Benefits of Cork

Imagine a material that's both lightweight and durable. Soft and springy, with a high level of surface friction.

You're probably picturing a synthetic polymer, recently discovered in a hi-tech lab. But nature has its own super-material. It's been sustainably farmed for generations and its 100% recyclable.

Its called cork.

Low density and light weight


High coefficient of friction

Cushioning capacity and compressability

Elasticity and durability

100% recyclable and renewable

Most modern bike saddles are comprised of multiple layers of different types of polymer. There's a base plate made of hard plastic. Then there's a layer of soft polymeric foam. Finally the outer layer: almost always polyurethane (sometimes called "leatherette").

Each layer has its own function. The hard plastic provides structural rigidity; the foam comfort and the polyurethane weather resistance.

At Frame Cycles we've done away with all three plastic layers, and replaced them with a single piece of cork - one material with the beneficial properties of all three.

Cork farming has been the pride of Portugal for generations. Harvested from the bark of cork oak trees (Quercus suber), sustainable practices have been passed down from father to son, mother to daughter. We're proud to support Portuguese cork farmers with our first product offering.

Cork is harvested from the bark of the evergreen oak tree Quercus suber, which grows naturally in Southwest Europe and North Africa.

Once mature, the trees can be harvested for their bark once every nine years without harm.

We've worked closely with a family-run cork farm in Portugal to develop our first product the FR-1 Saddle.

Cork oak forests are a vital habitat for a diverse ecosystem of animals including the beautiful Iberian Lynx. Cork farming is a sustainable practice that has occured for generations; however the emergence of alternative materials in the wine industry has led to a decline in cork farming, placing cork forests and their dependent wildlife at risk.
We see the use of cork in new product areas as a vital way of ensuring the survival of cork forests and the biodiversity that they support.

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