Renovo has been crafting hardwood bicycles for a decade. Back in 2012 they teamed up with Audi to create a their exclusive DUO. Now in collaboration with Glenmorangie they lunched “The Glenmorangie Original by Renovo.”
The Glenmorangie was crafted from American White Oak and Sapele. Using wood from used Glenmorangie original whiskey casks. See full details Here.
Dear Readers and Riders,
We didn’t design wood bicycle frames because we were woodworkers. Hell, we weren’t even carpenters, still not. We took woodshop in middle school, that’s it. We’re just engineers/designers who chose wood as the material of choice for bicycles because of its excellent engineering properties. It didn’t hurt that we had the equipment necessary to make wood bikes, but we also have the equipment and training to make metal bikes, or carbon bikes too, for that matter. Frankly, these materials were half-considered every now and then as relief from the ordeal of trying to create an apology-free wood bike. It took a great deal of research, testing, trying and crying before we had a good bike. Historically, wood bikes came before metal bikes and we only half jokingly say “Metal bikes were invented because making a wood bike is such a pain in the ass.” Well, wood is unruly, but we’ve learned how to make it behave in this unusual application and it’s proven to be superb as a frame material and well worth our effort.
Nevertheless, our craftspeople who actually hand make these bikes DO have some serious training and varied experience from guitars to fine and production furniture, and all those years of experience show in our bikes…just look at the Purpleheart ribbon inlaid in walnut to the left. Their skills humble us designers, so we keep trying to find something they can’t do; but no luck so far. In the end, we all feel very lucky to be making wooden bicycles. Even now, after so many frames, we still are captivated by the latest beauty that has gradually emerged from the pile of rough lumber we started with. We’re all a little mystified that we can actually make such an amazing, beautiful thing. But when we ride one, the smooth, quiet, magic carpet ride once again reminds us why we’re doing this. The ride and the beauty are enough to keep us happy, and the ‘cool ride’ compliments on the trail are frosting, but the best reward of this whole gig is that our passion and joy in making these bicycles is reflected by Renovo owners who are equally passionate about riding them. Making stuff does not get better than this. Well, it would be good if we could do it faster…
Thanks for our first decade,
Ken and Stuart Wheeler, Founder