Pioneers Of The World’s First Bicycles Made From Whisky Casks
When the American White Oak casks’ work at the Distillery is done, their staves are shipped from Scotland back to the USA to Renovo’s workshop in Oregon. Renovo, the originators of the wood bicycle frame, utilize about 15 staves to construct the hollow frame of each Glenmorangie Original bicycle. Every bike is individually designed to embrace the trapezoidal shape of each stave, as well as the curve of the cask in the frame’s down and top tubes. These shapes are integrated into a frame with the same smooth-riding hollow frame technology Renovo pioneered, as well as “longbow” seatstays engineered to further tame rough roads.
The Glenmorangie Original bicycles are a rolling testament to the versatility of wood, exceeding expectations on an array of surfaces. A fast and responsive road machine with the stock 700x28mm tires, the Glenmorangie Original transforms into an incredibly smooth and stable adventure machine with a simple swap of the tires – up to 40mm wide – to tame the roughest of unpaved roads. The Launch Edition is built with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical shifting and hydraulic braking systems, a full-carbon thru-axle fork, highly versatile Velocity wheels and a lightweight FSA cockpit.
Renovo Founder Ken Wheeler is excited to be working with Glenmorangie, and explains that Renovo “is dedicated to honouring wood in the creation of our bicycles, engineered to perfection for a smoother ride,” and that “these beautiful machines, uniquely fashioned from Glenmorangie’s staves, will inspire anyone with a taste for innovation.”
The Glenmorangie Original bicycles by Renovo – Facts and Figures
- Trapezoidal curved downtube and toptube recall the shape of Oak staves from Glenmorangie casks
- Flat+Wide “Longbow” seat stays engineered to optimize vibration damping and stiffness
- Lightweight, hollow chain stays
- 27.2mm seatpost for maximal compliance
- Long wheelbase enhances stability and vertical compliance
- Tapered headtube, PF30 bottom bracket, front and rear thru-axles all increase stiffness under power
- Disc brakes offer superior stopping power on long descents
- Full carbon, tapered steerer tube fork with fender mounts
- Frame is Fender and rack compatible (management use requires adapter)
- 28-40mm tire compatibility
- Delivered fully tuned and 98% assembled in custom presentation packaging, ready to ride in 15 minutes or less.
- Includes assembly tools and mini-pump
- Available in Small, Medium and Large sizes
Launch Edition Specifications:
- The Glenmorangie Original Frame by Renovo, White Oak and Sapele Woods
- Shimano Ultegra 6800 Shifting and Braking Systems
- Custom 28 spoke Velocity Aileron Comp Wheels
- FSA Energy Handlebar, Stem and Seatpost
- Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x28mm tires
- Selle Italia XR Gel Flow Saddle
- Lizard Skins DSP Bar Tape
- Weight: Complete Build – 21.75lbs
- MSRP: $6950
Beyond the Cask:
Glenmorangie’s collaboration with Renovo is the second partnership in the Distillery’s Beyond the Cask series, which celebrates the casks in which Glenmorangie Original is matured, by repurposing their staves in innovative ways. Last year, Glenmorangie created an exquisite limited edition of the world’s first Scotch whisky sunglasses, with renowned British eyewear designer Finlay & Co.
ABOUT RENOVO BIKES
The concept of an engineered, hollow frame wood bike was developed in 2007 by Renovo founder Ken Wheeler. He was an avid touring cyclist who wanted a more stable, comfortable and durable bike for the rigors of touring. At the time, he was designing the Wheeler Express, an all-composite (carbon and fiberglass foam sandwich) aircraft, and in the analysis of materials used in historic wood aircraft he was surprised to discover that woods used in those planes had exceptional vibration damping and fatigue resistance in addition to their excellent structural properties. He felt a hollow bicycle frame of wood could offer a smooth ride, lightweight feel and durability he wanted. After extensive testing confirmed his analysis, he began producing wooden bicycles in 2007.