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RivendellChainstay
Aug 9, 2002 8:11 PM
I have been thinking that this company, although a little off beat is on to something. The bikes are beautifully crafted and practical. Anybody own one? How do they ride?Would you buy one?
re: RivendellChainstay
Aug 9, 2002 8:13 PM
The URL is http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/. I put it in the image by mistake
re: RivendellLone Gunman
Aug 10, 2002 4:17 AM
Never ridden one but obviously from the pics they are unique in design and execution, especially the lugs. I poured over the site a few months ago and saw the road model frame was around $1000, built in a small shop in Japan to Rivs specs. Nothing mass produced there. Steelman bikes come to mind when I see those spear point lugs.

Another unique bike to check out as far as retro looking frame is Mercian. http://btinternet.com
oops...try http://www.btinternet.comLone Gunman
Aug 10, 2002 4:24 AM
531 steel or 853 (lugless) I think. But the lugged frames look way cool. Want chrome lugs? Tomassini and Cinelli super corsa.
try this link for mercian ....Spirito
Aug 10, 2002 7:53 AM
http://www.btinternet.com/~merciancycleslimited/pages/frames.htm
re: RivendellSteve Bailey
Aug 10, 2002 12:45 PM
I think possibly you're thinking of the Rambouillet frames ?. This frame is the one sold by Rivendell, but made in Japan to Rivendell design and spec's. Costs $990 according to the website, thought I think they're in the midst of a price increase due to changing yen/dollar pricing.

The custom series Rivendells run about $2200, frame and fork. Worth every penny in my mind.

I currently have a years use on an older Grant Peterson designed bike, a Heron Road, made by Waterford. Same design concept - longish chainstay's, laid back seat tube angle, upward sloping top tube that allows the stem to be close (or at) seat height, clearance for 32mm wide tires, etc... Best riding bike I've ever owned, and that's saying a lot as I've owned 2 Kleins, which are also superb bikes.

SB
DittoRay Sachs
Aug 14, 2002 11:14 AM
I have a Rivendell Road (from back when they were only a bit expensive) and a Rambouillet. The Riv Road was the first nice road bike I ever owned and I've since added several other nice road bikes to the stable. I keep selling them off, but the Riv is untouchable - just a perfect frame for my dimensions/weight and the way I ride. I can't imagine a nicer combination of comfortable, quick and stable. With light components, it's about 2-3 pounds heavier than my light ti bike, but I defy anyone to feel that weight on the road. The Rambouillet is just about as perfect, although a bit more laid back and stable than the Riv - perfect for brevets or multi-day tours where you expect to be pretty wasted at times.

The touring and all-rounder were equally nice, but not as much to my taste for the type of riding I do.

-Ray
Love my Atlantis, and they're great to deal withcory
Aug 10, 2002 3:48 PM
I have an Atlantis, the off the rack version of the Rivendell AllRounder, and I haven't found a single thing about the bike or the company that I don't like.
I was a probably a difficult customer--$950 was a lot of money to me at the time I bought the frame, and I asked a lot of questions, both about the bike and about a bunch of parts I had lying around and wanted to use. They were great about answering and trying to help me work it out, and didn't sell me anything I didn't need. I ended up putting about $1300 (OK,$1400) into it, using stuff from the parts bin, and I literally can't imagine a better bike for the all-around use mine gets (I've done everything from centuries with skinny tires to fire roads with 700x40s). It's comfortable, fast enough (a pound or two heavy, as Grant readily admits, but you don't feel it), just a great all-around bike. In a way I wish it WEREN'T so good on the road, because I'd like to have a Rambouillet, too, but I can't justify it.
One other note: I've ordered a lot of small stuff from them as well, and they're the best in the business at shipping. Almost everything arrived in one day, never more than two. I even like my Candy Bar Bag.
Here's mine.elsaltamontes
Sep 3, 2002 1:42 PM
Finally putting it together. I've had the frame for months, and slowly buying all the parts.

I can't really describe how good this bike is. I commute 2x a week. 60 mile round trip. On my way home, I'm feeling so good, that I take an extra 10 miles through the hills before going home. (with laptop, and shoes)

When you order from Rivendell, he asks you how will you use the bike. I wanted a commuter /touring 80%, 20% off road/fire roads. I wanted an all-arounder. I'm not a racer, but like the long rides and be comfortable. Based on those (among all other questions regarding height and inseam etc.) he built me a "relaxed road bike". That's what he called it anyway. The bike is a just a pleasure riding on the road. Just this weekend, I put on some wide knobby cyclocross tires and took it out on some singletrack. I'm not going to race it off road, but it sure handled it fine!

The craft, the paint (by legendary Joe Bell), can't go wrong. I support your purchase, 100%

My wife owns an Atlantis. Definitely not as amazing as a full custom, but it's also less than half the price. She takes that bike on and off the road as well. Beautifully made, and the attention to detail is as good as the custom.

Good luck,
Raymond