One of the great benefits to using bamboo is that it can mature in as little as 3-5 years, reaching its peak hardness in about 7 years. However, it can reach full size in just 3 months, and the manufacturing companies just can’t resist the opportunity to speed up production.
They harvest their bamboo crop after just a few months, skipping the last several years of the natural growth cycle, and deny their product the opportunity to properly harden. From a performance standpoint at least, bamboo could be better, but because of premature harvesting, it fails to live up to its full potential.
This is also bad from an environmental standpoint, as the constant and rapid harvesting leads to erosion.