Whisky and bicycles might not sound like the smartest pairing but when it comes as a pioneering design expression between Scotch whisky maker Glenmorangie and Renovo Hardwood Bicycles then consider us sold.
In a world first, the two companies have teamed up to create the Glenmorangie Original, a bike with a frame made entirely from Glenmorangie’s whisky casks. If that’s not cool enough, Renovo’s designers didn’t just stop there.
They also took inspiration from the shape of Glenmorangie’s whisky cask staves to ensure that the downtube and top tube faithfully reflected the trapezoidal shape of staves and the arching curve of the casks.
The frame itself retains Renovo’s signature hollow frame which makes for smooth riding alongside the company’s ‘longbow’ seatstays which promise even more comfort over rough surfaces.
A closer look at the bike’s Launch Edition specs will reveal a road bike shod with 700 x 28mm tyres with the option to move up to 40mm for harsher surfaces, lightweight Velocity wheels, Shimano Ultegra shifting and braking systems, a full carbon fibre axle fork and a lightweight FSA cockpit.
In the Prestige Edition, riders get upgraded to Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace system which boasts electronic shifting and hydraulic braking alongside a slick set of Rolf Prima carbon fibre wheels and carbon fibre FSA cockpit.