If a wood bike is not unique enough for you, then how about a wood bike made from the staves of a Glenmorangie cask? If you like whisky (note the Scottish spelling, not the Irish “whiskey”) and wooden bikes, you’re in luck.
When making its whisky, Glenmorangie uses its casks only twice, which the company claims preserves the flavor of the wood. Other distillers use their barrels up to six times. For Glenmorangie, this leaves a lot of used casks. Enter Renovo.
After the spirits are made, the staves (wood strips that create the barrel) are sent to Renovo’s workshop in Portland, Oregon. It takes about 15 staves to create a bike frame.
Every frame follows the trapezoidal shape of the wood stave pieces, as well as the curve of the cask in the frame’s down and top tubes.
Founder Ken Wheeler said Renovo “is dedicated to honoring wood in the creation of our bicycles, engineered to perfection for a smoother ride.”
Renovo Glenmorangie Original pricing and availability
- Like most high-end custom collaborations, whisky wood bikes aren’t inexpensive.
- Two complete builds are offered. The Launch edition is priced at $6,950 / £5,725 / AU$ 8,656 for a Shimano Ultegra 6800 kit with Velocity Aileron Comp wheels. The Prestige edition with Dura-Ace Di2 and Rolf Prima Hyalite carbon wheels retails at $11,450 / £8,690 / AU$14,2606.
- Renovo asks for a $1,000 / £759 / AU$1,245 deposit for delivery within six weeks.
- More information and complete geometry and specification lists can be found on Renovo’s site.