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Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?(11 posts)

Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?tarwheel
Jun 3, 2003 5:37 AM
I read somewhere that Rivendell had sent a message to its members saying it was going to discontinue the Rambouillet frame line. What a shame if true. I've been lusting after one for a while, but it's not in my budget right now.
re: Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?wspokes
Jun 3, 2003 6:58 AM
Go to the BOB has been the talk of the times for several days now. I guess another of the frames they currently make will mimic the bike very closely but I stopped following the thread.
for what it's worth.Steve_0
Jun 3, 2003 6:58 AM
I'm a member and have not received such a message.
Here's the message from Grant:cory
Jun 3, 2003 8:15 AM
Got it yesterday. I was THISCLOSE to ordering a Redwood to go with my Atlantis, and now I'm in a quandary: Should I wait to see what happens?

"RAMBOUILLET This frame will likely be discontinued, but don't squawk yet. We have plenty in stock now, and we've no plans to discount them, since sales are still good. Then why discontinue them? It's just a matter of focusing our efforts and money on a few things, rather than many; and the Romulus/Redwood is so, so close to it. Next year it's likely we'll introduce virtually the same Rambouillet frame with Romulus decals and head badge. Not sure, but that's the thinking around here. For now, if you want an orange one, now's a good time."
Jun 3, 2003 9:11 AM
Based upon the other poster's response, I was wondering if the romulus was replacing it.

Personally, I woulndt worry about 'waiting to see' what happens. Seems to me Riv simply doesnt want to manage minutia; doesnt necessarily reflect poorly on the rambo.
re: Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?mapei boy
Jun 4, 2003 11:18 AM
Looking at the Rivendell website, have you noticed that the new Romulus looks an awful lot like a Heron, and that it undercuts the Heron in price by a hundred bucks or so? Think there's a war on?
re: Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?Heron Todd
Jun 5, 2003 7:48 AM
Nah. Not really. Trust me, I'm not taking a whole lot of sales from Rivendell. Grant and I are friendly and refer customers to each other all the time. Besides, the price of the Romulus is going up, and you can put together a Heron for a similar price.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
re: Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?mapei boy
Jun 5, 2003 10:17 AM
Thank goodness you two guys are pals. In any case, I've been flirting with the idea of getting a bike from one of you two for about a year now. I work on a movie lot, and me and my workmates' offices are so far away from our supervisor's office, most of my mates actually drive their cars between the two. Needless to say, a bicycle makes for an extremely efficient alternative.

Right now, I'm using my mid-1980's Columbus SL Somec for that task. I also take the Somec on nice, happy lunchtime rides. Yes, the Somec is fast and maneuverable but, steel tubes notwithstanding, it still rides like a rock. I've test-ridden various comfort bikes like the Bianchi Milano, and I just don't get any charge out of them. It's no fun taking them out on a cruise, or trying to tackle a hill. I hate the cramped, bolt-upright sitting position they force you into. I want soft. But I also want to get my kicks.

In other words, a Heron or out-sourced Rivendell would likely be my ideal bike (even if such a bike would be criminally under-utilized). Being atop one of your bikes, I'd also look like the gentleman I so clearly am.
re: Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?colker
Jun 8, 2003 8:54 AM
hey mapei boy... out of curiosity? you work in the movie businness? me too, somewhat. being a photographer and directing short stuff... tomorrow i have a nioght shift in a movie lot, taking pictures for an advertizing campgn.
i will also get me either a heron or a riv as my next bike. soemthing along the speed/ comfort line.
re: Is Rivendell stopping production of Rambouillet frames?mapei boy
Jun 9, 2003 2:24 PM
Yeah. I'm directly involved with feature films. I gotta stay coy about specifics, though, because I use my work computer when I cruise this board, and I don't want anybody to think I'm giving away company secrets.
Glad I got minemarron
Jun 11, 2003 1:54 PM
Having seen both at one of our local shops I'm really glad I elected to buy the Ram. In my mind, part of the appeal is the lug work highlighted by the cream pain. The Romulus looks a little too much like a cheap Italian frame from the 70's for my taste. There was also enough difference in the geometries to tip me toward the Ram.