Made using staves from whiskey casks, Glenmorangie Original by Renovo Hardwood Bicycles is an open acknowledgment of the understanding that bicycles are for ‘the adults’ too. Meanwhile, the rather exclusive bike also stands as collaboration inspired by a shared passion for innovation with wood.
Exclusive as it looks.
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” None other than the renowned and revered English writer, H.G. Wells, famously uttered these words. While, in the day and age of today, there are all kinds of crazy bicycles made available out there, in bike shops around the world–ones ranging from steel and carbon to even bamboo–it is yet unlikely to find one made by using staves from whiskey casks. Glenmorangie whiskey casks, in this case, to be specific.
Not just for display
Thus named as the Glenmorangie Original by Renovo, this is not the kind of bike that is good enough only to be put up on display and merely serve as an exhibit; it is, instead, one that has been built solid and sturdy enough to go rolling into the hills and even speeding down the streets. The machine, with its stock 700x28mm tires, is a fine piece of engineering to actualise on the streets as a fast yet sturdy and responsive road bike–one that can, at the same time, transform into an incredibly smooth and stable adventure machine by just swapping-in larger tires upto 40mm wide and take on the roughest of unpaved roads.
Available in frame sizes right from 52 cm all the way up to 58 cm, the Glenmorangie Original by Renovo is a limited edition bike, and so has only a definite number of them available up for grabs. So, go on; ride one!
While the versatility of White Oak and Sapele wood is one of the many key aspects the bicycle symbolises, it simultaneously boasts of Trapezoidal curved Down Tube and a Top Tube that recalls the shape of Oak staves from Glenmorangie casks. Add to it a set of Shimano Ultegra 6800 Shifting and Braking Systems, and you get a smooth, effective, efficient, and most importantly, fun ride that does not disappoint one bit. Also, the frame structure and geometry recall the shape of the oak stavers from Glenmorangie casks, adding an element of ‘the natural’ to make it an authentic fit for the rider.