Renthal was founded in 1969, with 50 years associated with the World’s fastest riders. To celebrate this anniversary, we have made a short film, taking a look back at the company, from the early days, through to present day. Jeremy McGrath, Mitch Payton and Rachel and Dan Atherton all feature, to give their experience of Renthal, from a team and rider perspective.
Renthal was founded in 1969, by good friends and motorcycle enthusiasts, Henry Rosenthal and Andrew Renshaw. They combined their surnames, with the 'Ren' from Renshaw and the 'thal' from Rosenthal to create the brand name Renthal.
Andrew Renshaw (R) and Henry Rosenthal (L), Renthal Workshop, 1969.
The first Renthal handlebars were made for the motorcycle trials market and were the first handlebars to be made of aluminium. Even in the early days, there was a focus on supporting the World’s best riders and, in 1971, Renthal gained their first trials World Champion title with Mick Andrews.
Mick Andrews. 1971 trials World Champion. (Image – Eric Kitchen)
Renthal moved into the growing sport of motocross, with which the brand is now synonymous. Gaining instant popularity and racing success, the first motocross World Championship for Renthal was won in 1981, by Neil Hudson.
Neil Hudson. 1981 motocross World Champion. (Image – Jack Burnicle)
Supercross in the US boomed in the late 80's and Renthal were at the epicentre, supporting legend of the sport and seven times Supercross World Champion, Jeremy McGrath.
Jeremy McGrath. Seven time Supercross World Champion. (Image – MXA)
For the entire 50 years history of Renthal, there has been a focus on working with the World’s fastest riders. Renthal supported athletes have won World Championship titles every year, from 1983 to the present day. To date, Renthal supported athletes have won 213 World and 222 US Championship titles.
Jorge Prado. 2019 MX2 World Champion. (Image – Enzo Tempestini)
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