Ghisallo has been producing its unique wooden rims for approximately forever, and while they undoubtedly have a place on restorations, we were somewhat surprised to see that it produces a full range of hardwood rims for Bromptons.
While the ‘damped’ ride quality of the wooden rims may have helped propel Magni to success, I suspect that the Italian’s temperament — he famously rode to second place with a broken clavicle and humerus in the ‘56 edition of the Giro, making him possibly the hardest man ever in cycling — may have also had something to do with his success on the cobbles.
Here’s a photo of Cadel Evans signing a wooden Ghisallo rim. That is allAntonio Cermenati
But what place do these hardwood hoops have on a Brompton?
Such a small diameter wheel is unlikely to deflect in any meaningful way, regardless of whether it’s drawn of alloy or hewn of wood, so it’s probably safe to assume that these aren’t going to be any more ‘comfortable’ than a regular 16” alloy rim.
Wood-specific compound brake pads, who would have thunk itGhisallo
Alloy rim braking is also pretty well refined these days and I suspect that the unmachined, shiny surface of the Ghisallo rims probably won’t perform particularly well in the wet (though they do ship with some wood-specific brake pads).
THM cranks and wooden rims… Quite a bikeFantastic4Toys
Believe it or not, but 16 inch tubular tyres do existGhisallo
The clincher version of the rim is reinforced with carbonGhisallo
The rims are available in both tubular and clincher configurations. We were quick to scoff at the idea of a16” tub’, assuming that none would be available, but soon ate our words upon discovering that Panarcar produces a 16″ tub!.
Say goodbye to the next 50 minutes of your life as you watch this Geppetto-like Italian man lace a 20
If you’re looking for a way to kill the next 50 minutes, I highly recommend you indulge in this video tutorial on how to build Ghissalo’s rims up for your Brompton.
Accompanied by an incredibly ill-fitting yet oddly pleasing operatic score, the well-aged “Ghisallo WheelMaster” Mr Lucio Colzani talks us through the process.
From wooden mudguards to grips, Ghisallo’s range is impressively largeGhisallo
If wooden rims don’t tickle your pickle, Ghisallo also produces a range of other wooden parts, including handlebars, mudguards and trendy leather distressed grips.
What teen doesn’t want to scoot about town on this bad boy?Ghisallo
We were also quite taken by this scooter made of laminated beech that features a diminutive, clincher version of the brand’s wheels and is available in both child and ‘teenager’ sizes. Find me a teen who doesn’t want to be seen dodging about town on a wooden artisan scooter.
Look at this giant elephant shaped libraryGhisallo
And if you clicked through to this article to see some large hard wood, there’s always this elephant library.
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