This bike is made from whisky barrels

Renovo and Glenmorangie collabo is like no other

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.

Renovo partnered with Glenmorangie, maker of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, to create the first bicycle frame made from whisky casks, dubbed the Glenmorangie Original

The barrel casks are made from American White Oak
The barrel casks are made from American White Oak

Renovo Glenmorangie Original frame features

  • Trapezoidal curved down tube and top tube recall the shape of oak staves from Glenmorangie casks
  • "Longbow" seatstays engineered to optimize vibration damping and stiffness
  • Hollow chainstays
  • Tapered head tube, disc brakes, PF30 bottom bracket, front and rear thru-axles
  • 40mm tire compatibility
  • Three sizes

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.

Each bike uses around 15 staves, which comprise the rings of a barrel
Each bike uses around 15 staves, which comprise the rings of a barrel

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. 
    Glenmorangie has been in the whisky making business since 1843 in Scotland
    Glenmorangie has been in the whisky making business since 1843 in Scotland
    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
Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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