In our latest series of factory visits from around the MTB industry we had the fortune to take a peek into the world of Renthal at their factory near Manchester in the UK.
Renthal originally started in 1969 by two motorcycle enthusiasts Andrew Renshaw and Henry Rosenthal, notice their names together make up the name of the brand. They started with making handlebars for trials bikes when they noticed that steel bars broke easily and they thought they could come up with a better solution so they started making bars in their garage and gradually became better known as more and more people used their bars, to the point that to day they are the leading handle bar maker in performance motocross.
The MTB market became interesting to them in 2010 as they produced their stems and bars which quickly became a standard amongst riders, with some of the top athletes now using their products across the various MTB styles.
We visited their factory to have a look at what they produced and get a sneak peak at new products in production and their staples of the market.
Most of Renthal’s products are made on computer controlled cutting machines. We had a look around at what we could shoot, without giving away too many trade secrets to see how the components are made.
Research and Design
Renthal have a research and design department that produces all the details on a computer before going into production. They can also 3d print products to check what they look like in reality before going to production.
Although it seems like an Aladins cave Renthal produce in the quantities necessary for the market demand. Thus it is possible to respond to a surge in demand easily than waiting for a shipment from Taiwan.
Renthal was a tightly run ship with a professional feel and quality control standard across the whole production lines that demonstrated their commitment to products being absolutely the best they can be. Later in the month we will have a few more stories from our visit with some interesting products.