We're constantly working to push the envelope of wheel design and so an exciting new person has joined us here at the HUNT | TheRiderFirm; Luisa Grappone hails from the motherland of cycling, pink jerseys and big mountain climbing, Italy, but has made the move to Sussex to further strengthen the Hunt wheel development team as our as our full time in-house wheel engineer, adding to our engineering team which includes John Marchment, Chartered Materials Engineer, and Peter Marchment, Cambridge University Graduate and Materials Scientist.
With an MSc in Aerospace Enigneering Luisa has a wealth of experience in the bicycle industry and materials engineering, with many years misspent sweating over hot CAD drawings, carbon fibre lay-ups and crunching wind tunnel data, hard work but someone's gotta do it and we're delighted Luisa is doing for all HUNT riders from now on. Working previously for 3T components then moving to Campagnolo/Fulcrum as a senior R&D engineer, Luisa has extensive knowledge of composite technology and wheel design. Luisa has also worked as a stress analyst for the 787 Boeing program. Luisa's career has included working with Movistar, Garmin Cervelo Test Team, Top Sport Vlaanderen and the BMC team as a liaison engineer for aerodynamic testing in the wind tunnel.
What Luisa doesn’t know about wheel engineering is probably not worth knowing! Also, as you can see from Luisa's riding shots she's a bike geek like the rest of us, with a rather tasty bright yellow BMC as her road ride partner.
Luisa’s extensive knowledge will be put to the test pushing wheel development even further helping you go further faster and have more fun doing it. We already have several exciting projects planned so please watch this space.
Welcome to the team!
Stay tuned for a full interview with Luisa coming next week.