The Daily Bike, December 13, 2012

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This has to be one of the most immaculate Rivendells I’ve encountered. There isn’t a component out of place, and there are even some embellishments that, while not necessarily the most functional, only serve to complete an already luxurious tourer. Woodys Fenders will resist water damage as well as any de rigueur fender (anything with four coats of high quality marine grade polyurethane will) and are the bicycle version of a walnut dashboard. A 14-speed Rohloff / Paul Components drive train is about as classy and mechanically perfect as one can get, and lace the hubs to bronze Velocity Chukkers and you’ve got rolling randonneuring beauty right there. The front hub is a Schmidt dynamo and will provide the necessary illumination for when an ill-timed puncture will postpone the estimated time of arrival past sundown. Schwalbe Marathon rubber should prevent that, though, they’re some of the hardiest tires on the planet. The Nitto stem, seat post, and racks are a garnish on this already perfect bicycle.

The Hinqapillar has a second top tube for added rigidity (like most of the larger sized Rivendells), and that’s only an opportunity to indulge oneself with an extra set of those gorgeous Rivendell lugs.

On its website, Rivendell remarks that a fool will buy a bike for the head badge. In that case, I’d be a fool if I could have a bike with that head badge in my stable. According to Grant from Rivendell, Hunqapillar sounded an appropriate name for a woolly mammoth. Though whether the woolly mammoth came first or the Hunqapillar is a question only Grant could answer. Why don’t you give him a call and ask him while you order your own, so you can become a member of the proudest cult of bike owners on the planet?

Most Rivendells are made in the USA. Read our Made in America profile of the company to learn more.

Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar

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  • Andy

    It is possible to overdo it on a bicycle. This is a perfect example. Also, on such a painstakingly planned and planned whip, how come they couldn’t come up with a more elegant way to attach the brake/shifting cables? Zip ties directly to the top (tippy-toppest?) tube seems like a crime against this overwrought yet beautiful beast.

  • Simon Adventures

    Full ack. Beautiful as it is, this is a jewel to be locked away safely at home as one would weep over every scratch it gets when taking it for a spin. Definitely nothing for roughin’ it. As for the zip ties: they are great to attach stuff to a heavy-duty, go-everywhere bike, but for an item with a price tag as steep like this – a no go.

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