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Rivendell's $4,300 "surpise" bike-Will you one of the lucky 9 owners?

Old 06-17-11, 06:56 PM
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Rivendell's $4,300 "surpise" bike-Will you be one of the lucky 9?

It just gets better and better. I miss the old level top tube Riv. of yesteryear.

If you've not read it:

http://www.rivbike.com/blogs/knothole_post/365

So for $4,300 you get an unknown bike. A horse with no name.
No color choice.
Grant says you won't even like the color.
Single chainring, but you can ride it across the country?

Yellow fisherman's hat and axe not included.

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but there are tons of dumber ways to spend $4300
Nope, really I can't think of a one. Oh, I got one, send me $4299 and I'll send one of the 3 Raleigh Sports in my garage. Rats, that's a better idea!. So, nope. can't think of any thing dumber.
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Old 06-17-11, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by uprightbent View Post
It just gets better and better. I miss the old level top tube Riv. of yesteryear.

If you've not read it:

http://www.rivbike.com/blogs/knothole_post/365

So for $4,300 you get an unknown bike. A horse with no name.
No color choice.
Grant says you won't even like the color.
Single chainring, but you can ride it across the country?

Yellow fisherman's hat and axe not included.
So don't buy it. Who cares? He even says himself that it is a bit cooky and won't appeal to the masses. I'd never buy one, simply because I don't have the means to do so. I think it's a fun idea.
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For $4.5k with a "single chainring" that you can "ride across the country," I'm thinking this might be "Grant wants a 650B Rohloff bike."

If I were loaded, I'd go for it for curiosity's sake. If I'm right about the configuration, it wouldn't even be a bad deal.

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Old 06-17-11, 08:19 PM
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I wouldn't shell out the green for one of his regular bikes, so I certainly wouldn't shell out that much for one, sight unseen, even if it's supposed to be some kind of wonderful.
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For $4.5k with a "single chainring" that you can "ride across the country," I'm thinking this might be "Grant wants a 650B Rohloff bike."

If I were loaded, I'd go for it for curiosity's sake. If I'm right about the configuration, it wouldn't even be a bad deal.
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If you can afford $4300 for that, you can afford to have it repainted as soon as you get it.
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Old 06-17-11, 09:42 PM
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Price is not that far off from a regular riv build. Not really too bad for a custom quality frame.

Although to resort to this, one has to conclude business for them is a bit shaky.

I'm guessing this is the prototype for the suspected riv 'budget' commuter. Also guessing it's a belt driven IGH.
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Old 06-17-11, 10:30 PM
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I'm sorry but you'd have to be a moron to buy a bike (that you intend to ride a lot), knowing that little about it.
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This is for the Kool-aid crowd, there is probably a line of "Riv" people waiting to buy one. Next year the "stock" bike will come out for only 3G's and the first owners will proudly proclaim they have the originals.
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I think Rivendell folks are nuts; you can buy a complete custom (including paint) roadie from Daltex cycles for under $3k, and that includes Campy 10 speed gear.

$5k mystery bike? No thanks.
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The way that his blurb has been written looks really unprofessional and almost over familiar - a huge amount to pay for something that
doesn't even sound that great. The form has typing errors and it's full of ridiculous statements!
I know Sacha White - vanilla / speedvagen did a similar "suprise colour/design" road frame and forks - they're top quality as you'd expect from him.
But $4k plus for one of these?
i think not.
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This is just Grant being Grant. If he's not your cup of tea, fine. I'm guessing the bikes will sell, because there are a lot of Riv fans out there, because some of them have a lot of money, and because some will want to be able to say, "I'm riding a copy of GP's personal, custom bike." The fact that it's a very limited edition will make it more attractive to some potential buyers. You've gotta remember, too, that it's not really a $4300 gamble. Someone who buys it and doesn't like it will be able to resell it whole or in parts and recoup at least some of his or her investment. Still, I wouldn't shell out more than $4K on a bike about which I know almost nothing.
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Well $500 of the price is going to charity. While I am in no position to buy one, I am not in anyway bothered by it either. It is Grant's company, he bears all of the risk so why should people get all bent out of shape over it?
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Yeah, if I had $4300 to waste, it'd be on hookers and blow...I mean a new Anvil frame jig.
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I think Rivendell folks are nuts; you can buy a complete custom (including paint) roadie from Daltex cycles for under $3k, and that includes Campy 10 speed gear.

$5k mystery bike? No thanks.
I'm tempted. But I also love my Hunqapillar. Nuts? Ride a Rivendell and see.


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Well $500 of the price is going to charity. While I am in no position to buy one, I am not in anyway bothered by it either. It is Grant's company, he bears all of the risk so why should people get all bent out of shape over it?
+1 I work for my money and take care of my business. No one should have a problem with how I spend any disposable income I have.
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I think this is BS!
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For those that can afford it, this sounds like fun to me. It's sort of like being a patron of the arts and commissioning an artist to do something of his own choosing. Whatever it turns out to be, it will be quality. Maybe it will be orange like the rain pants :-)
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I've already ordered five of them so that it'll be just me and Grant who own 'em.

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Man, that Grant dude is crazy, man, crazy!

Like a fox.

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I've read that twice and I still don't know what kind of bike he is selling.
I don't get it.
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^No, looks like you've pretty much got the concept.
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