Old-School: German Brand Builds Wooden Handlebars

Handmade in Berlin, Lenkr Wooden Handlebars are a nod to both old-world craftsmanship and the trend of streamlined urban-bike design.


Milled from a solid piece of walnut, the Lenkr handlebars are a refreshing alternative in a world of alloys and carbon, and a slice of classic style.

They’re not pure wood — each of these handlebars has an inner aluminum core that the company says is strong and durable “compared to other wooden handlebars.”

Creator Philipp Wuthe looked for a wood handlebar two years ago with no luck. He decided to partner with a woodworker in Germany to refine the concept.

Metal inserts add strength

Made on a lathe, the handlebars come in two thicknesses for common bike stem mounts (31.8mm and 25.4mm). They weigh 285 and 160 grams respectively.

Running through the center of the wood is an aluminum pipe that provides strength to the handlebars. The setup is finished with end caps for a refined look.


Lenkr Wooden Handlebars are for sale on Kickstarter starting at about $88. See the whole line here.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.