Renthal Co-Founder Andrew Renshaw Passes

Cycle News Staff | November 13, 2013

In 1969, Andrew Renshaw (Ren) and his lifelong friend Henry Rosenthal (Thal) established a brand that would become world famous and synonymous with the revolution of aluminum motorcycle handlebars. On October 27, Renshaw passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Renshaw was truly passionate about engineering, culminating in achieving Chartered Engineer status, after graduating from university. The Brit’s natural curiosity for mechanical understanding, improving current designs or conceiving new solutions for motorcycle racers, led to the development of a large number of products. Many of these innovative products carry patents and all remain core to the Renthal product portfolio today.

A gentle giant of a man at six-feet, four-inches, Renshaw was never happier than when educating people on engineering principles, whether it be stress-strain analysis, heat treatment or material fatigue. Despite his brilliance, he always remained modest of his achievements.

Towards the end of his life, Renshaw became an avid farmer, looking after his 200-acre farm on the outskirts of the Peak District in England. Born in Manchester, Renshaw was married to his wife Claudine and the couple had three sons – Edward, James and Mark.

“All the staff at Renthal are deeply indebted to this remarkable man. His obsession for quality and engineering integrity remains embedded within Renthal DNA. This serves as the company’s greatest asset in ensuring the Andrew Renshaw legacy continues.”