the SOBEN project: to maximize our productivity so that we can determine our strategy and launch our first crowdfunding. She is passionate about all kinds of sports and she will be the crash-tester of SOBEN products!

A project is not built on its own!

Our 2019 objectives are to open up a production facility, continue R&D and manufacture the first products for our launch series.

We are looking for funding, investors and partners.

We need your help!

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We need your help!

A project is not built on its own!

Our 2019 objectives are to open up a production facility, continue R&D and manufacture the first products for our launch series.

We are looking for funding, investors and partners.

Invention of SOBEN-composite
2016
17 000 km done on #bamboo'bike
2018
Prototyping and I&D
2019
Pre-sales (crowdfunding)
2020
commercialization of a range of sports articles
2021
Invention of SOBEN-composite
2016
17 000 km done on #bamboo'bike
2018
Prototyping and I&D
2019
Pre-sales (crowdfunding)
2020
commercialization of a range of sports articles
2021

They speak about us

With SOBEN, let’s push the project further:

If you imagine a possible use of ©SOBEN-composite, contact us to study its feasibility.

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